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Top 20 WiiWare Games in USA (20th May)

Posted by Corbie Dillard

It's Wednesday again and time for the WiiWare Top 20!

It's time to take a look at the most popular WiiWare titles available on the Wii Shop Channel. If you're feeling adventurous you can even take a look for yourself by simply logging on to your Wii Shop Channel, heading into the WiiWare section and then viewing "Popular Games". It's that easy!

We compile this list using the USA region Wii Shop channel, so if you live elsewhere your list will probably be quite a bit different. Please feel free to post your region's findings below as always.

Keep in mind that the list below is a measure of actual sales made recently, not of the total time the game has been available for sale.

Here is the list for the 20th of May:

1 (1) - World of Goo
2 (2) - My Aquarium
3 (3) - Tetris Party
4 (4) - My Pokémon Ranch
5 (5) - Dr Mario Online Rx
6 (7) - Defend Your Castle
7 (8) - Cue Sports - Pool Revolution
8 (6) - Onslaught
9 (9) - Fun! Fun! Minigolf
10 (10) - Crystal Defenders R1
11 (11) - Brain Challenge
12 (13) - BIT.TRIP BEAT
13 (12) - Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: My Life as a King
14 (19) - Mega Man 9
15 (14) - Bomberman Blast
16 (15) - Sandy Beach
17 (18) - Target Toss Pro: Bags
18 (16) - Wild West Guns
19 (17) - Midnight Bowling
20 (20) - Pop'Em Drop'Em SAMEGAME

* (N) - Denotes a brand new entry on the Top 20
* (-) - Denotes a game that was not on the Top 20 last week

Well we're back to a "Fabulous Five" again since the top five games remain intact from last week's chart. The World of Goo reign of terror continues with no signs of stopping at this point.

The big climber this week was Capcom's Mega Man 9 title, which jumped up five more spots to #14. This game is shooting back up the charts and it will be interesting to see how high it can climb on its second run through the chart. BIT.TRIP BEAT even managed to jump up one more spot to #12. The big dropper this week was a 3-way tie between Midnight Bowling, Wild West Guns, and Onslaught, which all fell a paltry two spots.

There were no new entries on the chart this week, but the big jump from Mega Man 9 at least provided one highlight to this week's Top 20. Maybe we'll see Crystal Defenders R2 make an appearance next week.

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User Comments (47)



Terra said:

Hardly anything different then. Oh well. Wonder how Swords and Soldiers will fare when released in the US



Bass_X0 said:

I still can't believe My Aquarium is still selling this much. I don't believe the top twenty is exactly accurate to what is being sold recently. Surely there must be a point where every Wii owner who wants it will have it. Its good that Mega Man 9 is going back up the charts.



kokernutz said:

My Aquarium sucks, I launched it once.

I'm boggled by Bonsai Barber being gone. Seriously, it's the funnest WiiWare game I've played since World of Goo. I just wish it let me do more than 5 cuts a day!



KDR_11k said:

(-) 1 Swords & Soldiers
(2) 2 My Aquarium
(1) 3 Texas Hold'em Tournament
(3) 4 World of Goo
(5) 5 Onslaught
(7) 6 Fun Fun Minigolf
(6) 7 TV Show King
(9) 8 My Pokemon Ranch
(13) 9 Brain Challenge
(10) 10 Tetris Party
(11) 11 Bomberman Blast
(4) 12 Bit Trip Beat
(8) 13 Equilibrio
(-) 14 Rainbow Islands Towering Adventure
(15) 15 Snowboard Riot
(19) 16 FFCCMLaaK
(12) 17 Crystal Defenders R1
(17) 18 Pop-Up Pirate
(20) 19 Defend Your Castle
(14) 20 Adventure Island The Beginning

Exit: Bubble Bobble Plus (18), LostWinds (16)
Wow, a LOT of movement this time. Swords and Soldiers races straight to the first spot, let's see how long that'll last. Rainbow Islands also managed to make a belated entry after not showing at all last week. The biggest dropper was Bit Trip Beat though Adventure Island, Equilibrio and Crystal Defenders also lost a lot of ground. My Aquarium even overtakes poker this week. Brain Challenge got a strange boost too.



Rum_Rapture said:

The lovely British charts:

1 (1) - My Aquarium
2 (N) - Swords & Soldiers
3 (4) - World of Goo
4 (3) - Texas Hold'em Tournament
6 (5) - Onslaught
7 (7) - Pop-Up Pirate!
8 (12) - Rainbow Islands Towering Adventure!
9 (6) - My Pokemon Ranch
10 (10) - Defend Your Castle
11 (8) - Bomberman Blast
12 (9) - Equilibrio
13 (11) - Bubble Bobble Plus!
14 (13) - Tetris Party
15 (14) - CueSports - Snooker vs. Billiards
16 (15) - Snowboard Riot
17 (16) - TV Show King
18 (18) - The Incredible Maze
19 (19) - FUN! FUN! Minigolf
20 (N) - LostWinds

Up: World of Goo's up 1, Rainbow Islands' up 4.
Down: BIT.TRIP was no. 1 briefly over the week, but now down to 5. Lots of drops this week.
Hello: Swords & Soldiers, straight in at 2. Impressive! LostWinds re-enters at 20.
Goodbye: Adventure Island and My Life As A King. The latter will probably resurface though.



pixelman said:

I should shock everyone and say "I haven't bought World of Goo yet"... I haven't bought World of Goo yet.



feba said:

I also haven't bought World of Goo, and intend to eventually. So yeah, I can fully understand how that game stays pinned up there. My Aquarium, I imagine, is primarily good because it's at the top of the charts. I'd love to see some gamey-games up there, like Bit.Trip Beat or MM9, though.



Djungelurban said:

First of all I just wanted to point out that yesterday a video of Team ICOs upcoming game, tentatively named "Project Trico", leaked onto the web. If you haven't seen it yet I command you to immediately go to youtube and check it out. And if you don't like it, I'm sorry but we can't be friends anymore. And I'm aware that posting such a thing on a Nintendo specific site is rather odd but it's just so pretty I can't help myself.

Also, today is the 1 year anniversary of the EU WiiWare shop. How about that. Yay! In addition to that, LostWinds celebrate having spent a full year uninterrupted on the chart, a rather astonishing feat I must say. In addition to that, My Life As A King manages a similar feat since it's charted every single CHART day of the last year, however that game has left the chart on atleast one occasion in midweek. The next game that will be able to register such a feat is Defend Your Castle, in August.
(For the record, TV Show King did not chart for 6 of the weeks)

Swedish top 20:
(-) 1 - Swords & Soldiers
(2) 2 - World Of Goo
(1) 3 - Bit.Trip: Beat
(6) 4 - Rainbow Islands Towering Adventure!
(3) 5 - Bubble Bobble Plus!
(8) 6 - Mega Man 9
(9) 7 - Texas Hold'em Tournament
(4) 8 - Onslaught
(5) 9 - My Aquarium
(12) 10 - Fun! Fun! Minigolf
(7) 11 - Crystal Defenders R1
(10) 12 - LostWinds*
(14) 13 - My Pokémon Ranch
(16) 14 - Bomberman Blast
(17) 15 - Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: My Life As A King*
(19) 16 - Defend Your Castle
(13) 17 - Tetris Party
(11) 18 - Adventure Island: The Beginning
(15) 19 - TV Show King*
(18) 20 - Equilibrio

*=game older than one year.



JaredJ said:

I think NintendoLife should do their own ranking of the top 20 wiiware titles. Maybe even rank the top 20 VC titles as well.



Terra said:

Seems my purchase of SIGE did nothing for the UK charts then. Also, that is amazing how Swords and Soldiers did so well. Here's hoping it will dethrone My Aquarium. Good to see LostWinds back up there again.



subzerobf said:

Don't people read reviews before buying games, My Aquariam and My Pokemon Ranch are BAD.



Bahamut_ZERO said:


I can't wait to see the Big 3 crumble when Swords & Soldiers gets released

@subzero: I wouldn't say My Aquarium is bad (look at this sites review) its just not a game in a traditional sense. If you wanted a fish simulator, you got the best, most affordable one on the market.



KnucklesSonic8 said:

Worth noting that here in Canada, Family Pirate Party made it to 19th ahead of Pop 'Em Drop 'Em Same Game (currently ranked 20th). Crystal Defenders R1 is around 7th.

Also worth mentioning that Majora's Mask is already 2nd place, beating out Super Mario Bros. and trailing only behind SMB3! OoT is 7th or so. Wow. That's a CRAZY jump to have in the span of like two or three days!



Bahamut_ZERO said:

@JJ: They did Corbie's Top 20 (or 10, I forget) VC games, and the TOp 5 WiiWare games of 08 (which was it's first year).



0-Watt said:

Heh, I know why there's been so little movement of the Top 20. Look at the recent US releases. None have been really good since Bonsai Barber, based on some reviews I've seen. Others have been meh or poor.



chris3116 said:

Crystal Defenders R1 is 8th.

Oh well here's the Canadian list:
1-World of Goo
2-Tetris Party
3-My Aquarium
4-Dr.Mario Online RX
5-My Pokemon Ranch
6-Brain Challenge
7-Defend your Castle
8-Crystal Defenders R1
9-FFCC: My Life as a King
10-Bomberman Blast
12-Mega Man 9
13-Fun! Fun! Minigolf
14-Bit Trip Beat
15-Cue Sports-Pool Revolution
16-Tiki Towers
17-Sandy Beach
19-Family Pirate Party
20-Pop'Em Drop'Em SAMEGAME



Sean_Aaron said:

Here's Japan (as of 07:15 this morning):

1. Asobu Made in Ore
2. Pole's Big Adventure
3. Contra ReBirth
4. Game of Life
5. My Pokemon Ranch Platinum
6. Bomberman Blast
7. Kodomo Kyouiku Terebi Wii Aiue Oochan
8. Art Style Orbital
9. Art Style Cubeleo
10. World of Goo
11. Rockman 9
12. Ranch Story Series Makiba no Omise
13. Final Fantasy: My Life as a King
14. Tetris Party
15. Dr. Mario and Germ Buster
16. Adventure Island Wii
17. Blue Oasis
18. Atsui 12 Game Furi Furi Party!
19. 1 Batsuke! Dasshutsu Game * My Home Hen
20. Tsuppari Oosumoo Wii Heya

Sad that Bit.Trip BEAT didn't even last a month in the chart, but who knows? Maybe it will be back next week...



KnucklesSonic8 said:

Thanks for posting the list chris. I knew it was 7th or 8th. I knew for sure that MLK was right after it though.

Cue Sports isn't doing AS well as it is in the U.S unfortunately and there must be something about Sandy Beach that's actually good because it's still on the charts!



Flaviohmg said:

Brazilian List:

1- World of Goo
2-Bomberman Blast
3-My Aquarium
4-Cue Sports - Pool Rev.
7-Tetris Party
8-Bit.Trip Beat
9-Megaman 9
10-Crystal Defenders R1
11-My Pokemon Ranch
12-Wild West Guns
13-Family T. Tennis
14-FF: My Life as a King
15-Snowboard Riot
16-Bonsai Barber
17-Space Invaders
18-Family Pirate Party
20-High Voltage Hot Rod Show



Djungelurban said:

Hot Rod Show is ranking on the Brazilian charts?! Sweet, I always thought that game deserved a better fate.



blockhead said:

I know what you mean, I really love that game. I glad I bought it instead of listening to the reviews of several game sites.



astarisborn94 said:

Glad to see Mega Man 9 back on the Top 20 again. It's really a great game. But when is a game going to finally put to end to the Big Three dominance?



Darel18 said:

Hmmm you should make this top per month not week.

Well done Onslaught! =D, and of course Megaman 9 too



KnucklesSonic8 said:

@blockhead: Add me to the list of supporters of Hot Rod Show. Solid game. Online would've made it a near must-have. Nice to see it appear on any region's charts.



SonicMaster said:

(smiles uncomfortably) W-Wow, My Pokemon Ranch is doing well. (sobs in astonishment and pity.)

Seriously, though, that game SUCKS CRAP.



Pastry said:

Here is the popularity chart for the DSi. (US)

1. Nintendo DSi Browser
2. Dr. Mario Express
3. Paper Airplane Chase
4. WarioWare: Snapped
5. Bird and Beans
6. Animal Crossing Clock
7. Real Soccer 2009
8. Animal Crossing Calculator
9. Clubhouse Games Express: Card Classics
10. Art Style: PiCTOBiTS
11. Master of Illusion Express: Deep Psyche
13. Art Style: AQUIA
14. Brain Age Express: Math
15. Master of Illusion Express: Funny Face
16. Mixed Messages
17. Master of Illusion Express: Shuffle Games



Objection said:

The Fabulous Five is back...with Dr Mario instead of Onslaught. Oh well, I still coined it.



Mike1 said:

Now the WiiWare Top 20 list is at least interesting. Go Mega Man 9!



City_Of_Delusion said:

@37: Probably won't happen, as the developers have said that the DS can't handle the WoG engine (I think, I need to find that post...)



Kevin said:

About time Mega Man 9 is back to climbing up the chart. Its better than the vast majority of those on the list.



Crazynoodle said:

WOG is dominating!!!! I cant wait till the sequal!!!!!! I wonder how much they have sold.... Anyways, s+s is doing really well in european countries, it must have been the fact that it is so awesome looking cant wait till that comes here. And, I bought mm9 this week, so i helped contribute. It is HARD



Crazed said:

Wow, things seem to be pretty normal...wait...on the Japanese that POKEMON RANCH: PLATINUM? Please tell me I'm not reading this right. I don't want two crap titles of my cherished Pokemon series to be the top of the Wiiware charts. One is hard enough to bear...



Sean_Aaron said:

@Crazed: No I think it's the same game, they just call it that; probably to tie in with Pokemon Platinum on the DS. Oddly enough this was the only WiiWare title on my Japanese Wii when I received it from an Ebay seller (no, I'm not really interested and haven't checked it out, but if I ever change my mind I can always download it again!). I also have a Japanese version of SSBB if anyone's interested...



CanisWolfred said:

It's still on the F-ing Top?! Over 6 months, and World of Goo has yet to budge?!?!?! Wow! Is there even anyone left to buy that game...other than me?!

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