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Top 20 WiiWare Games in USA (29th July)

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 29th of July:

1 (1) - Reel Fishing Challenge
2 (13) - Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: My life as a Darklord
3 (2) - Final Fantasy IV: The After Years
4 (4) - Texas Hold'em Tournament
5 (5) - My Aquarium
6 (6) - World of Goo
7 (8) - Tetris Party
8 (9) - My Pokémon Ranch
9 (3) - BUST-A-MOVE Plus!
10 (7) - Water Warfare
11 (N) - Tales of Monkey Island: Chapter 1
12 (14) - Ant Nation
13 (10) - Family Mini Golf
14 (12) - Dr Mario Online Rx
15 (15) - Defend Your Castle
16 (11) - BIT.TRIP CORE
17 (16) - Brain Challenge
18 (-) - 5 Spots Party
19 (17) - Cue Sports - Pool Revolution
20 (18) - Onslaught

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

Well we had another WiiWare release make its Top 20 debut during its first week of release this week with Tales of Monkey Island: Chapter 1 popping up at #11. It's easily one of the more impressive WiiWare debuts we've seen to date. We also saw the debut of one of last week's releases 5 Spots Party on the Top 20 at #18. Could this end up being a sleeper hit on the chart?

The big climber this week was easily Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: My life as a Darklord, which rocketed up 11 spots to #2. Could this be our next #1 WiiWare release in the making? It's looking very likely. The big dropper this week was BUST-A-MOVE Plus!, which fell six spots to #9.

But with the debut of two new titles this week, that means two titles dropped off of the chart completely, with Bubble Bobble Plus and Swords & Soldiers both dropping off the Top 20. It's a bit sad to see these two solid titles fall off the chart, but if the past is any indication, they could be back.

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User Comments (30)

Philip_J_ReedStaff

#6

Philip_J_Reed said:

Good job for Ant Nation! Still haven't downloaded it, but I intend to, and I'm happy to see it performing so well.

warioswoods

#7

warioswoods said:

Go Monkey Island.

When's that next episode slated to hit -- is the usual interim about a month on these episodic series?

sirgrim

#9

sirgrim said:

Ick. I hope 3 Muskateers makes it next week. Thinking it might be a sleeper hit, and Monkey Island will drop. Glad to see Ant Nation up there, another fun title.

Djungelurban

#16

Djungelurban said:

And today it was late instead... No real pattern to when during the day this thing is released eh? Ohwell...

Swedish top 20:
(1) 1 - Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: My Life As A Darklord
(2) 2 - World Of Goo
(4) 3 - Final Fantasy IV: The After Years
(3) 4 - Gradius Rebirth
(5) 5 - Fun! Fun! Minigolf
(8) 6 - Texas Hold'em Tournament
(10) 7 - Mega Man 9
(9) 8 - Icarian: Kindred Spirits
(18) 9 - My Aquarium
(6) 10 - Bubble Bobble Plus!
(17) 11 - Tetris Party
(15) 12 - Onslaught
(13) 13 - Swords & Soldiers
(14) 14 - Snowboard Riot
(20) 15 - Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: My Life As A King*
(19) 16 - Bomberman Blast
(R) 17 - My Pokémon Ranch*
(7) 18 - Water Warfare
(16) 19 - Puzzle Bobble Plus!
(-) 20 - Heracles: Chariot Racing

Didn't someone say something about how Gradius probably wouldn't do too well on the charts in the long run? Yeah... Four weeks in and it's 4th... Won't rival MM9's run of course it's doing well enough. I'm a little bit surprised though that ColorZ didn't make it to the chart yet and that Heracles just managed 20th place... I guess it just came too late, people has already bought Mario Kart.

Bahamut_ZERO

#18

Bahamut_ZERO said:

Reel...Fishing....Challenge......

I mean, I could understand how Pong Toss sold, it had frat boys everywhere buying it, but how the hell does a game about fishing selling so much it gets #1?

chris3116

#19

chris3116 said:

Canada:
The (x) is the ranking of last week

1 (9) - FFCC: My Life as a Darklord
2 (2) - Final Fantasy IV: The After Years
3 (1) - Bust-a-Move Plus!
4 (3) - Reel Fishing Challenge
5 (4) - World of Goo
6 (-) - Tales of Monkey Island Chapter 1
7 (5) - Tetris Party
8 (8) - Texas Hold'em Tournament
9 (7) - My Aquarium
10 (11) - My Pokemon Ranch
11 (6) - Water Warfare
12 (15) - Ant Nation
13 (12) - Dr. Mario Online RX
14 (13) - Bubble Bobble Plus !
15 (14) - Family Mini Golf
16 (10) - Bit Trip Core
17 (16) - Defend your Castle
18 (19) - FFCC: My Life as a King
19 (20) - Bomberman Blast
20 (17) - Mega Man 9

Swords and Soldiers is gone from the list this week. Last week, the game was 16th.

Rawk_Hawk

#20

Rawk_Hawk said:

If I ever become a game developer for Wii Ware I am putting fish all over my game. In fact you be tossing ping pong balls in aquariums of fish and then trying to fish it out. The casual crowd will love it

SSBFan_12

#21

SSBFan_12 said:

I think tales will make it all the way up to number 4 then stay up there until the second episode comes out.

Ren

#22

Ren said:

Might have to get me some Ant Nation. Never understood the FF appeal but people sure seem to love it. Is it just me or has Tetris Party been in the top ten like about since it was released a million years ago.

Ricardo91

#26

Ricardo91 said:

@Tony. Don't forget to put Pokemon in it! :D

I think Dark Lord should be #1, and 5 spots shouldn't be on the list at all, but other than that I'm OK with this list. It's a relief not to see the "big 3"... Not be the big 3 anymore.

Sean_Aaron

#27

Sean_Aaron said:

Here's the Japantastic rankings, though there's nothing new here:

1 (1) Pokemon Scramble
2 (3) Final Fantasy IV - The After Years
3 (4) Fish Eyes Challenge (Reel Fishing Challenge)
4 (2) FFCC My Life as a Darklord
5 (5) Asobu Made in Ore
6 (6) Pole's Big Adventure
7 (7) My Pokemon Ranch Platinum
8 (8) Bomberman Blast
9 (9) Game of Life
10 (10) Order!
11 (11) Minna no Theatre Wii
12 (13) Rockman 9
13 (12) Licca-Chan Oshare House
14 (16) Dr. Mario & Germ Buster
15 (19) Kentei TV! Wii
16 (15) FFCC My Life as a King
17 (18) Blue Oasis (My Aquarium)
18 (17) Muscle March
19 (20) Shika Gari
20 (14) Bang Bang Kids (Water Warfare) -- Big drop; probably on the way out...

And again just for fun, the VC top 20:

1 (3) Final Fantasy III (FC)
2 (1) Super Mario Bros. (FC)
3 (2) SMB3 (FC)
4 (4) Downtown Special Kunio-Kun no Jidaigeki dayo Zenin Shuugoo (FC)
5 (5) Super Mario World (SFC)
6 (7) Puyo Puyo 2 (MD)
7 (9) Super Mario Kart (SFC)
8 (9) SMB2 (FC)
9 (10) Legend of Zelda Majora's Mask (N64)
10 (13) Super Mario 64 (N64)
11 (11) Ice Climber (FC)
12 (7) Final Fantasy II (FC)
13 (12) Downtown Nekketsu Kooshinkyoku Soreyuku Daiundookai (FC)
14 (14) Twinbee (FC)
15 (18) Super Mario RPG (SFC)
16 (17) Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time (N64)
17 (20) Kirby's Dream Land 3 (SFC)
18 (15) Final Fantasy (FC)
19 (-) Super Smash Bros (N64)
20 (16) Super Punch Out!! (SFC)

Just shuffling here as well with Super Smash Bros. returning and knocking Volfied off the list.

Rum_Rapture

#28

Rum_Rapture said:

UK:

1 (2) - Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: My Life As A Darklord
2 (1) - My Aquarium
3 (4) - Texas Hold'em Tournament
4 (3) - World of Goo
5 (5) - My Pokemon Ranch
6 (9) - Pop-Up Pirate!
7 (6) - Water Warfare
8 (8) - Onslaught
9 (11) - Final Fantasy IV: The After Years
10 (12) - Defend Your Castle
11 (7) - 5 Spots Party
12 (15) - Bomberman Blast
13 (10) - Gradius Rebirth
14 (13) - NyxQuest: Kindred Spirits
15 (17) - Tetris Party
16 (14) - Swords & Soldiers
17 (16) - Puzzle Bobble Plus!
18 (19) - BIT.TRIP BEAT
19 (18) - Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: My Life As A King
20 (20) - Snowboard Riot

Up: Pop-Up Pirate and Bomberman Blast up 3... Darklord tops the chart.
Down: 5 Spots Party drops 4, Gradius drops 3.
Hello: No new entries or re-entries this week. Sorry ColorZ and Heracles.
Goodbye: No losses either. Not a particularly exciting week. SORRY GUYS.

vherub

#29

vherub said:

If nintendo wants to push wiiware more than vc now, they need to rethink their strategy.
A new wii owner can easily miss out on great games.

KDR_11k

#30

KDR_11k said:

I haven't been here to compile the lists the last few weeks so the comparison numbers are from the 1st of July and thus all chart position changes are over the interval of one month.

Germany:
(2) 1 My Aquarium
(-) 2 FFCC My Life as a Darklord
(3) 3 Texas Hold'em Tournament
(4) 4 Water Warfare
(7) 5 Fun Fun Minigolf
(1) 6 NyxQuest
(6) 7 My Pokemon Ranch
(8) 8 TV Show King
(9) 9 Onslaught
(5) 10 World of Goo
(15) 11 Brain Challenge
(14) 12 Tetris Party
(-) 13 Tales of Monkey Island 1
(-) 14 Gradius Rebirth
(13) 15 Bomberman Blast
(-) 16 5 Spots Party
(10) 17 Swords & Soldiers
(12) 18 Puzzle Bobble Plus
(11) 19 FF4 The After Years
(20) 20 Equilibrio

Games of the past: Let's Catch, Snowboard Riot, Cocoto Platform Jumper, Pop-Up Pirate

Surprisingly little change over that timeframe.

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