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Top 20 WiiWare Games in USA (23rd Sept)

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.

Top 20 WiiWare games for the 23rd of September:

1 [1] - Contra Rebirth
2 [2] - Reel Fishing Challenge
3 [3] - My Aquarium
4 [5] - World of Goo
5 [4] - Tetris Party
6 [6] - Final Fantasy IV: The After Years
7 [-] - Texas Hold'Em Poker
8 [7] - My Pokémon Ranch
9 [11] - Dr Mario Online Rx
10 [9] - Texas Hold'em Tournament
11 [10] - Sexy Poker
12 [12] - Tales of Monkey Island: Chapter 1
13 [8] - Tales of Monkey Island: Chapter 2
14 [13] - Family Slot Car Racing
15 [15] - Defend Your Castle
16 [14] - Family Mini Golf
17 [17] - Brain Challenge
18 [19] - Water Warfare
19 [16] - BUST-A-MOVE Plus!
20 [18] - Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: My life as a Darklord

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

Well Contra Rebirth is continuing to hold the fish at bay, but there's just no telling how long this can last. World of Goo managed to jump up another spot this week, moving back up into the #4 spot just in front of Tetris Party at #5.

The big climber this week was Texas Hold'Em Poker, which rocketed up from off of the chart completely last week, all the way up to #7 on this week's Top 20. The big dropper this week was Tales of Monkey Island: Chapter 2, which fell five spots to #13.

We all saw it coming on last week's WiiWare Top 20, but we hoped for the best just the same. Of course that didn't stop NyxQuest: Kindred Spirits from dropping out of the Top 20 this week. Who knows, maybe it will make it back onto the chart in the coming weeks. It would be a shame for this to be the end of the game on the WiiWare Top 20 so soon.

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User Comments (22)

y2josh

#4

y2josh said:

Seems odd to me that Texas hold'em poker went from off the list to #7. Makes me wonder how many people actually buy WiiWare games anymore. Could also mean a lot of poker fans just recently realized they wanted this game. lol

Sneaker13

#5

Sneaker13 said:

The Dutch WiiWare List of 24-9:
1) (1) Untitled My Aquarium
2) (3) Untitled Tales of Monkey Island Chapter 1
3) (4) Untitled Texas Hold'em Hournament
4) (6) Untitled Family Slot Car Racing
5) (5) Untitled Texas Hold'em Poker
6) (2) Untitled Contra Rebirth
7) (7) Untitled My Pokémon Ranch
8) (9) Untitled TV Show King
9) (8) Untitled Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: My Life as a Darklord
10) (10) Untitled Driift Mania
11) (11) Untitled Tetris Party
12) (15) Untitled Onslaught
13) (16) Untitled World of Goo
14) (12) Untitled Swords & Soldiers
15) (20) Untitled NyxQuest: Kindred Spirits
16) (14) Untitled Arkanoid Plus!
17) (17) Untitled Defend your Castle
18) (-) Untitled Learning with the PooYoos Episode 1 NEW
19) (13) Untitled Brain Challenge
20) (-) Untitled Magnetis NEW

We welcome Megnetis and Learning with the PooYoos Episode 1 which both came out last week.

With two new titles, we have to say goodbye to:

  • Water Warfare (18 last week)
  • Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: My Life as a King (19 last week)

Biggest climber is thankfully NyxQuest with four spots. I was afraid it would disappear from the list.

Biggest dropper is Brain Challenge with six spots from 13 to 19. Other big dropper is Contra Rebirth with four spots from 2 last week to 6.

The Dutch VC List of 24-9:
1) (1) Untitled Super Mario Bros. 3
2) (2) Untitled Super Mario Bros.
3) (3) Untitled Metroid
4) (4) Untitled Super Mario World
5) (7) Untitled Sonic The Hedgehog
6) (6) Untitled Super Mario Bros. 2
7) (8) Untitled The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask
8) (5) Untitled Super Mario 64
9) (11) Untitled Super Smash Bros.
10) (14) Untitled The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
11) (9) Untitled Pac-Man
12) (15) Untitled Mario Kart 64
13) (10) Untitled Donkey Kong Country
14) (-) Untitled Super Star Wars NEW
15) (13) Untitled Donkey Kong
16) (12) Untitled Kirby's Adventure
17) (17) Untitled The Legend of Zelda
18) (16) Untitled Paper Mario
19) (-) Untitled The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
20) (-) Untitled Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven stars

We welcome three new titles. Highest newcomer is Super Star Wars which came out last week, The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (which came out 23 Mar. 2007) and Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars (which came out 22 Aug. 2008)

With three new titels, we say goodbye to:

  • Yoshi's Story (18 last week)
  • Donkey Kong Country 2 (19 last week)
  • Donkey Kong Country 3 (20 last week)

Biggest climber is The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time with four spots from 14 to 10. Biggest dropper is Kirby's Adventure with four spots from 12 to 16.

CorbsAdmin

#6

Corbs said:

Hey Sneaker, I've been toying around with using symbols like that in the Top 20. This is eerily strange.

#8

said:

The USA Vc list of 9/23:
1) - Super mario bros. 3
2) - Super mario bros.
3) - Super mario world
4) - Super mario bros. 2
5) - Super mario 64
6) - The legend of Zelda: Majora's mask
7) - The legend of Zelda
8) - Mario kart 64
9) - Punch-out!! Featuring Mr. Dream
10) - The legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
11) - Donkey kong country
12) - Pac-man
13) - Super return of the Jedi
14) - Super Mario RPG: Legend of the seven stars
15) - Donkey Kong
16) - Paper mario
17) - Sonic the Hedgehog 2
18) - The legend of Zelda: A link to the Past
19) - Galaga
20) - Star fox 64

We welcome:

  • 20) - Star fox 64 (maybe because of the rumor of a wii sequel, people bought this)

We say goodbye to:

  • Super star wars

Other then that, just a bunch of shuffling. More Information next week as Im now going to list the vc top 20 every week.

Djungelurban

#9

Djungelurban said:

Someone on NoE headquarters has seriously been fiddling around with the algoritm a bit too much in the past few days and now the chart movement makes no sense anymore. For example, this time last night Pokemon was at 12th, midday today it was 7th and now it's down to 12th again. There's no way that should happen, especially since it didn't even chart last week. How hard is it to just measure the number of sales for any given game within the last 7 days. Seriously NoE, just solve this and then stop messing about, it annoys me.

The Swedish top 20:
(2) 1 - Tales of Monkey Island Chapter 1: Launch of the Screaming Narwhal
(1) 2 - Contra ReBirth
(4) 3 - Driift Mania
(3) 4 - Family Slot Car Racing
(6) 5 - Final Fantasy IV: The After Years
(5) 6 - World Of Goo
(8) 7 - Texas Hold'em Poker
(19) 8 - Bonsai Barber
(15) 9 - Onslaught
(11) 10 - Mega Man 9
(10) 11 - LostWinds*
(12) 12 - Bubble Bobble Plus!
(R) 13 - Fun! Fun! Minigolf
(R) 14 - My Pokémon Ranch*
(R) 15 - Bomberman Blast*
(R) 16 - Water Warfare
(9) 17 - Icarian: Kindred Spirits
(R) 18 - My Aquarium*
(7) 19 - Swords & Soldiers
(-) 20 - Magnetis

Left the chart:
(13) - - Arkanoid Plus! (4w)
(14) - - Bit.Trip Core (4w)
(16) - - Mr Driller W (3w)
(17) - - Gradius Rebirth (11w)
(18) - - Texas Hold'em Tournament (25w)
(20) - - Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: My Life As A King* (65w)

See what I mean? The chart has gone crazy...

SKTTR

#10

SKTTR said:

The charts aren't going crazy. They're just updated every hour!
24 times a day.

Egg_miester

#12

Egg_miester said:

its good to see contra able to withstand fish not many games can only if we can get megaman 9 back on the list and ff4 at 2

Earendel68

#14

Earendel68 said:

Hello again, everyone!!! I'm here to give you the mexican Top 20 WiiWare of September 23th. Let's check it out:

1 (1) - Contra Rebirth
2 (2) - My Pokémon Ranch
3 (3) - My Aquarium
4 (N) - Texas Hold'em Poker
5 (4) - Bomberman Blast
6 (5) - World of Goo
7 (8) - Final Fantasy IV: The After Years
8 (9) - Dr. Mario Online Rx
9 (6) - Tiki Towers
10 (12) - Mega Man 9
11 (10) - Sexy Poker
12 (13) - Nyx Quest: Kindred Spirits
13 (12) - Tetris Party
14 (15) - Defend Your Castle
15 (16) - Water Warfare
16 (18) - ADVENTURE ISLAND: The Beginning
17 (11) - 3-2-1, Rattle Battle!
18 (-) - Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: My Life as a Darklord
19 (-) - Brain Challenge
20 (-) - LostWinds

Once again, there are so many changes in the lower spots of the list. I think it is really ironic than Texas Hold'em Poker arrives directly at the fourth spot as it's brother T. H. Tournament has left the list from the 14th place!! Never mind, I hope people would prefer this than Sexy Poker, still surviving in 11th.

Two big drops this week: Tetris Party and 3-2-1, Rattle Battle!
Top 3 seems like it will stay like this for a while
Three returnings in the last days: FFCC: My Life as a Darklord, Brain Challenge and LostWinds. Good for them, right??

And now (it's indeed VERY FUNNY!!!) the mexican Top 20 VC:

1 (1) - Super Mario Bros. 3 (NES)
2 (2) - The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask (N64)
3 (3) - Super Mario Bros. (NES)
4 (4) - Super Mario World (SNES)
5 (5) - The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (N64)
6 (7) - Super Mario 64 (N64)
7 (6) - Mario Kart 64 (N64)
8 (8) - Super Mario Bros. 2 (NES)
9 (9) - Star Fox 64 (N64)
10 (11) - Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars (SNES)
11 (14) - Punch Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream (NES)
12 (12) - Pac-Man (NES)
13 (17) - METAL SLUG 2 (NEO GEO)
14 (16) - Paper Mario (N64)
15 (19) - Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards (N64)
16 (10) - Super Return of the Jedi (SNES)
17 (13) - Yoshi's Story (N64)
18 (15) - Donkey Kong Country (SNES)
19 (18) - Super Metroid (SNES)
20 (-) - Pokémon Snap (N64)

OK, the last spots show more movement here as well. Super Return of the Jedi is the biggest drop, along with Yoshi's Story.
METAL SLUG 2 and Punch Out are slowly climbing up.
And Pokémon Snap switches place with The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past in the last spot

If America would launch more VC games, MAYBE this list would have more movement, right??

I WANT A FINAL FANTASY GAME IN VC, PLEASE!!!!!!!

See you, fellas!!!

dizzy_boy

#15

dizzy_boy said:

wtf is it with all of these poker games on wiiware. i wouldn`t mind if they were all different variations of the game, but they all seem to play by texas hold `em rules. which kind of defeats the reasoning behind why there`s more than one holding a chart position.

WolfRamHeart

#16

WolfRamHeart said:

I really hope that You, Me and the Cubes makes it onto the charts next week. It is such a great and original title and it deserves to be at the top of the sales charts.

Jazzem

#17

Jazzem said:

Very well deserved for Contra, I'd been out of the WiiWare jist for a while, what a way to get back into it! :) Such a fun, explosive game, hah!

CharlieRod

#18

CharlieRod said:

Contra Rebirth was pretty easy on normal and hard and I played by myself. How do you unlock the playable character on the left? Do I have to play Nightmare mode because then maybe I'll need another person, and my brothers no that good at those quick reflex kind of games and timing and that sort of thing.

Sean_Aaron

#19

Sean_Aaron said:

Okay, big update for me as I've decided to do both the Japan and UK lists!

Japanese WiiWare
1 (1) Pokemon Scramble
2 (3) Final Fantasy IV - The After Years
3 (2) Discipline
4 (4) Simple Series Vol. 4: The Room Escape
5 (5) Pokemon Fantasy Dungeon Ikuzo! The Adventures of Storm
6 (6) Pokemon Fantasy Dungeon Muzase! The Adventures of Light
7 (N) Animal Life
8 (10) Bomberman Blast
9 (7) Asobu Made in Ore
10 (9) Pole's Big Adventure
11 (8) Pokemon Fantasy Dungeon Susumu! The Adventures of Flame
12 (14) Fish Eyes Challenge (Reel Fishing Challenge)
13 (15) Game of Life
14 (11) Rockman 9
15 (13) My Pokemon Ranch Platinum
16 (16) Karaoke Joysound Wii
17 (12) Okiraku Tennis Wii
18 (17) FFCC My Life as a Darklord
19 (18) Tomy Car Driver
20 (20) Final Fantasy: My Life as a King

Farewell: Harapeko Aomushi no ABC

Very little change this week: newcomer Animal Life pushes the kids' ABC title off the charts with an impressive 7th place debut -- could this be the new My Aquarium? Only time will tell!

Japanese VC Top 20
1 (1) Super Mario Bros. (FC)
2 (2) Super Mario Bros. 3 (FC)
3 (17) Ganbare Goemon 3: Shishijyuurokubei no Karakuri Manji Katame (SFC)
4 (4) Super Mario World (SFC)
5 (3) Puyo Puyo 2 (MD)
6 (5) Downtown Special Kunio-Kun no Jidaigeki dayo Zenin Shuugoo (FC)
7 (6) Final Fantasy III (FC)
8 (8) Super Mario Bros. 2 (FC)
9 (7) RYGAR (ARC)
10 (10) Super Mario RPG (SFC)
11 (11) Final Fantasy IV (SFC)
12 (12) Super Mario Kart (SFC)
13 (9) Legend of Zelda Majora's Mask (N64)
14 (15) Super Mario 64 (N64)
15 (13) Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time (N64)
16 (20) Downtown Nekketsu Kooshinkyoku Soreyuku Daiundookai (FC)
17 (16) Mario Kart 64 (N64)
18 (18) Super Smash Bros (N64)
19 (19) Seiken Densetsu 2 (SFC)
20 (-) Ice Climber (FC)

Farewell: Xevious (ARC)

Goemon jumps to number 3 and the reappearance of Ice Climber means Xevious arcade disappears from the charts.

UK WiiWare
1 (2) Tales of Monkey Island Chapter 1
2 (3) My Aquarium
3 (1) Contra Rebirth
4 (4) Family Slot Car Racing
5 (-) World of Goo
6 (5) My Pokemon Ranch
7 (9) Pop-Up Pirate!
8 (7) Driift Mania
9 (13) LostWinds
10 (11) Onslaught
11 (10) Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: My Life As A Darklord
12 (8) Texas Hold'em Poker
13 (12) Bomberman Blast
14 (14) Texas Hold'em Tournament
15 (15) Swords & Soldiers
16 (N) Learning with the PooYoos, Episode 1
17 (17) Bonsai Barber
18 (20) Final Fantasy IV: The After Years
19 (-) Defend Your Castle
20 (N) Magnetis

Farewell: Mr Driller W, Arkanoid Plus!, BIT.TRIP CORE

A mix of old and new games popping into the chart push out some quality titles this week.

UK VC Top 20
1 Super Mario Bros. 3 (NES)
2 Super Mario Bros. (NES)
3 Metroid (NES)
4 Super Star Wars (SNES)
5 Sonic the Hedgehog (SMS)
6 Super Mario World (SNES)
7 Super Mario 64 (N64)
8 The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask (N64)
9 Pac-Man (NES)
10 Pilotwings (SNES)
11 The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (N64)
12 Mario Kart 64 (N64)
13 Alex Kidd in Miracle World (SMS)
14 Super Mario Bros. 2 (NES)
15 Golden Axe (ARC)
16 Super Smash Bros. (N64)
17 Donkey Kong Country (SNES)
18 Sonic the Hedgehog (MD)
19 Super Metriod (SNES)
20 The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (SNES)

An interesting contrast to the Japanese chart, though jealous Norte Americanos will note that the original Smash Bros. features in both countries' charts! And Sonic on both SMS and MD? Two SMS games? It will be interesting to see how this looks in a few week's time.

vherub

#21

vherub said:

I hope Nyx sold enough so that Over the Top games keeps supporting wiiware.
The game was a treat to play and made great use of wii-specific controls.

Starwolf_UK

#22

Starwolf_UK said:

The WiiWare.co.uk charts (top 10 WiiWare, UK club Nintendo members only, spot the differences...):
1 (2) Tales of Monkey Island
2 (1) Contra Rebirth™
3 (-) My Aquarium
4 (-) Family Slot Car Racing
5 (-) World of Goo™
6 (N) Lost Winds
7 (6) FINAL FANTASY CRYSTAL CHRONICLES: My Life as a Darklord
8 (-) Driift Mania™
9 (-) Pop-Up Pirate!™
10 (N) Onslaught™

It should be noted the lost winds sequel being pushed on the front page of Nintendo.co.uk and wiiware.co.uk (as well an e-mail sent out to members) are likely contributers to the sales rise.

For those of you who missed last week My Pokemon Ranch and Texas Hold'Em Poker are the ones to have vanished. I'd like to say Onslaughts entry is due to being on the Wiiware.co.uk spotlight but so is My Pokemon Ranch :(

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