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Top 20 WiiWare Games in USA (21st Oct)

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 21st of October:

1 [1] - Contra Rebirth
2 [2] - Reel Fishing Challenge
3 [3] - My Aquarium
4 [4] - World of Goo
5 [5] - Tetris Party
6 [9] - Word Searcher
7 [N] - LostWinds: Winter of the Melodias
8 [7] - Dr Mario Online Rx
9 [6] - Texas Hold'Em Poker
10 [11] - My Pokémon Ranch
11 [10] - Final Fantasy IV: The After Years
12 [8] - Driift Mania
13 [12] - Arkanoid Plus!
14 [14] - Sexy Poker
15 [16] - Family Mini Golf
16 [15] - Defend Your Castle
17 [17] - Brain Challenge
18 [19] - BUST-A-MOVE Plus!
19 [18] - Water Warfare
20 [13] - You, Me, and the Cubes

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

Well the top five games remain unchanged from last week, with Contra Rebirth still in solid control of the #1 spot.

We did see LostWinds: Winter of the Melodias make its debut during its same week of release, and it did so all the way up in the #7 spot. Could this be the game to finally unseat Contra Rebirth? It's looking very likely. :)

The big climber this week was Word Searcher, moving up three spots to #6. The big dropper this week was You, Me, and the Cubes, which dropped seven spots to #20. Looks like this could be its last week on the Top 20.

Of course with the debut of LostWinds: Winter of the Melodias we did see Tales of Monkey Island: Chapter 1 fall off of the Top 20 this week.

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User Comments (41)

Djungelurban

#3

Djungelurban said:

The Swedish top 20:
(1) 1 - LostWinds: Winter of the Melodias
(2) 2 - Tales of Monkey Island Chapter 2: The Siege of Spinner Cay
(3) 3 - Tales of Monkey Island Chapter 1: Launch of the Screaming Narwhal
(4) 4 - Driift Mania
(5) 5 - Contra ReBirth
(6) 6 - Aha! I Got It! Escape Game
(14) 7 - LostWinds*
(9) 8 - Mega Man 9*
(7) 9 - Sexy Poker
(8) 10 - Final Fantasy IV: The After Years
(11) 11 - Bomberman Blast*
(10) 12 - World Of Goo
(13) 13 - Family Slot Car Racing
(12) 14 - Fun! Fun! Minigolf
(R) 15 - Bubble Bobble Plus!
(15) 16 - Tetris Party
(-) 17 - Little Tournament Over Yonder
(19) 18 - My Aquarium*
(R) 19 - Swords & Soldiers
(R) 20 - Gradius ReBirth

Left the chart:
(16) - - Onslaught (35w)
(17) - - My Pokémon Ranch* (58w)
(18) - - Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: My Life As A Darklord (10w)
(20) - - You, Me and the Cubes (3w)

D_Johnson

#5

D_Johnson said:

I honestly expected Lost Winds to go straight to number one. But considering the game has only been out for three days it really can't go up that fast. Maybe next week...

And geez, are people THAT curious about Strip Poker? It doesn't even have real nudity!

sfog

#6

sfog said:

I wonder if the "free" NES game redemptions will affect our top 20 VC list. Currently, Final Fantasy is at #3 (since earlier this week anyway, only behind SMB3 and SMB), but the rest of the list is pretty much the same.

Sneaker13

#8

Sneaker13 said:

The Dutch WiiWare List of 22-10:
1) (1) Untitled LostWinds: Winter of the Melodias
2) (2) Untitled My Aquarium
3) (4) UntitledFamily Slot Car Racing
4) (3) Untitled Tales of Monkey Island Chapter 1
5) (6) Untitled"Aha! I Got It!" Escape Game
6) (11) Untitled My Pokémon Ranch
7) (7) Untitled Texas Hold'em Tournament
8) (9) Untitled Sexy Poker
9) (8) Untitled TV Show King
10) (-) Untitled Heron: Steam Machine NEW
11) (14) Untitled Tetris Party
12) (5) Untitled Tales of Monkey Island Chapter 2
13) (10) Untitled Driift Mania
14) (15) Untitled Onslaught
15) (13) Untitled Learning with the PooYoos, Episode 1
16) (19) Untitled LostWinds
17) (18) Untitled Swords & Soldiers
18) (16) Untitled World of Goo
19) (12) Untitled Contra Rebirth
20) (-) Untitled Bomberman Blast

Two new releases first the Dutch game Heron: Steam Machine which came out last week and entered the top 20 at number 10. The second game is Bomberman Blast which came out 12th Sep 2008.

With two new releases, we say goodbye too:

  • Texas Hold'em Poker (17 last week)
  • You, Me, and the Cubes (20 last week)

Biggest climber is My Pokémon Ranch with five spots from 11 to 6.

Biggest droppers are Tales of Monkey Island Chapter 2 (from 5 to 12) and Contra Rebirth (from 12 to 19). Both dropped seven spots.

The Dutch VC List of 22-10:
1) (1) Untitled Super Mario Bros. 3
2) (2) Untitled Super Mario Bros.
3) (15) Untitled Kirby's Adventure
4) (4) Untitled Super Mario Bros. 2
5) (8) Untitled Pac-Man
6) (3) Untitled Super Mario World
7) (19) Untitled The Legend of Zelda
8) (14) Untitled Donkey Kong
9) (-) Untitled Adventure Island
10) (7) Untitled Sonic The Hedgehog
11) (5) Untitled Super Mario 64
12) (-) Untitled Zelda II: The Adventure of Link
13) (6) Untitled The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask
14) (-) Untitled Metroid
15) (13) Untitled Donkey Kong Country
16) (11) Untitled Super Smash Bros.
17) (10) Untitled The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
18) (-) Untitled Double Dragon
19) (-) Untitled Mario Bros.
20) (12) Untitled The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past

Lots of new releases and all NES games. I probably have something to do with the Free NES game that everyone can download who have bought the Internet Channel. Anyway, the list with newcomers.
Adventure Island, Zelda II: the Adventure of Link, Metroid, Double Dragon, Mario Bros.

With five new releases, we say goodbye to:

  • Super Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (9 last week)
  • Paper Mario (16 last week)
  • Mario Kart 64 (17 last week)
  • Super Star Wars (18 last week )
  • Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars (20 last week)

Biggest climbers (also thanks to the Free NES game promotion) are Kirby's Adventure with twelve spots from 15 to 3 and The Legend of Zelda from 19 to 7 again with twelve spots. Donkey Kong also did well with six spots from 14 to 8.

Biggest droppers are both 64 Zelda's with seven spots. Majora's Mask dropped from 6 to 13 and Ocarina of Time from 10 to 17. Other droppers are Super Mario 64 with six spots from 5 to 11 and Super Smash Bros. with five spots from 11 to 16.

Flandy

#12

Flandy said:

how long had defend your castle been on the top 20 xgeb studios must be making a s*** load of money from that little game
but its so addtcing :)

Earendel68

#13

Earendel68 said:

Hello there everyone!!! As you know, another Wednesday means another WiiWare Top 20; so let's see...

1 (1) - Contra Rebirth
2 (2) - My Pokèmon Ranch
3 (3) - My Aquarium
4 (N) - LostWinds: Winter of the Melodias
5 (4) - Bomberman Blast
6 (6) - World of Goo
7 (10) - Defend Your Castle
8 (11) - Tetris Party
9 (9) - Dr. Mario Online Rx
10 (8) - DRiFT Mania
11 (-) - LostWinds
12 (5) - Final Fantasy IV: The After Years
13 (7) - Mega Man 9
14 (16) - ADVENTURE ISLAND: The Beginning
15 (17) - Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: My Life as a King
16 (19) - Sexy Poker
17 (13) - Texas Hold'em Poker
18 (12) - You, Me, and the Cubes
19 (14) - TV Show King
20 (-) - Ant Nation

Well, the great winner this week is, of course, LostWinds: Winter of the Melodias getting the 4th position in it's first week, along with it's predecesor LostWinds, which is in the 11 position now.

Defend Your Castle and Tetris Party are the bigest climbers here, with 3 positions up (Sexy Poker too, but I hate to see it in the chart...)

And on the dropers side, there are many of them. Final Fantasy IV: The After Years (ooouuucchhh!!!!); Mega Man 9; Texas Hold'em Poker; You, Me, and the Cubes; TV Show King with 4, 5 or even more spots less.

Finally, let's say goodbye to NyxQuest: Kindred Spirits, Family Tennis and BUBBLE BOBBLE Plus!

And now, my favorite part for this week: the VC Top 20:

1 (1) - Super Mario Bros. 3 (NES)
2 (2) - Super Mario Bros. (NES)
3 (-) - Kirby's Adventure (NES)
4 (4) - Super Mario World (SNES)
5 (3) - The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask (N64)
6 (9) - Super Mario Bros. 2 (NES)
7 (5) - The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (N64)
8 (14) - Final Fantasy (NES)
9 (12) - Punch Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream (NES)
10 (10) - Pac-Man
11 (6) - Super Mario 64 (N64)
12 (-) - The Legend of Zelda (NES)
13 (-) - Metroid (NES)
14 (-) - Castlevania III Dracula's Curse (NES)
15 (7) - Mario Kart 64 (N64)
16 (-) - Zelda II - The Adventure of Link (NES)
17 (-) - Mega Man 3 (NES)
18 (-) - Double Dragon (NES)
19 (8) - METAL SLUG 2 (NEOGEO)
20 (11) - Paper Mario (N64)

As all of you know, Nintendo is giving a NES game for free to those who (like myself) bought the Internet Channel for 500 Wii Points. Actually, even with this "gift", I never expected to this week's VC chart with so many changes.

So, first the dropers: both Zelda games for N64, with 2 spots less; Super Mario 64, Mario Kart 64, METAL SLUG 2 and Paper Mario.

The climbers (almost new adittions, actually): Kirby's Adventure ( in the 3TH PLACE, FOR GOD'S SAKE!!!) both Zelda games for NES; Metroid; Castlevania III; Mega Man 3 and Double Dragon

It is curious than Super Mario World didn't move when EVEN Zelda games fall after a long time

Let's say goodbye to: for the SNES, Donkey Kong Country; Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars; for N64 Star Fox 64; Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards; Yoshi's Story and Pokèmon Snap; and also to Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels (which, ironically, is NOT possible to get as a "gift" for it costs 600 Wii Points hahahaha). Which one of this games shall come back to the chart when this euforia for NES games is over??? We'll see...

Until the next Wednesday!!!!

#17

said:

Wow. Is incredible how "My pokemon ranch" is popular in Mexico o_O

chris3116

#18

chris3116 said:

This week in Canada:

1 (4) - World of Goo
2 (3) - Tetris Party
3 (2) - Contra Rebirth
4 (N) - LostWinds: Winter of the Melodias
5 (7) - Reel Fishing Challenge
6 (8) - Dr. Mario Online RX
7 (1) - Driift Mania
8 (6) - Final Fantasy IV: The After Years
9 (5) - Arkanoid Plus
10 (9) - My Aquarium
11 (10) - Texas Hold'em Poker
12 (12) - Bust-A-Move Plus
13 (13) - Word Searcher
14 (11) - My Pokemon Ranch
15 (14) - Sexy Poker
16 (15) - Bubble Bobble Plus
17 (16) - Tales of Monkey Island Chapter 1
18 (19) - FFCC: My Life as a Darklord
19 (18) - Defend your Castle
20 (20) - Water Warfare

You, Me and The Cube (17) is gone

Ryuuga

#19

Ryuuga said:

GO GO GO, LOST WINDS!!!

I hope it comes to be the first next week! Just bought it today and it`s just fantastic! It deserves the 1st position!

WolfRamHeart

#20

WolfRamHeart said:

Hooray for Lost Winds 2! I'm really happy to see it shooting up the sales charts so fast! I hope it continues to climb!

I just don't understand why people are still buying Word Searcher.

D_Johnson

#22

D_Johnson said:

I also don't understand why Pokemon Ranch has been around for so long. I mean, its a neat Pokemon app for the fans, but you would think that by know anyone that wanted the app would have gotten it by now!

Hopefully, the release of the Mystery Dungeon games and the fighting game will make people forget about it.

Jockolantern

#23

Jockolantern said:

Go, LostWinds 2! Here's hoping it only goes higher on the charts by next week. Just completed the game yesterday and it quite deserves to sell well. Great sequel, great game.

Bass_X0

#24

Bass_X0 said:

you would think that by know anyone that wanted the app would have gotten it by now!

Thats what I think about a lot of releases at the top of the charts; on VC too.

Sean_Aaron

#25

Sean_Aaron said:

I don't want to step on anyone's toes, but since my NA Wii is set to Brazil, should I do the Brazilian stats as well?

Japan WiiWare Top 20

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

Farewell: Sugar Bunnies Wii Yookoso Bunnies Field

Almost no change from last time, though it looks like Discipline has definitely run out of steam and there's only so much interest in a tangram sequel. The Adventures of Flame seems to have been the least popular of the Pokemon Dungeon games all along, but it wasn't clear how much so until now! Tomy Car Driver has some unexpected resiliance coming back after a short absence from the charts to bump the Sanrio bunny game out of the bottom.

Japan VC top 20

1 (6) Kirby Super Deluxe (SFC)
2 (1) Super Mario Bros. (FC)
3 (2) Super Mario Bros. 3 (FC)
4 (5) Super Mario World (SFC)
5 (4) Ganbare Goemon 3: Shishijyuurokubei no Karakuri Manji Katame (SFC)
6 (7) Puyo Puyo 2 (MD)
7 (8) Downtown Special Kunio-Kun no Jidaigeki dayo Zenin Shuugoo (FC)
8 (9) Final Fantasy III (FC)
9 (3) Bahamut Lagoon (SFC)
10 (10) Legend of Zelda Majora's Mask (N64)
11 (11) Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time (N64)
12 (14) Super Mario Bros. 2 (FC)
13 (17) Mario Kart 64 (N64)
14 (15) Fighting Street (PCE)
15 (12) Super Mario Kart (SFC)
16 (18) Super Mario RPG (SFC)
17 (16) Super Mario 64 (N64)
18 (19) Seiken Densetsu 2 (SFC)
19 (20) Super Smash Bros (N64)
20 (13) Bravoman (ARC)

Just some shuffling this week; Kirby Super Deluxe rockets into number one and Bravoman is clearly on the way out; presumably to be replaced by Dig Dug?

UK WiiWare Top 20

1 (1) LostWinds: Winter of the Melodias
2 (3) Tales of Monkey Island Chapter 1
3 (2) Tales of Monkey Island Chapter 2
4 (5) My Aquarium
5 (4) "Aha! I Got It!" Escape Game
6 (6) World of Goo
7 (7) My Pokemon Ranch
8 (8) Family Slot Car Racing
9 (11) LostWinds
10 (10) Onslaught
11 (13) Driift Mania
12 (14) Bomberman Blast
13 (12) Sexy Poker
14 (16) Pop-Up Pirate!
15 (15) Contra Rebirth
16 (9) You, Me and the Cubes
17 (17) Learning with the PooYoos, Episode 1
18 (19) Texas Hold'em Poker
19 (N) Happy Holidays: Halloween
20 (-) Swords & Soldiers

Farewell: Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: My Life As A Darklord, Tetris Party

Incredibly Happy Holidays: Halloween has come into the charts; combined with the re-entry of Swords & Soldiers the second Final Fantasy "My Life As..." game exits and Tetris Party's re-entry is cut short.

UK VC Top 20

1 (1) Super Mario Bros. 3 (NES)
2 (2) Super Mario Bros. (NES)
3 (5) Sonic the Hedgehog (SMS)
4 (4) Super Mario World (SNES)
5 (6) Super Mario 64 (N64)
6 (N) Super Star Wars: Return of the Jedi (SNES)
7 (10) The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask (N64)
8 (8) Pac-Man (NES)
9 (7) Super Star Wars (SNES)
10 (3) Super Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (SNES)
11 (9) The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (N64)
12 (11) Alex Kidd in Miracle World (SMS)
13 (13) Sonic the Hedgehog (MD)
14 (14) Super Mario Bros. 2 (NES)
15 (12) Pilotwings (SNES)
16 (19) Super Smash Bros. (N64)
17 (20) Wonder Boy III: The Dragon's Trap (SMS)
18 (15) Mario Kart 64 (N64)
19 (N) Final Fight 2 (SNES)
20 (18) Donkey Kong Country (SNES)

Farewell: The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (SNES), R-TYPE (SMS)

Mostly shuffling, though a couple of new entries knock out an old Zelda title and an inferior R-TYPE port.

Djungelurban

#26

Djungelurban said:

Happy Holidays entered in the UK?! :D HAHAHAHAAH!
...
Although actually, that's just depressing...

Sean_Aaron

#27

Sean_Aaron said:

I was shocked. I get my numbers Wednesday morning mind, so I can always dream 24hrs. later that wasn't true, but I don't hold out any hope...

Bass_X0

#28

Bass_X0 said:

Several NES games have entered the VC top twenty in the U.K. since you got your numbers. The VC list you gave is unrecognisable to the list I just checked on the shop.

Sean_Aaron

#29

Sean_Aaron said:

Yeah, that's the problem with doing it at 7am on Wednesday morning before everyone's loaded their update and downloaded a freebie.

Next week may or may not be different!

Starwolf_UK

#31

Starwolf_UK said:

WiiWare.co.uk charts (This week's most downloaded titles by the UK's Club Nintendo members).
1 (1) LostWinds: Winter of the Melodias
2 (3) Tales of Monkey Island
3 (2) Tales of Monkey Island Chapter 2
4 (6) World of Goo™
5 (5) My Aquarium
6 (7) LostWinds
7 (8) My Pokemon Ranch
8 (9) Onslaught
9 (4) You, Me and the cubes
10 (R?) Bomberman Blast

Whoa. You,me and the cubes really did take a hammering :(

Sneaker13

#32

Sneaker13 said:

@wariowoods, I said it before and I will say it again. Dutch people are stupid ;). Thankfully a few good games are also doing well. But I think we are the only country in which Contra Rebirth is on it's way out (from 12 to 19.

Djungelurban

#33

Djungelurban said:

@warioswoods
In my mind it's everyone's new favorite gag gift to their friends... That's why it's selling... Yeah, that's my story and I'm stickin to it. And besides, it's sort of an anomaly, we're usually pretty good at awarding quality... Unless it's a puzzle game...

Earendel68

#34

Earendel68 said:

@Sneaker13 I don't think Dutch people are stupid, but sure it is weird to see Contra Rebirth almost out of the list, while the poker cards are selling that much!!!

Sneaker13

#35

Sneaker13 said:

Just kidding of course, but I'm glad that Texas Hold'em Poker is out of the list. Hopefully for good.

Ackbar7

#38

Ackbar7 said:

My Aquarium really is that good. It is the epic adventure of fish in a tank. You can feed them, or not it doesn't matter they are invincible. You can tap on the glass and make them dance a little. Actually epic doesn't even begin to cover it. I do actually have this, my 2 year old loves it. But I don't quite get it's staying power.

yodarulez

#39

yodarulez said:

I'm glad to see Lostwinds 2 move up the charts, it is awesome, but it's too short.

Hero_of_legend

#41

Hero_of_legend said:

Hang in there Discipline!!

I'm shocked how well Reel Fishing Challenge is doing, I'm so happy for MMV and Natsume! :D

And I'm also shocked that Discipline's done as well as it did, I expected it to bomb actually! O_o

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