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Christmas UK Sales Charts - Surprisingly Unsurprising Edition

Posted by Karl Thomson

Wii dominates the charts despite being overshadowed by Modern Warfare 2

At the beginning of time (the 80s), man created video game consoles, and he rested partially content. After creating games, marketing, public outcry, double digits' worth of bits and CDs, man rested slightly more content. Then came sales tracking, and who knew when the first sales tracked and charted that in 2009 a game would destroy every record in the books and remain a number-one selling title despite the fact that everybody owns 1.7 copies already.

Numbers in brackets indicate previous weeks position. Bolded titles are Nintendo products.

All-format Chart
1. [1] Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
2. [5] FIFA 10
3. [5] Wii Fit Plus
4. [2] Wii Sports Resort
5. [3] Assassin's Creed II
6. [7] Mario & Sonic At The Olympic Winter Games
7. [6] New Super Bros. Wii
8. [9] Forza Motorsport 3
9. [10] Mario Kart Wii
10. [8] Just Dance

Wii Chart
1. [1] Wii Sports Resort
2. [2] New Super Mario Bros. Wii
3. [3] Mario & Sonic At The Olympic Winter Games
4. [4] Mario Kart Wii
5. [6] Rabbids Go Home
6. [5] F1 2009
7. [14] Hasbro Family Games Night 2
8. [13] U-Sing
9. [9] Toy Story Mania
10. [10] Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare: Reflex

DS Chart
1. [2] Professor Layton And Pandora's Box
2. [3] The Legend Of Zelda: Spirit Tracks
3. [4] Mario & Sonic At The Olympic Winter Games
4. [3] Dr Kawashima's Brain Training
5. [7] New Super Mario Bros.
6. [5] Cooking Mama
7. [6] Professor Layton And The Curious Village
8. [8] Mario Kart DS
9. [11] More Brain Training From Dr Kawashima
10. [12] Style Boutique

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 has spent its sixth consecutive week on the all-format chart, despite total domination by the Wii. Seven out of the top ten selling games are on Nintendo's plucky little console, a storming effort to be sure. New Super Mario Bros. Wii should be a little higher in our opinion, specifically that yummy first spot, but 7th and 2nd are still worthy spots. The fact that the new Legend of Zelda title, Spirit Tracks, isn't in first for the DS is perplexing too.

Just Dance charted astonishingly well at number 10 on the all-format chart, and the fact that Call of Duty: Modern Warfare: Reflex charted at number ten on the Wii charts indicates the hardcore market is still alive and kicking despite the ever-growing group of naysayers.

It should be noted that the Wii and DS charts only list full-price games, which explains why neither Wii Fit Plus nor Just Dance appear despite placing handsomely on the all-format list. As those titles are budget-priced, they are tracked on a different chart. Just squint and imagine they're wedged in 1st and 6th place.

[via officialnintendomagazine.co.uk]

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User Comments (19)

Knux

#2

Knux said:

Wii Fit Plus should not be on there, NSMBW should be the best selling Wii retail game!

blank_user_1

#3

blank_user_1 said:

That's too bad for Reflex. But, ugh, Wii's entire list is half full of mediocre titles.

edit: Why is Wii Fit Plus not on top of the Wii chart?

Roo

#5

Roo said:

If by quality was how these charts were measured, then Pandora's Box would be at #1!

James

#6

James said:

@WolfRamHeart - judging from my research, absolutely bloody everyone. It's on TV practically every five minutes here and seems to be on many people's Christmas lists. I'm sure with its low budget (all the songs are covers, basic graphics etc.) it's made Ubisoft a pretty penny this year. I'm certain next year's inevitable sequel will include Balance Board support. Yay.

WaLzgiStaff

#9

WaLzgi said:

How the heck can everyone own 1.7 copies of Call of Duty: MW2?

DarkEdi

#11

DarkEdi said:

Do a review of Just Dance and Karaoke Revolution (i loved GC KRParty)) please!!

daz1131

#12

daz1131 said:

Ok I dont understand.

If Wii Fit plus is the biggest selling game Wii game in the all format chart why is it not on the Wii only chart ( or indeed number one ) ?

James

#13

James said:

From the article:

"It should be noted that the Wii and DS charts only list full-price games, which explains why neither Wii Fit Plus nor Just Dance appear despite placing handsomely on the all-format list. As those titles are budget-priced, they are tracked on a different chart. Just squint and imagine they're wedged in 1st and 6th place."

Mach-X

#14

Mach-X said:

@prosody, err, that still doesn't explain the logic of those charts. If Mario and Sonic outsells NSMBW overall, it should outsell it on the Wii only chart too XD

JimLad

#16

JimLad said:

Well not bad in the face of multiplatform behemoths.
(Actually that applies to pretty much all year round with the excption of perhaps a new Halo or Metal Gear)

Token_Girl

#17

Token_Girl said:

@Mach-X

There's a Mario and Sonic for Wii and DS, so their combined sales are probably higher than NSMBW than just the Wii version.

Big_A2

#18

Big_A2 said:

Ugh... seeing the games on these sales charts always makes me feel sick.

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