By Mark Johnson
After storming into the charts at Number 1 last week World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade
has calmed to become more of a light gale - after a week at the top it drops down to Number 5.
Software sales as a whole feel the strain as they drop 13% in units and 16% in value. Only the handhelds climb in sales, with the DS, GBA and PSP all creeping up in both units and value.
Sitting proudly in the spot previously occupied by Vivendi's Burning Crusade
is Capcom's Lost Planet: Extreme Condition
. Feel free to insert your own pun relating to low temperatures here. Capcom has already trumped last year in terms of time at the top. Last year its best performer was Dead Rising
which managed just one week at the top.
Footy games have a good week, with EA's FIFA 07
clambering from Number 4 up to Number 2. Konami's Pro Evolution Soccer 6
follows suit and bumps its way up from Number 5 to Number 3.
Nintendo has a spiffy week as the publisher with the most titles in the Top 40 (eight, if you were wondering). Wii Play
jumps up to Number 4 after sitting on the just outside the Top 10 at Number 11 last week. WarioWare: Smooth Moves
drops ever so slightly from Number 3 to Number 6.
manages to manoeuvre its way back into the Top 10, shifting gears and climbing from Number 16 to Number 9. (I avoided cracking wise on Lost Planet
, so feel entirely justified in its bad punnery about Cars
THQ also enjoys success outside the Top 10 with Zoo Tycoon DS
leaping from Number 37 to Number 24.
And that's how things look leaving January.