In a move that will shock no-one Ubisoft and Namco Bandai have slashed their way in at the top of the Chart with the Xbox 360 and PS3 seated SoulCalibur IV
The fourth instalment in the series is the first to top the Charts since SoulCalibur II
nabbed the top spot for one week all the way back in the dank, dark depths of time (September 2003, if you can imagine it) with its PS2, Xbox and GameCube outing.
Chart-Track calls this the “fastest selling in the franchise” (read: best-selling in a launch week), with the PS3 version outselling its PS2 predecessor (numéro trois
, which was a platform exclusive) in launch week by three-to-one. This is also the fastest selling traditional beat-'em-up on the PS3 or 360.
Microsoft fans – if you want something to beat your Sony brethren around the head with, the 360 version sold best with 56% of sales.
Now, you might want to say that as the only game of note released this week (or for a while) SoulCalibur IV
was bound to top the Charts. You'd be right, of course. But that doesn't mean to say it had no competition from previous Number 1 incumbents. While Nintendo’s Wii Fit
has been relegated to Number 2, it saw a 35% jump in sales, so SCIV
didn't get to cruise in at Number 1 with no effort.
Similarly, Mario Kart Wii
(a non-mover at Number 3) got a red mushroom sales boost of 25%.
doesn't perform quite so well, sliding a couple of places to Number 4. THQ does well elsewhere, however, with Big Beach Sports
clambering from Number 10 to Number 5. It switches places with LucasArts/Activision's LEGO Indiana Jones
Oh - and Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games
is still in the Top 10 at Number 8, so you don't have to worry about water running in the wrong direction or anything.
Next week, watch for... Ah, we won't lie to you. There's little of interest coming out. Sierra's The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor
for the DS and PS2 might make a small dent...
You can see the Top 10 below (last week's positions are in brackets), or you can find the full Top 40 here
(NE) 1 SoulCalibur IV
- Namco Bandai
(1) 2 Wii Fit
(3) 3 Mario Kart Wii
(2) 4 Wall-E
- Play THQ
(10) 5 Big Beach Sports
- Play THQ
(4) 6 Guitar Hero On Tour
(6) 7 WII PLAY
(7) 8 Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games
(9) 9 Dr Kawashima's Brain Training
(5) 10 LEGO Indiana Jones