Electronic Arts, unsurprisingly, has taken the top spot in the Charts this week. What might befuddle you a bit is just how the publisher has done it. The natural assumption would be that its game that has been receiving galactic levels of hype for the last billion years, Spore
, is sat pretty at Number 1. That would be fairly reasonable, but wrong. Mercenaries 2: World in Flames
is at the top.
It would seem that we're all fuel whores and that causing chaos by giving away free petrol during the London rush hour
works. The Xbox 360 version grabbed 60% of the sales, the PS3 got 33% and the PS2 got the rest.
Last week's Number 1, Tiger Woods PGA Tour 09
(another EA title), has been knocked to Number 2, meaning Spore
is left hanging 1,162 at Number 3. Spore
accounts for 53% of all full-price PC games sold this week.
The rest of the Top 10 is all just minor shuffling. Nintendo still has a strong presence with Wii Fit
at Number 4 (down one place), Mario Kart Wii
at Number 6 (down four places) and Wii Play
down two places at Number 7. Meanwhile, SEGA's Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games
is still kicking around the Top 10 with a drop of two places to Number 8, despite the fact that athletic cock-waving event being over for two weeks now.
Also new in the Top 40 are Microsoft?s Rare-developed candy gardening sequel, Viva Pinata: Trouble in Paradise
at Number 23, Deep Silver's S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Clear Sky
for the PC at Number 25 and Square Enix's Infinite Undiscovery
for the 360 at Number 28. The second week of sales for a couple of DS releases from Ubisoft and Atari serve the publishers well. Imagine Teacher
breaks in at Number 31 and Driving Theory Training
scrapes a pass at Number 39.
Next week, watch out for a sales surge for Rock Band
as it hits the PS3, PS2 and Wii.
(NE) 1 Mercenaries 2: World In Flames
(1) 2 Tiger Woods PGA Tour 09
(NE) 3 Spore
(3) 4 Wii Fit
(4) 5 Carnival: Funfair Games
(2) 6 Mario Kart Wii
(5) 7 Wii Play
(6) 8 Mario & Sonic At The Olympic Games
(7) 9 Big Beach Sports
(10) 10 Wall-E