Okay, Guitar Hero 5 launched on September 11th. The Beatles: Rock Band launched on September 9th (you may have missed the news on that one if you were living in a disused cave in Lativia). The Beatles edition of Rock Band managed to make its ELSPA chart demo debut in a higher position than any other version of the game (Number 4). However, Guitar Hero 5 outsold it and came out at Number 1.
One theory here is that, despite an advertising barrage across all media, Beatles fans are either patient (waiting for a price drop) or simply want to listen to the music rather than pretending to play along with it. Or, Guitar Hero is just more popular.
Also new to the chart is Colin McRae Dirt 2 (Number 2), a fine figure of a racing game. Other notables see Arkham Asylum holding a top three spot (Number 3). Ashes Cricket maintains the last vestiges of summer at Number 10, while Mario Kart Wii returns to the Top 10.
(NE) - 1 - Guitar Hero 5 - Red Octane
(NE) - 2 - Colin Mcrae: Dirt 2 - Codemasters
(1) - 3 - Batman: Arkham Asylum - Eidos
(NE) - 4 - The Beatles: Rock Band - EA Games
(4) - 5 - Wii Fit - Nintendo
(2) - 6 - Wii Sports Resort - Nintendo
(6) - 7 - Il2 Sturmovik: Birds Of Prey - 1C Company
(3) - 8 - Call Of Duty 4: Modern Warfare - Activision
(12) - 9 - Mario Kart Wii - Nintendo
(5) - 10 - Ashes Cricket 2009 - Codemasters