(Updated) Monday morning saw the release of the UK all format single SKU software charts for the first six months of the year. The top three titles show that all those people buying Wii’s are still buying the same titles they have been for some time now.
Wii Fit, with the balance board, is out in front still showing that having spent £180 on a Wii people are not afraid of spending another £80 for a game that tells them they are fat. If they have got £260 to spend in these cash strapped times on a console and a game then maybe the PSPgo will tempt them this October when the same £260 will buy them a PSPgo and a game. Or maybe not.
The next two spots in the chart are Nintendo’s other two ever-present titles Wii Play and Mario Kart Wii respectively. Wii Play’s continued popularity is of course down the fact that it is the most cost effective way of picking up a second Wiimote and doubling your number of waggle mini-games.
Mario Kart Wii and its bundled steering wheel is perhaps the first ‘proper’ game in the chart. Maybe Sony try to entice Mario Kart Wii owners to upgrade to the PS3 in the new year by advertising the fact they will be able to use their Mario Kart wheel with PS3 racing games.
Skipping deftly over the title in forth place, Professor Layton and The Curious Village, we arrive at the first non-Nintendo title on the list and despite the Xbox 360’s substantial, and growing, lead in UK console installed base over the PS3 it is not a game you can play on Microsoft’s console.
Indeed, it is TSA’s favourite online shooter and showcase for the PS3’s graphical prowess, Killzone 2, that is leading the fight against all the balancing, waggling and touching that is going on in most console owning UK households.
The only other titles in the top ten that are available on the PS3 are the cross-platform Resident Evil 5 and Call of Duty: World at War. Remember that the latter of those was actually released before Christmas so the bulk of its sales are not counted in this chart.
Perhaps reflecting the dearth of big name 360 exclusives released during the first half of the year the first 360 title on the list is Capcom’s Resident Evil 5, the series’ first outing on a Microsoft console. The ever-present Call of Duty also makes an appearance for the 360 a few places lower down in the guise of World of War as it continues to rack up the sales eight months after release. Though curiously, in last week’s chart CoD:MW outsold CoD:WaW on both 360 and PS3. Not bad going for a game that has been on the shelves for twenty months now.
A little footnote for those of you interested in numbers, Dr Kawashima’s Brain Training, there at number seven in the chart and released way back in June 2006 has become the UK’s best selling video game ever having now sold more than 3,000,000 copies. Those looking for a corresponding increase in the intelligence of the average UK citizen may be disappointed.
UK Top Ten games so far this year:
1. Wii Fit (Wii – Nintendo)
2. Wii Play (Wii – Nintendo)
3. Mario Kart Wii (Wii – Nintendo)
4. Professor Layton And The Curious Village (DS – Nintendo)
5. Killzone 2 (PS3 – Sony)
6. Resident Evil 5 (360 – Capcom)
7. Dr Kawashima’s Brain Training (DS – Nintendo)
8. The Sims 3 (PC – EA)
9. Call Of Duty: World At War (360 – Activision)
10. Mario & Sonic At The Olympic Games (Wii – Sega)