Heavy Rain debuted at the top of the charts last week in the UK with SCEA CEO Jack Tretton saying the game has sold "incredibly well." That might be an understatement though. Data from Chart Track indicates that Quantic Dream's thriller topped Aliens vs. Predator, making it number one in the country.
Check the full top ten list after the break.
PopCap Games has a track record of making awesome games. Their latest creation, Plants vs. Zombies on the iPhone, has been on the App Store for not even a month, yet it's already reached $1 million in sales. PopCap reports 300,000 units sold within the game's first nine days of availability.
I'm not surprised by the news though, considering how great the PC version is. Many iPhone owners have likely played it and decided to pick it up for some mobile zombie action. I know I would.
Aliens vs. Predator made a surprising debut last week, knocking out BioShock 2 from the top spot in the UK charts after just one week. It's also now the fast-selling game of 2010, according to GfK Chart-Track data (which doesn't even include digitally distributed copies).
BioShock 2's sales fell 71% since last week, bringing it to the number three spot. Just Dance has maintained its position at number two.
Check out the full top 10 after the break.
BioShock 2 released last week, and it's landed itself in the UK's top spot. It beat out former reigning champion Just Dance as well as last week's number one selling game Mass Effect 2, which dropped down to number eight. Modern Warfare 2 was knocked from three to four, while FIFA 10 rose all the way to the third spot. Dante's Inferno, which also debuted last week, broke the top 10, falling in at the ninth position.
Check out the entire top 20 list after the break.
The January NPD Group figures are in, and, once again, Nintendo's Wii takes the top spot for most units sold (and now it's sold out). Total industry sales came in at $1.17 billion, a drop of 13%, with hardware falling 21% and software falling 12%. Gaming peripherals did, however, see a slight increase of 2%.
Although the PS3 had a strong December, its January sales dropped off a bit at 276,900 units, putting it again behind the Xbox 360, which sold through 332,800 units. As per usual, the Wii and DS were the real winners, selling 465,800 units and 422,200 units respectively. The PSP sold 100.1K units and the PS2 trailing off at 41,600.
In terms of software, New Super Mario Bros. Wii was the top-selling game. This might come as a surprise considering Mass Effect 2's critical acclaim, but the game had a very late release. Five of the top ten selling games in January were Wii titles.
[via Industry Gamers]
DFC Intelligence reports that Mass Effect 2 sold 1.1 million copies on the Xbox 360 in January, which was apparently six times the sales of any other game in that period. DFC also notes a significant uptick in play of Mass Effect 2 based on data from GamerDNA, citing that it's "likely supported by the ability to transfer a save file from a completed Mass Effect game into Mass Effect 2 where several key player decisions in the first game could be carried over into the second game."
Could save transfers become a new standard in games because of Mass Effect?
Turn 10 announced that Forza Motorsport 3 has sold over two million units worldwide since its release in October. In celebration of this milestone, the studio has released a new DLC track pack featuring the legendary racetrack Nürburgring.
Nürburgring GP Track Pack is available for 400 MS Points, and it includes the full 3.22-mile circuit as well as the 2.24-mile sprint.
EA announced during its investor call that its FIFA 10 had sold 9.7 million units by the month ending December 31, 2009. The game launched outside North America in early October with a late October release stateside. It's very likely that the title has already broken the 10-million mark by now considering the dated information EA divulged. It's estimated the game sold 5.2 million units in December alone.
The publisher recently announced 2010 FIFA World Cup would be releasing April 27.
For the second consecutive week, BioWare's Mass Effect 2 was the UK's highest-selling game, beating out former chart-topper Just Dance and Modern Warfare 2 while fending off the newly debuted Dante's Inferno. This is even despite a 64% drop in sales last week, according to GfK Chart-Track data.
Sony's new FPS MAG landed at number seven this week, and Star Trek Online falls at number 11.
According to a report from analyst group FADE, Xbox Live Arcade is estimated to have made $103.4 million in 2009. This seems to only prove that digital downloads are catching on big time now and will only continue to grow. The top ten games of 2009 were as follows:
- Battlefield 1943 - $12.5 million
- Castle Crashers - $7.3 million
- Trials HD - $7.1 million
- Shadow Complex - $6.1 million
- Family Game Night - $4.2 million
- Marvel vs. Capcom 2 - $4.2 million
- Magic: The Gathering - $2.8 million
- Worms 2 - $1.8 million
- Peggle - $1.8 million
- Turtles in Time: Reshelled - $1.7 million
Kind of surprising to see that Family Game Night mad it onto that list. It can be downloaded for free as a frontend for the various games, but I guess I didn't think many people would pay $10 a pop for those board games.