EA are No1 again this week, but this time it is the return of the hotly anticipated ‘Mass Effect 3’ that claims the Top Spot, amassing more sales than the previous four No1s (SSX, Uncharted: Golden Abyss, UFC Undisputed 3 and Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning) making it by far the biggest No1 so far this year.
In fact Mass Effect 3 (which has been released on Xbox 360, PS3 and PC simultaneously for the first time) has outperformed the previous two iterations week 1 sales combined. This means that last week’s No1, ‘SSX’ (-49%), has slipped down a place to No2 followed by Capcom’s new release, ‘Street Fighter X Tekken’, at No3 which sees the two franchises going head to head for the first time (Namco will release their own version called Tekken X Street Fighter some point in the future). It’s EA again at No4 with ‘FIFA 12’ (-7%) bouncing back down to No4 with Nintendo’s ‘Mario Party 9’ (+8%) also down two places at No5.
The third and final new entry (and EA’s fourth title) in the Top 10 is the expansion pack ‘The Sims 3: Showtime’ debuting at No6 and Sega’s ‘Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games’ (-14%) is just behind at No7. Activision Blizzard’s ‘Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3’ (-23%) is down a place at No8, Ubisoft’s ‘Assassin’s Creed: Revelations’ (-15%) is staying firm at No9 and 505 Games’ ‘Zumba Fitness’ (-4%) sees a return to the Top 10 after a five week absence at No10. The only other new title to breach the Top 40 is Sony’s ‘Unit 13’ which has debuted at No15.