Konami beats FIFA at its own game


Konami’s PS2-only ‘Pro Evolution Soccer 4’ topples EA’s multi-format ‘FIFA 2005’ to top the All Formats Entertainment Software Chart, knocking ‘FIFA 2005’ down to No2 with a difference of only 1,500 units between the two rival football games.

‘Pro Evolution Soccer 4’ (PS2) achieves the third biggest UK launch week ever, outselling the launch week of ‘Championship Manager 4’ (PC) and selling 50% more than ‘FIFA 2005’ (PS2) sold last week. Sales of ‘FIFA 2005’ across all formats are up 9%, while the only other title in the Top 10 to increase in sales is Activision’s well-publicised ‘Tony Hawk’s Underground 2’ (PS2/XB/GC/PC/GBA with GBA and PC new this week) up from No7 to No3. Microsoft’s ‘Fable’ more than halves in sales, falling from No2 to No4 and is replaced at the top of the Xbox Chart by ‘FIFA 2005’. Activision’s ‘Shark Tale’ is up from No22 to No12 (sales up 94% on last week) while Vivendi’s ‘Crash Twinsanity’ also climbs well, up from No25 to No14 (with sales up 87%). The only other new entries are Nintendo’s Bongo controlled ‘Donkey Konga’ (GC), drumming up interest at No17 while Codemasters’ ‘Toca Race Driver 2’ re-enters at No23 and ‘Club Football 2005’ enters the Top 40 for the first time at No28, both thanks to the release of the PS2 versions.

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