FIFA pips NFS to Christmas post


Football becomes festive with EA’s ‘FIFA 07’ holding on to claim the All Formats Christmas No1, marking the first Christmas No1 for a FIFA game since ‘FIFA Road to the World Cup 98’ ten years ago.

EA takes on the role of Santa Claus, claiming No1 in the Christmas Chart for a fourth consecutive year and celebrating 6 Christmas No1s in the past 10 years. EA denies itself a third consecutive Need for Speed Christmas No1 with ‘NFS: Most Wanted’ and ‘Underground 2’ topping the All Formats Charts in the previous two years, while ‘NFS: Carbon’ has to settle for second place, but only by a margin of 4,500 sales. The launch of the PSP version of ‘WWE Smackdown Vs Raw 2007’ means THQ’s wrestling game muscles its way up 4 places from No7 to No3, while Konami and Activision both drop one place with ‘Pro Evolution Soccer 6’ and ‘Call of Duty 3’ falling to No4 and No5 respectively. EA’s ‘The Sims 2: Pets’ stays at No6, despite the launch of the PSP version, while Microsoft’s ‘Gears of War’ rises from No8 to No7. ‘Gears of War’ becomes the only single-format game in the Top 10 with Nintendo’s ‘The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess’, slipping out of the Top 10 from No5 to No12, despite being joined by the Gamecube version. Midway’s ‘Happy Feet’ celebrates a Top 10 appearance at No8, up from No11, while Lucasarts ‘Lego Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy’ and THQ’s ‘Cars’ complete the Top 10 line-up. Late surges from handheld titles ‘Dr Kawashima’s Brain Training’, up from No13 to No11 and ‘Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories, up from No18 to No13 aren’t enough to break into the Top 10, while continued strong sales of the Microsoft bolt-on bundle push ‘Project Gotham Racing 3 further up the Chart from No22 to No14. Film tie-in game ‘Flushed Away’ swims into the All Formats Top 40 at No26 after 4 weeks on release, giving D3 Publisher their first ever All Formats Top 40 title.

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