Pirates feel the Forza


Microsoft speeds to the top of the All Formats chart as ‘Forza Motorsport 2’ on Xbox 360 puts last week’s No1 ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End’ to the sword (down 2 places to No3).

‘Forza Motorsport 2’ has an excellent launch week, becoming the 3rd fastest selling Xbox 360 title ever (behind ‘Gears of War’ and ‘Pro Evolution Soccer 6’) as well as the 4th fastest across any format so far this year (behind ‘World of Warcraft: Burning Crusade’, ‘Final Fantasy XII’ and ‘Resistance: Fall of Man’). Lara clings on to No2 with ‘Tomb Raider: Anniversary’, but the gap between her and ‘Pirates’ at No3 is only 1,000 sales. Activision’s ‘Spider-Man 3’ is pushed down from No3 to No4, while Nintendo manage to move up one place to No5 with ‘Wii Play’ - the only Top 10 game to increase sales this week (up 14%). However ‘Mario Strikers Charged Football’ is off target this week, positioning itself at No6 (down 2 places), while Konami’s more realistic football title also falls 2 places with ‘Pro Evolution Soccer 6’ down to No7. Microsoft have 2 games in the All formats Top 10 this week thanks to ‘Shadowrun’ climbing from No11 to No10. Microsoft fare less well with the Vista-only PC version of ‘Halo 2’ which doesn’t make the All Formats Top 40, coming in at No5 in the PC Full Price Entertainment Chart. The only other new entry in the Top 40 this week aside from ‘Forza’ is EA’s ‘The Sims 2: H&M Stuff’ which makes its debut at No11, while Nintendo claim this week’s highest re-entry with ‘The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess’ at No24 and also enjoy a first appearance in the Top 40 at No31 for ‘Wario: Master of Disguise’ which was released 2 weeks ago.

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