FIFA 09 kickstarts Q4


It’s the biggest ever launch of a FIFA game with EA’s ‘FIFA 09’ outselling last year’s game by 37.5%, toppling ‘Star Wars: The Force Unleashed’ at No1 in the All Formats Chart and debuting at the top of the PS2, PS3, PSP and Xbox 360 charts.

42% of sales were on Xbox 360, making it the 3rd fastest selling game on Microsoft’s format (behind GTA IV and Halo 3), while 40% of sales were on PS3 where it is the 2nd fastest selling game (behind GTA IV). The PS2 version accounted for 11% of sales and PSP 3%, while Nintendo’s formats and PC made up the remainder. Half of EA’s 8 All Formats No1’s so far this year have come in the past six weeks. Sales of ‘Star Wars: The Force Unleashed’ are down 40%, falling one place to No2, while Ubisoft’s ‘Brothers in Arms: Hell’s Highway’ climbs one place to No3. Nintendo’s popular Wii games ‘Wii Fit’ and ‘Mario Kart Wii’ are both down 2 places to No’s 3 and 4 respectively. EA have 2 All Formats games in the Top 10 this week as ‘Tiger Woods PGA Tour 09’ is still swinging, down from No5 to No6. The rest of the Top 10 is made up of 3 party game titles all on Nintendo’s formats – ‘Wii Play’ down from No6 to No7, ‘Big Beach Sports’ up one place to No8 and ‘Carnival: Funfair Games’ down from No7 to No10. In its second week, Disney’s racing game ‘Pure’ continues to teeter on the edge of the Top 10, down one place to No9. ‘FIFA 09’ may be the only new release to break into the All Formats Top 40 this week, but several games have good second week sales – Sega’s ‘Samba de Amigo’ breaks in at No18 along with ‘Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood’ at No31. There are also several retailer promotions on games such as ‘Super Mario Galaxy’, which re-enters at No21 and ‘Wall-E’ which climbs from No18 to No13.

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