Fitness Drive

19/Jan/2009

Nintendo’s ‘Wii Fit’ looks in great shape at the top of the All Formats Chart as an 18% jump in sales pushes it up 3 places to No1, relegating last week’s chart topper ‘FIFA 09’ off the top spot and dropping to No4 (sales down 35%).


It is the 5th time ‘Wii Fit’ has reached the top of the All Formats chart, a position it has so far never managed to hold on to for longer than one week. The last time ‘Wii Fit’ claimed No1 in the All Formats chart was the beginning of August last year. ‘Wii Fit’ is only 1,262 sales ahead of Activision Blizzard’s ‘Call of Duty: World at War’ which manages a relatively respectable 18% drop in sales, holding on to the No2 spot. EA however are not out of the running, charting ahead of ‘FIFA’ with this week’s only All Formats Top 40 new entry – ‘The Lord of the Rings: Conquest’ new at No3. It’s a close run thing between the top 3 with just over 2,500 sales separating ‘Wii Fit’ at No1 and ‘Lord of the Rings’ at No3. ‘Wii Play’ (-19%) is a non-mover at No5, ahead of ‘Need for Speed: Undercover’ (-52%) which skids from No3 to No6. ‘Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games’ (-29%) and ‘Guitar Hero: World Tour’ (-34%) both keep their grip on the All Formats Top 10 - ‘Mario & Sonic’ a non-mover at No7 and ‘Guitar Hero’ down 2 places to No8. Continued strong sellers on Wii and DS make up the last two spots with ‘Carnival: Funfair Games’ (-18%) slipping back into the Top 10, up from No11 to No9 and the evergreen ‘Dr Kawashima Brain Training’ (-17%) is up from No13 to No10. Other than ‘Wii Fit’ there are only 2 other All Formats Top 40 titles that see sales gains this week. They are ‘Grand Theft Auto IV’ (+26%), up from No33 to No18 thanks to a retailer price promotion and ‘Halo 3’ (+20%), back in the Top 40 at No29. The release this week of ‘Mirror’s Edge’ on PC can’t stop EA’s adventurous new IP from falling from No23 to No27 (-38%).


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