Nintendo Shows no F.E.A.R

16/Feb/2009

Nintendo’s ‘Wii Fit’ workout tops the All Formats Chart for a fifth consecutive week despite shedding 10% of sales and competition from new Warner Brothers title ‘F.E.A.R 2: Project Origin’ which debuts at No2. However, ‘F.E.A.R 2: Project Origin’ does manage to reach No1 in the Xbox 360 and PS3 Full Price charts and No2 on PC.


It is Warner’s 2nd major multi-format video game release after ‘Lego Batman’, which also had to settle for 2nd place when it was launched in October last year (behind FIFA 09, but one place above Wii Fit). Released across Xbox 360, PS3 and PC, the critically acclaimed sequel becomes the fastest selling in the series with 50% of sales on Xbox 360, 31% on PS3 and 19% on PC. ‘Call of Duty: World at War’ (+6%) slips one place to No4 but moves ahead of ‘FIFA 09’ which is down 3 places to No5. Nintendo still dominate the All Formats Top 10 with 5 games, including a strong second week for ‘Mystery Case Files: Millionheir’ up from No4 to No3 - sales up 25%. Out of the remaining Nintendo Top 10 regulars ‘Mario Kart Wii’ and ‘Wii Play’ are both non-movers at No’s 6 and 7 respectively, but ‘Professor Layton’ (-24%) suffers in the wake of possible heir apparent Mystery Case Files: Millionheir’s success – down from No5 to No9. Nintendo’s DS/Wii formats are even more dominant in the All Formats Top 10 thanks to another fitness game on Wii, the retailer promoted ‘My Fitness Coach’ from Ubisoft, up from No17 to No8. ‘Mario & Sonic’ (+22%) remains in the Top 10 despite a drop of one place to No10, meaning that it now consists of 7 Nintendo format exclusive games. Outside the Top 10 there are new entries for D3P’s ‘Ben 10: Alien Force’ at No13 and Sega’s Wii gun game ‘The House of the Dead: Overkill’ at No15.


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