Wii Sports Resort is a Holiday Hit

27/Jul/2009

With summer holidays in full swing Nintendo follow up the launch of the Wii MotionPlus controller 7 weeks ago with the first Nintendo title to take advantage of this new accessory.


It will come as no surprise that ‘Wii Sports Resort’ is a resounding No1 this week and this is the fourth biggest week 1 for a Wii title, behind ‘Wii Fit’ (week 17, 2008), ‘Mario Kart Wii’ (week 15, 2008) and ‘Mario & Sonic at the Olympics’ (week 49, 2007). Note that the original ‘Wii Sports’ was only released with the Wii console and as such has never been tracked as a software item. However, interestingly enough, week 1 sales of the Wii (week 49, 2006) were almost identical to week 1 sales of ‘Wii Sports Resort’. EA’s ‘Harry Potter & The Half-Blood Prince’ has a solid fourth week on chart, sales down just 4% over last week but the title drops to No2. EA remain at No3 with an equally solid fourth week for ‘Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10’ (EA’s second Wii MotionPlus-enabled title) with sales down just 3% over last week. Nintendo’s ‘Wii Fit’ remains at No4 (+3%) and Activision-Blizzard’s ‘Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen’ (-13%) drops 3 places to No5. EA drop 1 place to No6 with ‘Fight Night Round 4’ (-24%), Ubisoft also drop a position to No7 with ‘Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood’ (-19%), as does EA’s ‘The Sims 3’ at No8 (-11%). Activision Blizzard and EA are non-movers at No’s 9 & 10 with ‘Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare’ (-13%) and ‘EA Sports Active’ (+8%). Note that the other Wii MotionPlus-enabled titles are also within the Top 40 – Sega’s ‘Virtua Tennis 2009’ is at No13 (-40%) and EA’s ‘Grand Slam Tennis’ is at No25 (-19%), actually the first MotionPlus product to market having been launched 7 weeks ago alongside the solus Wii MotionPlus controller.


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