Aussie game charts: December 25-31

Four PS2 titles land in overall top 10; only one entrant each for the Xbox 360 and Nintendo Wii.

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WWE SmackDown! vs. RAW 2007 for the PS2 proved its dominance down under yet again, securing the title of Australia's top-selling game for the last week of 2006.

Sony's current-gen console took out the top three spots in the Australian game sales charts for the week of December 25-31, according to data trackers GfK Australia. The PS2 version of EA's Need for Speed Carbon took out second position, while sports fans lapped up Cricket 07, sending it to third spot in the charts.

The two next-generation consoles available in Australia--the Xbox 360 and the Nintendo Wii--each had a sole representative in the top 10. The Xbox 360 claimed fourth position with Gears of War, while The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess staked out the eighth spot for the Wii.

While the PS2 had the most titles in the top 10 for any individual console, the Nintendo DS was close behind with three entrants--Nintendogs: Dalmatian and Friends, New Super Mario Bros., and The Sims 2: Pets.

All sales stats, including console-by-console breakdowns, can be found below:

Top 10 Full-Priced Games
1. WWE SmackDown! vs. RAW 2007, PS2
2. Need for Speed Carbon, PS2
3. Cricket 07, PS2
4. Gears of War, Xbox 360
5. The Sims 2: Pets, PC
6. Nintendogs: Dalmatian and Friends, Nintendo DS
7. Guitar Hero II bundle, PS2
8. The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, Wii
9. New Super Mario Bros., Nintendo DS
10. The Sims 2: Pets, Nintendo DS

Top 10 Game Boy Advance Games (over A$40)
1. Pokémon Emerald
2. Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Red Rescue Team
3. Pokémon Ruby
4. Pokémon Sapphire
5. Game not disclosed
6. Bratz: Forever Diamonds
7. Dogz Fashion
8. Donkey Kong Country 3
9. Happy Feet
10. The Legend of Spyro: A New Beginning

Top 10 Wii Games (over A$50)
1. The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
2. Red Steel
3. Rayman Raving Rabbids
4. Need for Speed Carbon
5. Marvel: Ultimate Alliance
6. Call of Duty 3
7. Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz
8. Tony Hawk's Downhill Jam
9. Madden NFL 07
10. Monster 4x4: World Circuit

Top 10 PC Games (over A$20)
1. The Sims 2: Pets
2. World of Warcraft
3. The Sims 2
4. The Sims 2: Happy Holiday Stuff
5. The Sims 2: Open for Business
6. EA Warfare Collection
7. Age of Empires III
8. The Sims 2: Nightlife
9. Desperate Housewives
10. The Sims 2: Double Pack

Top 10 Nintendo DS Games (over A$40)
1. Nintendogs: Dalmatian and Friends
2. New Super Mario Bros
3. The Sims 2: Pets
4. Pokemon Ranger
5. Mario Kart
6. Nintendogs: Dachshund and Friends
7. Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Blue Rescue Team
8. The Legend of Spyro: A New Beginning
9. Happy Feet
10. Over the Hedge: Hammy Goes Nuts

Top 10 PS2 Games (over A$50)
1. WWE SmackDown! vs. RAW 2007
2. Need for Speed Carbon
3. Cricket 07
4. Guitar Hero II bundle
5. SingStar '80s bundle
6. SingStar Rocks! bundle
7. Buzz! Junior Jungle Party bundle
8. Buzz! The Sports Quiz bundle
9. Scarface: The World Is Yours
10. Canis Canem Edit (Bully)

Top 10 PSP games (over A$40)
1. Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories
2. WWE SmackDown! vs. RAW 2007
3. Need for Speed Carbon
4. Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories
5. Tekken: Dark Resurrection
6. Killzone: Liberation
7. Syphon Filter: Dark Mirror
8. Gangs of London
9. Ace Combat X: Skies of Deception
10. Ridge Racer 2

Top 10 Xbox Games (over A$50)
1. Need for Speed Carbon
2. Call of Duty 3
3. Scarface: The World Is Yours
4. FIFA 2007
5. The Legend of Spyro: A New Beginning
6. Eragon
7. Lego Star Wars 2
8. Destroy All Humans! 2
9. Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy
10. Superman Returns

Top 10 Xbox 360 Games (over A$50)
1. Gears of War
2. Need for Speed Carbon
3. Massive Entertainment Pack
4. Saints Row
5. Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Vegas
6. Fight Night Round 3
7. Call of Duty 3
8. WWE SmackDown! vs. RAW 2007
9. Need for Speed Most Wanted
10. Viva Pinata

All data supplied by GfK Australia.

Discussion

28 comments
yuross13
yuross13

I hate sony and I got rid of my PS2 to get an xbox and then I sold that and got a 360 and I am not planning on buying a PS3 but will most likely buy a Wii. Bathyj missed the first ODI do you know who won?

theKSMM
theKSMM

Sony seems to have Australia locked up pretty good.

Bathyj
Bathyj

ODI's start Friday. Thats Cricket for all you yanks. Do yourself a favour (yes thats spelt right) get ESPN or Fox Sports or whatever you have to do and see the best sport in the world played this Friday.

Nintendo_Man
Nintendo_Man

No our country is 90% casuals and hence it means most of them look for cheap games, EB have thousands of games on sale for the older consoles and sell most of them (they have them often). Wait and see when people find out the PS3 is going to be $1000 here.

360wishlist
360wishlist

WHERE THE HELL ARE THE AMERICAN CHARTS!!!! GAMESPOT SHOW THE GOD DAMN AMERICAN CHARTS

munsoned
munsoned

well i heard the 360 costs 50 bucks more over there then it does in the usa...

OfficialBed
OfficialBed

maybe aussie's cant afford the current gen systems....so they play the old ones *shrugs

washimul
washimul

SONY rules as expected!!!!!!!!! ps2 has destroyed all other platforms.............this year ps3 would destroy all other platforms.

Bathyj
Bathyj

Gears climbed up alittle again. Nice work. Go the Aussies is the 20 20 game. Poor England. And could people stop attacking Aussies taste in games. I have all the same top new release games you have (no PS3 yet) and its hard for XB360 games to crack the top 10. Der. There aren't that many consoles out there that aren't a PS2. Is it any wonder it dominates the charts. Besides, if there was any justice Rainbow 6 would be kicking Gear of Wars arse.

chrisdojo
chrisdojo

why don't they have kangaroo games?

Sagacious_Tien
Sagacious_Tien

The best list there was for the Xbox 360 list - that list is almost completely quality. The overall top 10 is pretty dismal.

Re_ensurer
Re_ensurer

Nothing new. I'm sure we'll be seeing more stuff as the year progresses.

M4NI4K
M4NI4K

lawl aussies have bad taste in games.. or maybe they're just misinformed.

TryMe01
TryMe01

Top 10 Game Boy Advance Games (over A$40) 1. Pok

Chief_Kuuni
Chief_Kuuni

I"m a nintendo guy but I have a 360 and gears of war and love it. I think that the wii will kick butt though

yuross13
yuross13

mrgokugf Australians are Sony Fanboys....deal with it, they'll come back to Wii when they see that European and US game atmosphere has changed....slowly but surely I am not a sony fanboy, if anything I'm a M$ fanboy but I still like the Wii, so were all not sony fanboys.

jofy
jofy

Sony rules

gta11
gta11

Gears Of War is owning the game charts lol:D:D:D

mrgokugf
mrgokugf

Australians are Sony Fanboys....deal with it, they'll come back to Wii when they see that European and US game atmosphere has changed....slowly but surely :D

Nintendo_Man
Nintendo_Man

I guess the only positive thing to say is atleast we don't still have Fifa on the charts like the UK.

Dolacide
Dolacide

New Super Mario is still in the top ten, wow.

Doolum
Doolum

PS2 still going strong

the-very-best
the-very-best

OMG Teh smackdown is so cool! im gonna buy it and then after i play it im gonna go skating with my cooool friends. smoking is cool!

yuross13
yuross13

I know what you mean (and I'm Australian), the best top ten there would have to be the 360's top ten.

m0ntys_pyth0n
m0ntys_pyth0n

Sensational! This just in.... the majority of Aussie gamers wouldn't know a good quality, unique IP if it bit em in the ass. There are some terrible games in that Top 10. At least we can rest easy knowing that the majority of those games weren't bought by gamers, but by their ill-informed relatives.