Bestbuy.com best-sellers: October 29-November 4

Madden tops online retailer's top sellers once again, fends off Final Fantasy XII; GTA: Vice City Stories debuts strong.

While gamers were crushed by an onslaught of highly anticipated games this week in Gears of War, Call of Duty 3, Viva Piñata, and more, last week really had only one--Final Fantasy XII. Still, Square Enix's big gun couldn't topple the year's big gun.

Madden NFL 07 for the PlayStation 2 took the top spot once again on Bestbuy.com's sales charts for the week of October 29 to November 4. The EA juggernaut also took third (Xbox) and sixth (PlayStation Portable). The reason for the spike in sales is likely the result of the recent price cut by the publisher, which brought the PS2 and Xbox editions down to $39.99.

Final Fantasy XII landed in the number two slot in its first week of release, which may come to a surprise to some given its record shipment numbers. However, Bestbuy.com's charts do not take into account preorders, which no doubt took up a large portion of the anticipated game's sales.

Another debut, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories, showed it's hard to keep a good carjacking, cop-shooting, gangbanging crime caper down, and settled in fourth place. The game is the second portable game from the current crop of GTA games, following last year's Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories.

Rounding out the list last week was the DS duo of Brain Age: Train Your Brain in Minutes a Day (fifth) and New Super Mario Bros. (10th), a pair of Marvel Ultimate Alliances (Xbox 360 seventh, PlayStation 2 eighth), and the PS2 version of Need for Speed Carbon in ninth.

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brandontek
brandontek

wow kind of late but brain age i kinda hate.

dexter111344
dexter111344

HAHAHA! NSMB & BA still won't fall off the list!

_sean_05
_sean_05

This is skewed. It doesn't count the FFXII $37.99 circuit city deal, or the collector's edition that tons of fans ordered from EB/Gamespot.

bigbrown69
bigbrown69

whats up with hero not making the list

lilomez238
lilomez238

wow...surprised guitar hero II never even made that list

StarFoxCOM
StarFoxCOM

I agree gooper_blooper it will soon pass mario kart, and then nintnendogs for bestseller. My cousins dad bought a DS just for BA.

Gooper_Blooper
Gooper_Blooper

Man, Brain Age is effing invincible. Maybe that crazy "Addict the entire world to the DS" strategy Nintendo is trying can actually work.

MSG-Deathscythe
MSG-Deathscythe

who cares about best buy's list. while ffxXII is worth $50.00 or more. circuit city had it on sale for only $37.99 on launch day. even bill gates can't resist that.

LordAndrew
LordAndrew

It's worth noting that this list doesn't take the FFXII collector's edition into account. That was only sold at GameStop and EB Games.

dawn-nay
dawn-nay

madden 07 best game ever

LosDaddie
LosDaddie

Gears of War will be #1 next week and every week until 2007. Bet on it.

zsoujiro
zsoujiro

I hope to see high sells for Final Fantasy XII, its a great game. guitar hero II and killzone are good games too.

VicMackey
VicMackey

Funny how this list is all Marvel Ultimae Alliance and Madden 07, just spread out on different platforms.

Nintendus
Nintendus

Please if you want to play Football, play it outside and get some frseh air instead of being a potato couch.

chrisdojo
chrisdojo

vice city stories.... garbage.

anamnawshad
anamnawshad

Gears of War will be #1 next week! ;)

thehailo
thehailo

I hate Best Buy. I also hate Madden, but for more pronounced reasons. They used money and legal tactics to eliminate the competition. Then they released a simple rehash of a previous game and hyped it like there was no tomorrow. The graphics on Madden for the 360 aren't that great. The gameplay is lacking. The multiplayer is unstable. The menus lag. How is this an improvement? How is this worth $60? I love football, but by killing off the other games (the NFL 2K series mainly) now they don't have to try to be worth your money, you play Madden or nothing.

kriptonzz
kriptonzz

New Super Mario Bros. is STILL up there?! I really need to buy this game.

kouthao777
kouthao777

This is a no surprise. Madden will always come up as the top as long as the football season is still going on. Would had been better if the 2K Sports could still make football games. There football game would be way better than Madden game.

eyet00th
eyet00th

Bleah! Madden is the ultimate rental. Look for my copy in your local bargain bin. Can't wait to see next months list...Bully, Guitar Hero, Gears of War, let the fight for our dollars begin!!

wenbin09
wenbin09

Marvel Alliance is one cool game!

Cesb02
Cesb02

Madden should not be first since they dont allow competition, while Final Fantasy at least has to compete agaisnt other RPGs. The United States economy is based on competition that leads to innovation, since Madden bought out the NFL contract they have no reason to innovate.

Lord_Cryptos
Lord_Cryptos

the only people who play FF are people who don't leave their house to go hang with friends or play sports. I go out with friends and play sports. I also play Madden and Final Fantasy XII. What have you say about that?

TwinTiger
TwinTiger

New Super Mario Bros. and Brain Age are STILL in the top 10 afte rall this time. See if those other games on the list stay up there for that long!

DWolford32
DWolford32

why is everyone surprised to see madden beating final fantasy? madden attracts the whole spectrum of players from hardcore gamers to jocks and everyone in between. the only people who play FF are people who don't leave their house to go hang with friends or play sports. plus havent there already been like 20 FF games released?

Janpieterzun
Janpieterzun

Of course ps2 still sells well, its cheap affordable.

pencilpusher69
pencilpusher69

I used to play madden every year, same with NHL, but I guess after about a decade of re-purchasing the same game with barely any alterations beyond stats, it eventually became completely uninteresting to me. I am looking forward to trying it on the Wii, because for once in the almost two decades of Madden, the game will actually be a little bit different. (Thank god.)

Sheiko
Sheiko

haha pre-orders weren't included Real smart move there.

SweetPapiChulo
SweetPapiChulo

think about it. the people that buy madden to put it to the top don't spend their free time roaming gamespot. they go to clubs or play ball. the sunlight doesn't hurt them. so unless you interact with people who listen to jay z or have girlfriends, you'll never understand why putting out 50 bucks to play the glorious madden is a damn privalege!!!

the_real_VIP
the_real_VIP

You know, it wouldn't be hard for GameSpot to go to each retail HQ (BestBuy, GameStop, WalMart, etc), ask them to print out a simple total sales figure inventory sheet of all stores combined (including preorders). Unless they're really picky about commercial eavesdroppings. I'm also quite a medium-to-high fan of the NFL. But to seriously waste money on a sports game ($50, 50 BUCKS!!!! You can already save it for a next-gen console!) over others that are way better or over something else is beyond me.

WinkySugarFree
WinkySugarFree

I must be out of touch in America. I live in the heart of the country (Kansas City), and not one person that I interact with enjoys football enough to sacrifice a weekend over it. Well...except for this guy at work that has no teeth and loses money on football games every Sunday... I deliver pizza, so I see a lot of people. Out of all of the people I deliver pizza to on major game days, which are DEAD in terms of business, I see maybe 5 out of the 25-30 people I deliver pizza to wearing a jersey, or even watching the game. So with exception of the toothless guy, no one I know gives a flying turd about football...or sports, for that matter. Madden is retarded.

Dolacide
Dolacide

Madden back on top, dang.

Geek12
Geek12

man, if they would have counted pre-orders, FF would have Pwned. I dont even play FF games and i know this.

SavoyPrime
SavoyPrime

I love football, but I still don't understand the Madden craze. Oh well.

blue-fish
blue-fish

Gosnork "Stop hatin on Madden. All normal american men live for the weekends in the football season. 90% of all males have a favorite College and NFL team and they schedule their weekends around those 2 games. Its no wonder Madden leads in sales. And about the whole "nothing changes from year to year", learn something about football!!!!!! Is VY (Vince Young for all you people living under rocks) or Reggie Bush in Madden 06? NO! Is Superstar in Madden 06? NO! You obviously don't understand the average american male if you can't figure out why Madden out sells everything." Honestly, I'm flattered by the fact I don't understand the average, football loving american...

Zane182
Zane182

Surprised to still see so much PS2 in that top 10 given 360's immense support across the Pond, life in the old dog yet.

echelon
echelon

Did anybody in here even read this part: "Final Fantasy XII landed in the number two slot in its first week of release, which may come to a surprise to some given its record shipment numbers. However, Bestbuy.com's charts do not take into account preorders, which no doubt took up a large portion of the anticipated game's sales." Thats why Madden was ahead because a good bit of the FFXII sales wernt even counted. Plus this is just bestbuy.com not the best buy stores.

Paulf001
Paulf001

Who buys this garbage that is Madden? FFXII is like a million times better then Madden. One of the best PS2 rpgs vs some lame rehased football game. I know for sure I didn't buy this from bestbuy.com. I got mine at EB to get the collecters edition.

mrblah00
mrblah00

Madden is like the Sims. It sells so much more than other games because people who dont normally play games all go and buy it because they dont know any better.

KarlZoneX
KarlZoneX

Actually, Madden>FF. You have to realize that sports like that appeal to much broader audience than a japanese role playing game. I greatly prefer FF12 over madden, but sometimes you have to use logic with these things.

Truth_Hurts_U
Truth_Hurts_U

Gears went on sale on the 7th people... Thats why it is not on the list... The list only goes to the 4th...

P2L5NM
P2L5NM

For people thinking MAdden>FF. No. FFXII will still outsell Madden during november.

Gosnork
Gosnork

Stop hatin on Madden. All normal american men live for the weekends in the football season. 90% of all males have a favorite College and NFL team and they schedule their weekends around those 2 games. Its no wonder Madden leads in sales. And about the whole "nothing changes from year to year", learn something about football!!!!!! Is VY (Vince Young for all you people living under rocks) or Reggie Bush in Madden 06? NO! Is Superstar in Madden 06? NO! You obviously don't understand the average american male if you can't figure out why Madden out sells everything.

Fusion_Master
Fusion_Master

i really don't see the hype for american football (being australian) so it is hard for me always hearing about madden topping game charts. i have no idea how it could hold first place over final fantasy xii, which is a real contender for game of the year.