While Tiger Woods has never struggled to make an impact on the UK games charts, today marks the first time the golfer's game franchise has debuted at the top. Tiger Woods PGA Tour 09 hit the summit of the all-formats top 40, beating out competition from other new entrants Too Human at eight and EA stablemate The Sims 2: Apartment Life at 11.
Despite the change at the top, the rest of the chart contained many familiar names. The Olympics may have closed nine days ago, but both Mario & Sonic and Beijing 2008 clung onto positions six and nine respectively this week. Wii Play and Big Beach Sports also stayed on the charts in the exact same positions they held last week, at numbers five and seven. Tiger Woods' entry on the chart forced last week's number one, Mario Kart Wii, down to number two, while Wii Fit also lost a place and dropped to three.
This Friday marks the start of the run-up to Christmas, with a number of high-profile releases. EA's Spore is a likely contender for next week's number one spot, although it will have to fight off Mercenaries 2: World in Flames and Viva Pinata: Trouble in Paradise. Also set for release is S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Clear Sky from GSC Gameworld, and Infinite Undiscovery from Square Enix.