UK game charts: December 10-16

Electronic Arts looks to enjoy happy holidays as FIFA 07 takes the festive number-one slot.

The year 2006 is set to end on a footballing note for British gamers. EA has at least three reasons to be cheerful during the festive season. In the all-formats sales chart for games in the UK, FIFA 07 was the top-selling game for the week of December 10 to 16, Need for Speed Carbon was at number two, and The Sims 2: Pets held steady in sixth position.

It wasn't all EA for the week, as THQ's WWE SmackDown! vs. RAW 2007 pushed its way back up to third place following the release of the PlayStation Portable version, relegating Pro Evolution Soccer 6 to fourth. Activision's Call of Duty 3 dropped one place to fifth, but Gears of War--the only single-format game in the top 10--nudged up from eighth to seventh position. The last three spots on the top 10 were taken up by Happy Feet, Lego Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy, and Cars, in that order.

Nintendo titles have had mixed fortunes in the run-up to Christmas--Dr Kawashima's Brain Training (released in the US as Brain Age) moved up from 13 to 11 while The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess fell out of the top 10 to number 12, despite the release of the GameCube version. However, Rockstar can celebrate a surge of sales for Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories, which moved up five places from 18 to 13.

Expect many of the same names to show up in the charts for the week of December 17 to 23, as there are few newcomers looking to shake things up. The standout titles heading to shops on Friday are Wii versions of the previously released games Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Double Agent and Marvel: Ultimate Alliance.

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rossinho
rossinho

cars has to be one of the top selling cars of 06 i can't belive its been in the top 10 for 6 and a half months.

Deanyzy
Deanyzy

'Sony rules? There is an equal amount of Xbox 360 games in the top 10. Not to mention that there are TONS more people that have PS2's than there are people that have Xbox 360's. ...I don't see any PS3 games on the chart. (Unless it's not released in the UK yet).' There won't be many ps3 games in the charts, because buddy....we don't get it 'till march. I've got the Xbox 360, the reason why it's not beating the playstation is the fact that very few games are worth playing. Viva Pintata and PDZ are cool, GoW is horribly overrated and is suffering because of it. Lost planet looks interesting. The playstation will probably keep a firm grip on the market for a while to come but because of the prices of both Xbox and Ps3, i feel that Wii will come out on top due to it's fun factor and cheapness. I'll end up getting ps3 and Wii myself though. For potential, I'd say Ps3 is by far the best due to it's game library (mgs, Tekken, dmc ETC), but the wii is amazing and prooves that the Ps3 and Xbox will fail because they are overpriced because they spent too long fanny-ing around with the graphics.

JaspalJattBFME
JaspalJattBFME

to whoever said that gears of wars shoudl be first(pandarmaster) haven't u thought thay maybe not everyone has a xbox360 or that everyone isn't 18. Think about little children who parents focus their presents on im not surprised about happy feet, cars etc being in the chart casue when u think about it there will sure be loads of happy kids on christmas say tomorrow

Hawaii6U
Hawaii6U

"hahahahah,poor 360.Sony rules" Sony rules? There is an equal amount of Xbox 360 games in the top 10. Not to mention that there are TONS more people that have PS2's than there are people that have Xbox 360's. ...I don't see any PS3 games on the chart. (Unless it's not released in the UK yet).

jofy
jofy

hahahahah,poor 360.Sony rules

walkair
walkair

Look at this noob before me.It seems fanboys have no brains at all.It's nice to see PS2 still doing great.Can't wait for God Of War 2 and Rogue galaxy.

xbox360_4_lyf
xbox360_4_lyf

lol sony so 2004 360s is in the zome microsoft have produced a much better consol than sony will ever do so sony can su*k my a**

zsoujiro
zsoujiro

Glad to see PS2 in top, Im hoping it gets more great games in 2007.

theKSMM
theKSMM

I don't think some of you yahoos realize that it's an chart. So naturally a popular multi-platform game (e.g. FIFA) is going to sell more than a game that appears on just one console (e.g. Gears of War).

zappa02
zappa02

Sony as fuc#ed up big time....

nimaspitfire
nimaspitfire

Zelda dropped out of the list because everyone that wanted zelda probably has it now. and with the lack of Wii consoles means that sales of games aren't going to rise as there are a,lot of people without a console yet. we'll need to wait a god 4-5 months before the Wii settles itself in the game charts with good games are released and more consoles released. While you all scream GOW compare the graphics in GOW to the launch games like perfect dark. stomps all over it doesn't it? That is because developers have had time to understand how the console works and make good use of it. give the Wii a good few months before real decent games come out. For now at least Wii fans have some decent, funny, at least half entertaining mini-games like Wii play, the minigames in monkeyball, and a few others.

Sharingan-X
Sharingan-X

Only four worthwhile games in the top 10, for shame UK!

battlefront23
battlefront23

I dont get it. I played Zelda for 2 hours. It was a good game but theres way too much hype for it. And i also think why the heck Nintendo didnt up the graphics. Sure they were going for gameplay but man GOW is getting a lot of sales not because of gameplay but because how sickly awesome the graphics are. Zelda is still a good game though.

jason_jalet
jason_jalet

cant beleive Zelda fell out of the top 10 !!! OMG that is not right!

WNxCozzy
WNxCozzy

ibot, nice avatar. I played the new FIFA game around a week ago and I'm still not convinced they're anywhere near the level of quality the Pro Evolution team have obtained in their short (compared to FIFA) lifespan.

Stu1515
Stu1515

Im not supprised FIFA 07 is top, evey where i went when i was Christmas shopping afew weeks ago, everyone wanted to buy FIFA on the PS2, but it was sold out everywhere, was blatently going to be Number 1. Also its seems Gears of War didnt spend much time at the top, 2 weeks i think, and then its floating around in the middle. And Brain Training/Brain age... has been in the charts for around 6 months now... or something, its still there... its crazy...

pandaramaster
pandaramaster

I wonder why FIFA is at number one, this chart leaves a sour taste in my mouth. Gears Of War should have been at the top spot. But I've taken into account that not many people can afford a 360 or Wii (or get their hands on one) so obviously, it's no surprise. But FIFA, why FIFA? There's far more better games available for the PS2. It's a shame that genuine games are left out in the bitter cold. Oh well, at least I know I'm giving my attention to games that truly deserve it. I have a horrible feeling that Okami will be overlooked, that would be a crying shame.

jofy
jofy

sony rules

Sam_Lowery
Sam_Lowery

Just remember, you don't get to complain about bad games if you buy from EA

jonajacket
jonajacket

@ElZilcho Actually the system is £185 (a little under $370) more than a PS2 and the games are £50 (a little under $100) This, shoddy PAL versions and way over-due release dates is why I've imported since 1992

ibot
ibot

PRO EVOLUTION SOCCER IS FOR MEN, FIFA IS FOR BOYS!

cobrax80
cobrax80

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ElZilcho
ElZilcho

you cheapos! or perhaps you cant get a job? either way, PAHAHA!

ElZilcho
ElZilcho

could it be that the 360 hasn't crushed the ps2 completly yet? last time i checked that soccer game also came out on the 360, so why didnt that version make it in the list? hehe. in the 360 defense though the machine is like 300 dollars more expensive than the ps2 and the games are 60 dollars a pop, hey wait that actually makes sense what do you know? cheap does sell, no wonder gears is in seventh place, end sarcasm.

kmckyle
kmckyle

its because gears of war was pre ordered a month ago. and only now uk realized that fifa 07 was truly better than pro evolution this year. except for the lame facial features.

quocthai
quocthai

what is with uk and cars, the game is not even that good

TryMe01
TryMe01

no GoW, lol! maybe there aint enough 360s in that region, or too many ps2s

zhuojloh
zhuojloh

seem like only the american love gear of wars?? WTF indeed

terdoo
terdoo

Call of duty over Gears of war? WTF?

Berserker_2
Berserker_2

This list seems odd. Shouldn't Gears of War be a little higher? It has sold 2.4 million worldwide.

shasam712
shasam712

All people do is complain nowadays... Fifa's top, and? People like football, it's like when Madden is released and sells millions of copies in the US. Also, you might not like Cars and Happy Feet, but are they meant for you? There are plenty of children out there who are going to enjoy those games.

the-very-best
the-very-best

I nearly freaked out until I remembered FFXII hasn't been released there. Looks like the brits are spending their money on worthwhile games: Happy Feet is super awesome baby!

masterjjx
masterjjx

Cars and Happy Feet on top 10 u got to be kiddin me

Aaron_130
Aaron_130

reason zelda dropped out the top 10 = it sucks.

supine
supine

Why couldn't you guys make a list?.. like: UK top 10 1. Fifa 07 - PS2 2. Barbie Horseback riding - PSP ... ...

Doolum
Doolum

you should know that being a multi console game helps a lot in sales.but there are those that should remain exclusive....can you imagine seeing Mario one day on a Sony or MS console ( that would be the day when pigs will have wings )lol

Nomad013
Nomad013

Remember, this is just the UK, not worldwide...not even all of Europe...the multiconsole Call of Duty is outselling the 360 exclusive Gears of War in one country...