US console charts: August 14-20

It's a mad, mad, Madden world as EA's exclusive football franchise dominates the Best Buy charts.

When Electronic Arts scored exclusive rights to make NFL games in late 2004, many football fans lamented the demise of the ESPN NFL 2K franchise. Given that the two series' fierce rivalry had spawned innovations on both sides, some doomsayers predicted EA's monopoly would lead its venerable gridiron property to stagnation.

Judging by the mixed-to-positive reviews of Madden NFL 07, the series' quality seems to have survived mostly intact. Not that it mattered at retail, though. Preorders of the game--which officially shipped on Tuesday--dominated the most recent Best Buy sales rankings.

The PlayStation 2 edition of Madden NFL 07 was the week's top seller, followed by the 360 version (second), and the Xbox version (third). Two Hall of Fame Editions of the game also made it into the top 10--the PS2 version in fourth and the Xbox 360 version in ninth. Right behind was the PlayStation Portable edition of the game, rounding out the top 10.

If you weren't sacking quarterbacks this week, chances are you were smacking zombies. Dead Rising, Capcom's Xbox 360 horror survival game that lets you use everyday objects as weapons, was the fifth-best-selling game of the week. It landed just above a resurgent Xbox 360 edition of Tomb Raider: Legend, which owed its boost to its now-discounted price of $29.99.

The remaining two slots in Best Buy's top 10 both belonged to the Nintendo DS. Though not a new title anymore, New Super Mario Bros. jumped into ninth place, just two slots down from the ever-popular Brain Age: Train Your Brain in Minutes a Day.

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Discussion

80 comments
Thailfish
Thailfish

figures Madden is up there, even though the game sucks, if anyone asks me to play madden this year I will refuse. I've played that same exact game way too many years in a row. All they have done is add a bunch of useless features to an already crappy game. There is no need to buy a new sports game every year. its just minor upgrades and roster updates. How about they just send me a roster updated on XBL for 5 dollars each year. Thats about the only way I would buy Madden.

spatulasrule
spatulasrule

im expecting clones of this chart for the next few monthes, madden always dominates at #1 through january, not even nba live or nba 2k can get #1 ever

Danthegamingman
Danthegamingman

WTF? Madden released on 8/22 but the chart is thru 8/20? So DEAD RISING is really #1, thats good news.

Shingo
Shingo

Finally, a shake up in the charts, albeit very predictable. Lol to Epaul

SavoyPrime
SavoyPrime

TR:L is back on the charts! Glad to see Laura pleased many people with this newest outing.

EPaul
EPaul

nice work sony

EikoAtoride
EikoAtoride

At least Japanese gamers don't have 6 times the same game in their charts.... oh, and what I see there? a brain training game...

pimpinjoey
pimpinjoey

hey!! wheres the gamecube version of madden? i wonder why its not up there? must be some kind of mistake

tomservo51
tomservo51

I wish ppl would stop buying EA's over-rated annual upgrades. It just encourages them to do it every year.

9997
9997

Notice how Europe is mostlyy Sony with a little Nintendo, Japan is Nintendo with a little Sony, and US is a mix between all 3. Us is the only country where I can't predict the winning console.

Sam_Lowery
Sam_Lowery

Largest retailers in terms of what, total sales including refrigerators, TV's, and other things that don't have anything to do with games? I do believe that Maden is the biggest seller this week, and maybe your right and Best Buy is a microcosm of the game industry, it just seems confusing to list their sales as US sales figures. And they say 'Rankings based on Bestbuy.com sales figures' so does that mean they are only looking at people who bought games from their online store?

thekey
thekey

Sam_Lowery Best buy and Walmart are the largest US retailers, so best buy counts. There's Best Buy stores everwhere around here(In NE)

Sam_Lowery
Sam_Lowery

"sirhamalot - My guess is that Madden will top the charts for the next month." I bet Saints Row will be up there. Keep in mind that the so called 'US console charts' are really just the 'Best Buy console charts'. BTW, does anybody know where to find REAL console sales figurers and not just ones from a company that doesen't even specialise in video games?

WelshPrince
WelshPrince

I don't get football video games... Go out and play the damn sport if you like it so much.

HXCDEW
HXCDEW

When will people start buying good games! bloody American football.. bloody copycats of rugby! Shame on you..

sirhamalot
sirhamalot

My guess is that Madden will top the charts for the next month.

thug_angel123
thug_angel123

Americans with their rugby and UK with their football.

XJRockcrawler
XJRockcrawler

who would've thought, everyone on here hates sports games, shocking. Go Madden!

erikers
erikers

So dead rising is basically the #1 game. Good, it deserves it. Who cares about the madden games.

d-suhiti
d-suhiti

DS and 360 dominating the charts. No surprise.

acidicdot
acidicdot

7 years and counting since I have bought a Madden game, that would be Madden NFL 2000 for the N64.

nintendorocks
nintendorocks

Anyone surprised by this list is a complete idiot....

japanesegoth
japanesegoth

why do people keep buying that garbage? it's pretty much the same thing year after year.

gamemasta114
gamemasta114

Wow, PSP finally got a game on the chart.

ice_rocman
ice_rocman

Nothing like buying new rehases every year.

wenbin09
wenbin09

Madden all the way!!! gosh..

t-bag11
t-bag11

big surprise there. americans and their football.

ROTO_DQ
ROTO_DQ

Madden NFL 07 everywhere

thekey
thekey

august_king Of course Madden is going to be the top seller, EA and the NFL effectively eliminated any competition! You got that right!

Ices100
Ices100

Why do people keep buying this s*** game that's nothing more than an $10 update that pc games have?

fantasyfacade
fantasyfacade

Wow.. US certainly love their football games.

Scottyyeahbaby
Scottyyeahbaby

Madden Sucks.. everyone I talked with says that it's the same game as last year. 2K Football FOREVER! Just waiting for 2K10 to buy another football game. Death to EA!

the_sharko
the_sharko

Could Dead Rising be in for the long haul?

ksathra
ksathra

*looks at list* Like anyone didn't see this one coming. :P

rl_41
rl_41

umm... if its the charts for August 14-20, and Madden is number 1... didnt Madden come out on the 22nd, 2 days after the chart should have ended?

kushster
kushster

aren't we a little mad'den....

moocow21
moocow21

Madden NFL 07 is great on 360!

august_king
august_king

Of course Madden is going to be the top seller, EA and the NFL effectively eliminated any competition!

metroidlink1030
metroidlink1030

Not a huge surprise...people eat up Madden games. Brain Age is actually higher than NSMB this week...interesting.

MegaBeau
MegaBeau

How is it that madden was released this week but is on the charts for last week? ah preorders