US console charts: August 28-September 4

Hoods from Saints Row bust caps in Madden, jacks first place in Best Buy's sales charts; Mario, Fox McCloud represent for DS.

When Saints Row was first shown off at the unveiling of the Xbox 360 during an MTV special, its resemblance to Rockstar's Grand Theft Auto series was more than apparent. As further details and screenshots of the game came to light, the word "resemblance" was replaced with "carbon copy." And now that THQ's gangsta-themed sandbox game is out, critics have even said the game looks like a "Grand Theft Auto rip-off," while reviewing the game positively.

Well, if you're THQ, there's one place you really want Saints Row to mimic Rockstar's best-selling franchise--in the sales charts. That's exactly what the game did on Best Buy's sales charts for the week of August 28 to September 4. The Xbox 360 game took the top slot in its first week in retail, pushing even the almighty Madden NFL franchise down from its usual throne.

Madden wasn't standing idly on the sidelines, though. The pigskin sim held four of the top-10 rungs, down from its dominating seven from the previous week. The Xbox version came in second, followed by the PlayStation 2 (fourth), Xbox 360 (eighth), and PlayStation Portable (10th) editions. Madden's collegiate cousin, NCAA Football 07, showed its longevity, as the PS2 version of the game rushed into sixth.

New Super Mario Bros. recovered from its tackling and double-jumped back into familiar territory in third, up from 10th the previous week. Where there's Mario, there's Brain Age: Train Your Brain in Minutes a Day--the edutainment title held fast in ninth. Another Nintendo icon, Fox McCloud, made his debut on the DS last week and landed in fifth with Star Fox Command.

Rounding out the top-10 list was another debut, From Software's Enchanted Arms for the Xbox 360, which took seventh.

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wildsoul0509
wildsoul0509

don't compare games, is about enjoy them, not to say "is the same than the other one"

unreal_master
unreal_master

i cant compare Gta to Saints Row ppl say its the same not really its not a gta copy off per say its not like i say o i gotta collect $ this must be like a tycoon game no saints row is all much better then gta in my option i like gta but dont really love it saints row really took me in with the story lines and the online play good job and kudos to the creators

DJjoey
DJjoey

_sam_: "Saints Row is too much like GTA, so I wouldn't get it even if I had a 360 " Thats not really a good reason unless you hate GTA, if youthought GTA was too repititive, this may also be, but not nearly as much. But if you are only saying that because you think its a rip-off, then its probaly just another stupid reason not to get it

_Sam_
_Sam_

Saints Row is too much like GTA, so I wouldn't get it even if I had a 360

grave_rob
grave_rob

saint's row is the 1st time i dropped $60 on a 360game & after playing: didn't feel bad about it.

soulknight63133
soulknight63133

I agree, I'm not into the "gangsta" thing either, but Saints Row is truly a great game. I wish they make a similar "open ended" urban game without just the "thug theme" in it, but a world where you can be anybody..bounty-hunter, hit-man, kingpin, detective, government agent or even go to japan and train as a ninja. And each class has it's own distinctive gameplay, moves,and weapons.

chiefmegadeth
chiefmegadeth

I never liked gfasa something about it but dam saints row is really awesome i dont like these sort of games but its got me hooked and when they fix the online.It will be unstoppable... Thats why i love microsoft they bring out new games they take risks sony just bring out the same old vommet thats why i got sick of them Saints Row is already becoming a classic

ElCisne
ElCisne

how did the xbox maden sell more than the PS2 one?

DiscGuru101
DiscGuru101

Thanks Meimnobody! -Of course Saints Row was only out for a few days in August.

meimnobody
meimnobody

Those that claim to hate Star Fox command haven't even played the thing and are just anal that it isn't on rails like previous Star Fox games on the SNES and N64.

meimnobody
meimnobody

Here are the August NPD group sales which don't count half the game and hardware sales in America. Top 10 Software: 01 PS2 MADDEN NFL 07 - 885,000 02 360 MADDEN NFL 07 - 477,000 03 360 DEAD RISING - 337,000 04 XBX MADDEN NFL 07 - 253,000 05 PS2 FFVII: DIRGE OF CERBERUS - 200,000 06 NDS NEW SUPER MARIO BROS - 179,000 / 1,208,000 07 PS2 NCAA FOOTBALL 07 160,000 / 652,000 08 PS2 MADDEN NFL 07: HALL OF FAME - 127,000 09 PS2 GRAND THEFT AUTO: LIBERTY CITY STORIES 102,000 / 700,000 10 360 MADDEN NFL 07: HALL OF FAME - 92,000 Hardware: Game Boy Advance 156k GameCube 41k Nintendo DS 278k PlayStation 2 262k PlayStation Portable 146k Xbox 9k Xbox 360 204k

faridmon
faridmon

glad to see Starfox Command is doing well, am very sad that Starfox fans dislike this title, this is the best Starfox game and even better than Lylat Wars, in my own opinion. and NSMB and Brain Training is still up there, is'n that called amazingness? NSMB sold over a million now in America and its still going strong. but coma on americans, Madden?????? play some real football.

Gamer46
Gamer46

Thankfully Saints Row took the top spot from that garbage that is Madden 07.

SavoyPrime
SavoyPrime

Wow, glad to see Enchanted Arms handled some business last week.

FriedConsole
FriedConsole

glitchgeeman wrote: "Great. Maddden takes up 5 of the spots on the list. I'm really starting to lose faith in the intelligence of your average American." Me too. Madden is only listed 4 times. We need to work on teaching counting skills in our schools.

hemakm3
hemakm3

Good job Enchanted Arms.

trekkerguy
trekkerguy

Considering Wal-Mart's the #1 best seller of games, and Best Buy and Gamespot are fighting out #2, touting Best Buy's results as "U.S. console charts" is pretty far from accurate." You are joking right? EB Games(Gamestop) and Best Buy are the two top sellers of Video games, Thats why they use their charts, they represent the largest amount of gamers possible.

itisidio
itisidio

Saints Row is a good game....

LordAndrew
LordAndrew

Nice. Enchanted Arms made it up there. Does anyone know how well it did in Japan though? The Xbox 360 isn't nearly as popular there.

jmac777
jmac777

Nice Ds still has a strong grip......Keep on holding Nintendo.... I believe that next months chart will be all DS..with MechAssault...POkemon Dungeon Rescue...Mario Hoops..Lego StarWars...coming out in a few days..

soulknight63133
soulknight63133

It's good to see Enchanted Arms make the top 10. There IS a market for JRPG's ( I'm glad). I had my fill of "shooters" and "sports" for awhile. Been playing Enchanted Arms for about a week now, and enjoying every minute of it.

GoddBless
GoddBless

Saints Row deserves to be in the top spot!

gothicdragon216
gothicdragon216

Enchanted arms is a great game, and I for one am suprised at the reception... this proves that not just Shooter fans play XBOX. Saints Row took everything I loved from Vice City and made it better. Especially the shooting controls. Good week for MS, altough I can't wait to see what happens within the next 2 months...

metdevthegamer
metdevthegamer

NSMB and Brain Age are still on there. Best Buy shoppers really love the two titles.

NoBullet
NoBullet

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rsjet
rsjet

Hey metroidlink1030....Saints Row is not grammatically incorrect if they implied it as a street name, which is the impression most people get. If taken as a street, then it can have any name (no grammar needed). In this case, the street's name is Saints (The apostrophe "s" is not needed).

glitchgeeman
glitchgeeman

Great. Maddden takes up 5 of the spots on the list. I'm really starting to lose faith in the intelligence of your average American.

radiocreed
radiocreed

Consoles and year changes, tastes stay the same with NFL and Saint's Row.

Jordan Bisasky
Jordan Bisasky

I really dislike the Best Buy charts just like I didn't care much for the EB Games charts they used to have. Considering Wal-Mart's the #1 best seller of games, and Best Buy and Gamespot are fighting out #2, touting Best Buy's results as "U.S. console charts" is pretty far from accurate.

Slaveways
Slaveways

the casuals have been defeated!... sorta

Mkeegs79
Mkeegs79

Moe_81 said "why isnt MGS4 on the charts?" Haha! It wont even be out THIS YEAR!

Mkeegs79
Mkeegs79

Wow, I am impressed with Enchanted Arms being #7. Its impressive to see so many games on microsoft's consoles on the charts. It will be interesting to see the charts when the better PS2 and 360 games come out as well as the Wii and PS3.

bigfootman777
bigfootman777

Wow four Moneysoft, three Nintendo, and three Sony. Take away all of the football games thats two Moneysoft, three Nintendo (not much of a change there huh) and zero Sony. Fanboys fail to surprise me that no matter what the truth is they always bash other systems.

meimnobody
meimnobody

Brain Age looks to have legs and is attracting hordes of New DS owners. It remains to be seen if the title will have legs like it's Japanese counterpart. Brain Age is also racking up the sales charts in many countries.

sasuke55
sasuke55

First lets be real Mario 2D has always been king. Madden is the Champ and I love 07 but they are just not doing all they can. the "new lead blocker" is a revamped version of one back in like 03 were you just hit the thumb stick and the closest man in front of you would block someone now your doing it yourself. EA needs to step they game up. Saints Row is tight. Even with all that GTA rip off crap its no more a rip off than Halo is to Doom or Midnight club is to Need for Speed. I haven't played Enchanted arms still dealing with N3 and Oblivion. Besides I was thinking of Blue Dragon, and Crackdown is a Month Away.

remmbermytitans
remmbermytitans

i think its amazing that a game that came out in april is still on the top 10.. gj nintendo

KarlZoneX
KarlZoneX

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s151990

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smiley17O
smiley17O

cool saints row is number one. on best buy online...

santiagochile
santiagochile

Who says that Nintendo and Microsoft have an alliance?! That is just WRONG! I can't believe you would put such a great company like Nintendo with such a lame and crappy one like Microsoft. Nintendo is 100 times better than Microsoft, and they have no alliance or partnership whatsoever!

metroidlink1030
metroidlink1030

LOL, the game with the grammatical error takes the top! It should be Saint's Row, not Saints Row, Volition.

Disciple_Gamer
Disciple_Gamer

nothing but good things to come for the xbox 360

jofy
jofy

LosDaddie Yet another victory MS / Nintendo alliance! Are you sure you ok????

shasam712
shasam712

Wow, Madden was toppled quick. Something is wrong in the world if Madden is beaten to number one this early in the game...

BraindeadRacr
BraindeadRacr

FOUR TIMES Madden NFL!? PSP Madden, PS2 Madden, Xbox360 Madden and Xbox Madden? My god.. Imagine what else could have been there...........