US console charts: July 23-29

Mario, Brain Age are back on top again with NCAA Football 07 in hot pursuit; PSP Tekken punches into top 10 in debut week.

Summer is typically noted in the gaming industry to be the slow season, with few new high-profile releases hitting the market, save for a few sports games. It's no surprise, then, that a couple of springtime juggernauts have retaken the top slots in Best Buy's console sales charts with little competition from new releases.

The dynamic Nintendo DS duo of New Super Mario Bros. and Brain Age: Train Your Brain in Minutes a Day are numbers one and two, respectively, once again. The two games were released several months ago and have hung around the top five since May. They were temporarily knocked out of the top spots last week when Electronic Arts' NCAA Football 07 was released.

NCAA Football's stay at the top was short lived, but it is still making its presence felt in the top 10. The game is on the charts four times, representing the PlayStation 2 (third), the Xbox 360 (fourth), Xbox (seventh), and PlayStation Portable (eighth).

The PSP had another entrant in the fifth spot, courtesy of newly released Tekken: Dark Resurrection. Another handheld title, Big Brain Academy for the DS, graduated its way into sixth. Rounding out the top 10 was Naruto: Ultimate Ninja for the PS2 in ninth and Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter for the Xbox 360 in 10th.

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a_grunge_fan
a_grunge_fan

I yet to play the new Super Mario game, it looks pretty neat. And people stop arguing over whats better PSP or DS! I personalyl think PSP but I dont act like a tool about it.

keinuveye
keinuveye

i like dantes monkey. he like gamecube. what? no fanboy here!

Naruto129
Naruto129

PSP = DS and if anyone doesn't agree with me, then they either don't have a PSP or DS.

Shawnzee_102
Shawnzee_102

Tekken on psp sucks, DS still pwns the psp

Our_VA
Our_VA

fighting game on a handheld? Whatever.

Mini_Bob968
Mini_Bob968

oh yea, its that good squeak, i sat there for hours playing it. Its got so much content, so many secrets and different things to explore. If you have ever played ANY mario games, or for that matter if you havn't, you will enjoy it.

TintedChimes
TintedChimes

Tekken is pretty fun and I got my copy a couple of days ago. I'd thought it will be higher but eh, its just one store. I hope more PSP games will be up there soon with the line up because after Tekken, there really isn't anything to play, or at least new to play. Why do people have to bash other systems? It doesn't make any sense since competition means cheaper prices and if one had the money, they'll buy all the freaking systems anyway so those who bash systems should be bashed, eh, don't really care, just ranting and bored at work. Fear the bunny, eat the bunny.

SqueekyC1ean
SqueekyC1ean

i havent played the new mario is it really that good?

Acid_Kitsune
Acid_Kitsune

Tekken is way better than anything on the DS. Elf Bowling kicks Tekken butt.

xxPantherxx
xxPantherxx

"Also, it's the same old thing - long loading screens on a small screen. Think about it!" in Tekken, there's no load that takes longer than 8 seconds :/

jpfondeur
jpfondeur

Glad to see a couple of PSP titles on there, I'm not a Tekken fan, but I might pick it up when the price drops. I wonder if any brain training titles are coming to the psp??? haven't played one yet and I don't know anyone whith a DS "doesn't sell as much here in Italy". Frankly, if I had the extra money I'd buy a DS, but I don't, and I got the gigapack + 1 game for 249 euros. just more bang for the buck IMO, I travel a lot so having movies in the memory stick is a big plus, a 2 hour movie is about 300 megs "small screen small resolution" , that usually means 3 movies, or a bunch of anime episodes, I'm extremely happy with it. oops I'm ranting again, sorry, anyway, if I get a raise, and the price drops I might get a DS, just out of curiousity, but I love my PSP so everybody stop the system bashing, because truth is, if we all had the money, we'd all have every system, because we all love games. oh and Luminees KICKS ASS. peace

TryMe01
TryMe01

"Tekken is way better than anything on the DS. " Proof is in the top two games on this unofficial chart and i can only see it being on this one for a week Also, it's the same old thing - long loading screens on a small screen. Think about it!

-o-o-o-o-o-o-ox
-o-o-o-o-o-o-ox

Someone said cars, I don't think cars should be on there.

netlatnu
netlatnu

It's not that easy to get sales for all stores, especially on a week to week basis. Best Buy actually chooses to release this data to GameSpot. Most companies would not release this type of information on a weekly basis, and to get a national sales total it would take too long and the week's data would be pointless. If you want more accurate numbers, you'll have to wait for monthly or annual charts. Take this sales chart for what it is, an interesting and fun sample of recent trends in video game sales. They might not be completely accurate, but they still have some validity.

Aslanpower86
Aslanpower86

I still have yet to pick up either of the Brain Training titles.

tmacyao111
tmacyao111

Tekken is way better than anything on the DS.

Karjah
Karjah

it's becuase nintendo makes good handhelds...it's not like microsoft should even be allowed in the games market. They have yet to make money. They just buy thier way into first place and hope the investment pays off later by making you all pay for extra maps and online service which pc gamers get for free. It's a give and take model.

bigfootman777
bigfootman777

Wow so much fanboyism I wish people would think about game-play. I own a DS not an PSP but Tekken does sound fun. Before you go on a fanboyish rant ask yourself if you would ever play another systems games and most of these third party games are on all the systems (if not Nintendo just Sony and Moneysoft). Most of the time fanboyism is just what you have grown up on. I am a die hard Nintendo fanboy and if Sony was still around (God rest its soul) I would probably love that more then Nintendo because my dad used to play SH2 all the time for me. I was 2 but I still remember it vividly. Well I guess what I am saying is please don't hate on other fanboys and systems it really annoys me.

jtvbetta
jtvbetta

I just cannot believe the staying power of nintendo in the handheld business (sigh!). The very reason Xboy will never come around.

Ices100
Ices100

lol did someone say this list looks even? how and by who...all i see is ds.

japanesegoth
japanesegoth

not really surprising that brain age is up there. i've seen a few older people playing it at best buy..it was funny to watch.

rl_41
rl_41

Tekken: Dark Ressurection is an amazing game. Probably the best graphics on PSP, one of the best games on PSP, one of the best games on the market right now.

phSychO_AtDawn
phSychO_AtDawn

The Sony Fanboys are officially oblivious to who is #1 on Sales Charts.LOL Though I think when Dead Rising(August 8th) and Saint's Row(August 20th) release you're going to see MS in the Top Five with Nintendo and maybe even Sony.

crills
crills

the ds and its games sell great thats wat the wii going to do cause i look at the wii and it reminds me of the ds just bigger i dont know me be its just me anyway good to see mario on top i allways say real gamers like game play over graphics

Dantes_Monkey
Dantes_Monkey

Gamecube...RIP, it was good while it lasted.

faridmon
faridmon

well OmegaOrtega, Brain Age is selling because its fun? glad to see the DS is doing well, and the PSP is doing well, at least in BestBuy, i bet if it was Virtua Fighter it would knock at least the brain game, poor Tekken. and i don't understand how you guys love american football, i mean i tried to watched once, i was bored to death, what does it have that other sport doesn't have? even the uniforms is kind of funny with the helmet and al that (no offence though).

OmegaOrtega
OmegaOrtega

PringerOtaku The PSP' supposed best game is shadowed by NSMB and Brain Age. BA... ouch for Tekken. (select an action below) ______________ Report Abuse To Moderator Posted Aug 4, 2006 2:20 pm CT ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Take out the sports games and Tekken is right behind NSMB and Brain Age. And even though it's one of the best PSP games out. To even think of anything outselling an actual GOOD Mario game is just, yeah... But Brain Age...I don't understand why that's selling but hey.

PringerOtaku
PringerOtaku

The PSP' supposed best game is shadowed by NSMB and Brain Age. BA... ouch for Tekken.

metroidlink1030
metroidlink1030

Wow, Nintendo's still hangin' on to the top spot. I contributed with my purchase of New Super Mario Bros. this week!

dexter111344
dexter111344

Let's take out the football games: 1. New Super Mario Bros (DS) 2. Brain Age: Train Your Brain in Minutes a Day (DS) 3. Tekken: Dark Resurrection (PSP) 4. Big Brain Academy (DS) 5. Naruto: Ultimate Ninja (PS2) 6. Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter (360) Well, Nintendo is still #1. Glad to see Cars gone, but why must football games be so popular with casuals!:cry:

santiagochile
santiagochile

I'm not surprised that the DS is dominating. It's the best system out today.

sarges24
sarges24

im not discrediting it... I'm simply saying it would be nice to have an official total instead of one stores... Walmart is a huge retailer, Gamestop/ebgames, Circuit City, other big retailers and even smaller ones. Having a grand total would likely be enough to push other games into the top 10 if it were an overall tally. Who's to say Valkyrie Profile did'nt sell more units than the #5-10 games on that list? The simple fact is we don't know... Instead of a sample I'd like to see the bigger picture, wich is all I was saying. I want to know for a fact wich games rank in the top 10, not wich games rank in the top 10 amongst one retailer...

rulo_rezn0r
rulo_rezn0r

what the big deal with the brain games? some sort of new fever or what? mario is cool, tekken is cool good to see PSP games there

thewolf619
thewolf619

Glad to see Tekken up there. It's a great game for the PSP.

nix6six6
nix6six6

its not an old port. the mario game is completely new but in the style of the old games. The minigames are the same from the other DS mario game though

DarknessOfFate1
DarknessOfFate1

Why is a old port thats been released about three times on top? Some peopel really are stupid.

Max_is_a_Knight
Max_is_a_Knight

Everyone go buy Battle for Middle Earth 2 so they keep making console RTS.

birdinflight
birdinflight

"enoslives7 HA !! no gamecube or xbox games once again...Sony rules !!!! " It appears that rampant fanboyism can cause blindness/illiteracy.

PatchMaster
PatchMaster

EA sucks! Go outside & play football!

TheGrandMiG
TheGrandMiG

man will NSMB and Brain Age ever lose????? heh, that PSP thing is still around?

terdoo
terdoo

Wo, graw is back up there again?

sergioalb64
sergioalb64

Wow, even Big Brain Academy is in there. It´s good to see more DSLove on the charts.

mos333
mos333

Ill have to agree with RevFeak. Funny how a new game cant outsell games that have been out for months. Or weeks. >_>