US console sales charts: June 18-24

Brains triumph over American and European football in BestBuy.com's top sellers; price slashing means ladder climbing for older Xbox games.

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Last week was light on new releases, but one new high-profile game was put to the test. Electronic Arts' NFL Head Coach made its series debut on June 20 and is one of the first big-name sports strategy titles aimed at the American market.

For a football-starved country that devours EA's main pigskin franchise by the millions, sales prospects for NFL Head Coach were uncertain, as it focuses exclusively on coaching and management instead of Madden's on-the-field action. The game didn't quite get the Gatorade shower EA had hoped, but the PlayStation 2 version of the game landed in a respectable third place.

With the launch of the Nintendo DS Lite in the US earlier in the month, the dynamic DS duo of Brain Age: Train Your Brain in Minutes a Day and New Super Mario Bros. swapped spots and landed in first and second, respectively. The highly rated Mario Kart DS kept its wheels turning in the top 10, power sliding into ninth, down two spots.

Football in the top 10 wasn't limited to the American variety--a flurry of FIFA soccer titles were also kickin' onto the list. Available now for $29.99, 2006 FIFA World Cup for the Xbox (fourth) and PlayStation 2 (fifth), as well as FIFA 06 for the Xbox (eighth), were helped along by surging interest in "The Beautiful Game."

The rest of the top-10 slots were older, budget-priced Xbox games. Star Wars: Battlefront II led the pack in the sixth slot, followed by Stubbs the Zombie in Rebel Without a Pulse at seven and Ninja Gaiden Black at 10.

Noticeably missing from the list were any Xbox 360 games, thanks to a month that has so far seen only one new next-gen release (MotoGP 06 on June 16--Over G Fighters flew into stores today).

Discussion

70 comments
sirhamalot
sirhamalot

Wow, alot of good points, but it seems no one noticed Mario Kart DS on the list. Looks like the DS Lite is bringing back interest in older games. Also to the fellow who said the chart does not reflect the whole sales market, although that is true, you can usually see the charts mimic each other from store to store. Though the free Brain Age could off set that.

agefreak
agefreak

FIFA maintaining a healthy spot!!!! Shows how good the 2006 WC ed is.......

rbarahona
rbarahona

The Nintendo DS is performing well in the US, let's hope that Nintendo can keep the momentum. It was very good to see that the new sim by EA also landed in the top 5.

jugg3rn4ut
jugg3rn4ut

See how Backwards Compatibility boosts Xbox games, Microsoft??! Take notice...!!

Vicerol
Vicerol

i won a psp and ds and let me tell you they both suck at this time

smiley17O
smiley17O

THIS IS JUST BESTBUYS ONLINE SALES. NO GAMESTOP EB GAMES OR ANY OTHER STORE FOR GAME SALES. THIS ISNT EVEN ALL OF BEST BUYS SALES CAUSE THESE WERE GAMES SOLD THROUGH ONLINE BEST BUY AND DOESNT COUNT THE PEOPLE WHO GO TO ACTULL BEST BUY STORES AND BUY THE GAMES.

maoonparas
maoonparas

how do i know who is the winner!

terrabreak13
terrabreak13

I thought this article was about "US console sales" and not about "US console game sales". Anyway I almost bought a game for the original xbox.

LosDaddie
LosDaddie

5 Xbox games in the top 10? It shows the Xbox-crowd is the most hardcore!

Nintendo_Man
Nintendo_Man moderator

And the 360 doesn't need a price drop, hmmm.

troakun
troakun

5 xbox games no 360 games? Move on people, I mean the 360 line-up can't be THAT bad.

rynmls
rynmls

theres no good releases this days.... waiting and waiting

soulknight63133
soulknight63133

Ninja Gaiden is one of the best action arcade title ever!

OmegaOrtega
OmegaOrtega

Global_Nexus Brain Age is #1? Even if these sales are only at Best Buy, that's freakishly impressive. NSMB fell from first to second, which is too bad but second isn't bad. The Xbox made a comeback, which is nice since I'll finally be getting my own here sometime. Then I'll finally own all current/last gen. consoles. And PS2 games make up the rest. It's too bad there aren't any PSP games that sell well enough to get on -there-, because there are some really great ones. (select an action below) ______________ Report Abuse To Moderator Posted Jun 29, 2006 5:38 pm PT ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The truth. *shakes your hand*

crills
crills

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metroidlink1030
metroidlink1030

Just goes to show you American mainstream gamers will buy anything labeled EA.

jdowdy10
jdowdy10

Well, Brain Age was free when you purchased your DS on launch day at Best Buy, so naturally it got the top spot.

bucanero05
bucanero05

3 football games in a American chart, the world cup makes miracles, the Americans had discover the most important sport in the world.

LOLO_BOND
LOLO_BOND

well people are buying ninja gaiden black to play on x360

Gamer46
Gamer46

The DS continues to kick butt.

cajunXLVII
cajunXLVII

wow console gaming is in trouble.

alexgangur
alexgangur

Ugh... Battlefront 2 has the worst AI ever to grace (not so gracefully) an FPS, or at least in this gen. Il'd probably be more thrilled playing LAN Sbf2 against a shoe than its singleplayer.

rafaelmorales11
rafaelmorales11

here's the proff that the DS OWNS THE PSP!!! DS ROCKS!!!!mwahahaha!!!

xbox_gamer1
xbox_gamer1

The Xbox lives!!! Now its time for me to buy some games to bring some use to the black box since i got my 360.GO MICROSOFT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Global_Nexus
Global_Nexus

Brain Age is #1? Even if these sales are only at Best Buy, that's freakishly impressive. NSMB fell from first to second, which is too bad but second isn't bad. The Xbox made a comeback, which is nice since I'll finally be getting my own here sometime. Then I'll finally own all current/last gen. consoles. And PS2 games make up the rest. It's too bad there aren't any PSP games that sell well enough to get on -there-, because there are some really great ones.

meimnobody
meimnobody

Stubbs the zombie a game that was considered to have bombed last year is on the sales chart? Seriously the NPD needs to get it's act together like the Japanese have and count all stores that sell video games, release the sales figures for free on a weekly basis. Instead of only counting half the stores and none of the online retailers as well as charging 1500 bucks for a report.

TrueWarlord
TrueWarlord

Good to see Ninja Gaiden Black still on Bestbuy.com's top 10 list. And now that Stubbs is now $19.99, I might get it now.

Poltergeist13
Poltergeist13

Don't call it a comeback...lol. What happened, did everyone last week mistake Xbox 180 games for 360 games (though I know 3 of those games are backward compatible). DS has had a nice ride as of late (plus the new DS launched), but it will come to an end when Prey for 360 comes out.

gamer_10001
gamer_10001

Brain Age is #1 and there aren't any 360 games on the list, surprising.

omarguy01
omarguy01

ds and xbox are winning! woot!

EasyStreet
EasyStreet

So Brain Age is slowy storming the US just like Japan:o.

blackIceJoe
blackIceJoe

So many football/soccer game are they sure this is for the US.I would have thought after the US got out of the race for the cup it would stop selling I guess I was wrong.

xDarkSeraphimX
xDarkSeraphimX

Yet further proof of how the 360 has been an utter failure thus far. Since they're not selling consoles anywhere else in the world, and since the PS2 still outsells the Xbox 360 even here in the U.S., software sales are going to have to pick up. At least the execs can take some solace in the high number of Xbox titles selling well.

TheGrandMiG
TheGrandMiG

lol no psp. no surprise there. DS PWNS NOOBS

9997
9997

I don't get it. Xbox is beating Xbox 360?? What is this world coming to

comthitnuong
comthitnuong

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dwmorrow
dwmorrow

I love football, both college and professional, but NFL Head Coach looks extremely boring.

nix6six6
nix6six6

who still buys games for regular xbox, i know i'd be damned.

Sonicplys
Sonicplys

Viva the original xbox! See Mirco$oft. Lower the damn prices, and watch the money roll in. Xbox >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Xbox 360

NeoJoe
NeoJoe

ryanduvall Battlefront II is discount. At least at my Best Buy in Ohio. It is $19.99.

kcswanko
kcswanko

yeah what did happen to the PSP, that still arond?