US console sales charts: May 28-June 3

Agent 47 takes out Mario for top spot on retailer's top-seller list; Xbox new 360 adopters push four next-gen titles to top 10.

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The old "bald is beautiful" phrase must be emanating throughout the corporate offices of Eidos Interactive. The company's latest release, Hitman: Blood Money for the Xbox 360 starring the chrome-domed Agent 47, was the top-seller of the week, according to sales figures from online retailer Bestbuy.com.

The creative killing of 47 was enough to top the nostalgic gameplay of New Super Mario Bros. for the DS, which fell down to the number two slot after two weeks at number one. Hitman wasn't content with just number one--the PlayStation 2 version earned its dough at number seven.

Brains ruled over brawn as Brain Age: Train Your Brain in Minutes a Day for the DS landed in third over fourth-place Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter, a flip-flop of positions from last week.

A price drop down to $39.99 was enough to convince holdouts to pick up the PSP version of Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories, even though its PS2 counterpart debuts at $19.99 this week. However, it's unlikely the game's publisher, Take-Two Interactive, will complain one bit, as the portable version of the game was the week's fifth best-seller.

More Xbox 360s in the channel helped three other Xbox 360 games into the top 10, with Madden NFL 360, a November 2005 release, going deep to sixth. Gamers weren't oblivious to The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, which took eighth and 10th, the latter being the $69.99 Collector's Edition.

Rounding out the list was Electronic Arts' 2006 FIFA World Cup for the PS2, no doubt fueled by the tournament it is based on which begins later this week.

Falling off the list this week for the first time was Square Enix's Kingdom Hearts II, which had been a top 10 mainstay since its release in March but landed in 14th this week. Also slipping several spots was Rockstar Games Presents Table Tennis, which fell from seventh to 13th.

Discussion

66 comments
laizy
laizy

I think Hitman will stay at the top for tow more week's.

Acemaster27
Acemaster27

I (a nintendo fan) am pretty pleased with these results. I want the 360 to blitz the market all the way up to the Wii/PS3 launch. Just DS/360 in the top 10 is i think would be best and im sort of getting it. Take that sony

Rato51
Rato51

UltimaCloudX the demo is just the tutorial, once you get into the real game you see what's hitman really about.

Shooterdown
Shooterdown

Madden 2006 with 2007 around the corner? Makes you think that there must be a lot of new 360 owners this month. I do see one or two in the story, a lot now.

marioman50
marioman50

Electroinic gaming magazine shows the true charts,...... I think.

acamike
acamike

Hmm.. sony consoles not doing very good. They need to get their PS3 out soon.

zeroking420_666
zeroking420_666

Mario got owned by agent 47 nice... but it will change when galaxys and Super Smash Bros. Brawl come out.... I need to get bloodmoney now...

UltimaCloudX
UltimaCloudX

Hmm... I downloaded the demo of Hitman on xbox live; but I did not like it. Perhaps I did not give it enough time to work its way into my blood, but the controls, and everything else in the demo just turned me off...

Draqq_Zyxorian
Draqq_Zyxorian

I was afraid that X-Men III would be up there. Glad it isn't.

sketch777
sketch777

They probably pick Best Buy's sales chart because they are the largest video game retailer and they post their sales FASTER than any independent reports. I can't find any other sources right now for game sales in May '06. Found plenty of info on April sales, though. Anyone care about April anymore? No? Didn't think so. Take it for what it is.

Maquis_UK
Maquis_UK

yes godovivel, how dare you hate on micro$haft. having an opinion other than ' yay ok ' on a bullyboy, global-monopolising, fat-cat uber-empire is like soooo childish ( sarcasm )

theKSMM
theKSMM

Granted, Best Buy's website doesn't give us the entire picture, but they are among the top five game retailers in the U.S. so their numbers are worth analyzing. If GameSpot could get aggregated numbers from GameStop/EB, Wal-Mart, Target, and Circuit City, that would be great, but this information as is stands isn't worthless.

Flan_Man
Flan_Man

trancejeremy pointed something good out. Kinda funny how BestBuy.com is apparently the end all. To be honest, I have only bought one game there, once. Seems like they must get a lot of business if they can predict the entire market off of it, though...

soulknight63133
soulknight63133

godovivel, why are you calling this a "gates" chart? Oh you must be one of those MS haters. Grow up!

godovivel
godovivel

WTF . it`s bill gates chart . GS please shut up

thekey
thekey

This is very good news, just keep the games coming M$! Keep'm coming! I think I'll definatly be getting the DS lite.

mac_ronin
mac_ronin

@rbarahona true thats really great news lot of people are doggin nintendo im a sony fan to the bone but respect other systems to be honest i cant wait to play Wii

rbarahona
rbarahona

Two Nintendo DS games in the top ten is great news. In the US the charts are dominated by Microsof and Sony, so it's great to read that Nintendo (at least for a week) has managed to put two titles in the top ten. I hope that this trend will continue, although it will be very hard...

mac_ronin
mac_ronin

trancejeremy is right this only represents the best-buy fraction in my country - the netherlands aka holland this game is really on top and its doin good in the rest europe too but i think thats only becuz of the fact that there arent any games out at the moment u' d consider "must-buys" there is no metal gear.. there is no splinter cell and such and such not to say that hitman wouldnt stand on his own against the rest or that it a 2nd choice its just that right now there isnt any competition

illphil
illphil

yeah of course best buy represents only a fraction, a survey, or look a a very broad population hardly ever sees every little bit but as long as the sample size is adequate then its a realistic reresentation of the situation as a whole

soulknight63133
soulknight63133

And just for record. Regardless who you're a fan of, I have a feeling that MS, Sony and Nintendo are going to be around for a long, long, time.

InfinitySamurai
InfinitySamurai

All the stores (BB, gamespot, etc.) have similar rankings, so stop whining.

samekila
samekila

glad to see 360 is on the charts and they haven't even brought the good long development games out just wait a little while longer is it that upsetting that Microsoft is delivering good games I thought thats whut gamers wonted

landau492
landau492

how come the 57th sequel to mario didnt made to first place

soulknight63133
soulknight63133

Some of you amaze me with some of your comments. Why would Best-Buy put out numbers for EB, GameStop or for the WORLD for that matter? All of these other companies put out their own numbers too. Look on a "worldwide", "regional", USA, UK, or Japan, chart if you want a broader look on gaming sales{personally I don't know why you would care since their not splitting the profits with us unless you happen to work for them then lucky you...lol}. Just look at the topic before posting something that the topic is NOT about. Get the hint, trancer? killswitch? Of course it only represents Best-buy numbers, it says that AT THE TOP OF THE PAGE! Some of you have a keen sense for the obvious. Try reading before posting!

DiscGuru101
DiscGuru101

I bought the PC version of Hitman. It was cheaper and the atmoshereics are better. p.s. I have only bought 2 games from bestbuy in my life. heh.

ChoadS
ChoadS

I seriously doubt the sales numbers are much different at other retail outlets.

gamerdude27
gamerdude27

These numbers don't even represent the market as a whole, only Bestbuy, which frankly only accounts for a small fraction of retailers. I'd like to see some official sales charts of all companies, not just one specifically. Anyways, Hitman seems to be a popular title; I might have to check it out.

comthitnuong
comthitnuong

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Bizzar3
Bizzar3

...Agent 47's next mark : Mario.

king4theday
king4theday

This is only the sales of Bestbuy, because this is a bestbuy ad. Notice the convenient link at the top of the page .

smiley17O
smiley17O

cant belive graw is selling so good

isaac15
isaac15

Pumper: Please don't make up what other thinks. You don't know if they would have not complained if a PS2 game was number one, so don't say they would have not if that was the case. You're not them, so don't speak for them either.

waynehead895
waynehead895

Hitman's ok. Next month is gonna get good for 360 owners. Prey Chrome hounds. NCAA Football and LOTR.

WolfSkill5544
WolfSkill5544

I'm glad that Hitman is #1, but the researchers need to get more info from the other stores, and not just from BestBuy.

enoslives7
enoslives7

where are the xbox and gamecube games ??? Oh thats right....they got owned by PS2 lol

Pumper
Pumper

If A PS2 title was in the #1 spot, then the complainers wouldn't care if it were a Best Buy sponsered top 10. Seems to really bother people when 360 is in the limelight on any given topic.

WillT12345
WillT12345

Even though this is only bestbuy.com sales chart it still reflects what games are selling. You think sales or approval numbers are calculated by asking ever person in the US what they bought or would vote for. NO. What you think playstation users buy from circut city and xbox users buy from best buy.

faizali86
faizali86

just got hitman sometime back, will play it during vacations. strange, no kingdom hearts :S

solsub
solsub

I agree with transjeremy. Best Buy only represents a fraction of US video game sales.

Dzjaansis
Dzjaansis

GRAW still in 4th place cool

Sweendrix
Sweendrix

Goldeneye for Xbox Live Arcade would be the top Seller if they made it...MICROSOFT, RARE, ACTIVISION...STRIKE A DEAL! MAKE THIS GAME FOR THE LIVE ARCADE....RARE's GOLDENEYE...YOU WILL MAKE A MINT!!!!!

Gunitsoldier91
Gunitsoldier91

pretty cool that hitmans on top, i need to get that agme