US PC Charts March 22-29: The Lich King ascendant

Second World of Warcraft expansion retakes the top slot from Empire: Total War as Sims 2, Warhammer 40K trade places in NPD's weekly best-seller list.

Blizzard Entertainment might as well have titled the second World of Warcraft expansion "The Once and Future Lich King." After being briefly bumped off by Sega's Empire: Total War and THQ's Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II, the add-on retook the number-one slot on the top 10 US best-seller list for the week of March 22-29 (aka GDC Week).

Welcome back, Arthas.

Though the list's organizers, the NPD Group, do not give out hard weekly sales numbers, the return means that Lich King--already the fastest-selling PC game of all time--will be continue to add greatly to Blizzard's near-$100 million of monthly revenue. That haul is also being boosted by sales of the still-popular combo pack World of Warcraft: Battle Chest (fourth) and the a la carte World of Warcraft (eighth).

Empire: Total War, the solidly received latest installment in Creative Assembly's historical real-time strategy series, had to make do with the week's second-place slot, just above The Sims 2: Double Deluxe. Electronic Arts' Sims series wasn't quite as omnipresent as usual, with only The Sims 2: Apartment Life expansion pack taking ninth place. EA also scored with Spore, which landed in sixth.

As for the rest of the chart, Activision's Mystery Case Files: Return to Ravenhearst discovered the secret of seventh place, with Ubisoft's Brothers in Arms: Hell's Highway taking 10th, apparently due to some severe discounting. Developed by Gearbox Software, the critically praised World War II shooter had an average US price of just $13 a pop, thanks to sluggish sales.

Week of March 22 - 29, 2009*
TITLE - PUBLISHER - AVERAGE PRICE
1) World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King - Activision Blizzard - $33
2) Empire: Total War - Sega - $33
3) The Sims 2 Double Deluxe - Electronic Arts - $20
4) World of Warcraft: Battle Chest - Activision Blizzard - $33
5) Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II - THQ - $47
6) Spore - Electronic Arts - $47
7) Mystery Case Files: Return to Ravenhearst - Activision Blizzard - $19
8) World of Warcraft - Activision Blizzard - $20
9) The Sims 2 Apartment Life - Electronic Arts - $20
10) Brothers in Arms: Hell's Highway - Ubisoft - $13

* The above chart reflects the NPD Group's sales data drawn from a cross-sampling of retailers nationwide. Therefore, it does not include game sales through nontraditional channels such as digital distribution.

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23 comments
gameking5000
gameking5000

Amzingly high sales seem to cause envy among some people. There isn't a problem with WoW it's just a amazing game

Daishomei
Daishomei

Well this is just my oppinion. What ever happened to Warhammer over throwing WoW? Lol I guess that didnt happen go Blizz! And I cant wait for Diablo 3 or Starcraft2 either :D. I'm loved every game that I played from Blizz.

-Unreal-
-Unreal-

To pandastew - Talk to the 22 million hands because the 11 million faces aint listenin'

Fady117
Fady117

Sure is!!! WoW never gets old!!! dank it, i still haven't grabbed this game and am impatiently waiting... btw i better play Burning Crusade or even the first one before playing Warth of the Lich King, lol i'm toast otherwise :P

R4V4N4
R4V4N4

how is it that they are still ripping people off by charging 47 for spore? sure its they put enough effort into it... but they are only using it as a way pump massive money to their team instead of making one awsome game which they were planning from the start they made an introductory to an awsome game which probably wont be worth buying for more than ten years and cost more than most peoples computers

Uzriz
Uzriz

How is it that some of the best games never make this list.. Anyway I'm glad Blizzard is doing well, it just means Diablo and Starcraft (and teh new game) will THAT much more awesome ! -U-

pandastew
pandastew

Also, why all the biased WoW hate here? It's the best MMO on the market, and the more money Blizzard makes, the more awesome SC2 and D3 will be. Grow up. Sales = win \ win for all gamers. Why? because WoW players are ALL a new kind of nerds. talking about WoW in car during travel making ppl who do not play seem so out of the loop. making an opposing sides, those who play WoW and talking about obtaining gears and those who talk about how nerdy they sound when talking about Staff of Gendalf the white.

Gooeykat
Gooeykat

My theory is that we will eventually begin assigning new WoW accounts to babies in the womb.

ChaosStar
ChaosStar

Also, why all the biased WoW hate here? It's the best MMO on the market, and the more money Blizzard makes, the more awesome SC2 and D3 will be. Grow up. Sales = win \ win for all gamers.

ChaosStar
ChaosStar

Said it last week Gamespot -- list Steam sales.

gameking5000
gameking5000

It consistency in sales that make publishers get more money.

Pete5506
Pete5506

why is WoW still on this list

aura_enchanted
aura_enchanted

ya know i love how blizzard has to skewer there figures by BUYING there own product XD

svaubel
svaubel

Ewww Spore is still on the list after this long. Biggest... disappointment.... ever!

starbead
starbead

"Arthus" may be an intentional, as the article refers to the "Once and Future Lich King". It is a combination of Arthas from Lich King and Arthur from "The Once and Future King", so probably not a typo.

DamnedApples
DamnedApples

I love how some of the best games never see this list in their lifetimes. I remember when Game Informer used to have a madden game on every one these retail lists. It made me so very sad...

paullywog
paullywog

dude, stop buying spore please. it's horrible. 'course, these are retail sales, all the real gamers buy from DD.

Conniver
Conniver

Horrified to see Spore on there.

psx_warrior
psx_warrior

Glad to see spore on there. I don't understand why so many people hate spore. I love the game. I spend hours playing it. I think it's a charming game that deserves praise from gamers. I don't understand why gamers hate it so much.

mop88
mop88

Isn't it spelled Arthas? (for the picture caption)