US PC Charts May 31-June 6: The Sims 3 ascendant

The latest entry in EA's multibillion-dollar franchise leads a Sims sweep of the top three slots; WOW, Spore, Total War, and Fallout 3 expansions also place.

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The NPD Group released today its weekly summary of PC game sales in the US for the week of May 31 to June 6, revealing that the newest iteration of EA's Sims series was that week's best-selling PC game in the US. It comes as no surprise that the Sims 3 occupied the top position, as the game sold 1.4 million copies seven days after its June 2 release. The Sims franchise actually occupied the top three slots, with The Sims 3 Collector's Edition in second and The Sims 2: Double Deluxe in third.

At EA, money really does grow on trees.

The Sims series bumped down Blizzard's World of Warcraft titles, which have long dominated the PC market. Blizzard's latest title, World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King, landed in fourth, with the World of Warcraft: Battle Chest placing fifth. EA's Spore dropped from the third slot to the sixth, while budget gambling sim Reel Deal Slots Adventure remained in seventh. World of Warcraft was eighth while Empire: Total War dropped three spots to finish ninth. The postapocalyptic shooter add-on, Fallout 3: Operation Anchorage/The Pitt Expansion Pack, entered the fray, barely, at 10th.

Week of May 31-June 6, 2009*
TITLE - PUBLISHER - AVERAGE PRICE
1) The Sims 3 - EA - $49
2) The Sims 3 Collector's Ed - EA - $69
3) The Sims 2 Double Deluxe - EA - $20
4) World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King Expansion Pack - Activision Blizzard - $38
5) World of Warcraft: Battle Chest - Activision Blizzard - $40
6) Spore - EA - $40
7) Reel Deal Slots Adventure - Phantom EFX - $20
8) World of Warcraft - Activision Blizzard - $20
9) Empire: Total War - Sega - $50
10) Fallout 3 Operation Anchorage/The Pitt Expansion Pack - Bethesda - $20

* 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.

Discussion

32 comments
matelian
matelian

this Sims tops the charts.... how pathetic

K_M82
K_M82

who would have thought that a virtual doll house would sell this well? i have to hand it to Will Wright, he's a real genius!

Stevo_the_gamer
Stevo_the_gamer moderator

WoW and Sims dominate the charts. How predictable.

teeskoowared
teeskoowared

Jeez.....i have been trying to understand the appeal of the sims for about a year and a half now but I really can't. I was so bored every time I played it. And so many people upgrade their WoW accounts online without ever seeing a keycode or a disc, so this is also extremely skewed.

abosh1
abosh1

well, thats not really a surprise

gameking5000
gameking5000

I dreaded that this would become a reality

IMaBIOHAZARD
IMaBIOHAZARD

WoW & the Sims dominating the sales charts....yet again. They should expand it to the top 20 each month, otherwise we'll never see anything BUT the Sims and WoW.

adamosmaki
adamosmaki

empires total war has been in the top 10 since release and i'm glad a great game sells well

ldonyo
ldonyo

EA better hope there is a money tree somewhere after losing over $1 billion dollars last year!

ldonyo
ldonyo

I didn't realize that so many people didn't want to live in the real world. I hope they're happy in Sim-land.

metalkid9
metalkid9

"At EA, money really does grow on trees." LOL

RaiKageRyu
RaiKageRyu

I knew Sims would dominate yet again.

HeadrockBeats
HeadrockBeats

Just when you thought things were bad, a new chart comes along to remind you how much deeper the pit really is. Oh and @ Rikomusas: I'm sure you're very happy with your console for 10 years. I personally prefer not buying and playing what is essentially the same game over and over again throughout an entire decade. I don't know, maybe it's just me.

kweeni
kweeni

man id love to get empire, but my laptop can't run it :( but our older pc got screwed and my parents want to buy a new 1, so well see.. anyway glad to see it in the top 10 man EA and Activision are making alot of money

Rokimusas
Rokimusas

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Threesixtyci
Threesixtyci

Sims 3 is 39.99 at Amazon, right now....

VenomRitual
VenomRitual

@shoebox81 npd doesn't include digital distribution which really lowers numbers for a lot of games, especially places like steam.

SirSpoon84
SirSpoon84

ppl are still buying WoW? /gasp, /cry, /lol, /flex, /me shows off his xbox 360 and ps3

shoebox81
shoebox81

I think it's very important that everyone notice what came in at number 7. "Real Deal Slots Adventure" I think this is definitely one of the biggest indicators of the state of PC gaming. But then again, Wii Fit has been near the top of the NPD charts for the last year, so I guess consoles can't say much either.

CoolKidX
CoolKidX

1) The Sims 3 - EA - $49 2) The Sims 3 Collector's Ed - EA - $69 3) The Sims 2 Double Deluxe - EA - $20 and another EA 6) Spore - EA - $40 They make alot of money, huh

Gamesterpheonix
Gamesterpheonix

Empire has been in the top ten for the past few weeks. I bought it and really like it myself...if only they didnt have so many graphics issues.

strider_ATI
strider_ATI

good to see that ETW is in the top 10 :)

Inconnux
Inconnux

until they count online sales these lists are pure crap.

jrabbit99
jrabbit99

I wish I had the money for WoW :(

Dante2710
Dante2710

still dont see the appeal to this game

Sins-of-Mosin
Sins-of-Mosin

Why don't they post the amount sold? I like to see how many people are still buying WoW.

codename_halo
codename_halo

oh...what a shock...and it makes u wonder every time...

Rottenwood
Rottenwood

The amazing part will be in six months, when the Top 10 will be more or less identical.