Aussie game charts: Sept. 25-Oct. 1

Pokémon power secures top two spots in Australian game charts; FIFA 2007 makes strong debut.


SYDNEY--Who said the Pokémon craze was dead down under? The latest adventures of Pikachu and his pals dominated Australian game charts last week, with Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Blue Rescue Team for the Nintendo DS and Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Red Rescue Team for the Game Boy Advance landing in the number one and two spots.

The Pokémon titles knocked the PlayStation 2 version of Lego Star Wars II from the top spot in the overall top 10 charts, according to data trackers GfK Australia.

Sales figures for the week of September 25 to October 1 showed Lego Star Wars II had fallen to number five behind the two new Pokémon titles, with Kingdom Hearts II taking the third spot and FIFA 07 for the PlayStation 2 in fourth. Although it had already been out for months in Japan and the US, Kingdom Hearts II was released in Australia at the end of September.

Flying the flag for the Xbox 360 in the overall top 10 were Test Drive Unlimited and Saints Row. Test Drive Unlimited slipped three places back this week to land at number seven, while Saints Row made it back into the top 10 after a couple of weeks out of the charts.

All sales stats, including console-by-console breakdowns, can be found below:

Top 10 Full-Priced Games
1. Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Blue Rescue Team, Nintendo DS
2. Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Red Rescue Team, GBA
3. Kingdom Hearts 2, PS2
4. FIFA 2007, PS2
5. Lego Star Wars II, PS2
6. AFL Premiership 2006, PS2
7. Test Drive Unlimited, Xbox 360
8. SingStar Anthems bundle, PS2
9. Tekken Dark Resurrection, PSP
10. Saints Row, Xbox 360

Top 10 Game Boy Advance Games (over AU$40)
1. Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Red Rescue Team
2. Lego Star Wars II
3. Pokemon Emerald
4. Madagascar: Operation Penguin
5. Cars
6. Dogz 2005
7. Monster House
8. Shrek Superslam
9. Pokemon Leaf Green
10. Pokemon Sapphire

Top 10 GameCube Games (over AU$50)
1. Mario Party 7
2. Pokemon XD: Gale of Darkness
3. Mario Smash Football
4. NFS: Most Wanted
5. Cars
6. FIFA 2007
7. Paper Mario: 1000 Year Door
8. Star Fox: Assault
9. Resident Evil 4
10. Pikmin 2

Top 10 PC Games (over AU$20)
1. World of Warcraft
2. The Sims 2: Glamour Life Stuff
3. The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-Earth
4. Company of Heroes
5. The Sims 2: Open Business
6. The Sims Deluxe
7. The Sims 2
8. The Sims 2: Family Fun Stuff
9. Age of Empires III
10. The Sims 2: Nightlife

Top 10 Nintendo DS Games (over AU$40)
1. Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Blue Rescue Team
2. New Super Mario Bros
3. Dr. Kawashima's Brain Training
4. Nintendogs Dachshund
5. Nintendogs Labrador
6. Lego Star Wars II
7. Big Brain Academy
8. Spyro: Shadow Legacy
9. Ice Age 2: The Meltdown
10. Mario Kart

Top 10 PS2 Games (over AU$50)
1. Kingdom Hearts 2
2. FIFA 2007
3. Lego Star Wars II
4. AFL Premiership 2006
5. SingStar Anthems bundle
6. NFS: Most Wanted
7. V8 Supercars 3
8. Cars
9. SingStar Rocks! bundle
10. SingStar Party

Top 10 PSP games (over AU$40)
1. Tekken: Dark Resurrection
2. Syphon Filter: Dark Mirror
3. Gangs of London
4. GTA: Liberty Cities
5. Star Wars: Battlefront II
6. WWE SmackDown vs. RAW 07
7. NFS: Most Wanted
8. NBA Live 2006
9. Cars
10. Loco Roco

Top 10 Xbox Games (over AU$50)
1. Lego Star Wars II
2. FIFA 2007
3. V8 Supercars 3
4. Cars
5. NRL Rugby League 2
6. Black
7. GTA: The Trilogy
8. Hitman: Blood Money
9. FIFA 2006
10. The Godfather

Top 10 Xbox 360 Games (over AU$50)
1. Test Drive Unlimited
2. Saints Row
3. Dead Rising
4. Lego Star Wars II
5. Just Cause
6. The Lord of the Rings, the Battle for Middle-earth II
7. Project Gotham Racing 3
8. Dead or Alive 4
9. Perfect Dark Zero
10. Call of Duty 2

All data supplied by GfK Australia.

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