console charts: August 6-12

Mario, Brain Age swarmed by zombies of Dead Rising; bargain pricing sees Ridge Racer 6 drift into fourth, Unreal Championship fight for fifth.


Mario, Nintendo's popular protagonist, has faced off against all kinds of enemies in his travels, including piranha plants, bouncing fireballs, and even undead Koopas, but he's never taken on zombies proper. Though many expect the icon to get flattened by the linemen of Madden NFL 07, which releases later this month, the plumber was hit hard by a horde of zombies this week on sales chart for the week of August 6.

Capcom's Dead Rising for the Xbox 360 takes over the top spot on this week's sales chart, ending Mario's three-week reign atop the list. The game had zero competition from other Xbox 360 titles this week, and it is the first full retail 360 game since NCAA Football 07 was released in mid-July.

The new zombies on the block mean that New Super Mario Bros. and Brain Age: Train Your Brain in Minutes a Day have been pushed down to the second and third slots on the list, respectively. The number of DS titles on the top 10 list this week was halved from last week, with Trauma Center: Under the Knife the only other DS game making an appearance.

Bargain shoppers were at it again this week. Ridge Racer 6, one of the Xbox 360's launch titles, sped into fourth place after its price was cut down to just $19.99. also decided to clear out some of its current-gen stock with radical discounts, skewing the week's results. Current-gen systems also got some discounted love, as Unreal Championship 2: The Liandri Conflict for the original Xbox vaulted into fifth place with its new price tag of $4.99, and Soul Calibur III for the PlayStation 2, now $19.99, fought into 10th place. Still, at least you could pick up the Capcom fighting game at the site--rivals like don't currently carry the title.

The rest of the top 10 was rounded out by NCAA Football 07 for the Xbox 360 (sixth) and PS2 (seventh), and the $14.99 PS2 Sprint Cars: Road to Knoxville in eighth.

The landscape will likely change next week, as new releases Ninety-Nine Nights (Xbox 360) and Dirge of Cerberus: Final Fantasy VII (PS2), hit store shelves.

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