FIFA 09 scores number one in UK chart

First-week sales of EA Sports' football game outstrip last year's version by 37.5 percent; The Force Unleashed falls to number two after two weeks.


The sales juggernaut that is EA's FIFA series hit a new peak this week when FIFA 09 became the fastest-selling game from the franchise yet. The game crashed into the UK all-formats chart at number one, notching up top positions on the PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Portable, and Xbox 360 charts.

Star Wars: The Force Unleashed, which had occupied the all-formats number-one slot for two weeks, was dislodged to number two. Following up at number three and jumping one place since last week was Brothers in Arms: Hell's Highway. Wii Fit and Mario Kart Wii rounded out the top five.

There were no other new entries on this week's chart, with every other publisher seemingly staying clear of the EA Sports behemoth. The highest new entry was Sega's Samba de Amigo, which entered at number 18 after two weeks on sale--a pattern followed by many other September 26 releases. Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood entered at 31, Wario Land: The Shake Dimension at 36, and De Blob at 38, all in their second week of release.

This Friday will see the arrival of Lego Batman, Fracture, NBA 2K9, and NBA Live 09, all of which could make an impact on next week's chart.

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