US console sales charts: July 9-15

Soccer games trip, Prey teleports to third, Chromehounds shoots to fourth, and the familiar duo of Mario and Brain Age returns to the top.

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Just when gamers thought New Super Mario Bros. and Brain Age: Train Your Brain in Just Minutes a Day were cooling off, the DS duo got as hot as the summer days hitting much of the country. A week after slipping to fourth (Brain Age) and fifth (Mario), the pair took over the top two slots of BestBuy.com's weekly best-seller list, with Mario jumping back into first the week of July 9-15.

Two new Xbox 360 releases followed the portable pair on the ladder. Prey, the gravity-defying shooter from Human Head Studios, debuted in third place in its first week in stores. In fourth was Chromehounds, From Software's mech combat game, also seeing the light of retail for the first time this week.

Six soccer games from Electronic Arts occupied the top 10 last week, but with the World Cup decided and done, the tally this time was half the previous week's. The PlayStation 2 versions of 2006 FIFA World Cup and FIFA Soccer 2006 took fifth and seventh, respectively, while the top 10 was rounded out by the Xbox version of 2006 FIFA World Cup.

The rest of the top 10 was a mixed bag, with Big Brain Academy taking DS gamers to school at sixth, Naruto: Ultimate Ninja for the PS2 in eighth, and Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter for the Xbox 360 in the nine slot. The Xbox 360 had a strong showing, with a quartet of 360 games just missing the cut: 2006 FIFA World Cup (11th), FIFA Soccer 2006 (12th), Prey Collector's Edition (13th), and Lord of the Rings: Battle for Middle-earth II (15th).

This week sees the newest release of a summertime juggernaut, NCAA Football 07, from EA. Check back next week to see if cover athlete Reggie Bush can high-step over Mario and take the top slot.

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glad ds is selling strong, just realized psp isnt in the top 10, damn

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Make a new GTA for PSP and it'll come in the top 10 :lol:

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Wow ! US gamers really like xbox360, doesn't matter if it just has crappy games like Prey & Chromehounds... GO DS !!!

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that´s a nice chart with valuable games, leaving out the two Fifa games of course.And whoever thinks Naruto:UN is not worth it, then rent it and you´ll be surprised.It´s a very good fighting game.

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lol wow..everyone is so frantic...this is one whole week of sales lol. calm the hell down

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I think it is funny that the only people I know that say PSP is better than DS are people who own neither system. I have a friend who loved his PSP for the longest time until I finally convinced him to buy the DS. Now his PSP is collecting dust and he regrets buying that glorified coaster. DS is just a better buy.

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Funny how there's never a single PSP game in the US charts. All i can say is good on you Americans. The only people that i've met that think the PSP is better than the DS are what we in the UK call 'chavs' (if ye are not in the know-how as to what 'chavs' are, then search on google). I could explain further, but it would take too much of my time. I'm not a ninty fanboy, nor any sort of fanboy. I just think the PSP is a waste of time if you want GOOD games, not a friggin media player.

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good comment keyser

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Dumb purple lunchboxes... I suppose you arent hating on a console? If you enjoy X360 or Sony thats fine. I never bought an xbox because they never had exclusives that merited the purchase. Exactly how grown up have you become? I suppose Halo was substantive, or maybe Spiderman? Get real. Sony makes great deals and puts good relationships in line to get great games. They are making missteps but will recover. Microsoft is doing much better and have learned some from their Xbox mistakes, which were many. Nintendo is the only company innovating hardware at all, and as far as imaginative games and truly peerless exclusives... they've got them. Games are supposed to be fun, arent they? I will not buy a X360 or PS3 until i see which standard (BD or HD-DVD) prevails... but i will get a wii because nintendo is the only company that seems to be focused on getting games right. I promise you this: if Blu-Ray goes south you will truly learn what "technologicly useless" (sic) really means. Not to go "slanderizing" (sic) other systems, but nothing I've seen yet on 360 or PS3 is really impressive, just looks like prettier versions of the PS2/GC/XBOX games which were just prettier versions of the PSX/N64/DC games we've been playing for ohhh the past ten years or so. But I suppose changing the way games are played is "their fear of change"? Brilliant. Flawless logic. I dont like "fanboys" or "haters", but usually they can articulate an idea... even if it's overbearing... Tek-9... your idiotic rambling places you firmly in the hater category, but in a certain... rain man kind of way... except I seriously doubt you are any better at math than you are at logic or spelling. If Nintendo were a country you'd be a suicide bomber.

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"they know nintendo is sinking deeper and deeper with technologicly useless systems, stupid gimmicks, and their fear of change" fear of change... Wii!!!

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tek-9... it's all about the games, always has been and always will be and i'm glad that you like buying memory sticks and slooow net surfing There's nothing wrong with Sony and Microsoft (except for a few known things) and Nintendo will always be Nintendo... all about gaming entertainment

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Wow, Tek-9, I Believe you had some sort of PMS-like moment right there. If you feel your system is superior to another then get your ass to that system and Play it!! Don't waste your breath trying to argue with numbers, because they won't change no matter what you tell them. You are forming an Argument against the Numbers and you seem to be frustrated that you can't win!! You seem to have many insecurities over your own system in order to go out and fight against Sales Charts...

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To Tek9..Your sadly mistaken. PSP does not have PS2 graphics. Does it matter if its an all in one device when the sales for part of the PSP that is being marketed the most (software) are trash. Since PSP is marketed as a game device, DS is kicking its arse in the handheld war.

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I thought NSMB and Brain Age would come up on top again. And no PSP games. Hardly surprising.

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Wow. Fifa 06 and world cup 06 on the same list. I don't know who I hate more, EA, or consumers for putting up with two versions of the same game.

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Wow, Prey is 3rd. That's suprising.

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wow its like nintendo and microsoft are two fleas nipping little chunks outta of an elephant, sony can't turn either direction, portable or console without getting some blood drawn

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why are people still buying soccer games IN THE SUMMER? It's much more fun to ho outside and PLAY soccer games instead of playing a digital form of what you could really be doing in real life.

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xbox_gamer1: "You dumb noob you have no idea how many things you can do with a PSP like many of you people constantly bashing the PSP.I laugh at yah NOOBS hahahahahahahahahahahahah!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" you do know that above all sony is marketing the thing as a gaming devise? If there are no software sales, then nobody will make games for it. Leaving the psp as an mp3 player or a type of video i-pod, nobody is making any money when you listen to music or view little movies, so i`ts ok i guess the n00b turned out to be you. :lol:

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ok.... 3 ds games (in the tops) vs 0 psp game. So I ask: Is there still a hand held war???

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Oni I'm not too sure what is "passe" about the biggest video game icon ever. It is like asking why do people love the Beatles or Michael Jordan? Oh and besides being an icon his games are consistantly fun. As for Jessica Simpson well that is another story.

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New Super Mario Bros. is back on top! But I still can't take this chart seriously until the summer is over.

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Why the hell do people still buy sports games. Here's a thought for ya why don't you go watch soccer or better yet go PLAY soccer in the outdoors. :P Don't forget to train your brain while your at it. :) (I fully admit I'm a brain age fan)

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I can't understand why people love Mario and Jessica Simpson so much .. both of them are passe. It's like that rash that never seems to go away :D

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Nice to see DS and 360 on the list again I still need to get Chromehounds I though prey was good but it ant great I like the online play when it ant lagging and of coarse the New Mario Bros is good

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Nice to see the 360 and DS dominate the top of the charts. :)

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Yeah Mario Bros. are still number one!!!

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More and more 360 games on there every week (probably die down due to drought). We'll see what it's like in the fall/winter.

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yeah GRAW FTW

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I wonder what the charts will be like when Madden hits... Right now it looks like NSMB isn't going anywhere.

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alas the PSP still has no top ten games, perhaps people are coming to realize its true insignificance now if only i had some money i could pick up tertis ds, mp:h, and brain age

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I still can't believe there are two edutainment games in the BB.com top 10. What is the world coming to?! :?

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i cant believe i got prey 60 doolers down the drain it sucks next time i wont believe the hype its an average fps with great graphic i cant wait for a real fps like metriod 3 or halo 3

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I'm happy that Nintendo is doing so well, but I'm more happy that the PSP isn't.

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Why in God's name is Naruto there? It's just like Bulletproof people will just buy games because of the cartoon and not the game. Other than that great job Mario....

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4 Xbox games, nice

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hey xx, its been over about two years now.....the psp ain't got one decent game

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Hmm... I wonder how long this Nintendo Fever will last. Isn't just focusing on the weekly's best seller's list for BestBuy a little bias? Still, NSMB and the Brain training games deserve a spot on the top 10 list. I never had so much fun with games ever!

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wait till the wii comes out. red steel and smash bros. and zelda tied for no. 1

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Wow. Mario and Brain Age are doing really well.

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I geuss the demos of Prey really paid off in the long run.

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Its not that Nintendo thinks we're dumb... Apparently WE think we're dumb. Remember this is sales charts... Nintendo's just supplying for the demand.

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How long is Nintendo going to stay on the top? :P Not that that's a bad thing, I just never expected this.

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sweet.

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BlueYoshi579 Two Brain training games? How stupid does Nintendo think we are? I played both and they're completely different and completely fun.

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nintendo for the win ;)

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why post this when npd have proven month after month it means ****

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Wow DS is still doing well! I guess people really need to train their brains.

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