US console sales charts: June 11-17
DS titles take up half of Bestbuy.com bestseller chart; Hitman, GTA, GRAW, and FIFA split the rest.
On June 6, Take-Two Interactive retook the charts when its subsidiary Rockstar Games released Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories for the PlayStation 2. However, unlike other GTA games, sales of the world's first PSP-to-PS2 port quickly dropped, according to the latest sales rankings from Bestbuy.com.
According to the retailer's top-10 list for the week of June 11 to 17, GTA: LCS slipped to number nine just one week after hitting the market. Which game succeeded it? It should come as little surprise that New Super Mario Bros. retook the top slot, leading a charge of five titles for the Nintendo DS. Right behind was Brain Age: Train Your Brain in Minutes a Day and Big Brain Academy. Inexplicably, they were followed by Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow (fourth), which was originally released last August. Back in seventh was another resurgent title for the dual-screen handheld, Mario Kart DS.
Other than Liberty City Stories, the only other PS2 game on the charts was EA Sports' 2006 FIFA World Cup. Both it and its Xbox sibling road the wave of enthusiasm for the ongoing quadrennial sporting event, landing in fifth and 10th place, respectively. The remaining two slots--Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter (sixth) and Hitman: Blood Money (eighth)--belonged to the Xbox's successor, the Xbox 360.
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