US console sales charts: June 4-10

Crime pays (but not that much) as the $20 PS2 GTA: Liberty City Stories leads list; DS holds tough, 360 takes majority of top 10.


Two franchises at the opposite ends of the family-friendly spectrum ruled online retailer's console charts this week. At the top of the heap is the PlayStation 2 version of Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories, which was released last Tuesday. Right behind it is New Super Mario Bros. for the DS, which has been in the top two since its debut in mid-May.

Liberty City Stories, although a port of a PlayStation Portable game, proved that the GTA franchise won't be slowed down, despite the heaps of controversy it has stirred. After a price cut on the PSP version vaulted it to number five last week, the PS2 version debuted atop the list this week, largely because of its $19.99 price tag.

Slots two through four remained unchanged, with New Super Mario Bros., Brain Age for the DS, and Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter for the Xbox 360, respectively, sitting tight.

Perhaps spurred by the NBA Finals, but more likely because of a new $40 price tag, NBA 2K6 slammed into the fifth slot, as new Xbox 360 owners pilfered the old catalog of 360 games. Four more 360 games also made the top 10, including last week's number one, Hitman: Blood Money, in at six, the new Game of the Year edition of Call of Duty 2 at number seven, 360 launch title Project Gotham Racing 3 at nine, and The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion Collector's Edition at number 10.

It was World Cup fever beyond the top 10 as Electronic Arts' 2006 FIFA World Cup took 11th (PS2), 12th (Xbox 360), and 18th (Xbox). US Open fever may also be hitting, as Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2006 for the Xbox 360, after dropping to $40, surprised the charts at number 17, and the standard 360 version of Oblivion fell out of the top 10 to number 14.

Two more DS games grabbed the 13th (Big Brain Academy) and 15th (Mario Kart DS) spots but could be joined by more DS games next week, as the new DS Lite hit retailers this past Sunday.

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