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Weekly sales watch: Wii dominates US retailer sales charts

Friday, 16th May 2008 21:08 GMT By Patrick Garratt

The bestsellers charts from two of the top online retailers in the US, namely GameStop and Amazon.com, show that Wii games make up 60 percent of games listed in the respective top tens.

While Wii continues to dominate overall at the two retailers, though, GTA IV 360 is sitting pretty at the top of the GameStop tree, although on the Amazon.com sales chart Mario Kart Wii has ousted Rockstar’s sandbox title this week to take pole.

Wii Fit is the big news in the UK, with the title not being able to appear in Play.com’s Bestsellers list due to supply shortages for the second week running.

The game has pushed GTA IV PS3 off the second spot in the Amazon.co.uk charts.

It is also worth noting that whilst Mario Kart Wii comes in fourth place on Amazon.co.uk, Play.com is sold out of this as well, meaning the store’s top ten could look rather different if this and Wii Fit were in stock.

By Mike Bowden

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3 Comments

  1. DrDamn

    How useful are these comparison “news” items? I’m not even sure the “charts” are actually real sales charts. The small print simply says “These lists, updated hourly, contain bestselling items.”. For example Amazon.co.uk top four is now GTA (360), Mario Kart, GTA (PS3), Wii Fit. With both WiiFit and Mario having been out of stock for some time are we simply counting re-sales of these items by people or just people clicking on the page and showing an interest.

    Number 21. on the list currently is “Xbox 360 Wireless Bridge (Required For Wireless Online/Live Play)”. Really? 21st best selling item on Amazon.co.uk in all of PC & Video Games? Or is it just an item which Amazon want to sell some of and are therefore giving it extra advertising by sticking it in the list.

    I’d prefer news items were reserved for valid sources of this sort of stuff personally.

    #1 6 years ago
  2. morriss

    “. For example Amazon.co.uk top four is now GTA (360), Mario Kart, GTA (PS3), Wii Fit.”

    That’s how it was all week. Which is why it was reported.

    Mario Kart and Wii Fit are sold out on Play.com, not Amazon so you’re confusing the two there.

    The whole idea is to gauge what titles people are buying and for what systems in the UK and US. Gamestop and Play.com are probably the two biggest online retailers for games in the respective countries.

    #2 6 years ago
  3. DrDamn

    It’s the article which is confusing me …

    “Wii Fit is the big news in the UK, with the title not being able to appear in Play.com’s Bestsellers list due to supply shortages for the second week running.

    The game has pushed GTA IV PS3 off the second spot in the Amazon.co.uk charts.”

    The titles are available on Amazon.co.uk but they aren’t Amazon selling them – it’s effectively counting ebay type sales. Inflated prices by people who got copies reselling them.

    The main point still stands. These aren’t proper sales charts – i.e. they aren’t a list of what has sold best over the last week. You can even buy guides on how to boost your standings in Amazon charts.

    #3 6 years ago

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