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Australia Sales Chart, Week Ending March 5

As more and more new games are released into the Australian market, the same titles that had hung on since Christmas are being swept off the charts. Gone are the peripher...
As more and more new games are released into the Australian market, the same titles that had hung on since Christmas are being swept off the charts. Gone are the peripheral-based games like Buzz: The Music Quiz, EyeToy: Play 3, and SingStar 80s, as well as WWE SmackDown! vs. Raw and Ricky Ponting International Cricket 05. The #1 game for nearly two straight months, Need for Speed: Most Wanted, is now down to #7; things are beginning to change. The new king of the charts is Atari's V8 Supercars, which sees both the PS2 and Xbox versions on the charts. At #1 and #4 respectively, they bracket the PS2 and Xbox versions of EA's Black, which debuts in Australia at #2 and #3 this week. It's generally a good week for EA, as the company published the other new face on the charts -- The Sims 2: Open for Business at #5 -- and adds Rugby 2006 to account for half the chart. Non-EA publishers are represented by Lucasarts, whose Star Wars: Empire at War RTS continues to do well on PC at #6; Vivendi, whose World of WarCraft is selling as strongly in Australia as in the rest of the globe at #9; and Rockstar, whose Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories manages to hang on by its fingernails at #10 against the tide of new games pushing out other old favorites.
TWLWTitlePublisherFormats
1-V8 Supercars 3AtariPS2
2-BlackEAPS2
3-BlackEAXbox
42V8 Supercars 3AtariXbox
5-The Sims 2: Open for BusinessEAPC
63Star Wars: Empire At WarLucasartsPC
74Need for Speed: Most WantedEAPS2
89Rugby 2006EAPS2
97World of WarCraftVivendiPC
1010Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City StoriesRockstarPSP
Official Australia Interactive Games Charts (c) GfK Group

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