This week's GameFly video game rental charts for North America, specifically relating to games rented via the games-by-mail service for the week ending January 30th, show popularity over multiple game formats.
The Xbox 360's grip on the top three of the all-platform rental charts weaken slightly this week. Dead or Alive 4
, the next-generation fighter from Tecmo, is still king at the top of the charts, but current-generation titles are edging back into the two slots below it. Eidos' controversial 25 to Life
enters the charts at #2, while Peter Jackson's King Kong
brings up the rear, still lively even after the movie's momentum trails off. Interestingly, despite being a multiplatform title, this last is entirely fueled by Xbox 360 rentals, as the #3 all-platform game appears in the top 10 of neither the regular Xbox nor the PlayStation 2.
#1 on the PS2 in its stead is, surprisingly, Shadow of the Colossus
, which has long been hovering around the second- or third-place reaches of the PS2 charts but hasn't climbed to the very top since its October debut. Resident Evil 4
is #2 on PS2, and MVP 06 NCAA Baseball
at #3 proves Electronic Arts can have a success even without the MLB license. On Xbox, 25 to Life
is #1 most wanted, while Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones
stays alive at #2 and Gun
continues to hang around the charts at #3.
On the Xbox 360-specific list, longtime reigning champion Condemned: Criminal Origins
gets knocked back down to #3 with a lead pipe this week. In its place, Dead or Alive 4
delivers the knockout blow at #1, and Peter Jackson's King Kong
toys with the corpse for a while at #2.
The GameCube charts are all-Mario all the time this week: Super Mario Strikers
is still in first place on Nintendo's console, and Mario Party 7
is still #2. Taking over in third place and causing chart-watchers to see triple this week is a resurgence for Mario Superstar Baseball
, proving that Nintendo really can't overexploit its most popular character.
Yu-Gi-Oh! GX Duel Academy
, the latest portable game in the popular kids' franchise, is still at #1 on the Game Boy Advance charts, over beefed-up SNES port Final Fantasy IV
at #2. Ubisoft's virtual pet sim Dogz
finds its way back home this week, clutching a third-place spot tightly in its jaws. On the Nintendo DS, the Wi-Fi Connection again reigns supreme, giving Animal Crossing: Wild World
the boost it needs to remain at #1. Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time
, the action-RPG starring the famous plumbers and their infant selves, shoots back up to #2, displacing quirky cult sensation Electroplankton
down to #3.
Finally, on the PSP charts, Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories
is still holding its own at #1 on the PSP list, a reign which may not last much past the PS2 release of the game in March. SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs: Fireteam Bravo
is at #2, and Prince of Persia: Revelations
is in third.