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 July 18th, show popularity over multiple game formats.
Electronic Arts' football juggernaut -- now quite literally the only game in town -- has sacked the charts, with NCAA Football 2006
debuting at #1 across all platforms. Sid Meier's Pirates!
, the Xbox version of the PC remake of the beloved classic, stands at #2 ready to plunder as much of the rental market as it can get its hook and hand on, and Destroy All Humans!
is in third place, perhaps already beginning to succumb to Earth's strange atmosphere and ecosystem.
The same lineup repeats in precisely the same order on the Xbox charts: NCAA Football 2006
second, and Destroy All Humans!
third. Replace pirates on the open seas with vengeful Greek warriors, and the PlayStation 2-only chart starts to look pretty familiar at all: apart from God of War
' role at #2, it's the same story on Sony's system, as NCAA 2006
places in first and Destroy All Humans!
Things are more interesting on the GameCube, where for the first time in quite a while, no first-party game has a spot in the top three on a system known primarily for its first-party games. Capcom in particular benefits from the shakeup, with its Killer 7
at #1 while Resident Evil 4
regroups at #2. Third place is the unremarkable Fantastic Four
movie game -- maybe people got tired of renting Star Fox Assault
The situation is reversed on the Game Boy Advance, which is dominated by first-party titles. Pokémon Emerald
continues to enjoy its returned mastery of the handheld market after some time in the lower reaches (second place) of the chart. Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones
is #2, while the long-lived Zelda: The Minish Cap
sticks around in third.
Kirby: Canvas Curse
takes back the top rental spot on the Nintendo DS, and Meteos
is still its main contender at #2. Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory
continues its surveillance at #3. On the PSP, nothing's changed after the recent influx of new software: just as last week, Midnight Club 3: DUB Edition
is #1, Coded Arms
is #2, and Dead to Rights: Reckoning