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 May 23nd, show popularity over multiple game formats.
Star Wars fever has swept the rental charts as surely as it has the box office, and Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
is the #1 rental on the cross-platform chart. God of War
holds strong at #2, while Forza Motorsport
keeps up the pace at #3.
Star Wars Episode III
is also the #1 game on the Xbox chart, followed by Forza Motorsport
. A different kind of extraterrestrial battle, Midway's Area 51
, stays solid at #3. A similar pattern emerges on the PS2: Star Wars
, followed by the platform-specific title from the general chart (God of War
in this case) with Area 51
The GameCube, on the other hand, remains Sith-free, and its rental chart is untroubled by the Star Wars mania. Resident Evil 4
is still #1, and Star Fox Assault
-- the closest thing Cube owners have to wars in the stars -- is still #2, and Donkey Konga 2
has pounded its way to #3.
On the Game Boy Advance, Pokémon Emerald
at #1 and Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap at #2
prove to the third-place GBA version of Star Wars Episode III
that Nintendo fans are a breed apart when it comes to favorite franchises. However, it must be said that Star Wars Episode III
did manage to top the DS charts, though Need for Speed Underground 2
at #2 and Pac-Pix
at #3 could be seen as lesser competition in this case.
Finally, the unpredictable PSP charts offer another permutation of releases: MVP Baseball
hit it out of the park to come back to #1, the inexplicable Smart Bomb
has curious renters propelling it up to #2, and Hot Shots Golf: Open Tee
bogeying back down to #3.