UK Sales Chart – Week ending 20th December

moneyThere’s been an upset in the last minutes of injury time, as hot-favourite for Christmas No. 1, Call of Duty: World at War has been downed by the mighty boot of EA’s FIFA 09.

 1. FIFA 09 (EA Canada)
2. Call of Duty: World at War (Treyarch)
3. Mario Kart Wii (Nintendo)
4. Need for Speed: Undercover (EA Black Box)
5. Quantum of Solace (Treyarch)

6. Professor Layton and the Curious Village (Level 5)
7. Tomb Raider: Underworld (Crystal Dynamics)
8. Wii Fit (Nintendo)
9. Guitar Hero: World Tour (Vicarious Visions)
10. Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games (Sega)
11. Fallout 3 (Bethesda)
12. LittleBigPlanet (Media Molecule)
13. Prince of Persia (Ubisoft Montreal)
14. Far Cry 2 (Ubisoft Montreal)
15. Gears of War 2 (Epic Games)
16. Sonic Unleashed (Sonic Team)
17. Rayman Raving Rabbids TV Party (Ubisoft France)
18. WWE Smackdown Vs Raw 2009 (Yuke’s)
19. Star Wars: The Force Unleashed (Krome Studios)
20. Lego Batman: The Video game (Traveller’s Tales)

This is EA’s 6th All Formats Christmas No1 in the past 8 years. A perfectly timed retailer promotion saw sales of FIFA 09 soar past its rivals, up 89% on last week, while Call of Duty could only manage a 13% rise and sales of Mario Kart Wii jumped 40% bringing it within 3,000 sales of Call of Duty.

EA’s Need for Speed: Undercover makes sure of holding on to the No4 position as retailer discounting helps sales climb 27%. Nintendo can celebrate a successful Christmas period, with the only four platform-exclusive titles in the top 10, all being on Wii and DS.

 Nintendo’s games have enjoyed a strong presence in the All Formats Top 10 throughout the year and this week is no exception. Mario Kart Wii has been out for 37 weeks with only 4 of those weeks spent outside the Top 10.

 Wii Fit dropped two places to No.10, but it is Professor Layton and the Curious Village which exceeds all expectations, re-entering the Top 40 at No8, proving to be a popular Christmas stocking filler, no doubt helped by strong demand and renewed stock.

 Activision’s price promotion appears to have centred more on Quantum of Solace than Call of Duty, as the Bond film tie-in is back in the Top 5, moving up four places from No.9. Tomb Raider: Underworld gets a well needed Christmas sales boost this week, up from No7 to No8 with sales climbing by 22%.

Fallout 3 is this week’s biggest loser, falling five places from No.5 to No.11. And the biggest winner besides Prof. Layton is Star Wars: The Force Unleashed, which moved up nine places to re-enter the Top 20 at No19.