UK Sales Chart – Week ending 26th September

It’s the last sales week of September and things are really started to heat up now. Halo 3: ODST debuts at No.1 exactly two years after Halo 3 did the exact same thing.

1. Halo 3: ODST (New Entry)
2. Professor Layton and Pandora’s Box (New Entry)
3. Need for Speed: Shift (1)
4. Guitar Hero 5 (2)
5. Wii Sports Resort (5)
6. Batman: Arkham Asylum (4)
7. Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2 (New Entry)
8. Colin McRae: DiRT 2 (3)
9. WET (6)
10. Wii Fit (9)
11. Aion (New Entry)
12. Mario Kart Wii (13)
13. The Beatles: Rock Band (7)
14. MySims Agents (New Entry)
15. Call of Duty: World at War (17)
16. Professor Layton and the Curious Village (20)
17. Mini Ninjas (15)
18. IL2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey (11)
19. Grand Theft Auto IV (19)
20. Ashes Cricket 2009 (16)
21. Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10 (10)
22. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (8)
23. Fight Night Round 4 (12)
24. Championship Manager 2010 (14)
25. Dr. Kawashima’s Brain Training (18)
26. Guitar Hero: World Tour (22)
27. Harry Potter & Half-Blood Prince (21)
28. Madden NFL 10 (31)
29. Mario Kart DS (24)
30. The Sims 3 (25)
31. G-Force (26)
32. Toy Story Mania (New Entry)
33. Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood (23)
34. Ben 10: Alien Force (33)
35. Sherlock Holmes: Mystery of the Mummy (Re-entry)
36. New Super Mario Bros. (37)
37. Sega Mega Drive Ultimate Collection (40)
38. Wolfenstein (27)
39. Gears of War 2 (36)
40. Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games (Re-entry)

Halo 3: ODST defied convention by releasing on a Tuesday instead of a Friday, but despite this, 64% of all sales in its initial week were in the first 24 hours. ODST now ranks at No.12 in terms of biggest first week sales for a single format title. In comparison the original Halo 3 is 4th in that same ranking. (The top three being GTA: San Andreas on PS2, GTAIV on 360 and GTAIV on PS3.)

The other big single-format launch this week was Professor Layton and Pandora’s Box which entered into the charts at No.2, which is one place higher than the original Professor Layton game ever achieved. Despite this, last years Prof. Layton & The Curious Village is still selling well, enjoying a sales boost of 36%, which pushed it up four places to No.16.

Last weeks No.1, Need for Speed: Shift, is pushed down to No.3 despite a 7% uplift in sales over its launch week. Also new this week is Marvel Ultimate Alliance at No.7, and just missing out on the Top 10 is NCSoft’s MMO Aion at No.11.

The other two new entries are both kiddy-focused, with MySims Agents at No.14 and Toy Story Mania at No.32. Last week’s new entries NHL 10 and Blood Bowl have both slipped out of the Top 40 already.

The biggest climber this week is Prof. Layton, while the biggest loser was Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare which fell fourteen places to No.22.

All info provided by Chart-Track