Series fans may have questioned Splinter Cell: Conviction's, well, conviction to what made the franchise so popular thanks to its bold new gameplay direction, but now there's little doubt that the latest title can still earn its stripes, at least in the United Kingdom. Chart-Track confirms that Conviction marked and executed its way straight to the top of console software sales for the week ending April 24th. Conviction's allows publisher Ubisoft to maintain top tier placement in Chart-Track's rankings, especially since the runner-up title is Just Dance, the Wii dance simulator which has been selling like hotcakes for weeks over in the UK.
The other new titles which managed to break into Chart-Track's weekly software top 10 include the PS3 release of Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City, as well as Monster Hunter Tri. Namco Bandai's Dead to Rights: Retribution was also released in the UK last week, but couldn't match the numbers being pulled in by the rest of the chart-toppers, entering at number 22.
According to Chart-Track, Capcom's first localized console release for the Monster Hunter series since the original PS2 game also happens to be the biggest yet for the franchise outside of its native Japan. Encouraging news indeed, as that makes Monster Hunter Tri noteworthy for being one of the few top-selling Wii titles which isn't a casual/party game for a change!
|1.||Splinter Cell: Conviction||Ubisoft||2010/04/16|
|3.||Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City||Rockstar North||2010/04/16|
|4.||Wii Fit Plus||Nintendo||2009/10/30|
|5.||Monster Hunter Tri||Capcom||2010/04/23|
|6.||Battlefield: Bad Company 2||Electronic Arts||2010/03/05|
|7.||Wii Sports Resort||Nintendo||2009/07/24|
|8.||Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2||Activision||2009/11/10|
|9.||Just Cause 2||Square Enix Europe||2010/03/26|
|10.||Pokémon Soul Silver||Nintendo||2010/03/26|
We're looking forward to seeing how well the latest releases fared in North America, once NPD's monthly sales report for April goes live next month. Will Sam Fisher and one of the Wii's biggest titles actually aimed at "core" gamers do just as well on our shores?