As has become nearly routine, Nintendo's hit software -- Wii Fit, Wii Play, and Mario Kart Wii -- took the top three spots in the January 2009 software chart.
The top 10 is eerily reminiscent of the chart for January 2008. Consider that last year's top 10 contained Wii Play, Guitar Hero III, and Super Mario Galaxy all for the Wii, along with Mario Party and Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games, both for the Nintendo DS.
For comparison, this year, the chart has Wii Play, Guitar Hero: World Tour, and Mario Kart all for the Wii, along with New Super Mario Bros. and Mario Kart DS, both for the Nintendo DS.
Throw in a Call of Duty title on both charts, and the resemblance is uncanny.
One shouldn't place too much emphasis on trends visible in the top 10 or top 20 software titles. Still, those are the games which make the most money.
According to Mr. Pachter from Wedbush Morgan, the top 10 titles in January 2009 captured 27% of software dollar sales from only 14% of unit sales.
Looking further down the chart, Nintendo announced that the top 30 titles for January 2009 included 20 titles for its systems. Combined with the titles listed in the top 20, here is what we can deduce about the top 30:
20 titles for the Nintendo DS and Nintendo Wii
8 titles for the Xbox 360
1 title for the PlayStation 3
1 title for a non-Nintendo system
The candidates for that last title are NBA 2K9 for the Xbox 360, Guitar Hero: World Tour for the PS2, or Skate 2 for the PS3. Given these choices, the final game is most likely for a Sony system. (Personally, we suspect it was GH:WT for the PS2.)