This week's top rental charts from U.S. game rental company GameFly, representing the most requested games for the week ending March 30, highlight both to-be-released and already released games in a unique demand-specific chart.
Nintendo's Wii exclusive Super Paper Mario proved to be this week's top title across all platforms, as anticipation builds for Intelligent Systems' latest sequel to to the series that began in 2001 for the Nintendo 64. Last week's top title, Ubisoft's multiplatform TMNT, fell into the chart's second spot, while the top three titles for the week were rounded off by Activision's upcoming movie tie in Spiderman 3.
What follows is a break down of the top titles requested by GameFly subscribers across each of the major platforms:
1. Super Paper Mario (Nintendo), 2. Cooking Mama: Cook Off (Majesco), 3. Medal of Honor: Vanguard (Electronic Arts), 4. The Godfather: Blackhand Edition (Electronic Arts), 5. Tiger Woods PGA Tour 07 (Electronic Arts).
As mentioned, Super Paper Mario pulled ahead of all other titles for the week, while Majesco's much more casual Cooking Mama: Cook Off took the second spot, obviously cashing in on the niche appeal of the earlier released Cooking Mama for the Nintendo DS.
1. TMNT (Ubisoft), 2. Spiderman 3 (Activision), 3. Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2 (Ubisoft), 4. Armored Core 4 (Sega), 5. Earth Defense Force 2017 (D3P).
TMNT continued to be a strong performer among Xbox 360 requests, remaining on top of the chart for the second straight week. Built up by anticipation for the upcoming feature film, Activision's Spiderman 3 took the week's second spot, while last week's number two title, Armored Core 4 fell a couple of places to hold onto fourth.
1. Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion (Bethesda), 2. MotorStorm (Sony), 3. The Godfather: The Don's Edition (Electronic Arts), 4. Spiderman 3 (Activision), 5. MLB 07: The Show (Sony).
The week's PlayStation 3 requests were topped by Bethesda's role-playing epic Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, while Sony's racing game MotorStorm was forced to drop back into second place for the week. The PS3 version of EA's The Godfather: The Don's Edition fell a spot as well to take the third position, just above Spiderman 3, which debuted on this week's chart in fourth.
1. God of War II (Sony), 2. TMNT (Ubisoft), 3. Medal of Honor: Vanguard (Electronic Arts), 4. Made Man: Confessions of the Family Blood (Aspyr), 5. Spiderman 3 (Activision).
Proving nearly unstoppable, Sony's God of War II ranked above all other PS2 requests yet again, demonstrating not only the anticipation that built up the game's release, but also perhaps a side effect of the strong praise the game has been given by the media since its release. Other notable entries this week include Aspyr's mafia thriller Made Man: Confessions of the Family Blood, which seems to have come out of nowhere but has debuted on the current PS2 chart in the fourth position.
1. Halo 2 (Microsoft), 2. Scarface: The World Is Yours (Vivendi), 3. Major League Baseball 2K7 (Take Two), 4. Call of Duty 3 (Activision), 5. Black (Electronic Arts).
As the well for the original Xbox has all but dried up, requests for the console has reverted by to old favorites, with Microsoft and Bungie's Halo 2 beating out all other Xbox requests for the week. Major League Baseball 2K7 climbed back into the chart after falling out into eighth position last week, while Black, Electronic Arts' visceral first person shooter, fell a bit from last week's second position to this week's fifth.
1. TMNT (Ubisoft), 2. The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess (Nintendo), 3. Disney's Meet the Robinsons (Buena Vista), 4. Mario Party 7 (Nintendo), 5. Happy Feet (Midway).
If the Xbox well has indeed dried up, the GameCube is certainly not far behind. Both TMNT and The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess remained in the top two positions for the week, with other movie adaptations Meet the Robinsons and Happy Feet filling out the console's rather anemic ranks.
1. Pokemon Diamond (Nintendo), 2. Pokemon Pearl (Nintendo), 3. Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords (D3P), 4. Spectrobes (Buena Vista), 5. Hotel Dusk: Room 215 (Nintendo).
Titles released by Nintendo certainly took the lion's share of the Nintendo DS chart for the week, with two upcoming Pokemon releases, Diamond and Pearl, ranking as the two most requested DS titles among GameFly subscribers. Another interesting selection, Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords, took the third spot on the handheld's chart, fueled by its unique blend of role playing and classic puzzle game mechanics.
Game Boy Advance
1. Pokemon Emerald (Nintendo), 2. Final Fantasy VI Advance (Nintendo), 3. Pokemon Leaf Green (Nintendo), 4. TMNT (Ubisoft), 5. Final Fantasy V Advance (Nintendo).
And the march of Pokemon titles continues for the Game Boy Advance, with Pokemon Emerald and Pokemon Leaf Green ranking as the first and third most requested titles for the handheld respectively. In fact, all but one of the GBA's top five games for the week were published by Nintendo, with the exception coming from TMNT in the chart's number four position.
1. 300: March to Glory (Eidos), 2. Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters (Sony), 3. Dragon Ball Z: Shin Budokai Another Road (Atari), 4. Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops (Konami), 5. Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords (D3P).
Finally, PSP requests were once again topped by Eidos' movie adaptation of 300, a game that has continued to dominate the portable's chart for the last four weeks. Sony's PSP version of Ratchet & Clank climbed into the second position, knocking Atari's Dragon Ball Z down a spot into third.