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FIFA 10 scores biggest number one since GTA IV

Latest UK chart shows game is biggest FIFA hit yet with sales up 48% on last year

FIFA 10 has shot straight to number one in the latest UK chart and become the second biggest all formats launch ever in the UK after GTA IV.

The game generated 48 per cent more sales than last year's FIFA 09, and steals the second best-selling game crown from GTA: San Andreas, which launched on PlayStation 2 in 2004.

Xbox 360's share of sales was the highest with 48 per cent, while the PlayStation 3 was 46 per cent and six per cent went to the remaining formats.

Last year's instalment was split similarly between Microsoft and Sony with 42 per cent and 40 per cent respectively, however the remaining formats secured a larger 18 per cent share. The sales put the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions of the game at numbers five and six respectively as the fastest selling single format releases to date.

Elsewhere in the top ten, Nintendo's Professor Layton and Pandora's Box held onto second place for another week, selling just 300 copies more than last week's number one – Halo 3: ODST – which dropped 75 per cent in sales and to the number three position.

Need for Speed: Shift dropped one place to number four, just ahead of Wii Sports Resort, which held the fifth position for another week with a 33 per cent jump in sales (thanks in part to the new GBP 179.99 Wii Sports Resort hardware bundle).

Guitar Hero 5 dropped two places to number six and MySims Agent climbed from last week's launch position of number 16 to number seven.

The UMD release of Gran Turismo on PSP got off the mark this week debuting at number 12. A download version of the game is being given away free to early PSPgo adopters.

Other new entries in the top 40 were Tecmo Koei's Ninja Gaiden: Sigma 2 at number 26 and Deep Silver's Risen at number 29.

The full Chart-Track UK all formats chart for the week ending October 3 is as follows:

  • 01 FIFA 10
  • 02 Professor Layton and Pandora's Box
  • 03 Halo 3: ODST
  • 04 Need for Speed: Shift
  • 05 Wii Sports Resort
  • 06 Guitar Hero 5
  • 07 MySims Agents
  • 08 Colin McRae: Dirt 2
  • 09 Mario Kart Wii
  • 10 Batman: Arkham Asylum
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Kath Brice