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Top 20: James Bond hits the top slot

Official ELSPA Top 20 Software Chart (all prices) - week ending 28 February

1 (NE)
(PS2, Xbox, Gamecube)
2 (1)
(PS2)
3 (2)
(PS2, Xbox, Gamecube)
4 (5)
(PC)
5 (3)
(PS2, Xbox, Gamecube, PC)
6 (4)
(PS2, Xbox, Gamecube, PC)
7 (8)
(PS2, Xbox, Gamecube, PC)
8 (7)
(PS2, Xbox, Gamecube, PC, GBA)
9 (6)
(PS2, Xbox, Gamecube, PC, PSone, GBA)
10 (12)
(PS2, Xbox, Gamecube)
11 (25)
(PS2, Gamecube, PC, GBA)
12 (10)
(PS2, PC)
13 (13)
(PS2, Xbox)
14 (9)
(PS2, Xbox, Gamecube, GBA)
15 (17)
(PS2, PC)
16 (28)
(PS2, Xbox)
17 (15)
(PS2, Xbox)
18 (11)
(PS2)
19 (24)
(PS2, Xbox, Gamecube, PC, GBA)
20 (19)
(PC)

James Bond 007: Everything or Nothing zooms straight into the number one slot, knocking Final Fantasy X-2 down to number two. Although it would seem a predictable result for EA, this is in fact their first James Bond title to gain the top position in the all formats chart.

More surprising is that PS2 sales aren't overly impressive compared to previous Bond titles, managing only the fourth highest sales for a Bond title in one week. Which just goes to show the - rather obvious - importance of the multi-format market. PS2 is the clear leader for software sales across the board but it's often the secondary consoles sales that push a game to the top of the chart.

When a single format game manages to come out on top it's quite an achievement, as was the case last week with PS2-exclusive Final Fantasy X-2. It also demonstrates Nintendo's problem with their Gamecube-exclusive titles. The quality of the games aren't usually in question but sales rarely reflect that, such is the narrow user base of the market compared to a multi-format title.

The rest of the top 20 is uninspiring reading, with no other new entries apart from Everything or Nothing, despite there being a number of new releases this week.

Leisure software charts compiled by ChartTrack (C) 2003 (UK) Ltd

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