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RETAILBIZ MONDAY JUNE 22nd: TODAY'S CHARTS G PRICE CHECK G NEW RELEASES Disney brings its first ever stereoscopic 3D title to market... OUT: JULY 31st Read the preview in MCV this Friday IN THIS WEEK'S RETAILBIZ CHARTS Our full rundown of today's All Formats Top 40, plus individual charts for Wii, DS, PS3, 360, PC, PS2 and PSP HIGH STREET NEWS & DATA A digest of all the big retail headlines, price check, indie charts and analysis plus the latest retail promotions RELEASE SCHEDULE Keep up to date on all the games headed to retail this week, next week and beyond RETAILBIZ: CHARTS 2 MONDAY JUNE 22nd 2009 WWW.MCVUK.COM/RETAIL-BIZ Check out RETAILBIZ at WWW.MCVUK.COM OFFICIALUKCHARTS WEEK ENDING SATURDAY 20th 2009  [ENTERTAINMENT - ALL PRICES] TOP 40ALL FORMATS  1 THIS WEEK PROTOTYPE FORMAT: PC, PS3, 360 DEVELOPER: RADICAL PUBLISHER: ACTIVISION BLIZZARD Highest New Entry Highest Top 40 Climber NINTENDO SEGA LAST WEEK TITLE THE SIMS 3 PC WII FIT Wii GHOSTBUSTERS PS3, PS2 COD: WORLD AT WAR 360, PS3, Wii, PS2, DS, PC RED FACTION: GUERRILLA 360, PS3 UFC 2009: UNDISPUTED 360, PS3 EA SPORTS ACTIVE Wii VIRTUA TENNIS 2009 PS3, 360, PC, Wii GRAND SLAM TENNIS Wii PUBLISHER EA NINTENDO SONY ACTIVISION BLIZZARD THQ THQ EA SEGA EA 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 17 22 23 16 19 25 29 36 26 27 39 28 24 31 33 21 20 35 40 RE WII PLAY Wii MARIO & SONIC: OLYMPIC GAMES Wii, DS 2 3 4 5 6 7 1 4 NEW GUITAR HERO: WORLD TOUR PS3, Wii, 360, PS2 ACTIVISION BLIZZARD TERMINATOR SALVATION PC, 360, PS3 MY FITNESS COACH Wii CARNIVAL: FUNFAIR GAMES Wii, DS THE MYSTERY OF THE MUMMY DS DR KAWASHIMA'S BRAIN TRAINING DS FOOTBALL MANAGER 2009 PC, PSP STAR OCEAN: THE LAST HOPE 360 WALK WITH ME! WALKING ROUTINE DS SEGA SUPERSTAR TENNIS Wii, 360, PS3, PS2, DS FUEL 360, PS3, PC MYSTERY STORIES DS GRAND THEFT AUTO IV 360, PS3, PC SACRED 2: FALLEN ANGEL 360, PS3 JILLIAN MICHAEL'S FITNESS ULTIMATUM Wii WARNER BROS. UBISOFT 2K PLAY UBISOFT NINTENDO SEGA SQUARE ENIX NINTENDO SEGA CODEMASTERS GSP/AVANQUEST ROCKSTAR KOCH MEDIA KOCH MEDIA THQ KONAMI WARNER BROS. 7 3 5 6 11 13 18 10 32 15 14 8 12 9 NEW RE  8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 PROFESSOR LAYTON: CURIOUS VILLAGE DS NINTENDO FIFA `09 360, PS3, Wii, PS2, PSP, DS, PC EA INDIANA JONES STAFF OF KINGS Wii, PS2,PSP,DS LUCASARTS MARIO KART WII Wii NINTENDO COD4: MODERN WARFARE 360, PS3, PC, DS ACTIVISION BLIZZARD POK�MON PLATINUM DS NINTENDO  16 17 18 19 20 GUITAR HERO: METALLICA Wii, PS2, PS3, 360 ACTIVISION BLIZZARD INFAMOUS PS3 ARMA II PC RESIDENT EVIL 5 360, PS3 SONY 505 GAMES CAPCOM BIG FAMILY GAMES Wii PRO EVOLUTION SOCCER 2009 Wii, PS3, 360 LEGO BATMAN 360, PS3, Wii, PS2, PC, DS, PSP  PC CD-ROM THIS LAST WEEK WEEK [FULL PRICE] PUBLISHER PC CD-ROM THIS LAST WEEK WEEK [BUDGET PRICE] PUBLISHER TITLE TITLE 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 NEW THE SIMS 3 DEVELOPER: THE SIMS STUDIO PUBLISHER: EA ARMA II 505 GAMES FOOTBALL MANAGER 2009 SEGA WOW: WRATH OF THE LICH KING ACTIVISION BLIZZARD EMPIRE: TOTAL WAR SEGA PROTOTYPE ACTIVISION BLIZZARD COD 4: MODERN WARFARE ACTIVISION BLIZZARD WARHAMMER 40,000: DAWN OF WAR THQ GRAND THEFT AUTO IV ROCKSTAR THE SIMS 2: DOUBLE DELUXE EA 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 1 3 2 4 5 6 9 RE WORLD OF WARCRAFT: BATTLE CHEST DEVELOPER: BLIZZARD PUBLISHER: ACTIVISION BLIZZARD WORLD OF WARCRAFT ACTIVISION BLIZZARD MYSTERY CASE FILES: RAVENHEARST FOCUS AMAZING ADVENTURES: LOST TOMB FOCUS MYSTERY IN LONDON: JACK THE RIPPER FOCUS THEME HOSPITAL SOLD OUT WOW: THE BURNING CRUSADE ACTIVISION BLIZZARD ROLLERCOASTER TYCOON 3 ATARI MYSTERY CASE FILES: HUNTSVILLE FOCUS CIVILIZATION IV MASTERTRONC 2 4 3 5 6 13 9 8 16 RETAILBIZ: CHARTS 3 MONDAY JUNE 22nd 2009 WWW.MCVUK.COM/RETAIL-BIZ Check out RETAILBIZ at WWW.MCVUK.COM OFFICIALUKCHARTS WEEK ENDING SATURDAY 20th 2009 [FULL PRICE] PUBLISHER [FULL PRICE] TITLE PUBLISHER THIS LAST WEEK WEEK TITLE THIS LAST WEEK WEEK 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 1 4 5 7 3 8 9 10 11 PROFESSOR LAYTON AND THE CURIOUS VILLAGE DEVELOPER: NINTENDO PUBLISHER: NINTENDO POK�MON PLATINUM NINTENDO DR KAWASHIMA'S BRAIN TRAINING NINTENDO THE MYSTERY OF THE MUMMY UBISOFT WALK WITH ME! NINTENDO MYSTERY STORIES GSP/AVANQUEST MARIO KART DS NINTENDO NEW SUPER MARIO BROS. NINTENDO CLUB PENGUIN: ELITE PENGUIN FORCE DISNEY MARIO & SONIC AT THE OLYMPIC GAMES SEGA 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 1 2 3 6 4 5 8 17 10 GHOSTBUSTERS DEVELOPER: TERMINAL REALITY PUBLISHER: SONY PROTOTYPE INFAMOUS UFC 2009: UNDISPUTED CALL OF DUTY: WORLD AT WAR RED FACTION: GUERRILLA VIRTUA TENNIS 2009 CALL OF DUTY: MODERN WARFARE RESIDENT EVIL 5 KILLZONE ACTIVISION BLIZZARD SONY THQ ACTIVISION BLIZZARD THQ SEGA ACTIVISION BLIZZARD CAPCOM SONY PLAYSTATION 2 THIS LAST WEEK WEEK [FULL PRICE] PUBLISHER WII THIS LAST WEEK WEEK [FULL PRICE] TITLE PUBLISHER TITLE 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2 1 5 3 NEW INDIANA JONES: STAFF OF KINGS DEVELOPER: A2M PUBLISHER: LUCASARTS CALL OF DUTY: WORLD AT WAR ACTIVISION BLIZZARD FIFA 09 EA GUITAR HERO: METALLICA ACTIVISION BLIZZARD BEN 10: ALIEN FORCE D3P GHOSTBUSTERS SONY GUITAR HERO: WORLD TOUR ACTIVISION BLIZZARD TOMB RAIDER: UNDERWORLD EIDOS NEED FOR SPEED: UNDERCOVER EA TOMB RAIDER: UNDERWORLD EIDOS 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2 3 4 8 NEW WII FIT DEVELOPER: NINTENDO PUBLISHER: NINTENDO EA SPORTS ACTIVE GRAND SLAM TENNIS MARIO KART WII NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM 2 VIRTUA TENNIS 2009 MARIO & SONIC AT THE OLYMPIC GAMES DONKEY KONG: JUNGLE BEAT GUITAR HERO: METALLICA INDIANA JONES AND THE STAFF OF KINGS EA EA NINTENDO MAJESCO SEGA SEGA NINTENDO ACTIVISION BLIZZARD LUCASARTS 6 7 10 8 6 5 7 10 PSP THIS LAST WEEK WEEK [FULL PRICE] TITLE PUBLISHER XBOX 360 THIS LAST WEEK WEEK [FULL PRICE] PUBLISHER TITLE 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2 NEW FIFA 09 DEVELOPER: EA PUBLISHER: EA RESISTANCE: RETRIBUTION ROCK BAND UNPLUGGED FOOTBALL MANAGER 2009 SBK 09 SUPERBIKE WORLD CHAMPS SONY EA SEGA BLACK BEAN 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2 4 3 5 8 9 18 12 6 PROTOTYPE DEVELOPER: RADICAL ENTERTAINMENT PUBLISHER: ACTIVISION BLIZZARD RED FACTION: GUERRILLA CALL OF DUTY: WORLD AT WAR UFC 2009: UNDISPUTED CALL OF DUTY 4: MODERN WARFARE STAR OCEAN: THE LAST HOPE VIRTUA TENNIS 2009 RESIDENT EVIL 5 FIFA 09 GUITAR HERO: METALLICA THQ ACTIVISION BLIZZARD THQ 3 5 7 8 9 BEN 10: ALIEN FORCE D3P NEED FOR SPEED: UNDERCOVER EA X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE ACTIVISION BLIZZARD WWE SMACKDOWN VS RAW 2009 THQ LEGO BATMAN WARNER BROS. SQUARE ENIX SEGA CAPCOM EA ACTIVISION BLIZZARD [SOURCE] 4 6 ACTIVISION BLIZZARD (c) ELSPA, Compiled by ChartTrack NINTENDO DS PS3 RETAILBIZ: HIGH STREET 4 MONDAY JUNE 22nd 2009 Sponsored by WWW.MCVUK.COM/RETAIL-BIZ [RETAIL REACTION] OFFERING NEW SERVICES THE BIGGEST challenge we're all facing right now is a drop in footfall. I'm combating this by offering a wide range of services to increase sales that way. One area that is either overlooked or can't be implemented due to the complexity of it, is phone unlocking. There is big money in phone unlocking and repairing. We unlock most phones on-site and open the phone up to any network. We even sell pre-owned phones and accessories. I am also launching a new service for indies to supply the equipment and full live technical support via MSN. Once you have bought the equipment, which is not expensive, the outlay is over and the money you take is pure profit. The main RETAIL BIZ: NEWS MCV offers a weekly digest of the latest news on the High Street... TESCO'S UK SALES UP 4.3 PER CENT The UK's biggest retailer Tesco posted another strong set of numbers for the 13 weeks ending May 30th 2009 that show both domestic and international growth. Like-for-like UK sales for the period were up 4.3 per cent excluding petrol, with total growth reaching 9.3 per cent. Tesco's non-food business saw "modest growth" with categories including electricals and toys seeing improved performances. International sales increased by 11.4 per cent at constant exchange rates, with European sales managing to climb 1.9 per cent despite the tough economic climate in the Euro sector. Asian growth hit a staggering 43.8 per cent, whilst US sales went one better, jumping by 174 per cent. Total Group sales for the period excluding petrol were up by 12.6 per cent. GAME ON TRACK DESPITE TOUGH HIGH STREET The UK's largest dedicated games retailer GAME assured investors that its performance to date in 2009 is in line with its expectations. In the period between February 1st and June 13th, the GAME Group opened 23 new stores bringing its total outlet base to 1,365 across ten countries and across its two brands � GAME and Gamestation. In addition, GAME confirmed that the integration of the Gamestation chain, including its IT and distribution networks, will be fully completed by September. As of May 30th 2009 the Group's net debt was �86m, up from the �57.8m at the same stage in 2008. It predicts that net debt for the year ending January 31st 2010 will be around �60m. ANALYST: MODERN WARFARE 2 TO OUTSELL ALL 2009 RELEASES A Janco Partners analyst recently estimated that sales of Activision Blizzard's Modern Warfare 2 will surpass 11.1 million units by the end of 2009. The firm's Mike Hickey suggested the game will be "the largest video game release" for the year, and will rack up $338 million in sales on its first day. In his analysis on the game, Hickey said: "We anticipate the sell through to consumers of 11.1 million units for an estimated retail value of $803 million and sell-in approximating 12.4 million units." "I firmly believe we should be spending our money and time developing this add-on services if we are all to survive and increase our sales during the recession." issue with this has been acquiring the necessary knowledge, as it is a complex topic and unlockers never reveal the secrets. I firmly believe we should be spending our money and time developing these add-on services if we are all to survive. New releases may be one tempting area to get people in, but the recession has taught people to be very price conscious. They simply go to the cheapest place for each item and sell low to get extra sales. This doesn't work any more � at least not in the way it did. Just think about Zavvi and Woolworths, if you need reminding. If anybody is interested in offering these services and making a lot of extra cash, contact me and I'll be happy to help you. Gary Noakes Proprietor of Game Player INDIE CHARTS - ALL FORMATS THIS WEEK LAST WEEK FOR UP-TO-DATE NEWS ON THE LATEST DEVELOPMENTS ON THE UK HIGH STREET, CHECK OUT: WWW.MCVUK.COM/RETAIL-BIZ TITLE/FORMAT PUBLISHER MCV POLL ARE YOU ATTENDING GAMESCOM IN COLOGNE? 1 2 2 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 1 NEW PROTOTYPE FORMAT: 360 THE SIMS 3 PC PROTOTYPE PS3 RED FACTION GUERRILLA 360 RED FACTION GUERRILLA PS3 POK�MON PLATINUM DS UFC 2009: UNDISPUTED PS3 UFC 2009: UNDISPUTED 360 WII FIT WII STAR OCEAN 360 DEVELOPER: RADICAL ENTERTAINMENT PUBLISHER: ACTIVISION BLIZZARD EA ACTIVISION BLIZZARD THQ THQ NINTENDO THQ THQ NINTENDO SQUARE ENIX 74% YES The organisers of Gamescom have triumphed over their Leipzig-based rivals in the fight to be Europe's flagship games trade show, and now participants of our latest online MCV study prove they have an audience supporting them. 2 3 4 RE 6 RE 8 26% NO Charts compiled by Game Guide/Complete EPOS Solutions. For more information about Complete EPOS Solutions call 01543 370002. For more information about the Game Guide call 01606 836347. I Take part in MCV's next poll at www.mcvuk.com For more information contact sales - 01256 385 251 NINTENDO DS, IS A TRADEMARK OF NINTENDO. le at vailab All A RETAILBIZ: HIGH STREET 5 MONDAY JUNE 22nd 2009 Sponsored by WWW.MCVUK.COM/RETAIL-BIZ MARGIN MAKER VENOM'S PS3 Pyramid Charger offers a quick and easy way for Sony fans to charge their controllers. The unique charging station boasts a stylish pyramid form that complements the sleek, black design of the console itself, with soft lighting that indicates when the joypads are fully charged. The compact device can house two controllers simulta- FROM THE market leading deals on Wii Fit, so as we speak now, that's what's leading our chart. What are the biggest challenges affecting your portal? Maintaining such a broad range of products and ensuring that the pricing is in line with or ahead of competition is a constant challenge but a fun one � and with an online store the rewards come quickly. How do you try to keep customers coming back for more? We use the usual tactics such as email communication and special offers to existing customers but at the risk of using an aged-old clich�, the best way to get customers to return is simply by providing excellent service and I believe we achieve that. What products are performing particularly well for you at the moment? The stronger formats for us are Wii and PS3 and across those formats we sell a very wide range of products. Promotional activity (especially price-led promotions) tends to shape sales to a greater extent with an online store, which means our sales chart changes significantly from week to week. Right now we've got some What sort of promotional activity do you do to encourage new customers? Potential customers shopping online are very often lead by price and we use a significant base of affiliate partners to help promote the SimplyGames.com offering. From there, conversion is king and we have some very exciting plans. FRONTLINE Nindie.com interviews Neil Muspratt from SimplyGames.com... What makes your website so unique? As one of the longest established specialist online games retailers, SimplyGames.com has excellent heritage. The brand has been in existence for well over ten years now and being a `virtual veteran' is of great comfort and reassurance to customers old and new. What are the advantages of running an online store? Against a High Street store, an online store clearly has a much greater `reach'. We trade nationally and internationally, with a broad base of customers across Europe and beyond. However, a greater level of reach also means a significantly greater level of competition, and staying ahead is a constant challenge. neously and doesn't take up as much space as rival, larger charging solutions. Charging time is minimal, ensuring that players can have at least one controller fully charged and ready to use at all times. The Pyramid Charger is powered by the PS3, either via the included USB charging cable or a PSP power cable. Venom: 01763 284181 PRICE CHECK Prototype PS3, Activision Blizzard InFamous PS3, Sony EA Sports Grand Slam Tennis Wii, EA Indiana Jones: Staff of Kings Wii, Activision Blizzard LEGO Indiana Jones Wii, Activision Blizzard IN STORE: READING �39.99 �39.99 �39.99 �39.99 ONLINE �39.99 �42.99 �39.99 �39.99 �44.99 �49.99 �34.99 �49.99 �34.99 �34.99 �34.99 �39.99 �24.99 �19.99 �19.98 �17.98 DEAL OF THE WEEK Toys `R' Us is throwing in a free Wii MotionPlus add-on for everyone who buys a Wii and a copy of EA Sports' Grand Slam Tennis. The total price for this bundle is �194.96. �36.99 �37.73 �37.97 �36.99 �36.99 �37.73 �39.97 �37.89 �42.99 �42.73 �44.97 �44.99 �27.99 �32.73 �29.97 �32.99 �32.99 �31.73 �34.97 N/A TO TAKE PART PLEASE CONTACT: JAMES.BATCHELOR@INTENTMEDIA.CO.UK RETAILBIZ: NEW RELEASES 6 MONDAY JUNE 22nd 2009 WWW.MCVUK.COM/RETAIL-BIZ Check out MCVUK.COM/RELEASE-DATES for more Guns and Balls strike as July arrives Ubisoft's Call Of Juarez and EA's Tiger Woods mark a strong start to July as the summer release schedule begins to thin out. There's still plenty to look forward to, though, such as Harry Potter, Wii Sports Resort, and G-Force... TITLE FORMAT GENRE PUBLISHER TELEPHONE DISTRIBUTOR JULY 3rd Azada Be Rich! 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With a revised presentation style, new features and modes, and support for MotionPlus, PGA Tour 10 offers the deepest, most authentic golf experience available to date.