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Saling The World:  Pokemon Platinum, Wii Fit  Lead Domestic Charts
Saling The World: Pokemon Platinum, Wii Fit Lead Domestic Charts
April 10, 2009 | By Danny Cowan

April 10, 2009 | By Danny Cowan
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Gamasutra's weekly column, "Saling The World", covers the top five sellers for every available platform in the United States, Japan, and Europe, providing an important update of sales patterns worldwide.

This week's charts, with data taken from April 9th, 2009, find Pokemon Platinum and Wii Fit heading multiplatform sales numbers in the United States, while Oboro Muramasa and Sengoku Basara: Battle Heroes take the lead in Japan.

Data for "Saling The World" comes courtesy of the public sales information on Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk, and Amazon.co.jp, with sales split out for each platform and territory, and pre-orders disregarded. This results in a true sense of what games are selling worldwide on the real-time updated service, as follows:

Nintendo Wii
North America: 1. Wii Fit (Nintendo), 2. Mario Kart Wii (Nintendo), 3. My Fitness Coach (Ubisoft), 4. Wii Play (Nintendo), 5. Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga (LucasArts).

Japan: 1. Oboro Muramasa (Marvelous), 2. Wii Fit (Nintendo), 3. Mario Kart Wii (Nintendo), 4. Wii de Asobu: Pikmin 2 (Nintendo), 5. Wii Sports (Nintendo).

UK: 1. Wii Fit (Nintendo), 2. Wii Play (Nintendo), 3. My Fitness Coach (Ubisoft), 4. Rayman Raving Rabbids TV Party (Ubisoft), 5. Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games (Sega).

Wii Fit retakes the top spot in this week's North American sales charts, outselling all competing titles on all platforms. Mario Kart Wii finishes at second place, while Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga returns to take fifth.

The Vanillaware-developed brawler Oboro Muramasa finishes first in its debut week in Japan, meanwhile, as Wii Fit and Wii Play maintain a healthy lead in the UK.


Xbox 360
North America: 1. Mirror's Edge (EA Games), 2. Guitar Hero: Metallica (Activision), 3. Resident Evil 5 (Capcom), 4. Star Ocean: The Last Hope (Square Enix), 5. Halo 3 (Microsoft).

Japan: 1. 11eyes CrossOver -- Limited Edition (5pb), 2. Fallout 3 (Bethesda), 3. The Idolmaster: Twins -- Xbox 360 Platinum Collection (Namco), 4. 11eyes CrossOver (5pb), 5. Tales of Vesperia (Namco).

UK: 1. FIFA 09 (EA Sports), 2. Grand Theft Auto IV (Rockstar), 3. Gears of War 2 (Microsoft), 4. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare -- Game of the Year Edition (Activision), 5. Left 4 Dead (EA Games).

A temporary "Deal of the Day" sale price places Mirror's Edge at first place in this week's Xbox 360 software sales at Amazon. Guitar Hero: Metallica also sees a sales boost this week, pushing past Resident Evil 5 to take second place.

Elsewhere, 5pb's adventure title 11eyes CrossOver continues to lead in Japan, as FIFA 09 outperforms all competition in Europe.


PlayStation 3
North America: 1. MLB 09: The Show (SCEA), 2. Killzone 2 (SCEA), 3. Resident Evil 5 (Capcom), 4. Guitar Hero: Metallica (Activision), 5. LittleBigPlanet (SCEA).

Japan: 1. BioHazard 5 (Capcom), 2. Senjou no Valkyria -- PlayStation 3 the Best (Sega), 3. Demon's Souls (SCEI), 4. Musou Orochi Z (Koei), 5. Ryu ga Gotoku 3 (Sega).

UK: 1. LittleBigPlanet (SCEE), 2. Killzone 2 (SCEE), 3. Street Fighter IV (Capcom), 4. Grand Theft Auto IV (Rockstar), 5. Resident Evil 5 (Capcom).

A discounted MLB 09: The Show leads Amazon's PlayStation 3 sales this week, leaving Killzone 2 to take second place. Resident Evil 5 drops to third place, meanwhile, as Guitar Hero: Metallica finishes at fourth.

The rereleased Senjou no Valkyria moves up past Demon's Souls to finish second in the Japanese charts, while BioHazard 5 remains the region's top overall seller.


PlayStation 2
North America: 1. Samurai Shodown Anthology (SNK Playmore), 2. MLB 09: The Show (SCEA), 3. Guitar Hero: Metallica (Activision), 4. Shadow of the Colossus (SCEA), 5. God of War (SCEA).

Japan: 1. Amagami (Enterbrain), 2. Suggoi! Arcana Heart 2 (AQ Interactive), 3. Jikkyou Powerful Pro Yakyuu 2009 (Konami), 4. Shinobido Imashime -- Spike the Best (Spike), 5. Wanda to Kyozou -- PlayStation 2 The Best (SCEI).

UK: 1. SingStar: Queen (SCEE), 2. SingStar: ABBA (SCEE), 3. FIFA 09 (EA Sports), 4. Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4 (Square Enix), 5. Call of Duty: World at War -- Final Fronts (Activision).

SNK's budget-priced 2D fighter compilation Samurai Shodown Anthology tops PlayStation 2 software sales for the third week in a row in the United States, achieving sales numbers that outpace even big-name titles like MLB 09: The Show and Guitar Hero: Metallica.

Shadow of the Colossus makes an unexpected chart comeback at fourth place this week, as God of War finishes out the North American top five at fifth.


PC
North America: 1. Mirror's Edge (EA Games), 2. World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King (Blizzard), 3. Company of Heroes: Tales of Valor (THQ), 4. Left 4 Dead (EA Games), 5. Starcraft Battle Chest (Blizzard).

Japan: 1. Monster Hunter Frontier Online Season 5.0 Premium Package (Capcom), 2. The Last Remnant (Square Enix), 3. Ragnarok Online: 6th Anniversary Package (E Frontier), 4. Final Fantasy XI: The Vana'diel Collection (Square Enix), 5. Grand Theft Auto IV (Cyber Front).

UK: 1. Company of Heroes: Tales of Valor (THQ), 2. Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II (THQ), 3. Football Manager 2009 (Sega), 4. Empire: Total War (Sega), 5. Left 4 Dead (EA Games).

As was the case last week, Amazon-sponsored discounts again result in an unexpected winner in North America's PC sales chart. A price-dropped Mirror's Edge finishes first among U.S. PC software titles, as World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King moves up to take second.

THQ's Company of Heroes: Tales of Valor debuts at the top of the charts in the UK, meanwhile, as Capcom's MMORPG Monster Hunter Frontier Online Season 5.0 finishes first in Japan.


Nintendo DS
North America: 1. Pokemon Platinum (Nintendo), 2. Professor Layton and the Curious Village (Nintendo), 3. Mario Kart DS (Nintendo), 4. New Super Mario Bros. (Nintendo), 5. Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars (Rockstar).

Japan: 1. Pro Yakyuu Famista DS 2009 (Namco), 2. Mario & Luigi RPG 3 (Nintendo), 3. Rittai Picross (Nintendo), 4. Suikoden Tierkreis (Konami), 5. Gakken Hangul Sanmai DS (Gakken).

UK: 1. Professor Layton and the Curious Village (Nintendo), 2. Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars (Rockstar), 3. Brain Training (Nintendo), 4. Mario Kart DS (Nintendo), 5. New Super Mario Bros. (Nintendo).

Despite an aggressive advertising campaign, Nintendo's Rhythm Heaven didn't quite crack the U.S. top five in its first week of release. The title ranks sixth in this week's Nintendo DS software sales at Amazon. Pokemon Platinum pushes past Professor Layton to lead regional sales numbers for the week, as Mario Kart DS and New Super Mario Bros. trail close behind.

Namco's baseball sim Pro Yakyuu Famista again leads the charts in Japan, meanwhile, as Professor Layton continues its seemingly unstoppable reign in the UK.


PlayStation Portable
North America: 1. God of War: Chains of Olympus (SCEA), 2. Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII (Square Enix), 3. MLB 09: The Show (SCEA), 4. Resistance: Retribution (SCEA), 5. Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories (Rockstar).

Japan: 1. Sengoku Basara: Battle Heroes (Capcom), 2. Monster Hunter Portable 2nd G -- PSP the Best (Capcom), 3. Kidou Senshi Gundam: Senjou no Kizuna Portable (Bandai), 4. Makai Senki Disgaea 2 Portable (Nippon Ichi), 5. Harukanaru Toki no Naka de 3: Izayoiki Aizouban (Koei).

UK: 1. FIFA 09 (EA Sports), 2. Resistance: Retribution (SCEE), 3. Lego Batman (Warner Bros.), 4. God of War: Chains of Olympus -- Platinum Edition (SCEE), 5. Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories -- Platinum Edition (Rockstar).

This week's North American PSP sales results at Amazon find budget-priced rereleases of God of War: Chains of Olympus and Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII leading over more recent and expensive titles like MLB 09: The Show and Resistance: Retribution. The sub-$20 Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories also ranks high in this week's charts.

Elsewhere in the world, Sengoku Basara: Battle Heroes sees a first-place chart victory in its debut week in Japan, while FIFA 09 takes top honors in Europe.


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