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Saling The World:  Persona, Monster Hunter G  Head Japanese Charts

Saling The World: Persona, Monster Hunter G Head Japanese Charts

May 1, 2009 | By Danny Cowan




Gamasutra's weekly column, "Saling The World", covers the top five real-time Amazon.com 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 30th, 2009, find Monster Hunter G and a PSP remake of Persona leading multiplatform sales in Japan, while Wii Fit and Resident Evil 5 continue to dominate stateside.

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. My Fitness Coach (Ubisoft), 3. Mario Kart Wii (Nintendo), 4. We Ski (Namco Bandai), 5. Wii Play (Nintendo).

Japan: 1. Monster Hunter G Starter Package (Capcom), 2. Wii Fit (Nintendo), 3. Monster Hunter G (Capcom), 4. Mario Kart Wii (Nintendo), 5. Jikkyou Powerful Major League 2009 (Konami).

UK: 1. Wii Fit (Nintendo), 2. Wii Play (Nintendo), 3. My Fitness Coach (Ubisoft), 4. Mario Kart Wii (Nintendo), 5. Rayman Raving Rabbids TV Party (Ubisoft).

Last week's second-place title Gold's Gym Cardio Workout drops out of the North American Wii sales charts this week, while Namco Bandai's We Ski returns at fourth place following a recent sale at Amazon. Wii Fit continues to head overall sales, as Ubisoft's My Fitness Coach catches up to take second place.

In Japan, Capcom's Monster Hunter G maintains a significant lead over all competing titles, while Konami's baseball sim Jikkyou Powerful Major League joins the charts this week at fifth place.


Xbox 360
North America: 1. Resident Evil 5 (Capcom), 2. Halo 3 (Microsoft), 3. Call of Duty: World at War (Activision), 4. Gears of War 2 (Microsoft), 5. Left 4 Dead (EA Games).

Japan: 1. X-Blades (Ubisoft), 2. Death Smiles (Cave), 3. The Last Remnant (Square Enix), 4. Gears of War 2 -- Xbox 360 Platinum Collection (Microsoft), 5. Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X. (Ubisoft).

UK: 1. FIFA 09 (EA Sports), 2. Left 4 Dead (EA Games), 3. Left 4 Dead (EA Games), 4. Resident Evil 5 (Capcom), 5. Grand Theft Auto IV (Rockstar).

Resident Evil 5 recovers after finishing fourth last week to claim first place in Xbox 360 sales in the United States. Halo 3 follows close behind, while Gears of War 2 and Left 4 Dead return at fourth and fifth place.

Ubisoft claims two chart spots in Japan, meanwhile, with the recently released X-Blades taking top honors in weekly sales. Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X. falls to fifth following a first-place debut last week, as The Last Remnant climbs up to third place.


PlayStation 3
North America: 1. Eternal Sonata (Namco Bandai), 2. Killzone 2 (SCEA), 3. Resident Evil 5 (Capcom), 4. LittleBigPlanet (SCEA), 5. MLB 09: The Show (SCEA).

Japan: 1. Killzone 2 (SCEI), 2. Senjou no Valkyria -- PlayStation 3 the Best (Sega), 3. Demon's Souls (SCEI), 4. Daikoukai Jidai Online: Cruz del Sur (Koei), 5. BioHazard 5 (Capcom).

UK: 1. LittleBigPlanet (SCEE), 2. Killzone 2 (SCEE), 3. Resident Evil 5 (Capcom), 4. FIFA 09 (EA Sports), 5. Grand Theft Auto IV (Rockstar).

A discounted Eternal Sonata unseats Killzone 2 from the top of the PS3 charts in North America this week. Resident Evil 5 and LittleBigPlanet continue to see big sales, though Valkyria Chronicles has since dropped out of chart range after taking fifth place last week.

Elsewhere, Koei's seafaring MMORPG premieres at third place this week in Japan. Senjou no Valkyria finishes just behind Killzone 2 in regional sales, while BioHazard 5 drops to fifth place.


PlayStation 2
North America: 1. Eternal Poison (Atlus), 2. Samurai Shodown Anthology (SNK Playmore), 3. Shin Megami Tensei: Digital Devil Saga (Atlus), 4. Metal Gear Solid: The Essential Collection (Konami), 5. Katamari Damacy (Namco).

Japan: 1. Amagami (Enterbrain), 2. Jikkyou Powerful Major League 2009 (Konami), 3. Sengoku Basara 2 -- PlayStation 2 Best Price! (Capcom), 4. Shinobido Imashime -- Spike the Best (Spike), 5. Okami -- PlayStation 2 The Best (Capcom).

UK: 1. SingStar: Queen (SCEE), 2. SingStar: ABBA (SCEE), 3. FIFA 09 (EA Sports), 4. Lego Batman (Warner Bros.), 5. Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 FES (Koei).

It took a steep price drop for Atlus' strategy-RPG Eternal Poison to bring an end to Samurai Shodown Anthology's month-long PS2 chart reign in the United States. Anthology still makes a strong showing at second place, however, and is likely to retake the top spot in next week's rankings.

This week's U.S. PS2 sales results also show increased presale numbers for the upcoming Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner 2, while a reprinted Shin Megami Tensei: Digital Devil Saga enjoys a related sales boost.


PC
North America: 1. World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King (Blizzard), 2. Left 4 Dead (EA Games), 3. Fallout 3 (Bethesda), 4. The Sims 2: Double Deluxe (EA Games), 5. The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion -- Game of the Year Edition (2K Games).

Japan: 1. Monster Hunter Frontier Online Season 5.0 Premium Package (Capcom), 2. SimCity 4 Deluxe (EA Games), 3. The Last Remnant (Square Enix), 4. Final Fantasy XI: The Vana'diel Collection (Square Enix), 5. Civilization 4 Deluxe Pack (Cyber Front).

UK: 1. Football Manager 2009 (Sega), 2. World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King (Blizzard), 3. Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II (THQ), 4. Empire: Total War (Sega), 5. Grand Theft Auto IV (Rockstar).

World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King and Left 4 Dead continue to fight it out for PC chart supremacy in the United States. Left 4 Dead surrenders the top spot to Lich King this week, as Fallout 3, The Sims 2: Double Deluxe, and The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion also make chart appearances.


Nintendo DS
North America: 1. Learn Math (Dreamcatcher), 2. Professor Layton and the Curious Village (Nintendo), 3. Pokemon Platinum (Nintendo), 4. New Super Mario Bros. (Nintendo), 5. Mario Kart DS (Nintendo).

Japan: 1. A Ressha de Gyoukou DS (Artdink), 2. Made in Ore (Nintendo), 3. Pokemon Fushigi no Dungeon: Sora no Tankentai (Nintendo), 4. Rittai Picross (Nintendo), 5. Mario & Luigi RPG 3 (Nintendo).

UK: 1. Professor Layton and the Curious Village (Nintendo), 2. Club Penguin: Elite Penguin Force (Disney), 3. Mario Kart DS (Nintendo), 4. Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars (Rockstar), 5. Brain Training (Nintendo).

Dreamcatcher's educational title Learn Math takes a surprise chart victory in North America this week, pushing last week's DS sales leader Professor Layton and the Curious Village to second place. Pokemon Platinum follows at third, while New Super Mario Bros. and Mario Kart DS trail at fourth and fifth.

In Japan, Artdink's recently released railway sim A Ressha de Gyoukou DS takes first place, while the do-it-yourself WarioWare sequel Made in Ore finishes second.


PlayStation Portable
North America: 1. Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII (Square Enix), 2. God of War: Chains of Olympus (SCEA), 3. Sega Genesis Collection (Sega), 4. Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories (Rockstar), 5. Dynasty Warriors: Strikeforce (Koei).

Japan: 1. Persona (Atlus), 2. ToraDora Portable! (Bandai), 3. Monster Hunter Portable 2nd G -- PSP the Best (Capcom), 4. Zettai Zetsumei Toshi 3 (Irem), 5. Sengoku Basara: Battle Heroes (Capcom).

UK: 1. FIFA 09 (EA Sports), 2. Football Manager 2009 (Sega), 3. Resistance: Retribution (SCEE), 4. Patapon 2 (SCEE), 5. Tiger Woods PGA Tour 09 (EA Sports).

Koei's Dynasty Warriors series remains a formidable sales force worldwide, with its latest entry, the spinoff title Dynasty Warriors: Strikeforce, debuting as the fifth-biggest PSP seller of the week in North America. Budget-priced rereleases of Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII and God of War: Chains of Olympus continue to lead regional sales, while Sega Genesis Collection returns this week at third place.

Japanese PSP sales find a new leader in this week's release of Persona, meanwhile, as Bandai's ToraDora Portable! and Monster Hunter Portable 2nd G take second and third place.


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