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Saling The World:  Wii Sports Resort  Leads U.S. Sales/Preorders
Saling The World: Wii Sports Resort Leads U.S. Sales/Preorders
July 10, 2009 | By Danny Cowan




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 July 9th, 2009, find Wii Sports Resort heading multiplatform sales in North America as a pre-order, while BlazBlue and Tomodachi Collection 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. EA Sports Active (EA Sports), 3. Mario Kart Wii (Nintendo), 4. Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10 Wii MotionPlus Bundle (EA Sports), 5. Punch-Out!! (Nintendo).

Japan: 1. Wii Sports Resort (Nintendo), 2. Wii Fit (Nintendo), 3. Winning Eleven Play Maker 2009 (Konami), 4. Grand Slam Tennis (EA Sports), 5. Suzumiya Haruhi no Heiretsu -- Chou SOS Danhiro Collection (Sega).

UK: 1. Wii Fit (Nintendo), 2. EA Sports Active (EA Sports), 3. Mario Kart Wii (Nintendo), 4. My Fitness Coach (Ubisoft), 5. Wii Play (Nintendo).

As Wii Fit and EA Sports Active continue to fight over the top Wii sales spot in North America, Amazon's charts find that preorders for the upcoming Wii Sports Resort lead domestic software sales across all platforms in both the U.S. and Europe.

Wii Sports Resort is already a big hit in Japan, where it finishes ahead of Wii Fit as the week's biggest-selling Wii title. Winning Eleven Play Maker 2009 follows at third, while the Wii MotionPlus-compatible Grand Slam Tennis takes fourth.


Xbox 360
North America: 1. Prototype (Activision), 2. Gears of War 2 (Microsoft), 3. Tales of Vesperia (Namco Bandai), 4. BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger -- Limited Edition (Aksys), 5. Halo 3 (Microsoft).

Japan: 1. BlazBlue (Arc System Works), 2. BioShock -- Xbox 360 Platinum Collection (Spike), 3. Gears of War -- Xbox 360 Platinum Collection (Microsoft), 4. Prototype (Activision), 5. Mass Effect (Microsoft).

UK: 1. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (Activision), 2. Prototype (Activision), 3. Fable II (Microsoft), 4. FIFA 09 (EA Sports), 5. Call of Duty: World at War (Activision).

An Amazon "Deal of the Day" sale puts Activision's Prototype at the top of this week's North American Xbox 360 sales chart. Gears of War 2 and Tales of Vesperia find new popularity after recent price drops, while BlazBlue manages a fourth place finish in its first week of release.

BlazBlue has also earned a large following in Japan, taking the region's top sales spot for the week. Budget-priced reissues of BioShock and Gears of War trail at second and third, as Prototype and Mass Effect close out the regional top five.


PlayStation 3
North America: 1. Prototype (Activision), 2. InFamous (SCEA), 3. Grand Theft Auto IV (Rockstar), 4. Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots -- Greatest Hits (Konami), 5. Ghostbusters (Atari).

Japan: 1. Rorona no Atelier: Arland no Renkinjutsushi (Gust), 2. BlazBlue (Arc System Works), 3. Senjou no Valkyria -- PlayStation 3 the Best (Sega), 4. Demon's Souls (SCEI), 5. Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots -- PlayStation 3 the Best (Konami).

UK: 1. InFamous (SCEA), 2. Fight Night Round 4 (EA Sports), 3. Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood (Ubisoft), 4. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (Activision), 5. UFC 2009 Undisputed (THQ).

Prototype also leads PlayStation 3 software sales in the United States this week, as InFamous falls to second place. Grand Theft Auto IV and a rereleased Metal Gear Solid 4 follow at third and fourth place, while Ghostbusters takes fifth.

Gust's Rorona no Atelier: Arland no Renkinjutsushi takes top honors in Japan, meanwhile, as BlazBlue and Senjou no Valkyria finish close behind.


PlayStation 2
North America: 1. Metal Gear Solid: The Essential Collection (Konami), 2. Shadow of the Colossus (SCEA), 3. Rock Band Special Edition (MTV Games), 4. Final Fantasy X -- Greatest Hits (Square Enix), 5. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (Activision).

Japan: 1. Vitamin Z -- Limited Edition (D3 Publisher), 2. Sengoku Basara 2 -- PlayStation 2 Best Price! (Capcom), 3. Persona 4 (Atlus), 4. Wand of Fortune (Idea Factory), 5. Super Robot Taisen Z (Banpresto).

UK: 1. SingStar: ABBA (SCEE), 2. FIFA 09 (EA Sports), 3. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (Activision), 4. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (EA Games), 5. SingStar: Queen (SCEE).

Metal Gear Solid: The Essential Collection climbs to the top of the PS2 chart in North America this week following a drop in price to $19.99. Shadow of the Colossus beats out Rock Band to take second place, as Activision's Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen trails at fifth.


PC
North America: 1. The Sims 3 (EA Games), 2. Prototype (Activision), 3. World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King (Blizzard), 4. The Sims 3 -- Collector's Edition (EA Games), 5. Street Fighter IV MadCatz Bundle (Capcom).

Japan: 1. Street Fighter IV (Capcom), 2. Monster Hunter Frontier: Online 2-Shuunin Kinen Premium Package (Capcom), 3. Ragnarok Online RJC2009 Vol. 1: Win the Victory (E Frontier), 4. Ragnarok Online RJC2009 Memorial Package (E Frontier), 5. The Sims 3 -- Collector's Edition (EA Games).

UK: 1. The Sims 3 (EA Games), 2. ArmA 2 (505 Games), 3. World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King (Blizzard), 4. Football Manager 2009 (Sega), 5. Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood (Ubisoft).

The Sims 3 fends off competition from the discounted Prototype this week, maintaining its lead as the United States' top PC seller. World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King takes third place this week, while a MadCatz controller-bundled version of Capcom's Street Fighter IV enters the charts at fifth.


Nintendo DS
North America: 1. Mario Kart DS (Nintendo), 2. The Legendary Starfy (Nintendo), 3. New Super Mario Bros. (Nintendo), 4. Guitar Hero: On Tour -- Modern Hits (Activision), 5. Pokemon Platinum (Nintendo).

Japan: 1. Tomodachi Collection (Nintendo), 2. Pocket Monsters Platinum (Nintendo), 3. Gyakuten Kenji (Capcom), 4. Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days (Square Enix), 5. Super Robot Taisen K (Banpresto).

UK: 1. Professor Layton and the Curious Village (Nintendo), 2. Pokemon Platinum (Nintendo), 3. Club Penguin: Elite Penguin Force (Disney), 4. Mystery Case Files: MillionHeir (Nintendo), 5. Classic Word Games (Ubisoft).

After dropping out of the top five several weeks ago, Nintendo's The Legendary Starfy makes a big comeback in this week's sales chart, finishing as the week's second biggest-selling Nintendo DS title in the United States. Mario Kart DS tops overall sales, while Guitar Hero: On Tour -- Modern Hits makes an appearance at fourth place following a sale at Amazon.

Elsewhere, Nintendo's Tomodachi Collection and Pocket Monsters Platinum lead over Gyakuten Kenji in Japan, while Professor Layton continues to head the charts in Europe.


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

Japan: 1. Hatsune Miku: Project Diva (Sega), 2. Hatsune Miku: Project Diva -- Limited Edition (Sega), 3. Boku no Natsuyasumi 4: Seitouchi Shounen Tanteidan, Boku to Himitsu no Chizu (SCEI), 4. Monster Hunter Portable 2nd G -- PSP the Best (Capcom), 5. Ken to Mahou to Gakuen Mono 2 (Acquire).

UK: 1. FIFA 09 (EA Sports), 2. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (Activision), 3. Monster Hunter Freedom Unite (Capcom), 4. Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories -- Platinum Edition (Rockstar), 5. Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII -- Platinum Edition (Square Enix).

Capcom's Monster Hunter Freedom Unite is now enjoying worldwide success, as the title has become a top seller after its recent release in North America and the UK. The Japanese version, Monster Hunter Portable 2nd G, continues to chart among the region's biggest PSP sellers more than a year after its initial release.


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