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Saling The World:  Wii Sports Resort  Tops Charts in UK and Japan
Saling The World: Wii Sports Resort Tops Charts in UK and Japan
July 24, 2009 | By Danny Cowan

July 24, 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 July 23rd, 2009, find Wii Sports Resort leading Nintendo Wii software sales in the UK, while Dragon Quest IX continues to dominate the portable charts 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. The House of the Dead: Overkill (Sega), 2. Wii Fit (Nintendo), 3. EA Sports Active (EA Sports), 4. Mario Kart Wii (Nintendo), 5. Virtua Tennis 2009 (Sega).

Japan: 1. Wii Sports Resort (Nintendo), 2. Wii Fit (Nintendo), 3. Punch-Out!! (Nintendo), 4. Dragon Ball: Tenkaichi Daibouken (Bandai), 5. Suzumiya Haruhi no Heiretsu -- Chou SOS Danhiro Collection (Sega).

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

An Amazon "Deal of the Day" promotion puts Sega's The House of the Dead: Overkill at the top of this week's Wii charts in North America. Virtua Tennis 2009 also sees a rise in popularity this week thanks to a recent Amazon sale.

Wii Sports Resort continues to lead the Japanese charts, meanwhile, and takes first place in the UK in its first week of European release. Punch-Out!! and Dragon Ball: Tenkaichi debut in Japan at third and fourth place, as the discounted limited edition of Suzumiya Haruhi no Heiretsu takes fifth.


Xbox 360
North America: 1. Gears of War 2 (Microsoft), 2. NCAA Football 10 (EA Sports), 3. UFC 2009: Undisputed (THQ), 4. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare -- Game of the Year Edition (Activision), 5. Red Faction: Guerrilla (THQ).

Japan: 1. 50 Cent: Blood on the Sand (THQ), 2. Gears of War -- Xbox 360 Platinum Collection (Microsoft), 3. BlazBlue (Arc System Works), 4. Assassin's Creed -- Xbox 360 Platinum Collection (Ubisoft), 5. X Blades (Ubisoft).

UK: 1. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (Activision), 2. Gears of War 2 (Microsoft), 3. Grand Theft Auto IV (Rockstar), 4. Red Faction: Guerrilla (THQ), 5. Halo 3 -- Classics Edition (Microsoft).

Gears of War 2 leads Xbox 360 software sales in the United States this week, with new demand spurred by a universal drop in price to $29.99. Last week's chart leader NCAA Football 10 trails at second place, as UFC 2009 Undisputed follows at third.

In Japan, BlazBlue drops to third place following the recent release of 50 Cent: Blood on the Sand, which finishes first in the regional rankings. Assassin's Creed returns to take fourth, while X Blades drops to fifth place.


PlayStation 3
North America: 1. InFamous (SCEA), 2. NCAA Football 10 (EA Sports), 3. Grand Theft Auto IV (Rockstar), 4. Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots -- Greatest Hits (Konami), 5. Street Fighter IV (Capcom).

Japan: 1. Katamari Damacy Tribute (Namco), 2. Pro Yakyuu Spirits 6 (Konami), 3. Toro to Morimori (SCEI), 4. Senjou no Valkyria -- PlayStation 3 the Best (Sega), 5. BlazBlue (Arc System Works).

UK: 1. InFamous (SCEA), 2. Fight Night Round 4 (EA Sports), 3. Dead Space (EA Games), 4. Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10 (EA Sports), 5. Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood (Ubisoft).

InFamous steals the top spot away from NCAA Football 10 in this week's North American PS3 sales rankings. Grand Theft Auto IV takes third place after a recent Amazon price drop, as Street Fighter IV returns to the charts at fifth.

Katamari Damacy Tribute is off to a fast sales start in Japan, topping regional sales in its first week of release. Sony's mascot-based minigame compilation Toro to Morimori also performs well in its debut week, landing at third place.


PlayStation 2
North America: 1. Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne (Atlus), 2. Rock Band Special Edition (MTV Games), 3. Shin Megami Tensei: Digital Devil Saga 2 (Atlus), 4. Katamari Damacy (Namco Bandai), 5. Final Fantasy X -- Greatest Hits (Square Enix).

Japan: 1. Pro Yakyuu Spirits 6 (Konami), 2. Rosario to Vampire Capu 2: Koi to Yume no Rhapsodia -- Limited Edition (Compile Heart), 3. Persona 4 (Atlus), 4. Okami -- PlayStation 2 the Best (Capcom), 5. Amagami (Enterbrain).

UK: 1. SingStar: ABBA (SCEE), 2. FIFA 09 (EA Sports), 3. SingStar: Singalong with Disney (SCEE), 4. Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (Rockstar), 5. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (EA Games).

Amazon has received a new shipment of stock for Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne and Digital Devil Saga 2 -- a pair of difficult-to-find Atlus titles that remain in high demand among fans of the Shin Megami Tensei RPG series.

Both titles meet with fast sales in the United States after their recent reprints, beating out longtime chart favorites like Katamari Damacy and Final Fantasy X.


PC
North America: 1. The Sims 3 (EA Games), 2. World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King (Blizzard), 3. Nancy Drew: Ransom of the Seven Ships (Her Interactive), 4. World of Warcraft Battle Chest (Blizzard), 5. Age of Empires Collector's Edition (Valusoft).

Japan: 1. Tower of Aion -- Starter Kit (E Frontier), 2. Ragnarok Online RJC2009 Vol. 2: The Battle for Glory (E Frontier), 3. SimCity 4 Deluxe (EA Games), 4. Street Fighter IV (Capcom), 5. Monster Hunter Frontier: Online 2-Shuunin Kinen Premium Package (Capcom).

UK: 1. The Sims 3 (EA Games), 2. International Cricket Captain 2009 (Empire), 3. Football Manager 2009 (Sega), 4. Fallout 3 (Bethesda), 5. World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King (Blizzard).

World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King retakes second place in the U.S. PC charts after being beaten by Nancy Drew: Ransom of the Seven Ships last week. The World of Warcraft Battle Chest compilation also makes an appearance this week, as does the Age of Empires Collector's Edition.


Nintendo DS
North America: 1. Mario Kart DS (Nintendo), 2. New Super Mario Bros. (Nintendo), 3. Pokemon Platinum (Nintendo), 4. The Legendary Starfy (Nintendo), 5. Brain Age (Nintendo).

Japan: 1. Dragon Quest IX (Square Enix), 2. Tomodachi Collection (Nintendo), 3. Okaeri! Chibi-Robo! Happy Rich Oosouji (Nintendo), 4. Moyashimon DS -- Limited Edition Kamoshi Box (Takara Tomy), 5. Pocket Monsters Platinum (Nintendo).

UK: 1. Professor Layton and the Curious Village (Nintendo), 2. Club Penguin: Elite Penguin Force (Disney), 3. Mario Kart DS (Nintendo), 4. Pokemon Platinum (Nintendo), 5. Junior Brain Trainer DS (Avanquest).

The Legendary Starfy's reign atop North America's Nintendo DS chart was short-lived, as the title has since dropped behind Mario Kart DS, New Super Mario Bros., and Pokemon Platinum in this week's sales results.

Dragon Quest IX continues to lead multiplatform sales in Japan, meanwhile, and will likely continue to do so for weeks to come. Nintendo's Tomodachi Collection settles for second place, as the just-released Okaeri! Chibi-Robo! Happy Rich Oosouji finishes third.


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

Japan: 1. Hatsune Miku: Project Diva (Sega), 2. Boku no Natsuyasumi 4: Seitouchi Shounen Tanteidan, Boku to Himitsu no Chizu (SCEI), 3. Monster Hunter Portable 2nd G -- PSP the Best (Capcom), 4. Ys I & II Chronicles (Nihon Falcom), 5. Hatsune Miku: Project Diva -- Limited Edition (Sega).

UK: 1. FIFA 09 (EA Sports), 2. Monster Hunter Freedom Unite (Capcom), 3. Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories -- Platinum Edition (Rockstar), 4. Resistance: Retribution (SCEE), 5. Virtua Tennis 3 (Sega).

God of War: Chains of Olympus takes first place in this week's PSP charts in North America, ending Monster Hunter Freedom Unite's two-week run at the top. Crisis Core follows at third place, as Rockstar's Grand Theft Auto titles round out the regional top five.


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