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Saling The World:  Halo 3: ODST  Tops Worldwide Xbox 360 Sales
Saling The World: Halo 3: ODST Tops Worldwide Xbox 360 Sales
September 25, 2009 | By Danny Cowan

September 25, 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 September 24th, 2009, find Halo 3: ODST topping the Xbox 360 charts in all regions, as Scribblenauts and Batman: Arkham Asylum remain big sellers 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 Sports Resort (Nintendo), 2. Ghostbusters: The Video Game -- Slimer Edition (Atari), 3. Mario Kart Wii (Nintendo), 4. The Beatles: Rock Band (MTV Games), 5. EA Sports Active (EA Sports).

Japan: 1. Wii Sports Resort (Nintendo), 2. Forever Blue 2: Umi no Yobigoe (Nintendo), 3. Monster Hunter 3 Classic Controller Bundle (Capcom), 4. Mario Kart Wii (Nintendo), 5. Wii Fit (Nintendo).

UK: 1. Wii Sports Resort (Nintendo), 2. Mario Kart Wii (Nintendo), 3. Wii Fit (Nintendo), 4. Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga (LucasArts), 5. Wii Play (Nintendo).

The Beatles: Rock Band slips to fourth place in this week's Nintendo Wii sales results in the United States, but otherwise remains a solid seller across multiple platforms.

Wii Sports Resort continues to lead platform sales worldwide, while Ghostbusters: The Video Game -- Slimer Edition makes a surprise appearance in the U.S. charts thanks to a recent drop in price at Amazon.


Xbox 360
North America: 1. Halo 3: ODST (Microsoft), 2. Wolfenstein (Activision), 3. Silent Hill: Homecoming (Konami), 4. Batman: Arkham Asylum (Eidos), 5. The Beatles: Rock Band (MTV Games).

Japan: 1. Halo 3: ODST (Microsoft), 2. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (Square Enix), 3. Left 4 Dead -- Xbox 360 Platinum Collection (EA Games), 4. Gears of War 2 -- Limited Edition (Microsoft), 5. Dream C Club (D3 Publisher).

UK: 1. Halo 3: ODST (Microsoft), 2. Need for Speed: Shift (EA Games), 3. Batman: Arkham Asylum (Eidos), 4. Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2 (Activision), 5. Colin McRae: DIRT 2 (Codemasters).

Halo 3: ODST heads Xbox 360 sales worldwide in its first week on store shelves, beating out competition from recent releases like Batman: Arkham Asylum and The Beatles: Rock Band.

Wolfenstein and Silent Hill: Homecoming return to the U.S. charts following discounts in price at Amazon, as Left 4 Dead and Call of Duty 4 remain big sellers in Japan.


PlayStation 3
North America: 1. Wolfenstein (Activision), 2. Batman: Arkham Asylum (Eidos), 3. Uncharted: Drake's Fortune -- Greatest Hits (SCEA), 4. Katamari Forever (Namco Bandai), 5. Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots -- Greatest Hits (Konami).

Japan: 1. Tales of Vesperia (Namco), 2. Tales of Vesperia -- Special Edition (Namco), 3. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (Square Enix), 4. Ryu ga Gotoku 3 (Sega), 5. Kidou Senshi Gundam Senki (Bandai).

UK: 1. Need for Speed: Shift (EA Games), 2. Batman: Arkham Asylum (Eidos), 3. LittleBigPlanet (SCEE), 4. Madden NFL 10 (EA Sports), 5. Dead Space (EA Games).

A temporary drop in price puts Wolfenstein at the top of the PS3 charts in the United States. Batman: Arkham Asylum follows close behind at second place, as demand for Uncharted rises in anticipation for its upcoming sequel.

Katamari Forever is off to an impressive sales start, meanwhile, finishing fourth in U.S. sales in its debut week. Tales of Vesperia again leads in Japan, as Need for Speed: Shift takes first in the UK.


PlayStation 2
North America: 1. Metal Gear Solid: The Essential Collection (Konami), 2. Guitar Hero 5 (Activision), 3. Madden NFL 10 (EA Sports), 4. Shadow of the Colossus (SCEA), 5. Rock Band Special Edition (MTV Games).

Japan: 1. Hakuouki: Zuisouroku (Idea Factory), 2. Clannad: Best Version -- Premium Box (GungHo Works), 3. Persona 4 (Atlus), 4. Hakuouki (Idea Factory), 5. Hakuouki: Zuisouroku -- Limited Edition (Idea Factory).

UK: 1. SingStar: Queen (SCEE), 2. SingStar: ABBA (SCEE), 3. SingStar: Motown (SCEE), 4. Guitar Hero 5 (Activision), 5. FIFA 09 (EA Sports).

The Metal Gear Solid series compilation Metal Gear Solid: The Essential Collection leads PlayStation 2 sales in North America, ending Guitar Hero 5's multi-week reign at the top.

Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2 has dropped out of the top five after a promising debut last week, while Madden NFL 10 and Shadow of the Colossus remain consistent sellers from week to week.


PC
North America: 1. Wolfenstein (Activision), 2. The Sims 3 (EA Games), 3. Tales of Monkey Island Chapter 1: Launch of the Screaming Narwhal (Telltale Games), 4. Champions Online (Atari), 5. Aion: The Tower of Eternity -- Collector's Edition (NCSoft).

Japan: 1. Nobunaga no Yabou: Tendou (Koei), 2. Monster Hunter Online Season 6.0 Premium Package (Capcom), 3. Eden (Minori), 4. SimCity 4 Deluxe (EA Games), 5. Ultima Online: Stygian Abyss (EA Games).

UK: 1. The Sims 3 (EA Games), 2. Aion: The Tower of Eternity (NCSoft), 3. Championship Manager 2010 (Eidos), 4. Batman: Arkham Asylum (Eidos), 5. Blood Bowl (Focus Interactive).

Wolfenstein overtakes The Sims 3 as this week's biggest-selling PC title in the United States. The first chapter of the Tales of Monkey Island series also sees a sales boost this week, thanks to a recent giveaway promotion.

The MMORPGs Champions Online and Aion see a big sales week in North America, as Koei's strategy title Nobunaga no Yabou: Tendou continues to head PC sales in Japan.


Nintendo DS
North America: 1. Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia (Konami), 2. Scribblenauts (Warner Bros.), 3. Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box (Nintendo), 4. Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story (Nintendo), 5. New Super Mario Bros. (Nintendo).

Japan: 1. Love Plus (Konami), 2. Tomodachi Collection (Nintendo), 3. Dragon Quest IX (Square Enix), 4. Pocket Monsters: Heart Gold (Nintendo), 5. Pocket Monsters: Soul Silver (Nintendo).

UK: 1. Professor Layton and Pandora's Box (Nintendo), 2. Professor Layton and the Curious Village (Nintendo), 3. Peppa Pig: The Game (Ubisoft), 4. Club Penguin: Elite Penguin Force (Disney), 5. Junior Brain Trainer (Avanquest).

Castlevania: Order of Eclesia makes a sudden return to the top of the U.S. Nintendo DS charts following a limited-time price drop at Amazon. Last week's sales champion Scribblenauts takes second, as Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box finishes third.

In Japan, Love Plus, Tomodachi Collection, and Dragon Quest IX overtake Pocket Monsters: Heart Gold and Soul Silver individually, though combined weekly sales numbers of both Pokemon titles likely outnumber the weekly sales of all competing releases.


PlayStation Portable
North America: 1. Dissidia Final Fantasy (Square Enix), 2. God of War: Chains of Olympus (SCEA), 3. Resistance: Retribution (SCEA), 4. Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII (Square Enix), 5. Madden NFL 10 (EA Sports).

Japan: 1. Jikkyou Powerful Pro Yakyuu Portable 4 (Konami), 2. Ys Seven (Nihon Falcom), 3. 428: Fuusa Sareta Shibuya de (Sega), 4. Maplus: Portable Navi 3 (Edia), 5. Monster Hunter Portable 2nd G -- PSP the Best (Capcom).

UK: 1. Dissidia Final Fantasy (Square Enix), 2. Dissidia Final Fantasy -- Special Edition (Square Enix), 3. Monster Hunter Freedom Unite (Capcom), 4. Lemmings -- Platinum (SCEE), 5. MotorStorm: Arctic Edge (SCEE).

This week's PSP charts in North America offer few surprises. Dissidia Final Fantasy is once again on top, followed by the consistently popular God of War: Chains of Olympus.

Elsewhere, Jikkyou Powerful Pro Yakyuu Portable 4 and Ys Seven lead the charts in Japan, as Dissidia Final Fantasy finishes as the week's top seller in the UK.


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