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Saling The World:  Just Dance 2  Tops Charts in  Killzone 3 's Debut Week

Saling The World: Just Dance 2 Tops Charts in Killzone 3's Debut Week

February 25, 2011 | By Danny Cowan

February 25, 2011 | 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 February 24th, 2011, find Just Dance 2 outselling the recently released Killzone 3 and Bulletstorm in North America, as Phantasy Star Portable 2 Infinity leads multiplatform sales 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:

Multiplatform
North America: 1. Michael Jackson: The Experience (Ubisoft, Wii), 2. Just Dance 2 (Ubisoft, Wii), 3. Killzone 3 (SCEA, PS3), 4. Bulletstorm (EA Games, X360), 5. Call of Duty: Black Ops (Activision, X360).

Japan: 1. Phantasy Star Portable 2 Infinity (Sega, PSP), 2. SD Gundam G Generation World - Collector's Pack (Bandai, PSP), 3. Catherine (Atlus, PS3), 4. The [email protected] 2 (Namco, X360), 5. Monster Hunter Portable 3rd (Capcom, PSP).

UK: 1. Just Dance 2 (Ubisoft, Wii), 2. Killzone 3 (SCEE, PS3), 3. Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit (EA Games, X360), 4. Call of Duty: Black Ops (Activision, X360), 5. Call of Duty: Black Ops (Activision, PS3).

This week's anticipated first-person shooter releases Killzone 3 and Bulletstorm report big sales at Amazon, though both titles come up short against longtime chart favorite Just Dance 2 and the recently discounted Michael Jackson: The Experience.

An expanded rerelease of Sega's Phantasy Star Portable 2 and Bandai's SD Gundam G Generation World lead the week's multiplatform sales in Japan, meanwhile, as Just Dance 2 keeps its spot atop the charts in Europe.


Nintendo Wii
North America: 1. Michael Jackson: The Experience (Ubisoft), 2. Just Dance 2 (Ubisoft), 3. Dance Dance Revolution Bundle (Konami), 4. Nerf N-Strike Double Blast Bundle (EA Games), 5. Wii Fit Plus with Balance Board (Nintendo).

Japan: 1. Shape Boxing 2 Wii de Enjoy Diet (Rocket Company), 2. Donkey Kong Returns (Nintendo), 3. Rune Factory: Oceans (Marvelous), 4. Wii Fit Plus with Balance Board (Nintendo), 5. SD Gundam G Generation World (Bandai).

UK: 1. Just Dance 2 (Ubisoft), 2. Just Dance (Ubisoft), 3. Wii Party (Nintendo), 4. Wii Fit Plus with Balance Board (Nintendo), 5. Mario Kart Wii (Nintendo).

Dancing simulations continue to drive Wii software sales stateside, with Konami's dance mat-bundled Dance Dance Revolution joining Michael Jackson: The Experience and Just Dance 2 among the platform's top three sellers.

The latest Rune Factory sequel Rune Factory: Oceans takes third in Japanese sales in its premiere week, as dancing sims and established Nintendo-published titles occupy top chart spots in the UK.


Xbox 360
North America: 1. Bulletstorm (EA Games), 2. Halo: Reach - Legendary Edition (Microsoft), 3. Call of Duty: Black Ops (Activision), 4. NBA 2K11 (2K Sports), 5. Halo: Reach (Microsoft).

Japan: 1. The [email protected] 2 (Namco), 2. Catherine (Atlus), 3. Two Worlds II (2K Games), 4. Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds (Capcom), 5. Muchi Muchi Pork & Pink Sweets (Cave).

UK: 1. Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit (EA Games), 2. Call of Duty: Black Ops (Activision), 3. Kinect Joy Ride (Microsoft), 4. FIFA 11 (EA Sports), 5. Bulletstorm (EA Games).

A recent Amazon "Deal of the Day" price drop puts Halo: Reach back among the Xbox 360's biggest sellers in North America, where People Can Fly's Bulletstorm heads overall weekly sales.

Namco's idol sim sequel The [email protected] 2 and Atlus's puzzle-thriller Catherine premiere at the top of the Japanese charts, as fellow recent debuts Two Worlds II, Marvel vs. Capcom 3, and Muchi Muchi Pork & Pink Sweets trail close behind.


PlayStation 3
North America: 1. Killzone 3 (SCEA), 2. Uncharted 2 - Game of the Year Edition (SCEA), 3. NBA 2K11 (2K Sports), 4. Call of Duty: Black Ops (Activision), 5. God of War III (SCEA).

Japan: 1. Catherine - Special Edition (Atlus), 2. Makai Senki Disgaea 4 - Special Edition (Nippon Ichi), 3. Catherine (Atlus), 4. Killzone 3 (SCEI), 5. Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds (Capcom).

UK: 1. Killzone 3 (SCEE), 2. Call of Duty: Black Ops (Activision), 3. FIFA 11 (EA Sports), 4. Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood (Ubisoft), 5. LittleBigPlanet 2 (SCEE).

The price-dropped Game of the Year edition of Uncharted 2 rivals newcomer Killzone 3 for the top spot in the domestic PS3 charts this week, as a sudden surge in sales puts NBA 2K11 ahead of Call of Duty: Black Ops at fourth.

Killzone 3 places a distant fourth behind Nippon Ichi's latest Disgaea sequel and two different versions of Atlus's Catherine, though it fares better in the UK, where it manages to outsell FIFA 11 and Black Ops.


PC
North America: 1. Civilization V (2K Games), 2. StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty (Blizzard), 3. The Sims 3 Deluxe (EA Games), 4. World of Warcraft: Cataclysm (Blizzard), 5. Flight Simulator X: Gold Edition (Microsoft).

Japan: 1. Monster Hunter Frontier Online Season 10 Premium Package (Capcom), 2. The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion Game of the Year Edition (2K Games), 3. Steins;Gate (Nitro Plus), 4. Mahou Tsukai no Yoru (Type Moon), 5. Bulletstorm (EA Games).

UK: 1. Football Manager 2011 (Sega), 2. Bulletstorm (EA Games), 3. The Sims 3 (EA Games), 4. The Sims 3: Late Night (EA Games), 5. Dead Space 2 (EA Games).

Civilization V enjoys a new wave of popularity stateside thanks to a recent price drop, putting it ahead of StarCraft II and The Sims 3 Deluxe in weekly sales.

Capcom's Monster Hunter Frontier Online Season 10 recovers the top PC chart spot in Japan, while Sega's reigning UK sales leader Football Manager 2011 fends off competition from Bulletstorm.


Nintendo DS
North America: 1. Radiant Historia (Atlus), 2. Dragon Quest VI: Realms of Revelation (Nintendo), 3. Kingdom Hearts Re:coded (Square Enix), 4. New Super Mario Bros. (Nintendo), 5. Plants vs. Zombies (PopCap).

Japan: 1. Pocket Monsters Black (Nintendo), 2. Ninokuni: Shikkoku no Madoushi (Level 5), 3. Eigo de Tabisuru: Little Charo (Nintendo), 4. Gyakuten Kenji 2 (Capcom), 5. Pocket Monsters White (Nintendo).

UK: 1. Art Academy (Nintendo), 2. New Super Mario Bros. (Nintendo), 3. Mario Kart DS (Nintendo), 4. Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Mini-Land Mayhem (Nintendo), 5. Professor Layton and the Lost Future (Nintendo).

Atlus's RPG Radiant Historia leads as North America's biggest-selling Nintendo DS title in its first week of release, beating out the Nintendo-published Dragon Quest sequel Dragon Quest VI.

Nintendo's Pocket Monsters Black reclaims first place in Japan, meanwhile, as Level 5's Ninokuni and Eigo de Tabisuru overtake last week's regional chart winner Gyakuten Kenji 2 (Ace Attorney Investigations 2).


PlayStation Portable
North America: 1. Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together (Atlus), 2. Ys Chronicles I & II (Xseed), 3. Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII (Square Enix), 4. Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker (Konami), 5. Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep (Square Enix).

Japan: 1. Phantasy Star Portable 2 Infinity (Sega), 2. SD Gundam G Generation World - Collector's Pack (Bandai), 3. Monster Hunter Portable 3rd (Capcom), 4. SD Gundam G Generation World (Bandai), 5. Harukanaru Toki no Naka de 5 (Koei).

UK: 1. Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together (Atlus), 2. FIFA 11 (EA Sports), 3. Football Manager Handheld 2011 (Sega), 4. Assassin's Creed: Bloodlines (Ubisoft), 5. Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep (Square Enix).

Atlus's strategy-RPG Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together and Xseed's action-RPG compilation Ys Chronicles I & II head PSP sales in North America this week, ending a long drought of new software releases for the platform.

Bandai's Phantasy Star Portable 2 Infinity and SD Gundam G Generation World lead over Monster Hunter Portable 3rd in Japan, while Tactics Ogre topples FIFA 11's and Football Manager Handheld 2011's months-long reign in the UK.


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