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Saling The World:  Professor Layton  Sequel Leads 3DS Launch Sales

Saling The World: Professor Layton Sequel Leads 3DS Launch Sales

March 4, 2011 | By Danny Cowan

March 4, 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 March 3rd, 2011, find Level 5's Layton Kyouju to Kiseki no Kamen emerging as the biggest-selling Nintendo 3DS title in the platform's launch week in Japan, while Just Dance 2 and Zumba Fitness top the charts 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:

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

Japan: 1. Dissidia 012: Duodecim Final Fantasy (Square Enix, PSP), 2. Samurai Dou 4 (Spike, PS3), 3. Layton Kyouju to Kiseki no Kamen (Nintendo, 3DS), 4. Monster Hunter Portable 3rd (Capcom, PSP), 5. Phantasy Star Portable 2 Infinity (Sega, PSP).

UK: 1. Just Dance 2 (Ubisoft, Wii), 2. Call of Duty: Black Ops (Activision, X360), 3. Killzone 3 (SCEE, PS3), 4. FIFA 11 (EA Sports, X360), 5. Call of Duty: Black Ops (Activision, PS3).

Ubisoft's Just Dance 2 reclaims the top spot in North America's multiplatform charts, dropping last week's sales leader Michael Jackson: The Experience to second place. Majesco's Wii exercise title Zumba Fitness also gets a sales boost, overtaking Call of Duty: Black Ops and Killzone 3 in today's results.

Square Enix heads multiplatform sales in Japan with its recently released Dissidia 012: Duodecim Final Fantasy, while Spike's Way of the Samurai series sequel Samurai Dou 4 leads over the Nintendo 3DS launch title Layton Kyouju to Kiseki no Kamen (Professor Layton and the Mask of Miracle).


Nintendo Wii
North America: 1. Just Dance 2 (Ubisoft), 2. Michael Jackson: The Experience (Ubisoft), 3. Zumba Fitness (Majesco), 4. Wii Fit Plus with Balance Board (Nintendo), 5. New Super Mario Bros. Wii (Nintendo).

Japan: 1. Wii Fit Plus with Balance Board (Nintendo), 2. Shape Boxing 2 Wii de Enjoy Diet (Rocket Company), 3. Donkey Kong Returns (Nintendo), 4. Fitness Party (Bandai Namco), 5. Wii Party (Nintendo).

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

Dance and fitness titles once again dominate domestic Wii software sales, with New Super Mario Bros. Wii trailing behind Zumba Fitness, Wii Fit Plus, and Ubisoft's dance sims Just Dance 2 and Michael Jackson: The Experience.

Wii Fit Plus overtakes Shape Boxing 2 to become the platform's top seller in Japan, meanwhile, as newcomer Fitness Party and the returning Wii Party push Rune Factory: Oceans and SD Gundam G Generation World out of the regional charts.


Xbox 360
North America: 1. Call of Duty: Black Ops (Activision), 2. Kinect Sensor with Kinect Adventures (Microsoft), 3. Kinect Sports (Microsoft), 4. Halo Reach (Microsoft), 5. Fable III (Microsoft).

Japan: 1. The [email protected] 2 (Namco), 2. Catherine (Atlus), 3. Fight Night Champion (EA Sports), 4. Two Worlds II (2K Games), 5. Your Shape: Fitness Evolved (Ubisoft).

UK: 1. Call of Duty: Black Ops (Activision), 2. FIFA 11 (EA Sports), 3. Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood (Ubisoft), 4. Dead Space 2 (EA Games), 5. Bulletstorm (EA Games).

Bulletstorm drops out of the North American Xbox 360 charts despite a promising first-place debut last week. Call of Duty: Black Ops leads the week's results, with Kinect Sports and the Kinect peripheral-bundled Kinect Adventures trailing close behind.

Namco's idol sim The [email protected] 2 remains the biggest-selling Xbox 360 title for the second week in a row in Japan, where EA's premiering Fight Night Champion challenges Atlus's Catherine at third place.


PlayStation 3
North America: 1. Killzone 3 (SCEA), 2. Call of Duty: Black Ops (Activision), 3. God of War III (SCEA), 4. Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds (Capcom), 5. LittleBigPlanet 2 (SCEA).

Japan: 1. Samurai Dou 4 (Spike), 2. Makai Senki Disgaea 4 (Nippon Ichi), 3. Killzone 3 (SCEI), 4. Catherine - Special Edition (Atlus), 5. Makai Senki Disgaea 4 - Special Edition (Nippon Ichi).

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).

Sony's Killzone 3 tops PlayStation 3 software sales for the second week in a row in North America and the UK, fending off competition from Call of Duty: Black Ops and the recently reissued God of War III.

Samurai Dou 4 claims top honors in Japan, as Nippon Ichi's Disgaea sequel Makai Senki Disgaea 4 remains a strong seller in its second week.


PC
North America: 1. StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty (Blizzard), 2. Rift - Collector's Edition (Trion Worlds), 3. The Sims 3 Deluxe (EA Games), 4. Flight Simulator X: Gold Edition (Microsoft), 5. World of Warcraft: Cataclysm (Blizzard).

Japan: 1. Mahou Tsukai no Yoru (Type Moon), 2. Monster Hunter Frontier Online Season 10 Premium Package (Capcom), 3. Daikoukai Jidai Online: Tierra Americana (Koei), 4. Steins;Gate (Nitro Plus), 5. The Typing of the Dead - 10th Anniversary Edition (Sega).

UK: 1. Football Manager 2011 (Sega), 2. The Sims 3 (EA Games), 3. Lego Universe (Warner Bros), 4. World of Warcraft: Cataclysm (Blizzard), 5. Dead Space 2 (EA Games).

Trion Worlds' fantasy-themed MMORPG Rift finishes second in PC software sales in its debut week in North America, trailing longtime chart favorite StarCraft II.

Koei's Uncharted Waters sequel Daikoukai Jidai Online: Tierra Americana takes third following its recent launch in Japan, while Sega's Football Manager 2011 maintains its lead in Europe.


Nintendo 3DS
Japan: 1. Layton Kyouju to Kiseki no Kamen (Nintendo), 2. Sengoku Musou Chronicle (Koei), 3. Nintendogs + Cats: Shiba & New Friends (Nintendo), 4. Super Street Fighter IV: 3D Edition (Capcom), 5. Ridge Racer 3D (Bandai Namco).

Koei's Samurai Warriors spinoff Sengoku Musou Chronicle rivals Level 5's Layton Kyouju to Kiseki no Kamen in the 3DS's premiere week, as the Shiba edition of Nintendogs + Cats outsells Super Street Fighter IV and Ridge Racer 3D at third place.


Nintendo DS
North America: 1. New Super Mario Bros. (Nintendo), 2. New Super Mario Bros. (Nintendo), 3. Radiant Historia (Atlus), 4. Plants vs. Zombies (PopCap), 5. Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga (LucasArts).

Japan: 1. Gyakuten Kenji 2 (Capcom), 2. Ninokuni: Shikkoku no Madoushi (Level 5), 3. Pocket Monsters Black (Nintendo), 4. Pocket Monsters White (Nintendo), 5. Tongari Boushi to Mahou no Omise (Konami).

UK: 1. Toy Story 3 (Disney), 2. New Super Mario Bros. (Nintendo), 3. Art Academy (Nintendo), 4. Let's Draw! (Majesco), 5. Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Mini-Land Mayhem (Nintendo).

After selling through its initial shipment at Amazon, Atlus's Radiant Historia remains a popular pick in this week's domestic Nintendo DS charts, despite inflated prices demanded by third-party sellers.

Capcom's Ace Attorney Investigations sequel Gyakuten Kenji 2 is back on top in Japan, while Toy Story 3 overtakes New Super Mario Bros. in this week's UK charts.


PlayStation Portable
North America: 1. Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker (Konami), 2. Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep (Square Enix), 3. Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII (Square Enix), 4. Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together (Atlus), 5. Need for Speed: Most Wanted (EA Games).

Japan: 1. Dissidia 012: Duodecim Final Fantasy (Square Enix), 2. Monster Hunter Portable 3rd (Capcom), 3. Phantasy Star Portable 2 Infinity (Sega), 4. SD Gundam G Generation World (Bandai), 5. SD Gundam G Generation World - Collector's Pack (Bandai).

UK: 1. Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together (Atlus), 2. FIFA 11 (EA Sports), 3. Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep (Square Enix), 4. Call of Duty: Roads to Victory (Activision), 5. Half-Minute Hero (Rising Star).

Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker leads PSP sales in North America following a universal price drop, as Tactics Ogre falls to fourth place after previously debuting at the top of the domestic charts.

Former Japanese chart leader Phantasy Star Portable 2 Infinity also sees a drop in popularity this week, while Tactics Ogre continues to outsell FIFA 11 in the UK.


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