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Saling The World:  BioShock 2  Heads Xbox 360 Charts in U.S. and UK
Saling The World: BioShock 2 Heads Xbox 360 Charts in U.S. and UK
February 12, 2010 | By Danny Cowan

February 12, 2010 | 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 11th, 2010, find BioShock 2 leading Xbox 360 platform sales in North America and Europe, while Just Dance continues to dominate on the Wii.

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. Just Dance (Ubisoft), 2. New Super Mario Bros. Wii (Nintendo), 3. Wii Sports Resort (Nintendo), 4. Wii Fit Plus with Balance Board (Nintendo), 5. Wii Fit Plus (Nintendo).

Japan: 1. Wii Fit Plus with Balance Board (Nintendo), 2. New Super Mario Bros. Wii (Nintendo), 3. Wii Sports Resort (Nintendo), 4. Zangeki no Reginleiv (Nintendo), 5. Wii Fit Plus (Nintendo).

UK: 1. Just Dance (Ubisoft), 2. New Super Mario Bros. Wii (Nintendo), 3. Wii Fit Plus with Balance Board (Nintendo), 4. Wii Fit Plus (Nintendo), 5. Wii Sports Resort (Nintendo).

Just Dance remains an unstoppable force in the United States and Europe, topping the Wii sales charts in both regions for the third week in a row.

Sandlot's Wii MotionPlus-enhanced action game Zangeki no Reginleiv is off to a strong start in Japan, meanwhile, as Wii Fit Plus leads regional sales.


Xbox 360
North America: 1. BioShock 2 (2K Games), 2. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (Activision), 3. Mass Effect 2 (EA Games), 4. Mass Effect (Microsoft), 5. BioShock (2K Games).

Japan: 1. Sacred 2 (Spike), 2. End of Eternity (Sega), 3. Steins;Gate (5pb), 4. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (Square Enix), 5. Gears of War 2: Limited Edition (Microsoft).

UK: 1. BioShock 2 (2K Games), 2. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (Activision), 3. Mass Effect 2 (EA Games), 4. Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City (Rockstar), 5. FIFA 10 (EA Sports).

BioShock 2 heads Xbox 360 platform sales in the U.S. and the UK in its first week of release. Sales for the original BioShock have spiked in the days following the sequel's release, similar to the way in which the original entry in the Mass Effect series currently enjoys renewed popularity.

A localization of Ascaron's action-RPG Sacred 2 takes top honors in Japan, leaving former chart leader End of Eternity at second place.


PlayStation 3
North America: 1. Assassin's Creed II (Ubisoft), 2. Dante's Inferno: Divine Edition (EA Games), 3. BioShock 2 (2K Games), 4. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (Activision), 5. BioShock (2K Games).

Japan: 1. MAG (SCEI), 2. Star Ocean: The Last Hope International (Square Enix), 3. End of Eternity (Sega), 4. Sacred 2 (Spike), 5. Final Fantasy XIII (Square Enix).

UK: 1. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (Activision), 2. BioShock 2 (2K Games), 3. Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (SCEE), 4. BioShock (2K Games), 5. FIFA 10 (EA Sports).

BioShock 2 doesn't make quite as big of an impression on the PlayStation 3 this week as it did on the Xbox 360. The title is outpaced by Assassin's Creed II and EA's recently released Dante's Inferno in North America, while Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 retains the top chart spot in the UK.

In Japan, Sony's massively multiplayer shooter MAG takes first place, as an enhanced version of Square Enix's Star Ocean: The Last Hope finishes second.


PlayStation 2
North America: 1. Final Fantasy X (Square Enix), 2. Kingdom Hearts II (Square Enix), 3. Kingdom Hearts (Square Enix), 4. Shadow of the Colossus (SCEA), 5. Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4 (Atlus).

Japan: 1. Hakuouki: Zuisouroku (Idea Factory), 2. Persona 4 (Atlus), 3. Wander to Kyozou (SCEI), 4. Kingdom Hearts II: Final Mix+ (Square Enix), 5. Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (Capcom).

UK: 1. FIFA 10 (EA Sports), 2. SingStar: Take That (SCEE), 3. SingStar: ABBA (SCEE), 4. Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (Rockstar), 5. SingStar: Queen (SCEE).

Square Enix's RPGs continue to dominate the PlayStation 2 sales charts in North America, as few new releases appear on the horizon.

The SingStar games remain top sellers in the UK, while Idea Factory's visual novel Hakuouki: Zuisouroku heads the charts in Japan.


PC
North America: 1. BioShock 2 (2K Games), 2. Mass Effect 2 (EA Games), 3. S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Call of Pripyat (Viva Media), 4. Star Trek Online (Atari), 5. The Sims 3 (EA Games).

Japan: 1. A-Ressha de Ikou 9 (CyberFront), 2. Monster Hunter Frontier Online Season 7.0 Premium Package (Capcom), 3. SimCity 4 Deluxe (EA Games), 4. The Sims 3 (EA Games), 5. Age of Empires III: Complete Collection (Microsoft).

UK: 1. BioShock 2 (2K Games), 2. Football Manager 2010 (Sega), 3. Dragon Age: Origins (EA Games), 4. The Sims 3 (EA Games), 5. Mass Effect 2 (EA Games).

Star Trek Online ends its reign as North America's biggest-selling PC game, as BioShock 2 premieres as this week's top title. Mass Effect 2 takes second place, while S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Call of Pripyat drops to third.

Elsewhere, ArtDink's A-Train series sequel A-Ressha de Ikou 9 leads PC sales in its debut week in Japan, as BioShock 2 pushes longtime chart leader Football Manager 2010 to second place in the UK.


Nintendo DS
North America: 1. New Super Mario Bros. (Nintendo), 2. Bookworm (PopCap), 3. Mario Kart DS (Nintendo), 4. Bejeweled Twist (PopCap), 5. Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games (Sega).

Japan: 1. Tennis no Ouji-Sama: Motto Gakuensai no Ouji-Sama - More Sweet Edition (Konami), 2. Dragon Quest VI: Maboroshi no Daichi (Square Enix), 3. Tomodachi Collection (Nintendo), 4. Quiz Magic Academy DS: Futatsu no Jikuu Koku (Konami), 5. Zelda no Densetsu: Daichi no Kiteki (Nintendo).

UK: 1. Professor Layton and Pandora's Box (Nintendo), 2. New Super Mario Bros. (Nintendo), 3. Professor Layton and the Curious Village (Nintendo), 4. Peppa Pig: The Game (Ubisoft), 5. The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks (Nintendo).

PopCap has a pair of chart winners this week, with both Bookworm and Bejeweled Twist finishing among North America's top-selling Nintendo DS titles. New Super Mario Bros. remains the biggest domestic seller, as Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games returns to the chart at fifth place.

A licensed game based on the popular Tennis no Ouji-Sama (The Prince of Tennis) manga series leads the pack in Japan, as Konami debuts another top seller this week with Quiz Magic Academy DS: Futatsu no Jikuu Koku.


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

Japan: 1. God Eater (Namco), 2. Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep (Square Enix), 3. Pop'n Music Portable (Konami), 4. God Eater -- Limited Edition (Namco), 5. Monster Hunter Portable 2nd G (Capcom).

UK: 1. FIFA 10 (EA Sports), 2. James Cameron's Avatar: The Game (Ubisoft), 3. LittleBigPlanet (SCEE), 4. Gran Turismo (SCEE), 5. Assassin's Creed: Bloodlines (Ubisoft).

God of War: Chains of Olympus heads PSP sales in the United States for the second week in a row, while Namco's God Eater continues to do brisk business in Japan. Gran Turismo returns to the UK top five, meanwhile, as FIFA 10 overtakes Avatar for the top spot.


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