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Saling The World:  Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep  Heads U.S. PSP Sales
Saling The World: Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep Heads U.S. PSP Sales
September 10, 2010 | By Danny Cowan

September 10, 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 September 9th, 2010, find Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep debuting to fast sales in North America, as Wii Party and MonHun Nikki continue to lead 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. New Super Mario Bros. Wii (Nintendo, Wii), 2. Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep (Square Enix, PSP), 3. Madden NFL 11 (EA Sports, PS3), 4. Madden NFL 11 (EA Sports, X360), 5. Wii Fit Plus with Balance Board (Nintendo, Wii).

Japan: 1. Wii Party (Nintendo, Wii), 2. MonHun Nikki: Poka Poka Ailu Mura (Capcom, PSP), 3. One Piece: Gigant Battle (Bandai Namco, DS), 4. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (Square Enix, PS3), 5. Metroid: Other M (Nintendo, Wii)

UK: 1. Just Dance (Ubisoft, Wii), 2. Super Mario Galaxy 2 (Nintendo, Wii), 3. Mafia II (2K Games, X360), 4. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (Activision, X360), 5. Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty (Blizzard, PC).

Nintendo's New Super Mario Bros. Wii finishes as this week's top domestic seller across all platforms, as Square Enix's PSP RPG Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep beats both the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions of Madden NFL 11 for third place.

Wii Party overtakes Capcom's PSP Monster Hunter series spinoff MonHun Nikki: Poka Poka Ailu Mura in Japan, as 2K's Mafia II outsells Modern Warfare 2 and Starcraft II in the UK.


Nintendo Wii
North America: 1. New Super Mario Bros. Wii (Nintendo), 2. Wii Fit Plus with Balance Board (Nintendo), 3. Cursed Mountain: Limited Edition (Deep Silver), 4. Super Mario Galaxy 2 (Nintendo), 5. Just Dance (Ubisoft).

Japan: 1. Wii Party (Nintendo), 2. Metroid: Other M (Nintendo), 3. Wii Fit Plus with Balance Board (Nintendo), 4. Super Mario Galaxy 2 (Nintendo), 5. New Super Mario Bros. Wii (Nintendo).

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

Nintendo's Metroid: Other M drops out of the North American top five after a chart-topping debut last week. Deep Silver's Cursed Mountain enjoys a sudden surge in popularity after a recent price drop, as Just Dance trails Super Mario Galaxy 2 at fifth place.

Wii Party finishes ahead of Metroid: Other M in Japan, while Just Dance beats Super Mario Galaxy 2 as the platform's biggest seller in the UK.


Xbox 360
North America: 1. Madden NFL 11 (EA Sports), 2. NHL 11 (EA Sports), 3. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (Activision), 4. Red Dead Redemption (Rockstar), 5. Mass Effect 2 (EA Games).

Japan: 1. Monster Hunter Frontier Online: Beginner's Package (Capcom), 2. Bayonetta (Capcom), 3. Deathsmiles IIX (Cave), 4. Left 4 Dead 2 (EA Games), 5. Super Street Fighter IV (Capcom).

UK: 1. Mafia II (2K Games), 2. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (Activision), 3. Mass Effect 2 (EA Games), 4. Red Dead Redemption (Rockstar), 5. Alan Wake (Microsoft).

Madden NFL 11 retakes the top Xbox 360 sales spot in North America, with EA's NHL 11 premiering at second place. Modern Warfare 2 and Red Dead Redemption follow at third and fourth, as Mass Effect 2 returns to the top five at fifth place.

Monster Hunter Frontier and a rereleased Bayonetta lead sales in Japan, while a discounted Alan Wake competes with Red Dead Redemption and Mafia II in the UK charts.


PlayStation 3
North America: 1. Madden NFL 11 (EA Sports), 2. NHL 11 (EA Sports), 3. Red Dead Redemption (Rockstar), 4. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (Activision), 5. God of War III (SCEA).

Japan: 1. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (Square Enix), 2. Sengoku Basara 3 (Capcom), 3. Assassin's Creed II: Special Edition (Ubisoft), 4. A.C.E.: Another Century's Episode R (Banpresto), 5. Demon's Souls (SCEI).

UK: 1. Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions (Activision), 2. Mafia II (2K Games), 3. Blur (Activision), 4. Red Dead Redemption (Rockstar), 5. Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (SCEE).

Madden NFL 11 and NHL 11 also lead this week's domestic PS3 charts, with God of War III trailing Modern Warfare 2 and Red Dead Redemption at fifth place.

Modern Warfare 2 sees a successful week in Japan as well, in the wake of a recent reprint. Last week's top Japanese seller A.C.E.: Another Century's Episode R falls to fourth place, as Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions sees an impressive first-place chart debut in the UK.


PC
North America: 1. Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty (Blizzard), 2. The Sims 3 (EA Games), 3. Microsoft Flight Simulator X (Microsoft), 4. Halo: Combat Evolved (Microsoft), 5. Sid Meier's Civilization IV: The Complete Edition (2K Games).

Japan: 1. Steins;Gate (Nitro+), 2. Mount & Blade: Warband (Cyber Front), 3. Monster Hunter Frontier Online Season 7.0 Premium Package (Capcom), 4. Monster Hunter Frontier Online Season 8.0 Premium Package (Capcom), 5. The Sims 3 (EA Games).

UK: 1. Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty (Blizzard), 2. The Sims 3: Fast Lane Stuff (EA Games), 3. World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King (Blizzard), 4. Battlefield: Bad Company 2 (EA Games), 5. Metro 2033 (EA Games).

Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty and The Sims 3 remain the biggest PC software sellers in the United States, while the impending debuts of Halo: Reach and Civilization V bring Halo: Combat Evolved and Civilization IV: The Complete Edition back into chart range.

Steins;Gate and Mount & Blade: Warband continue to head sales in Japan, as the Fast Lane Stuff expansion for The Sims 3 rivals Starcraft II for the top chart spot in Europe.


Nintendo DS
North America: 1. New Super Mario Bros. (Nintendo), 2. Pokemon SoulSilver Version (Nintendo), 3. Mario Kart DS (Nintendo), 4. Pokemon HeartGold Version (Nintendo), 5. Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies (Nintendo).

Japan: 1. One Piece: Gigant Battle (Bandai Namco), 2. Tokimeki Memorial Girl's Side 3rd Story (Konami), 3. Eigokoro Kyoushitsu DS (Nintendo), 4. Metal Max 3 (Kadokawa Games), 5. Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 2 (Square Enix).

UK: 1. Jam with the Band (Nintendo), 2. Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies (Nintendo), 3. Toy Story 3 (Disney), 4. New Super Mario Bros. (Nintendo), 5. Tetris Party Deluxe (Nintendo).

The HeartGold and SoulSilver versions of Pokemon return to the top five in North America after a brief absence, accompanied by Dragon Quest IX, which sees increased sales after a successful PAX event.

Bandai Namco's One Piece: Gigant Battle outsells former chart champions Tokimeki Memorial Girl's Side 3rd Story and Eigokoro Kyoushitsu DS in Japan, as a heavily discounted Jam with the Band leads platform sales rankings in the UK.


PlayStation Portable
North America: 1. Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep (Square Enix), 2. Valkyria Chronicles II (Sega), 3. God of War: Chains of Olympus (SCEA), 4. Dissidia Final Fantasy (Square Enix), 5. Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII (Square Enix).

Japan: 1. MonHun Nikki: Poka Poka Ailu Mura (Capcom), 2. Hatsune Miku: Project Diva 2nd (Sega), 3. Corpse Party: Blood Covered - Repeated Fear (5pb), 4. Ace Combat X2: Joint Assault (Namco), 5. Monster Hunter Portable 2nd G (Capcom).

UK: 1. Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep - Limited Edition (Square Enix), 2. Valkyria Chronicles II (Sega), 3. Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep (Square Enix), 4. FIFA 10 (EA Sports), 5. Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars (Rockstar).

Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep pushes Valkyria Chronicles II to second place in North American PSP sales, while God of War: Chains of Olympus maintains its lead over Dissidia Final Fantasy and Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII.

Sega's Hatsune Miku: Project Diva 2nd returns to compete with Capcom's MonHun Nikki in the Japanese top five, as Birth by Sleep sees a successful debut week in the UK.


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