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Saling The World:  Halo: Reach, Civilization V  Top U.S. Charts
Saling The World: Halo: Reach, Civilization V Top U.S. Charts
September 24, 2010 | By Danny Cowan

September 24, 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 23th, 2010, find Civilization V going up against Halo: Reach in North America, while Formula 1 2010 and Pokemon Black and White sell big in other regions.

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. Halo: Reach (Microsoft, X360), 2. Sid Meier's Civilization V (2K Games, PC), 3. Final Fantasy XIV: Collector's Edition (Square Enix, PC), 4. Heavy Rain (SCEA, PS3), 5. Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty (Blizzard, PC).

Japan: 1. Pocket Monsters Black (Nintendo, DS), 2. Pocket Monsters White (Nintendo, DS), 3. Wii Party (Nintendo, Wii), 4. Kurohyou: Ryu ga Gotoku Shinshou (Sega, PSP), 5. Halo: Reach (Microsoft, X360).

UK: 1. Sid Meier's Civilization V (2K Games, PC), 2. Formula 1 2010 (Codemasters, PS3), 3. Formula 1 2010 (Codemasters, X360), 4. Halo: Reach (Microsoft, X360), 5. Formula 1 2010 (Codemasters, PC).

2K's strategy sequel Civilization V makes a strong sales impression in its debut week, trailing reigning chart champ Halo: Reach at second place in the United States. Square Enix's MMORPG Final Fantasy XIV also sees an impressive first week, while a recent price drop at Amazon puts Sony's Heavy Rain ahead of Starcraft II in daily sales.

Nintendo's Pokemon sequels Pocket Monsters Black and White lead cross-platform sales in Japan, meanwhile, as multiple versions of Codemasters' racing sim Formula 1 2010 capture chart spots in the UK.


Nintendo Wii
North America: 1. New Super Mario Bros. Wii (Nintendo), 2. WipeOut: The Game (Activision), 3. Wii Fit Plus with Balance Board (Nintendo), 4. Just Dance (Ubisoft), 5. Super Mario Galaxy 2 (Nintendo).

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

UK: 1. Just Dance (Ubisoft), 2. Super Mario Galaxy 2 (Nintendo), 3. Lego Harry Potter (Warner Bros), 4. New Super Mario Bros. (Nintendo), 5. Mario Kart Wii (Nintendo).

Activision's TV series-based WipeOut: The Game continues to see fast sales in North America, rivaling New Super Mario Bros. and Wii Fit Plus for the top domestic chart spot.

Wii Party maintains its lead in Japan, while Ubisoft's Just Dance reclaims first place in the UK, dropping Super Mario Galaxy 2 to second place.


Xbox 360
North America: 1. Halo: Reach (Microsoft), 2. BioShock 2 (2K Games), 3. Madden NFL 11 (EA Sports), 4. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (Activision), 5. Halo: Reach - Limited Edition (Microsoft).

Japan: 1. Halo: Reach (Microsoft), 2. Halo: Reach - Limited Edition (Microsoft), 3. Monster Hunter Frontier Online: Beginner's Package (Capcom), 4. Left 4 Dead 2 (EA Games), 5. Strike Witches - Limited Edition (Cyber Front).

UK: 1. Formula 1 2010 (Codemasters), 2. Halo: Reach (Microsoft), 3. Dead Rising 2 - Limited Edition (Capcom), 4. Red Dead Redemption (Rockstar), 5. Dead Rising 2 (Capcom).

Madden NFL 11 and Modern Warfare 2 return to the U.S. Xbox 360 charts this week following a drop in popularity for Halo: Reach's Limited and Legendary editions. BioShock 2 also captures a spot this week after a round of Amazon discounts.

Halo: Reach remains Japan's biggest Xbox 360 seller, while in Europe, Codemasters' Formula 1 2010 beats Capcom's Dead Rising 2 as this week's most popular debuting title.


PlayStation 3
North America: 1. Heavy Rain (SCEA), 2. Katamari Forever (Namco Bandai), 3. Madden NFL 11 (EA Sports), 4. Formula 1 2010 (Codemasters), 5. 3D Dot Game Heroes (Atlus).

Japan: 1. BioHazard 5 - Alternative Edition (Capcom), 2. Assassin's Creed II - Special Edition (Ubisoft), 3. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (Square Enix), 4. Atelier Rorona: The Alchemist of Arland (Gust), 5. Sengoku Basara 3 (Capcom).

UK: 1. Formula 1 2010 (Codemasters), 2. Sports Champions (SCEE), 3. R.U.S.E. (Ubisoft), 4. Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11 (EA Sports), 5. Dead Rising 2 - Limited Edition (Capcom).

Amazon discounts put Heavy Rain and Katamari Forever at the top of the PlayStation 3 software sales charts in the United States. Formula 1 2010 also claims a chart spot in the domestic charts this week, while Atlus's 3D Dot Game Heroes returns at fifth place following a major software update.

Capcom's BioHazard 5 (Resident Evil 5) shoots to the top of Japan's chart with the release of the PlayStation Move peripheral, as a number of Move-compatible titles including Sports Champions, R.U.S.E., and Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11 are among the week's biggest sellers in the UK.


PC
North America: 1. Sid Meier's Civilization V (2K Games), 2. Final Fantasy XIV - Collector's Edition (Square Enix), 3. Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty (Blizzard), 4. The Lord of the Rings Online: Mines of Moria Collector's Edition (Turbine), 5. Starcraft Battle Chest (Blizzard).

Japan: 1. Final Fantasy XIV - Collector's Edition (Square Enix), 2. Steins;Gate (Nitro+), 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. Sid Meier's Civilization V (2K Games), 2. Formula 1 2010 (Codemasters), 3. Final Fantasy XIV - Collector's Edition (Square Enix), 4. The Sims 3 (EA Games), 3. The Sims 3: Ambitions (EA Games).

Civilization V and Final Fantasy XIV debut as this week's top PC software sellers in North America, pushing former chart champion Starcraft II to third place. The discounted Mines of Moria Collector's Edition of The Lord of the Rings Online also continues to see increased sales as new players join Turbine's now free-to-play MMORPG.

Civilization V and Formula 1 2010 lead this week's sales rankings in the UK, as Final Fantasy XIV makes a chart-topping debut in Japan.


Nintendo DS
North America: 1. Professor Layton and the Unwound Future (Nintendo), 2. Club Penguin: Elite Penguin Force - Collector's Edition Bundle (Disney), 3. New Super Mario Bros. (Nintendo), 4. Mario Kart DS (Nintendo), 5. Pokemon HeartGold Version (Nintendo).

Japan: 1. Pocket Monsters Black (Nintendo), 2. Pocket Monsters White (Nintendo), 3. Tokimeki Memorial Girl's Side 3rd Story (Konami), 4. Pocket Monsters SoulSilver (Nintendo), 5. One Piece: Gigant Battle (Bandai Namco).

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

Professor Layton and the Unwound Future heads Nintendo DS software sales in the United States for the second week in a row, with a discounted Club Penguin bundle leading over New Super Mario Bros. and Mario Kart DS.

Pocket Monsters Black and White are off to an impressive start in Japan, meanwhile, and will likely continue to head DS sales in the region for many weeks to come.


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

Japan: 1. Kurohyou: Ryu ga Gotoku Shinshou (Sega), 2. MonHun Nikki: Poka Poka Ailu Mura (Capcom), 3. Durarara!! 3-way Standoff - Limited Edition (ASCII), 4. Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's Tag Force 5 (Konami), 5. Hatsune Miku: Project Diva 2nd (Sega).

UK: 1. Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep (Square Enix), 2. Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep - Limited Edition (Square Enix), 3. Valkyria Chronicles II (Sega), 4. Gran Turismo (SCEE), 5. Star Wars Battlefront: Elite Squadron (LucasArts).

Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep remains the PSP's best seller in North America for the third week running, followed closely by God of War: Chains of Olympus and Sega's recently released Phantasy Star Portable 2.

Sega's Yakuza series spinoff Kurohyou: Ryu ga Gotoku Shinshou overtakes Capcom's MonHun Nikki in Japan, meanwhile, as Valkyria Chronicles II competes with Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep in the UK charts.


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Gareth Mensah
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Talk about Longevity power ... I remember the early day of Civilization I and II, Sid Meier's series has got to be one of the most influential and iconic video game series ever. A must in any Video Game Canon.

Carl Chavez
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Wow, Pokemon B/W sold almost as many copies in Japan only as Halo: Reach did worldwide. That's interesting. And what's with Jam with the Band in the UK? Was it a re-release? I thought it was released a few years ago in the UK?


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