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Saling The World:  Wii Fit Plus, Your Shape  Climb Domestic Charts
Saling The World: Wii Fit Plus, Your Shape Climb Domestic Charts
January 7, 2011 | By Danny Cowan

January 7, 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 January 6th, 2011, find Wii Fit Plus and Your Shape: Fitness Evolved making a strong sales impression in the United States, as Monster Hunter Portable 3rd leads over Ninokuni 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. Just Dance 2 (Ubisoft, Wii), 2. Wii Fit Plus with Balance Board (Nintendo, Wii), 3. Your Shape: Fitness Evolved (Ubisoft, X360), 4. Dance Central (MTV Games, X360), 5. Call of Duty: Black Ops (Activision, PS3).

Japan: 1. Monster Hunter Portable 3rd (Capcom, PSP), 2. Ninokuni: Shikkoku no Madoushi (Level 5, DS), 3. Donkey Kong Returns (Nintendo, Wii), 4. AKB1/48: Idol to Koishitara... Premier Special Pack (Bandai, PSP), 5. Wii Fit Plus with Balance Board (Nintendo, Wii).

UK: 1. Just Dance 2 (Ubisoft, Wii), 2. FIFA 11 (EA Sports, X360), 3. Just Dance (Ubisoft, Wii), 4. Gran Turismo 5 (SCEE, PS3), 5. Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit (EA Games, X360).

Weight loss-related New Year's resolutions likely contribute to the success of the many exercise games listed among Amazon's top sellers this week. Nintendo's Wii Fit Plus sees a significant sales boost in North America, as the Kinect-compatible Your Shape: Fitness Evolved and Dance Central remain strong sellers on the Xbox 360.

Monster Hunter Portable 3rd and a discounted Ninokuni take top honors in Japan, meanwhile, as Just Dance and its sequel compete with FIFA 11 in the UK.


Nintendo Wii
North America: 1. Just Dance 2 (Ubisoft), 2. Wii Fit Plus with Balance Board (Nintendo), 3. Just Dance (Ubisoft), 4. Mario Kart Wii (Nintendo), 5. Michael Jackson: The Experience (Ubisoft).

Japan: 1. Donkey Kong Returns (Nintendo), 2. Wii Fit Plus with Balance Board (Nintendo), 3. Wii Party (Nintendo), 4. Shape Boxing 2 Wii de Enjoy Diet (Rocket Company), 5. Karaoke Joysound Wii Super DX (Hudson).

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).

Just Dance 2 continues to head Wii software sales in the U.S. and the UK, as Michael Jackson: The Experience remains a popular choice stateside.

Donkey Kong Returns maintains its sales lead in Japan, while the recently released Shape Boxing 2 Wii de Enjoy Diet edges out Karaoke Joysound Wii Super DX for fourth place.


Xbox 360
North America: 1. Your Shape: Fitness Evolved (Ubisoft), 2. Dance Central (MTV Games), 3. Call of Duty: Black Ops (Activision), 4. Kinect Sensor with Kinect Adventures (Microsoft), 5. Kinect Sports (Microsoft).

Japan: 1. Your Shape: Fitness Evolved (Ubisoft), 2. Dance Evolution (Konami), 3. Dream C Club Zero (D3 Publisher), 4. Darksiders (Konami), 5. Forza Motorsport 3 Ultimate Edition (Microsoft).

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

Ubisoft's Kinect-compatible exercise application Your Shape: Fitness Evolved manages to top the Xbox 360's sales charts in both North America and Japan. Dance Central trails close behind stateside, as Konami's Dance Evolution outsells D3's Dream C Club Zero and a discounted Darksiders in Japan.

FIFA 11 heads platform sales in the UK, with Kinect Sports and Forza Motorsport 3 Ultimate Edition providing ample competition for Call of Duty: Black Ops.


PlayStation 3
North America: 1. Call of Duty: Black Ops (Activision), 2. Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood (Ubisoft), 3. Gran Turismo 5 (SCEA), 4. Red Dead Redemption (Rockstar), 5. PlayStation Move Starter Bundle (SCEA).

Japan: 1. Gundam Musou 3 (Bandai), 2. Call of Duty: Black Ops - Dubbed Edition (Square Enix), 3. Gran Turismo 5 (SCEI), 4. BioHazard 5 Alternative Edition (Capcom), 5. Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood (Ubisoft).

UK: 1. Gran Turismo 5 (SCEE), 2. Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit (EA Games), 3. FIFA 11 (EA Sports), 4. Call of Duty: Black Ops (Activision), 5. Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood (Ubisoft).

Call of Duty: Black Ops, Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood, and Gran Turismo 5 top domestic PlayStation 3 software sales in the first week of the new year, as Red Dead Redemption returns to the charts ahead of the PlayStation Move Starter Bundle at fourth place.

The Dynasty Warriors: Gundam sequel Gundam Musou 3 remains a strong seller in Japan, while Gran Turismo 5 moves up to capture the platform's top sales spot in Europe.


PC
North America: 1. The Sims 3 (EA Games), 2. StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty (Blizzard), 3. World of Warcraft: Cataclysm (Blizzard), 4. Sid Meier's Civilization V (2K Games), 5. The Sims 3: Late Night (EA Games).

Japan: 1. Final Fantasy XIV (Square Enix), 2. Umineko no Naku Koro ni Chiru (07th Expansion), 3. Steins;Gate (Nitro Plus), 4. Nobunaga no Yabou: Tendou - Power-Up Kit (Koei), 5. Nobunaga no Yabou: Tendou with Power-Up Kit (Koei).

UK: 1. Football Manager 2011 (Sega), 2. The Sims 3 (EA Games), 3. The Sims 3: Late Night (EA Games), 4. The Sims 3: Ambitions (EA Games), 5. Call of Duty: Black Ops (Activision).

World of Warcraft: Cataclysm drops to third place after heading U.S. PC software sales over the holiday season. The Sims 3 claims first place in today's rankings, with StarCraft II following close behind at second place.

Final Fantasy XIV retakes first place in Japan, as Sega's Football Manager 2011 beats The Sims 3 for top honors in Europe.


Nintendo DS
North America: 1. Super Scribblenauts (Warner Bros.), 2. New Super Mario Bros. (Nintendo), 3. Let's Draw! (Majesco), 4. Mario Kart DS (Nintendo), 5. Golden Sun: Dark Dawn (Nintendo).

Japan: 1. Ninokuni: Shikkoku no Madoushi (Level 5), 2. Tongari Boushi to Mahou no Otana (Konami), 3. Inazuma Eleven 3: Sekai e no Chousen! The Ogre (Level 5), 4. SaGa 3: Jikuu no Hasha - Shadow or Light (Square Enix), 5. Pocket Monsters Black (Nintendo).

UK: 1. Art Academy (Nintendo), 2. Professor Layton and the Lost Future (Nintendo), 3. New Super Mario Bros. (Nintendo), 4. Professor Layton and the Curious Village (Nintendo), 5. Dragon Quest IX (Nintendo).

Super Scribblenauts champions the Nintendo DS sales charts this week at Amazon, as Majesco's Let's Draw! and a price-dropped Golden Sun: Dark Dawn return to the top five.

Square Enix's Final Fantasy Legend III remake SaGa 3: Jikuu no Hasha - Shadow or Light earns fourth place in its debut week in Japan, meanwhile, as Art Academy trumps Professor Layton and the Lost Future in the UK.


PlayStation Portable
North America: 1. Need for Speed: Most Wanted (EA Games), 2. Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep (Square Enix), 3. Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII (Square Enix), 4. Burnout Legends (EA Games), 5. Medal of Honor Heroes (EA Games).

Japan: 1. Monster Hunter Portable 3rd (Capcom), 2. AKB1/48: Idol to Koishitara... Premier Special Pack (Bandai), 3. The 3rd Birthday (Square Enix), 4. AKB1/48: Idol to Koishitara... (Bandai), 5. AKB1/48: Idol to Koishitara... with UMD Video (Bandai).

UK: 1. FIFA 11 (EA Sports), 2. Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep (Square Enix), 3. WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2011 (THQ), 4. God of War: Ghost of Sparta (Warner Bros), 5. Football Manager Handheld 2011 (Sega).

A round of discounts for EA-published titles puts Need for Speed: Most Wanted, Burnout Legends, and Medal of Honor Heroes among the PSP's biggest sellers in North America this week.

FIFA 11 and Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep emerge as the platform's most popular titles in Europe, while Monster Hunter Portable 3rd, AKB1/48, and the Parasite Eve sequel The 3rd Birthday dominate the charts in Japan.


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Marcus Miller
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I am surprised that Your Fitness out sold Dance Central in North America. I would have figured that Dance Central was the top selling Kinect game.


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