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Saling The World:  Valkyria Chronicles 3  Tops Japanese Charts
Saling The World: Valkyria Chronicles 3 Tops Japanese Charts
January 28, 2011 | By Danny Cowan

January 28, 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 27th, 2011, find Just Dance 2, Zumba Fitness, and FIFA 11 leading multiplatform sales in North America and the UK, while Valkyria Chronicles 3 overtakes Monster Hunter Portable 3rd 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. Zumba Fitness (Majesco, Wii), 3. Gran Turismo 5 (SCEA, PS3), 4. Dance Central (MTV Games, X360), 5. Call of Duty: Black Ops (Activision, X360).

Japan: 1. Senjou no Valkyria 3 (Sega, PSP), 2. Monster Hunter Portable 3rd (Capcom, PSP), 3. The Last Story (Nintendo, Wii), 4. Dragon Age: Origins (Spike, X360), 5. Ore no Imouto ga Konna ni Kawaii wake ga Nai Portable - Limited Edition (Banpresto, PSP).

UK: 1. FIFA 11 (EA Sports, X360), 2. Just Dance 2 (Ubisoft, Wii), 3. Art Academy (Nintendo, DS), 4. LittleBigPlanet 2 (SCEE, PS3), 5. Lego Batman (Warner Bros, Wii).

Majesco's exercise game Zumba Fitness climbs to second place in today's North American multiplatform sales results after entering the charts at fourth place last week. Just Dance 2 retakes the top spot, while last week's sales champion LittleBigPlanet 2 drops out of the top five in its second week of release.

Sega's Valkyria Chronicles sequel Senjou no Valkyria 3 tops the Japanese charts in its premiere week, pushing Monster Hunter Portable 3rd to second place. FIFA 11 reclaims top honors in the UK, meanwhile, as the Nintendo DS drawing application Art Academy charts behind Just Dance 2 at third place.


Nintendo Wii
North America: 1. Just Dance 2 (Ubisoft), 2. Zumba Fitness (Majesco), 3. Just Dance Kids (Ubisoft), 4. Wii Fit Plus with Balance Board (Nintendo), 5. Mario Kart Wii (Nintendo).

Japan: 1. The Last Story (Nintendo), 2. Shape Boxing 2 Wii de Enjoy Diet (Rocket Company), 3. Donkey Kong Returns (Nintendo), 4. The Last Story - Limited Edition (Nintendo), 5. Wii Party (Nintendo).

UK: 1. Just Dance 2 (Ubisoft), 2. Lego Batman (Warner Bros), 3. Just Dance (Ubisoft), 4. Wii Party (Nintendo), 5. Wii Fit Plus with Balance Board (Nintendo).

The family-friendly Just Dance Kids enters the Wii charts in the United States after a recent Amazon price drop, joining fellow hit dancing games Just Dance 2 and Zumba Fitness.

Elsewhere, Mistwalker's The Last Story dominates platform sales in Japan in its first week of release, while a price-dropped Lego Batman competes with the Just Dance series in Europe.


Xbox 360
North America: 1. Dance Central (MTV Games), 2. Call of Duty: Black Ops (Activision), 3. Dead Space 2 (EA Games), 4. Kinect Sports (Microsoft), 5. FIFA Soccer 11 (EA Sports).

Japan: 1. Dragon Age: Origins (Spike), 2. Dream C Club Zero (D3 Publisher), 3. Gal*Gun (Alchemist), 4. Monster Hunter Frontier Online Season 10 (Capcom), 5. Mass Effect 2 (EA Games).

UK: 1. FIFA 11 (EA Sports), 2. Call of Duty: Black Ops (Activision), 3. Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood (Ubisoft), 4. Halo: Reach (Microsoft), 5. Alan Wake (Microsoft).

Harmonix's Kinect-enabled Dance Central overtakes Call of Duty: Black Ops to become this week's top-selling Xbox 360 game in North America. Dead Space 2 trails at third place in its premiere week, as Kinect Sports continues to see strong sales at fourth place.

A recently released localization of BioWare's Dragon Age: Origins heads Xbox 360 sales in Japan, where D3's hostess club sim Dream C Club Zero and Alchemist's rail shooter Gal*Gun also report high chart placement.


PlayStation 3
North America: 1. Gran Turismo 5 (SCEA), 2. Dead Space 2 (EA Games), 3. FIFA Soccer 11 (EA Sports), 4. Call of Duty: Black Ops (Activision), 5. LittleBigPlanet 2 (SCEA).

Japan: 1. Dragon Age: Origins (Spike), 2. Tales of Graces F (Namco), 3. Wizardry Twin Pack (Acquire), 4. Ryu ga Gotoku 4 (Sega), 5. Call of Duty: Black Ops - Dubbed Edition (Square Enix).

UK: 1. LittleBigPlanet 2 (SCEA), 2. Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood (Ubisoft), 3. FIFA 11 (EA Sports), 4. Gran Turismo 5 (SCEE), 5. Red Dead Redemption (Rockstar).

Dead Space 2 fares better in the domestic PlayStation 3 charts this week, earning second place as the recently released LittleBigPlanet 2 and Mass Effect 2 see a drop in sales.

Dragon Age: Origins and Tales of Graces F report chart-topping sales in Japan, while LittleBigPlanet 2 remains the UK's biggest-selling PS3 game for the second week in a row.


PC
North America: 1. DC Universe Online (Sony), 2. StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty (Blizzard), 3. World of Warcraft: Cataclysm (Blizzard), 4. The Sims 3 (EA Games), 5. Flight Simulator X: Gold Edition (Microsoft).

Japan: 1. Monster Hunter Frontier Online Season 10 Premium Package Collector's Edition (Capcom), 2. Final Fantasy XIV (Square Enix), 3. The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion Game of the Year Edition (2K Games), 4. Monster Hunter Frontier Online Season 10 Premium Package (Capcom), 5. Mahou Tsukai no Yoru (Type Moon).

UK: 1. Football Manager 2011 (Sega), 2. The Sims 3 (EA Games), 3. The Sims 3: Late Night (EA Games), 4. World of Warcraft: Cataclysm (Blizzard), 5. Civilization V (2K Games).

Sony's DC Universe Online heads Amazon's PC software sales for its third week in a row, maintaining a lead over StarCraft II and World of Warcraft: Cataclysm.

In Japan, Capcom's MMORPG expansion Monster Hunter Frontier Online Season 10 sees big sales in its premiere week, as Football Manager 2011 once again dominates platform sales in Europe.


Nintendo DS
North America: 1. New Super Mario Bros. (Nintendo), 2. Let's Draw! (Majesco), 3. Mario Kart DS (Nintendo), 4. Phineas and Ferb (Disney), 5. Plants vs. Zombies (PopCap).

Japan: 1. Ninokuni: Shikkoku no Madoushi (Level 5), 2. Eigo de Tabisuru: Little Charo (Nintendo), 3. Hirameki Puzzle: Maxwell no Fushigi na Note (Konami), 4. Pocket Monsters Black (Nintendo), 5. Pocket Monsters White (Nintendo).

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

New Super Mario Bros. returns to the top of the domestic DS charts this week, as PopCap's newly-released port of Plants vs. Zombies finishes its debut week at fifth place.

The Japanese version of Scribblenauts (Hirameki Puzzle: Maxwell no Fushigi na Note) trails reigning chart champs Ninokuni and Eigo de Tabisuru, while Art Academy and the Professor Layton series remain UK favorites.


PlayStation Portable
North America: 1. Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep (Square Enix), 2. Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII (Square Enix), 3. God of War: Ghost of Sparta (SCEA), 4. Dissidia Final Fantasy (Square Enix), 5. Burnout Legends (EA Games).

Japan: 1. Senjou no Valkyria 3 (Sega), 2. Monster Hunter Portable 3rd (Capcom), 3. Ore no Imouto ga Konna ni Kawaii wake ga Nai Portable - Limited Edition (Banpresto), 4. Toaru Majutsu no Kinsho Mokuroku - Limited Edition (ASCII), 5. Toaru Majutsu no Kinsho Mokuroku (ASCII).

UK: 1. WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2011 (THQ), 2. Football Manager Handheld 2011 (Sega), 3. FIFA 11 (EA Sports), 4. God of War: Ghost of Sparta (SCEA), 5. Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker (Konami).

Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep and Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII once again lead PSP sales stateside as new releases for the platform slow to a trickle.

The PSP charts see greater variety in Japan, where ASCII's visual novel Toaru Majutsu no Kinsho Mokuroku, Banpresto's Ore no Imouto ga Konna ni Kawaii wake ga Nai Portable, and Sega's Senjou no Valkyria 3 report strong first-week sales.


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Steven An
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More Valkyria on PS3 please!

Kamruz Moslemi
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Not with those sales numbers. Both the western and domestic home console markets have finely demonstrated their inhospitality towards such endeavours. If anything Valkyria's success once going handheld reinforces the commonly held Japanese belief that home console development is no longer a viable venue for their brand of games.

Steven An
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Well that makes me a saaaad panda :( A full $60 title is probably not the way to go with VC. But I think a PSN downloadable would be worth a shot. They could maybe save some money by making less cut-scenes.



I love VC's TBS mechanics, but not enough to buy a PSP.

Ben Rice
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Hell. Just let us play PSP games downloaded from PSN on our PS3.

I don't see anything wrong with that.

Glenn Sturgeon
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I fully agree.

I'd do it even if they charged for the emulator seperate from the games.

You know a good PSP and a PS2 emulator for PS3 would sell incredibly well on PSN.

Steven An
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I would imagine that the reason Sony doesn't do this is because...they want you to buy a PSP :) Although I suppose if they sold you a $300 emulator they'd be happy with that too.


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