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Saling The World:  Mortal Kombat  Overtakes  Portal 2  Stateside
Saling The World: Mortal Kombat Overtakes Portal 2 Stateside
April 29, 2011 | By Danny Cowan

April 29, 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 April 28th, 2011, find Warner and NetherRealm's Mortal Kombat reboot outselling Valve's Portal 2 in North America, as El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron premieres as Japan's top multiplatform seller.

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. Active Life: Explorer with Mat (Namco Bandai, Wii), 2. FlingSmash with Wii Remote Plus (Nintendo, Wii), 3. Mortal Kombat (Warner Bros, PS3), 4. Portal 2 (Valve, X360), 5. Just Dance 2 (Ubisoft, Wii).

Japan: 1. El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron (Ignition, PS3), 2. Dragon Quest Monsters Joker 2: Professional (Square Enix, DS), 3. Monster Hunter Portable 3rd (Capcom, PSP), 4. Patapon 3 (SCEI, PSP), 5. Battle & Get: Pokemon Typing DS (Nintendo, DS).

UK: 1. Portal 2 (Valve, X360), 2. Zumba Fitness (505 Games, Wii), 3. Portal 2 (Valve, PS3), 4. Call of Duty: Black Ops (Activision, X360), 5. Mortal Kombat (Warner Bros, X360).

NetherRealm's Mortal Kombat reboot overtakes last week's multiplatform sales leader Portal 2 in today's domestic chart results. The PlayStation 3 edition of the game emerges as the most popular version, despite the PlayStation Network's continued outage.

Elsewhere, Ignition's adventure game El Shaddai debuts at the top of the charts in Japan, while Portal 2 ends Zumba Fitness's weeks-long reign in the UK.


Nintendo Wii
North America: 1. Active Life: Explorer with Mat (Namco Bandai), 2. FlingSmash with Wii Remote Plus (Nintendo), 3. Just Dance 2 (Ubisoft), 4. Zumba Fitness (Majesco), 5. Kirby's Epic Yarn (Nintendo).

Japan: 1. Billy's Boot Camp: Wii de Enjoy Diet! (Rocket Company), 2. Wii Fit Plus with Balance Board (Nintendo), 3. Wii Sports Resort with Wii Remote Plus (Nintendo), 4. Wii Party (Nintendo), 5. Donkey Kong Returns (Nintendo).

UK: 1. Zumba Fitness (505 Games), 2. Just Dance 2 (Ubisoft), 3. Just Dance (Ubisoft), 4. Wii Party (Nintendo), 5. Michael Jackson: The Experience (Ubisoft).

Recent price drops put Namco's exercise game Active Life: Explorer and Nintendo's FlingSmash and Kirby's Epic Yarn among this week's top Wii sellers at Amazon.

Billy's Boot Camp: Wii de Enjoy Diet! remains the Wii's biggest seller in Japan for the second week in a row, as Zumba Fitness and Just Dance 2 continue to rank as popular picks in Europe.


Xbox 360
North America: 1. Portal 2 (Valve), 2. Mortal Kombat (Warner Bros), 3. Call of Duty: Black Ops (Activision), 4. Crysis 2 (EA Games), 5. Kinect Sports (Microsoft).

Japan: 1. El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron (Ignition), 2. Crysis 2 (EA Games), 3. Monster Hunter Frontier Online Forward.1 Premium Package (Capcom), 4. Call of Duty: Black Ops Dubbed Edition (Activision), 5. Super Street Fighter IV (Capcom).

UK: 1. Portal 2 (Valve), 2. Call of Duty: Black Ops (Activision), 3. Mortal Kombat (Warner Bros), 4. FIFA 11 (EA Sports), 5. Dragon Age II (EA Games).

Portal 2 heads Xbox 360 platform sales for the second week running in the United States and the UK, with Mortal Kombat also maintaining strong sales in both regions.

In Japan, El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron tops former chart leaders Crysis 2 and Monster Hunter Frontier Online.


PlayStation 3
North America: 1. Mortal Kombat (Warner Bros), 2. Portal 2 (Valve), 3. Crysis 2 (EA Games), 4. Call of Duty: Black Ops (Activision), 5. 3D Dot Game Heroes (Atlus).

Japan: 1. El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron (Ignition), 2. Ultimate Hits: Nier Replicant (Square Enix), 3. Shin Sangoku Musou 6 (Koei), 4. Pro Yakyuu Spirits 2011 (Konami), 5. Demon's Souls (SCEI).

UK: 1. Portal 2 (Valve), 2. Mortal Kombat (Warner Bros), 3. Call of Duty: Black Ops (Activision), 4. Dragon Age II (EA Games), 5. FIFA 11 (EA Sports).

Mortal Kombat manages to overtake Portal 2 in the PlayStation 3 charts stateside, as Atlus's 3D Dot Game Heroes returns to the domestic top five during a promotional sale at Amazon.

Square Enix's rereleased Nier Replicant makes a strong showing in the Japanese charts, while Dragon Age II reports renewed sales activity in the UK.


PC
North America: 1. Warcraft III Battle Chest (Blizzard), 2. Portal 2 (Valve), 3. StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty (Blizzard), 4. The Sims: Medieval (EA Games), 5. World of Warcraft: Cataclysm (Blizzard).

Japan: 1. Monster Hunter Frontier Online Forward.1 Premium Package (Capcom), 2. Steins;Gate (Nitro Plus), 3. Monster Hunter Frontier Online 2010 Anniversary Package - Limited Edition (Capcom), 4. SimCity 4 Deluxe (EA Games), 5. Monster Hunter Frontier Online 2010 Anniversary Package (Capcom).

UK: 1. Football Manager 2011 (Sega), 2. Portal 2 (Valve), 3. The Sims: Medieval (EA Games), 4. The Sims 3: Late Night (EA Games), 5. StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty (Blizzard).

Blizzard's price-dropped Warcraft III Battle Chest narrowly beats Portal 2 for the top PC chart spot stateside this week, as Capcom's MMORPG Monster Hunter Frontier Online continues to do brisk business in Japan.


Nintendo 3DS
North America: (Data not available.)

Japan: 1. Pilotwings Resort (Nintendo), 2. Nintendogs + Cats: Shiba & New Friends (Nintendo), 3. Sengoku Musou Chronicle (Koei), 4. Layton Kyouju to Kiseki no Kamen (Nintendo), 5. Super Street Fighter IV: 3D Edition (Capcom).

UK: 1. Pilotwings Resort (Nintendo), 2. Super Street Fighter IV: 3D Edition (Capcom), 3. Ridge Racer 3D (Namco Bandai), 4. Lego Star Wars III: The Clone Wars (LucasArts), 5. Nintendogs + Cats: Golden Retriever & New Friends (Nintendo).

No 3DS title currently ranks among Amazon's top 100 domestic multiplatform sellers, and the retailer has not yet established a sales chart specifically for 3DS games in the United States.

Pilotwings Resort remains the platform's killer app in Japan and the UK, meanwhile, as Super Street Fighter IV and Nintendogs + Cats returns to the charts in both regions.


Nintendo DS
North America: 1. Pokemon White Version (Nintendo), 2. Pokemon Black Version (Nintendo), 3. New Super Mario Bros. (Nintendo), 4. Mario Kart DS (Nintendo), 5. Squinkies (Activision).

Japan: 1. Dragon Quest Monsters Joker 2: Professional (Square Enix), 2. Battle & Get: Pokemon Typing DS (Nintendo), 3. Pocket Monsters White (Nintendo), 4. Ninokuni (Level 5), 5. Meitantei Conan: Aoki Houseki no Rinbukyoku (Bandai Namco).

UK: 1. Let's Draw! (Majesco), 2. New Super Mario Bros. (Nintendo), 3. Art Academy (Nintendo), 4. Mario Kart DS (Nintendo), 5. Pokemon White Version (Nintendo).

Pokemon White and Black once again head DS sales stateside, with New Super Mario Bros. and Mario Kart DS ranking in at third and fourth place.

Square Enix's Dragon Quest Monsters Joker 2: Professional overtakes last week's multiplatform sales leader Battle & Get: Pokemon Typing DS in Japan, as Majesco's Let's Draw! continues to top platform sales in Europe.


PlayStation Portable
North America: 1. Final Fantasy IV Complete Collection (Square Enix), 2. Dissidia 012: Duodecim Final Fantasy (Square Enix), 3. Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII (Square Enix), 4. Need for Speed: Most Wanted (EA Games), 5. Prinny 2 (NIS America).

Japan: 1. Monster Hunter Portable 3rd (Capcom), 2. Patapon 3 (SCEI), 3. Dai-2-Ji Super Robot Taisen Z Hakai-hen - Special ZII Box (Banpresto), 4. Starry*Sky: In Winter Portable (Honeybee), 5. Final Fantasy IV Complete Collection (Square Enix).

UK: 1. Final Fantasy IV Complete Collection (Square Enix), 2. Football Manager Handheld 2011 (Sega), 3. Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 Portable Limited Edition (Atlus), 4. FIFA 11 (EA Sports), 5. Dissidia 012: Duodecim Final Fantasy (Square Enix).

Square Enix's RPG remake Final Fantasy IV Complete Collection remains the PSP's biggest-selling title in North America and the UK, and earns fifth place in the Japanese charts.

Capcom's Monster Hunter Portable 3rd reclaims top honors in Japan, beating SCEI's premiering Patapon 3 and Banpresto's Super Robot Wars sequel Dai-2-Ji Super Robot Taisen Z Hakai-hen.


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Boss Higgins
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I guess Amazon makes the most sense for the US and UK, but why don't you just use the Media Create numbers for Japan?

Simon Carless
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Boss, these charts are more real-time than those charts, so are more of a 'what's happening now' indicator of what folks are buying online in that particular day. (It's a more immediate 'sentiment' alternative to Media Create, which we also use, as well as Chart Track and NPD.)

Steven An
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Nice to see two awesome titles fighting it out!

Jonathan Osborne
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Also why isn't PS3 listed as one of the Portal 2 platforms in this chart.

Jonathan Osborne
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I mean in the multi-platform section.


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