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Saling The World: PS3's  Oblivion ,  MotorStorm  Highs

Saling The World: PS3's Oblivion, MotorStorm Highs

March 23, 2007 | By Danny Cowan

March 23, 2007 | 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 March 22nd, 2007, include copious amounts of Clancy for the Xbox 360 and an interesting sales turnout for debuting PS3 software in the UK. 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:

Nintendo Wii
North America: 1. Wii Play (Nintendo), 2. Tiger Woods PGA Tour 07 (EA Sports), 3. The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess (Nintendo), 4. WarioWare: Smooth Moves (Nintendo), 5. Cooking Mama: Cook Off (Majesco).

Japan: 1. Wii Sports (Nintendo), 2. Hajimete no Wii (Nintendo), 3. Zelda no Densetsu: Twilight Princess (Nintendo), 4. Sonic to Himitsu no Ring (Sega), 5. Fire Emblem: Akatsuki no Megami (Nintendo).

UK: 1. Tiger Woods PGA Tour 07 (EA Sports), 2. The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess (Nintendo), 3. The Godfather: Blackhand Edition (EA Games), 4. Sonic and the Secret Rings (Sega), 5. WarioWare: Smooth Moves (Nintendo).

Tiger Woods PGA Tour 07 continues to pull in big sales numbers in its second week of release in the U.S. and the UK, and still manages to outperform Wii favorite The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess in both regions. The Godfather: Blackhand Edition also finds success in Europe this week, while the just-released Cooking Mama: Cook Off finishes as the fifth-best selling Wii title in the United States.


Xbox 360
North America: 1. Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Double Agent (Ubisoft), 2. Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2 (Ubisoft), 3. Gears of War (Microsoft), 4. Crackdown (Microsoft), 5. Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Vegas (Ubisoft).

Japan: 1. Armored Core 4 (From Software), 2. The [email protected] (Namco), 3. Dead or Alive Xtreme 2 (Tecmo), 4. Final Fantasy XI All-in-One Pack 2006 (Square Enix), 5. Battlefield 2: Modern Combat -- Platinum Collection (EA Games).

UK: 1. Brian Lara Cricket 2007 (Codemasters), 2. Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2 (Ubisoft), 3. Fight Night Round 3 (EA Sports), 4. Gears of War (Microsoft), 5. Dead Rising (Capcom).

Amazon's ongoing "Deal of the Day" promotion once again plays a big role in weekly sales results, as a temporary price point of $19.99 has driven Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Double Agent to the top in Xbox 360 software sales in the United States this week. The sale forces Double Agent's Clancyverse cousin Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2 into second place, though GRAW 2 will likely retake the top position soon after the sale ends. At the tail end of the list is Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Vegas, which Clancys it up in what has Clancied out to be a Clanciful week of Clancy success Clancies.


PlayStation 3
North America: 1. The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion (Bethesda), 2. MotorStorm (SCEA), 3. Virtua Tennis 3 (Sega), 4. Resistance: Fall of Man (SCEA), 5. The Godfather: The Don's Edition (EA Games).

Japan: 1. Gundam Musou (Bandai), 2. Power Smash 3 (Sega), 3. Mist of Chaos (Idea Factory), 4. MotorStorm (SCEI), 5. Untold Legends: Dark Kingdom (Spike).

UK: 1. MotorStorm (SCEE), 2. Resistance: Fall of Man (SCEE), 3. Formula One Championship Edition (SCEE), 4. Call of Duty 3 (Activision), 5. Virtua Tennis 3 (Sega).

New vitality has been pumped into the PS3 charts after weeks of inactivity, as newcomers Virtua Tennis 3, The Godfather: The Don's Edition, and The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion shake up sales results in the United States in their first week of release. Even bigger news comes from Europe, which has seen the release of several PS3 games in the days prior to the debut of the PlayStation 3 console itself. Thus far, MotorStorm, Resistance: Fall of Man, and Formula One Championship Edition have proven to be the most popular titles among the PS3's European launch lineup, though these results could change in the weeks following the PS3's release.


PlayStation 2
North America: 1. God of War II (SCEA), 2. God of War (SCEA), 3. Guitar Hero II Bundle with Guitar (RedOctane), 4. Guitar Hero II -- Game Only (RedOctane), 5. Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories (Rockstar).

Japan: 1. Musou Orochi (Koei), 2. Kiniro no Corda 2 -- Premium Box (Koei), 3. Kiniro no Corda 2 (Koei), 4. Rozen Maiden: Geppetto Garden (Taito), 5. Okami -- PlayStation 2 The Best (Capcom).

UK: 1. Final Fantasy XII (Square Enix), 2. Brian Lara Cricket 2007 (Codemasters), 3. LEGO Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy (LucasArts), 4. Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories (Rockstar), 5. EyeToy Play 3 with Camera (SCEE).

God of War and its sequel continue their reign atop PS2 sales charts in North America. The non-guitar bundled edition of Guitar Hero II also saw a brief surge in popularity earlier in the week, following a price drop as part of Amazon's "Deal of the Day" promotion. The price has since risen back to MSRP, however, leaving Guitar Hero II to drop to a fourth place finish in weekly sales. Japan, meanwhile, sees three Koei-published offerings as its top PS2 sellers for the week, while newcomer Rozen Maiden: Geppetto Garden and Capcom's Okami take fourth and fifth place.


PC
North America: 1. Silent Hunter: Wolves of the Pacific (Ubisoft), 2. The Sims 2: Seasons (EA Games), 3. S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl (THQ), 4. World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade (Blizzard), 5. World of Warcraft (Blizzard).

Japan: 1. Shinkyouku Soukai Polyphonica -- 1 & 2 Box Edition (Ocelot), 2. The Sims 2 Seasons! Data Set (EA Games), 3. Lineage II: Interlude Masters Kit (NC Japan), 4. Battlefield 2142: Northern Strike (EA Games), 5. Heart no Kuni no Alice ~Wonderful Wonder World~ (QuinRose).

UK: 1. The Sims 2: Seasons (EA Games), 3. S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl (THQ), 3. Silent Hunter 4: Wolves of the Pacific Collector's Edition (Ubisoft), 4. World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade (Blizzard), 5. Brian Lara Cricket 2007 (Codemasters).

The Silent Hunter series sequel Wolves of the Pacific snatches away the top PC sales spot from The Sims 2: Seasons in a surprise upset this week, while S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl also debuts to impressive sales numbers in the U.S. and the UK. Amazon additionally reports a steep rise in preorder interest for The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion: Shivering Isles and Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars, both of which will see release in the UK and the United States early next week.


Nintendo DS
North America: 1. New Super Mario Bros. (Nintendo), 2. Brain Age (Nintendo), 3. Mario Kart DS (Nintendo), 4. Diddy Kong Racing DS (Nintendo), 5. Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords (D3 Publisher).

Japan: 1. Tokimeki Memorial: Girl's Side 1st Love (Konami), 2. Kotoba no Puzzle: Mojipittan DS (Namco), 3. Layton Kyouju no Fushigi na Machi (Level 5), 4. Nazotte Oboeru Otona no Kanji Renshuu (NCS), 5. Negima!? Chou Mahora Taisen Chuu: Check-In Zenin Shuugou! Yappari Onsen Kichaimashitaa (Marvelous).

UK: 1. Dr. Kawashima's Brain Training (Nintendo), 2. 42 All-Time Classics (Nintendo), 3. New Super Mario Bros. (Nintendo), 4. Animal Crossing: Wild World (Nintendo), 5. Mario Kart DS (Nintendo).

Anticipation for the DS's upcoming pair of Pokemon titles has reached a fever pitch in the United States, as preorder sales for Pokemon Diamond Version and Pokemon Pearl Version outnumber sales for top titles like New Super Mario Bros. and Brain Age at Amazon this week. D3 Publisher's Puzzle Quest is also making news this week, with sales strong enough to ensure it a place in this week's top five DS sellers -- a rarity for a relatively obscure third-party title.


PlayStation Portable
North America: 1. Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories (Rockstar), 2. Ratchet & Clank: Size Matter (SCEA), 3. 300: March to Glory (Eidos), 4. Star Wars Battlefront II (LucasArts), 5. Daxter (SCEA).

Japan: 1. Monster Hunter Portable 2nd (Capcom), 2. Maplus: Portable Navi (Edia), 3. Princess Crown -- Atlus Best Collection (Atlus), 4. Puyo Puyo! 15th Anniversary (Sega), 5. Eiyuu Densetsu: Sora no Kiseki FC (Falcom).

UK: 1. Sega Mega Drive Collection (Sega), 2. Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories (Rockstar), 3. Sid Meier's Pirates (2K Games), 4. Mind Quiz (Sega), 5. FIFA 07 (EA Sports).

After a somewhat slow sales start in its first few weeks of release, 300: March to Glory climbs into the top five PSP sellers in the United States. The game joins other popular favorites like Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories and Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters, both of which remain consistent sellers from week to week. Japan's chart also contains a number of mainstays that are not likely to disappear anytime soon, though Sega's Puyo Puyo! 15th Anniversary manages to penetrate the chart in its debut week for a fourth place finish.


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