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Saling The World:  Arkham Asylum, Professor Layton  Top U.S. Charts

Saling The World: Arkham Asylum, Professor Layton Top U.S. Charts Exclusive

August 28, 2009 | By Danny Cowan




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 August 27th, 2009, find Batman: Arkham Asylum and Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box leading multiplatform sales in North America.

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 Sports Resort (Nintendo), 2. Wii Fit (Nintendo), 3. Metroid Prime Trilogy (Nintendo), 4. Mario Kart Wii (Nintendo), 5. Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10 (EA Sports).

Japan: 1. Wii Sports Resort (Nintendo), 2. EA Sports Active (EA Sports), 3. Monster Hunter 3 Classic Controller Bundle (Capcom), 4. Wii Fit (Nintendo), 5. Monster Hunter 3 (Capcom).

UK: 1. Wii Sports Resort (Nintendo), 2. Wii Fit (Nintendo), 3. Ashes Cricket 09 (Codemasters), 4. Mario Kart Wii (Nintendo), 5. EA Sports Active (EA Sports).

Wii Sports Resort leads North American Wii sales for the third week running, and continues to head the charts in the UK and Japan.

The Metroid Prime series compilation Metroid Prime Trilogy makes a third place finish in its first week of release in the United States, meanwhile, beating out longtime chart favorite Mario Kart Wii in weekly sales numbers.


Xbox 360
North America: 1. Batman: Arkham Asylum (Eidos), 2. Madden NFL 10 (EA Sports), 3. Batman: Arkham Asylum Collector's Edition (Eidos), 4. Halo 3 (Microsoft), 5. Call of Duty: World at War (Activision).

Japan: 1. Dream Club (D3 Publisher), 2. Magna Carta 2 (Banpresto), 3. F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin (Cyber Front), 4. Memories Off 6: Next Relation (5pb), 5. Grand Theft Auto IV -- Xbox 360 Platinum Collection (Capcom).

UK: 1. Batman: Arkham Asylum (Eidos), 2. Fallout 3 (Bethesda), 3. Call of Duty: World at War (Activision), 4. Dead Space (EA Games), 5. Grand Theft Auto IV (Rockstar).

Batman: Arkham Asylum is off to a fast sales start in its first week of release, topping the Xbox 360 sales charts in the U.S. and the UK.

The Collector's Edition of Arkham Asylum also manages to crack the North American top five in its debut week, landing just behind Madden NFL 10 at third place.


PlayStation 3
North America: 1. Batman: Arkham Asylum (Eidos), 2. Madden NFL 10 (EA Sports), 3. Uncharted -- Greatest Hits (SCEA), 4. Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots -- Greatest Hits (Konami), 5. Batman: Arkham Asylum -- Collector's Edition (Eidos).

Japan: 1. Senjou no Valkyria -- PlayStation 3 the Best (Sega), 2. Grand Theft Auto IV -- PlayStation 3 the Best (Capcom), 3. Demon's Souls (SCEI), 4. Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots -- PlayStation 3 the Best (Konami), 5. Minna no Golf 5 -- PlayStation 3 the Best (SCEI).

UK: 1. Batman: Arkham Asylum (Eidos), 2. LittleBigPlanet (SCEE), 3. Fallout 3 (Bethesda), 4. Killzone 2 (SCEE), 5. Wolfenstein (Activision).

The PlayStation 3 version of Batman: Arkham Asylum finishes as this week's biggest software seller across all platforms in North America, pushing Wii Sports Resort out of the overall top spot. The PS3 version of Arkham Asylum features platform-exclusive downloadable content, making it the preferred edition for many Amazon customers.

Madden NFL 10 remains a strong seller in its second week of release, meanwhile, as budget-priced rereleases for Uncharted and Metal Gear Solid 4 put both titles back in the U.S. top five.


PlayStation 2
North America: 1. Madden NFL 10 (EA Sports), 2. Mana Khemia 2: Fall of Alchemy (NIS America), 3. God of War 2 (SCEA), 4. Shadow of the Colossus (SCEA), 5. God of War (SCEA).

Japan: 1. Hakuouki: Zuisouroku -- Limited Edition (Idea Factory), 2. Melty Blood: Actress Again (Ecole), 3. SD Gundam: G Generation Wars (Bandai), 4. Hakuouki: Zuisouroku (Idea Factory), 5. S.Y.K.: Shinsetsu Saiyuuki (Idea Factory).

UK: 1. Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 FES (Koei), 2. SingStar: ABBA (SCEE), 3. SingStar: Queen (SCEE), 4. FIFA 09 (EA Sports), 5. Lego Batman (Warner Bros).

Madden NFL 10 maintains its sales lead on the PlayStation 2, finishing as the platform's best seller in the United States for the second week in a row.

Mana Khemia 2: Fall of Alchemy makes a strong showing in its debut week, while Shadow of the Colossus and both God of War titles finish out the domestic top five.


PC
North America: 1. The Sims 3 (EA Games), 2. World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King (Blizzard), 3. Wolfenstein (Activision), 4. World of Warcraft Battle Chest (Blizzard), 5. Flight Simulator X: Gold Edition (Microsoft).

Japan: 1. Ragnarok Online RJC2009 Vol. 2: The Battle for Glory (E Frontier), 2. SimCity 4 Deluxe (EA Games), 3. Ragnarok Online RJC2009 Vol. 1: Win the Victory (E Frontier), 4. SimCity 3000 (EA Games), 5. Ragnarok Online RJC2009 Memorial Package (E Frontier).

UK: 1. The Sims 3 (EA Games), 2. Wolfenstein (Activision), 3. Football Manager 2009 (Sega), 4. Empire: Total War (Sega), 5. World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King (Blizzard).

Wolfenstein finishes third in the U.S. PC charts this week, coming up short against the combined might of The Sims 3 and World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King.

The World of Warcraft Battle Chest returns to the North American charts at fourth this week, as Flight Simulator X: Gold Edition makes an appearance at fifth place.


Nintendo DS
North America: 1. Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box (Nintendo), 2. Mario Kart DS (Nintendo), 3. New Super Mario Bros. (Nintendo), 4. Professor Layton and the Curious Village (Nintendo), 5. Fossil Fighters (Nintendo).

Japan: 1. Tomodachi Collection (Nintendo), 2. Dragon Quest IX (Square Enix), 3. Nihon Keizai Shinbunsha Kanshuu: Shiranai Mamade wa Son o Suru Mono ya Okane no Shikumi (Nintendo), 4. SupaRobo Gakuen (Banpresto), 5. Puyo Puyo 7 (Sega).

UK: 1. Professor Layton and the Curious Village (Nintendo), 2. Peppa Pig: The Game (Ubisoft), 3. Mario Kart DS (Nintendo), 4. Club Penguin: Elite Penguin Force (Disney), 5. Pokemon Platinum (Nintendo).

Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box tops Nintendo DS sales in the United States this week, boosted by positive word-of-mouth and an aggressive advertising campaign. The sequel's popularity has also resulted in increased sales for Professor Layton and the Curious Village, which takes fourth in this week's regional sales results.

In Japan, Tomodachi Collection trumps Dragon Quest IX for the first time in several weeks, as Nintendo's simulation title Nihon Keizai Shinbunsha Kanshuu: Shiranai Mamade wa Son o Suru Mono ya Okane no Shikumi DS premieres at third place.


PlayStation Portable
North America: 1. Dissidia Final Fantasy (Square Enix), 2. God of War: Chains of Olympus (SCEA), 3. Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions -- Greatest Hits (Square Enix), 4. Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII (Square Enix), 5. Madden NFL 10 (EA Sports).

Japan: 1. Hakuouki Portable -- Limited Edition (Idea Factory), 2. Hakuouki Portable (Idea Factory), 3. Monster Hunter Portable 2nd G -- PSP the Best (Capcom), 4. Hatsune Miku: Project Diva (Sega), 5. Ookami Kakushi (Konami).

UK: 1. Monster Hunter Freedom Unite (Capcom), 2. Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories -- Platinum Edition (Rockstar), 3. Tekken: Dark Resurrection -- Platinum Edition (Namco Bandai), 4. FIFA 09 (EA Sports), 5. God of War: Chains of Olympus (SCEE).

Dissidia Final Fantasy leads PSP sales in North America in its debut week, leaving last week's chart champion God of War: Chains of Olympus at second place.

Dissidia's release has also sparked new interest in other PSP Final Fantasy titles. Both Final Fantasy Tactics and Crisis Core make appearances in this week's domestic top five, as Madden NFL 10 suddenly finds itself at fifth place.


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