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Saling The World:  The Beatles: Rock Band  Leads Multiplatform Charts

Saling The World: The Beatles: Rock Band Leads Multiplatform Charts

September 11, 2009 | By Danny Cowan

September 11, 2009 | 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 September 10th, 2009, find The Beatles: Rock Band leading software sales across multiple platforms in the United States, while Love Plus and Tomodachi Collection remain big sellers 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:

Nintendo Wii
North America: 1. The Beatles: Rock Band (MTV Games), 2. Wii Sports Resort (Nintendo), 3. The House of the Dead: Overkill (Sega), 4. Wii Fit (Nintendo), 5. Mario Kart Wii (Nintendo).

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

UK: 1. Wii Sports Resort (Nintendo), 2. Wii Fit (Nintendo), 3. Mario Kart Wii (Nintendo), 4. The Beatles: Rock Band (EA Games), 5. Guitar Hero 5 (Activision).

After spending a month and a half and the top of the Wii sales charts in North America, Wii Sports Resort is finally dethroned this week by Harmonix's premiering band simulation title The Beatles: Rock Band.

The instrument peripheral-bundled Special Value Edition of The Beatles: Rock Band also sees big sales numbers in its U.S. debut week, while a recent "Deal of the Day" price drop at Amazon puts Sega's The House of the Dead: Overkill ahead of Wii Fit and Mario Kart Wii in the domestic sales rankings.


Xbox 360
North America: 1. The Beatles: Rock Band (MTV Games), 2. Batman: Arkham Asylum (Eidos), 3. The Beatles: Rock Band -- Limited Edition Premium Bundle (MTV Games), 4. Guitar Hero 5 (Activision), 5. High School Musical 3: Senior Year -- Bundle with Mat (Disney).

Japan: 1. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (Square Enix), 2. Dream C Club (D3 Publisher), 3. Dream C Club -- Special Edition (D3 Publisher), 4. Grand Theft Auto IV -- Xbox 360 Platinum Collection, 5. Gears of War -- Xbox 360 Platinum Collection (Microsoft).

UK: 1. Batman: Arkham Asylum (Eidos), 2. Colin McRae: DIRT 2 (Codemasters), 3. Guitar Hero 5 -- Guitar Bundle (Activision), 4. Guitar Hero 5 (Activision), 5. Grand Theft Auto IV (Rockstar).

While the Nintendo Wii version of The Beatles: Rock Band premieres as this week's biggest-selling title in the United States, the Xbox 360 edition also emerges as a strong seller in its debut week. The Xbox 360 version of The Beatles trails close behind Wii Sports Resort as the region's third-best selling game across all platforms, and finishes first among competing Xbox 360 titles.

Xbox 360 owners have also shown great interest in The Beatles: Rock Band's Limited Edition Premium Bundle, which includes replica instrument controllers and retails for $249.99. Guitar Hero 5 falls to fourth place in its wake, while Batman: Arkham Asylum holds steady at second place.


PlayStation 3
North America: 1. The Beatles: Rock Band (MTV Games), 2. Batman: Arkham Asylum (Eidos), 3. Madden NFL 10 (EA Sports), 4. The Beatles: Rock Band -- Limited Edition Premium Bundle (MTV Games), 5. Guitar Hero 5 (Activision).

Japan: 1. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (Square Enix), 2. Kidou Senshi Gundam Senki (Bandai), 3. Uncharted -- PlayStation 3 the Best (SCEI), 4. Senjou no Valkyria -- PlayStation 3 the Best (Sega), 5. Demon's Souls (SCEI).

UK: 1. Batman: Arkham Asylum (Eidos), 2. LittleBigPlanet (SCEE), 3. Colin McRae: DIRT 2 (Codemasters), 4. Guitar Hero 5: Guitar Bundle (Activision), 5. IL-2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey (505 Games).

The PlayStation 3 port of The Beatles: Rock Band leads software sales for the platform in its premiere week, and finishes fifth in North American cross-platform sales.

Madden NFL 10 and Batman: Arkham Asylum remain fierce chart contenders, meanwhile, finishing at second and third place in domestic sales. The Limited Edition Premium Bundle version of The Beatles finishes fourth this week, as Guitar Hero 5 drops to fifth.


PlayStation 2
North America: 1. Guitar Hero 5 (Activision), 2. Rock Band Special Edition (MTV Games), 3. Madden NFL 10 (EA Sports), 4. Guitar Hero World Tour -- Guitar Kit (Activision), 5. Final Fantasy X -- Greatest Hits (Square Enix).

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

UK: 1. SingStar: ABBA (SCEE), 2. SingStar: Queen (SCEE), 3. Guitar Hero 5 (Activision), 4. Lego Batman (Warner Bros.), 5. Guitar Hero 5: Guitar Bundle (Activision).

Though Guitar Hero 5's popularity wanes on other consoles, it remains the PlayStation 2's top seller in the United States. The original Rock Band still presents strong chart competition, however, and finishes the week at second place.

Elsewhere, Idea Factory's visual novel Hakuouki: Zuisouroku tops the PlayStation 2 charts in Japan, as SingStar: ABBA and SingStar Queen remain the most popular titles in the UK.


PC
North America: 1. The Sims 3 (EA Games), 2. Wolfenstein (Activision), 3. World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King (Blizzard), 4. World of Warcraft Battle Chest (Blizzard), 5. Fallout 3 (Bethesda).

Japan: 1. Ultima Online: Stygian Abyss (EA Games), 2. SimCity 4 Deluxe (EA Games), 3. Ragnarok Online RJC2009 Memorial Package (E Frontier), 4. Street Fighter IV (Capcom), 5. The Sims 3 (EA Games).

UK: 1. The Sims 3 (EA Games), 2. Champions Online (Atari), 3. Empire: Total War (Sega), 4. World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King (Blizzard), 5. Championship Manager 2010 (Eidos).

Activision's Wolfenstein recovers after falling to fourth place in domestic PC software sales last week, taking second in Amazon's most recent chart results.

The Sims 3 ranks as North America's top overall seller, meanwhile, as World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King and the World of Warcraft Battle Chest remain in high demand.


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

Japan: 1. Love Plus (Konami), 2. Tomodachi Collection (Nintendo), 3. Dragon Quest IX (Square Enix), 4. Nihon Keizai Shinbunsha Kanshuu: Shiranai Mamade wa Son o Suru Mono ya Okane no Shikumi (Nintendo), 5. Sloane to MacHale no Nazo no Monogatari 2 (Level 5).

UK: 1. Club Penguin: Elite Penguin Force (Disney), 2. Professor Layton and the Curious Village (Nintendo), 3. Peppa Pig: The Game (Ubisoft), 4. Brain Training (Nintendo), 5. Junior Brain Trainer (Avanquest).

Nintendo's Fossil Fighters continues its steady climb up the U.S. charts, taking third in this week's results. Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box heads the regional charts for the second week in a row, as New Super Mario Bros. ranks in at second place.

In Japan, Konami's dating sim Love Plus tops DS sales for the second week running, as Nintendo's Tomodachi Collection leads over Dragon Quest IX at second place.


PlayStation Portable
North America: 1. Dissidia Final Fantasy (Square Enix), 2. Disgaea 2: Dark Hero Days (NIS America), 3. God of War: Chains of Olympus (SCEA), 4. Star Wars Battlefront: Renegade Squadron (LucasArts), 5. Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII (Square Enix).

Japan: 1. Maplus: Portable Navi 3 (Edia), 2. Monster Hunter Portable 2nd G -- PSP the Best (Capcom), 3. Hakuouki Portable -- (Idea Factory), 4. Hatsune Miku: Project Diva (Sega), 5. Heart no Kuni no Alice (Prototype).

UK: 1. Dissidia Final Fantasy (Square Enix), 2. SoulCalibur: Broken Destiny (Namco Bandai), 3. Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories -- Platinum Edition (Rockstar), 4. Monster Hunter Freedom Unite (Capcom), 5. Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories -- Platinum Edition (Rockstar).

Dissidia Final Fantasy once again leads the PSP charts in the United States, though NIS America's Disgaea 2: Dark Hero Days makes an impressive debut this week at second place.

Namco Bandai's SoulCalibur: Broken Destiny drops out of the U.S. top five in its second week of release, meanwhile, as God of War: Chains of Olympus, Star Wars Battlefront: Renegade Squadron, and Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII round out the week's results.


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