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 4th, 2009, find Resident Evil 5 and Professor Layton heading multiplatform sales in North America, while Pro Yakyuu Famista DS 2009 and Wii Fit lead 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:
North America: 1. Wii Music (Nintendo), 2. Mario Kart Wii (Nintendo), 3. Wii Fit (Nintendo), 4. My Fitness Coach (Ubisoft), 5. Wii Play (Nintendo).
Japan: 1. Wii Fit (Nintendo), 2. Mario Kart Wii (Nintendo), 3. Wii de Asobu: Pikmin 2 (Nintendo), 4. Machi e Ikouyo: Doubutsu no Mori (Nintendo), 5. Taiko no Tatsujin Wii (Namco).
UK: 1. Wii Fit (Nintendo), 2. My Fitness Coach (Ubisoft), 3. Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games (Sega), 4. Wii Play (Nintendo), 5. Rayman Raving Rabbids TV Party (Ubisoft).
Wii Music returns to top the Wii charts in this week's North American sales results, with Amazon reporting a surge of customer interest following a recent and temporary price drop. Mario Kart Wii takes a rare weekly victory over Wii Fit, while My Fitness Coach and Wii Play remain big regional sellers.
In Japan, Mario Kart Wii overtakes Wii de Asobu: Pikmin in weekly sales numbers, as Machi e Ikouyo: Doubutsu no Mori (Animal Crossing: City Folk) and Taiko no Tatsujin Wii return to the regional top five at fourth and fifth place.
North America: 1. Resident Evil 5 (Capcom), 2. Call of Duty: World at War (Activision), 3. Guitar Hero: Metallica (Activision), 4. Halo 3 (Microsoft), 5. Halo Wars (Microsoft).
Japan: 1. 11eyes CrossOver -- Limited Edition (5pb), 2. 11eyes CrossOver (5pb), 3. Tales of Vesperia (Namco), 4. The Idolmaster: Twins -- Xbox 360 Platinum Collection (Namco), 5. Chaos;Head Noah (5pb).
UK: 1. Gears of War 2 (Microsoft), 2. FIFA 09 (EA Sports), 3. Grand Theft Auto IV (Rockstar), 4. Left 4 Dead (EA Games), 5. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare -- Game of the Year Edition (Activision).
Guitar Hero: Metallica places among North America's top Xbox 360 sellers in its first week of release, finishing behind reigning chart leaders Resident Evil 5 and Call of Duty: World at War. Halo Wars falls to fifth place in this week's results, meanwhile, as Halo 3 climbs to fourth place.
5pb's debuting adventure title 11eyes CrossOver takes the lead in Japan, while in Europe, Gears of War 2 finishes at first place following an Amazon-sponsored drop in price.
North America: 1. Resident Evil 5 (Capcom), 2. Killzone 2 (SCEA), 3. MLB 09: The Show (SCEA), 4. Guitar Hero: Metallica (Activision), 5. LittleBigPlanet (SCEA).
Japan: 1. BioHazard 5 (Capcom), 2. Demon's Souls (SCEI), 3. Musou Orochi Z (Koei), 4. Senjou no Valkyria -- PlayStation 3 the Best (Sega), 5. Ryu ga Gotoku 3 (Sega).
UK: 1. LittleBigPlanet (SCEE), 2. Killzone 2 (SCEE), 3. Grand Theft Auto IV (Rockstar), 4. FIFA 09 (EA Sports), 5. Buzz! Quiz TV Special Edition Bundle (SCEE).
Guitar Hero: Metallica also sees big numbers on the PlayStation 3 this week, edging out LittleBigPlanet as the platform's fourth-best seller in the United States. Resident Evil 5, Killzone 2, and MLB 09 continue to lead regional PS3 sales.
Elsewhere, BioHazard 5 edges over Demon's Souls in Japan, as LittleBigPlanet emerges as the week's biggest seller in the UK.
North America: 1. Samurai Shodown Anthology (SNK Playmore), 2. Rock Band Special Edition (MTV Games), 3. Guitar Hero: Metallica (Activision), 4. Guitar Hero: World Tour (Activision), 5. Katamari Damacy (Namco).
Japan: 1. Amagami (Enterbrain), 2. Vitamin Z (D3 Publisher), 3. Shinobido Imashime -- Spike the Best (Spike), 4. Amagami -- Limited Edition (Enterbrain), 5. Vitamin Z -- Limited Edition (D3 Publisher).
UK: 1. SingStar: Queen (SCEE), 2. Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4 (Square Enix), 3. SingStar: ABBA (SCEE), 4. FIFA 09 (EA Sports), 5. Call of Duty: World at War -- Final Fronts (Activision).
Samurai Shodown Anthology appears to be a hit for SNK Playmore, as the title has now topped the North American PlayStation 2 sales charts for the second week running. Last week's second-place debut Ultimate Ninja 4: Naruto Shippuden has dropped out of the top five in the meantime, while Rock Band Special Edition fends off competition from Guitar Hero: Metallica and World Tour in this week's rankings.
North America: 1. Airport Mania: First Flight (Reflexive), 2. Puzzle Quest: Galactrix (D3 Publisher), 3. World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King (Blizzard), 4. Empire: Total War (Sega), 5. Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II (THQ).
Japan: 1. Lineage Episode 1: Toki no Igami (E Frontier), 2. Grand Theft Auto IV (Cyber Front), 3. Final Fantasy XI: The Vana'diel Collection (Square Enix), 4. Lineage II: 2nd Throne Ultimate (E Frontier), 5. Ragnarok Online: 6th Anniversary Package (E Frontier).
UK: 1. Empire: Total War (Sega), 2. Football Manager 2009 (Sega), 3. Left 4 Dead (EA Games), 4. Empire: Total War -- Special Forces Edition (Sega), 5. World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King (Blizzard).
Amazon-sponsored discounts in price play a big role in this week's North American PC sales numbers. Airport Mania: First Flight leads weekly sales after temporarily dropping to 99 cents earlier this week, as Puzzle Quest: Galactrix manages to finish at second place following a similar discount. Wrath of the Lich King and Empire: Total War are likely to retake the top two sales spots next week, however.
North America: 1. Professor Layton and the Curious Village (Nintendo), 2. Kirby Super Star Ultra (Nintendo), 3. Pokemon Platinum (Nintendo), 4. Mario Kart DS (Nintendo), 5. New Super Mario Bros. (Nintendo).
Japan: 1. Pro Yakyuu Famista DS 2009 (Namco), 2. Mario & Luigi RPG 3 (Nintendo), 3. Rittai Picross (Nintendo), 4. Gakken Hangul Sanmai DS (Gakken), 5. Elminage DS Remix: Yami no Fuo to Kamigami no Yubiwa (Starfish SD).
UK: 1. Professor Layton and the Curious Village (Nintendo), 2. Club Penguin: Elite Penguin Force (Disney), 3. Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars (Rockstar), 4. 42 All-Time Classics (Nintendo), 5. Junior Brain Trainer DS (Avanquest).
Professor Layton's renewed momentum seems to be unstoppable, as the year-old title continues to lead weekly Nintendo DS sales in North America and Europe following a recent and successful worldwide advertising campaign. Kirby Super Star Ultra also sees a strong sales performance in the U.S. this week following a drop in price at Amazon, while Pokemon Platinum finishes its second week on store shelves at third place.
Namco's premiering baseball sim Pro Yakyuu Famista DS 2009 takes first place in Japan, pushing last week's sales champion Rittai Picross to third place. Gakken's educational title Gakken Hangul Sanmai DS debuts this week at fourth place, while Elminage DS Remix finishes up at fifth.
North America: 1. Resistance: Retribution (SCEA), 2. God of War: Chains of Olympus (SCEA), 3. Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories (Rockstar), 4. MLB 09: The Show (SCEA), 5. Phantasy Star Portable (Sega).
Japan: 1. Monster Hunter Portable 2nd G -- PSP the Best (Capcom), 2. Kidou Senshi Gundam: Senjou no Kizuna Portable (Bandai), 3. Makai Senki Disgaea 2 Portable (Nippon Ichi), 4. Ever17: The Out of Infinity -- Premium Edition (Cyber Front), 5. Harukanaru Toki no Naka de 3: Izayoiki Aizouban (Koei).
UK: 1. FIFA 09 (EA Sports), 2. Resistance: Retribution (SCEE), 3. God of War: Chains of Olympus -- Platinum Edition (SCEE), 4. Tiger Woods PGA Tour 09 (EA Sports), 5. Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories -- Platinum Edition (Rockstar).
Resistance: Retribution leads North American PSP sales for the third week running, though the title faces new competition from Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories, which returns to the charts this week at third place. God of War: Chains of Olympus sees increased sales after being rereleased as part of Sony's "Greatest Hits" budget series, while Sega's Phantasy Star Portable returns this week at fifth place.