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Saling The World:  Patapon 2  Tops PSP Charts in Debut Week

Saling The World: Patapon 2 Tops PSP Charts in Debut Week

May 8, 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 May 7th, 2009, find Patapon 2 topping the PSP charts in its first week of U.S. release, while A Ressha de Gyoukou DS and Monster Hunter Portable 2nd G lead portable sales 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. Wii Fit (Nintendo), 2. My Fitness Coach (Ubisoft), 3. Mario Kart Wii (Nintendo), 4. Gold's Gym Cardio Workout (Ubisoft), 5. Wii Play (Nintendo).

Japan: 1. Wii Fit (Nintendo), 2. Wii Sports, 3. Mario Kart Wii (Nintendo), 4. Shape Boxing: Wii de Enjoy Diet! (Rocket Company), 5. Monster Hunter G (Capcom).

UK: 1. Wii Fit (Nintendo), 2. Mario Kart Wii (Nintendo), 3. My Fitness Coach (Ubisoft), 4. Rayman Raving Rabbids TV Party (Ubisoft), 5. Wii Play (Nintendo).

Gold's Gym Cardio Workout returns to the Wii sales charts in North America this week after dropping in price at Amazon. Wii Fit and My Fitness Coach still hold the top two sales spots, while Mario Kart Wii remains at third place.

In Japan, last week's top Wii seller, Monster Hunter G, sees a steep and sudden drop in popularity. The title falls to fifth place this week, as Wii Fit, Wii Sports, and Mario Kart Wii rise up to the top in regional sales.


Xbox 360
North America: 1. Fable II (Microsoft), 2. Prince of Persia (Ubisoft), 3. Halo 3 (Microsoft), 4. Gears of War 2 (Microsoft), 5. X-Men Origins: Wolverine (Activision).

Japan: 1. The Last Remnant (Square Enix), 2. Death Smiles (Cave), 3. Gears of War -- Xbox 360 Platinum Collection (Microsoft), 4. X-Blades (Ubisoft), 5. Dead Rising -- Xbox 360 Platinum Collection (Capcom).

UK: 1. FIFA 09 (EA Sports), 2. Grand Theft Auto IV (Rockstar), 3. Left 4 Dead (EA Games), 4. Fable II (Microsoft), 5. Resident Evil 5 (Capcom).

Activision's superhero film tie-in title X-Men Origins: Wolverine debuts at fifth place in U.S. Xbox 360 sales, rivaling the weekly sales numbers of Gears of War 2. Fable II and Prince of Persia top the regional charts, while Halo 3 takes third.

Elsewhere, Square Enix's The Last Remnant takes first place in Japanese sales, as Death Smiles finishes second. Last week's chart champion X-Blades falls to fourth place, while budget-priced versions of Gears of War and Dead Rising continue to do brisk business.


PlayStation 3
North America: 1. Prince of Persia -- Limited Edition (Ubisoft), 2. Killzone 2 (SCEA), 3. Resident Evil 5 (Capcom), 4. LittleBigPlanet (SCEA), 5. Valkyria Chronicles (Sega).

Japan: 1. Senjou no Valkyria -- PlayStation 3 the Best (Sega), 2. Killzone 2 (SCEI), 3. Demon's Souls (SCEI), 4. Daikoukai Jidai Online: Cruz del Sur (Koei), 5. BioHazard 5 (Capcom).

UK: 1. LittleBigPlanet (SCEE), 2. Killzone 2 (SCEE), 3. Resident Evil 5 (Capcom), 4. Grand Theft Auto IV (Rockstar), 5. FIFA 09 (EA Sports).

Prince of Persia is a popular choice on the PlayStation 3 this week, thanks to a recent Amazon sale in the United States. The title surpasses Killzone 2 in weekly sales, leaving LittleBigPlanet and Resident Evil 5 to finish at third and fourth place.

Killzone 2 ends its brief stay atop the Japanese charts, meanwhile, as a rereleased Senjou no Valkyria rises up to take its place. Demon's Souls finishes at third place, while Daikoukai Jidai Online: Cruz del Sur and BioHazard 5 take fourth and fifth.


PlayStation 2
North America: 1. Samurai Shodown Anthology (SNK Playmore), 2. Rock Band Special Edition (MTV Games), 3. Metal Gear Solid: The Essential Collection (Konami), 4. Katamari Damacy (Namco), 5. MLB 09: The Show (SCEA).

Japan: 1. Sengoku Basara 2 -- PlayStation 2 Best Price! (Capcom), 2. Jikkyou Powerful Major League 2009 (Konami), 3. Amagami (Enterbrain), 4. Sengoku Basara 2 Eiyuu Gaiden -- PlayStation2 the Best (Capcom), 5. Shinobido Imashime -- Spike the Best (Spike).

UK: 1. SingStar: Queen (SCEE), 2. SingStar: ABBA (SCEE), 3. FIFA 09 (EA Sports), 4. SingStar '80s (SCEE), 5. Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock -- Guitar Bundle (Activision).

Samurai Shodown Anthology is back on top in U.S. PlayStation 2 sales after being displaced by Eternal Poison last week. A heavily discounted Rock Band instrument peripheral bundle follows at second place, while Metal Gear Solid: The Essential Collection and Katamari Damacy remain top sellers from week to week.


PC
North America: 1. World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King (Blizzard), 2. Nancy Drew Dossier: Lights, Camera, Curses! (Her Interactive), 3. Left 4 Dead (EA Games), 4. The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion -- Game of the Year Edition (2K Games), 5. Fallout 3 (Bethesda).

Japan: 1. SimCity 4 Deluxe (EA Games), 2. Monster Hunter Frontier Online Season 5.0 Premium Package (Capcom), 3. The Last Remnant (Square Enix), 4. Civilization 4 Deluxe Pack (Cyber Front), 5. Final Fantasy XI: The Vana'diel Collection (Square Enix).

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

Her Interactive's puzzle title Nancy Drew Dossier: Lights, Camera, Curses! ranks high in North American PC software sales this week following a recent rerelease. Wrath of the Lich King comes out on top in weekly sales numbers, as Left 4 Dead, Oblivion, and Fallout 3 round out the regional charts.


Nintendo DS
North America: 1. Professor Layton and the Curious Village (Nintendo), 2. Pokemon Platinum (Nintendo), 3. New Super Mario Bros. (Nintendo), 4. Mario Kart DS (Nintendo), 5. Brain Age (Nintendo).

Japan: 1. A Ressha de Gyoukou DS (Artdink), 2. Made in Ore (Nintendo), 3. Pokemon Fushigi no Dungeon: Sora no Tankentai (Nintendo), 4. Dragon Ball Kai: Saiyajin Raishuu (Bandai), 5. Rittai Picross (Nintendo).

UK: 1. Professor Layton and the Curious Village (Nintendo), 2. Club Penguin: Elite Penguin Force (Disney), 3. Mario Kart DS (Nintendo), 4. Puzzler Collection (Ubisoft), 5. Junior Brain Trainer DS (Avanquest).

Professor Layton and the Curious Village retakes the top spot in U.S. Nintendo DS software sales this week, with Pokemon Platinum following close behind at second place. New Super Mario Bros. and Mario Kart DS finish at third and fourth, while Brain Age creeps back into the top five at fifth place.

A Ressha de Gyoukou DS and Made in Ore continue to head platform sales in Japan, meanwhile, as Dragon Ball Kai: Saiyajin Raishuu beats out Rittai Picross to take fourth place.


PlayStation Portable
North America: 1. Patapon 2 (SCEA), 2. God of War: Chains of Olympus (SCEA), 3. Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII (Square Enix), 4. Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories (Rockstar), 5. Sega Genesis Collection (Sega).

Japan: 1. Monster Hunter Portable 2nd G -- PSP the Best (Capcom), 2. ToraDora Portable! (Bandai), 3. Persona (Atlus), 4. Sengoku Basara: Battle Heroes (Capcom), 5. Zettai Zetsumei Toshi 3 (Irem).

UK: 1. FIFA 09 (EA Sports), 2. Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories -- Platinum Edition (Rockstar), 3. Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories -- Platinum Edition (Rockstar), 4. Resistance: Retribution (SCEE), 5. Football Manager 2009 (Sega).

The digital download-only Patapon 2 is a sales success in its first week of release in North America, where it tops regional PSP software sales. Chart mainstays like Crisis Core, God of War: Chains of Olympus, and Liberty City Stories trail in Patapon's wake, as Sega's retro compilation Sega Genesis Collection falls to fifth place.

The Japanese PSP charts find Persona at third place after a chart-topping debut last week. Monster Hunter Portable 2nd G and ToraDora Portable! take top honors this week, as Zettai Zetsumei Toshi 3 finishes fifth.


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