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Saling The World:  The Sims 3, EA Sports Active  Head U.S. Charts

Saling The World: The Sims 3, EA Sports Active Head U.S. Charts

June 5, 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 June 4th, 2009, find The Sims 3 and EA Sports Active leading multiplatform sales in the United States, while Gyakuten Kenji and Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days head the week's portable results 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. EA Sports Active (EA Sports), 2. Wii Fit (Nintendo), 3. Mario Kart Wii (Nintendo), 4. Punch-Out!! (Nintendo), 5. Wii Play (Nintendo).

Japan: 1. Arc Rise Fantasia (Marvelous), 2. Wii Fit (Nintendo), 3. Shape Boxing: Wii de Enjoy Diet! (Rocket Company), 4. Mario Kart Wii (Nintendo), 5. Wii Sports (Nintendo).

UK: 1. EA Sports Active (EA Sports), 2. My Fitness Coach (Ubisoft), 3. Wii Fit (Nintendo), 4. Mario Kart Wii (Nintendo), 5. Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games (Sega).

Electronic Arts' workout game EA Sports Active steals the spotlight from Nintendo's Wii Fit this week, finishing as the platform's biggest-selling title in the United States. Punch-Out!! also continues to see consistent sales in its third week of release, as Wii Play returns to the regional charts at fifth place.

Marvelous' recently released action-RPG Arc Rise Fantasia takes first place in Japanese sales, meanwhile, as EA Sports Active comes out on top in the UK.


Xbox 360
North America: 1. Star Wars: The Force Unleashed (LucasArts), 2. UFC 2009 Undisputed (THQ), 3. Red Faction: Guerrilla (THQ), 4. Fable II (Microsoft), 5. Halo 3 (Microsoft).

Japan: 1. Shin Sangoku Musou 5 Empires (Koei), 2. Battlestations: Pacific (Spike), 3. Mass Effect (Microsoft), 4. BioHazard 5 (Capcom), 5. Death Smiles (Cave).

UK: 1. Red Faction: Guerrilla (THQ), 2. UFC 2009 Undisputed (THQ), 3. Left 4 Dead (EA Games), 4. Grand Theft Auto IV (Rockstar), 5. FIFA 09 (EA Sports).

THQ has two of its titles finishing among the week's top Xbox 360 sellers in North America. Red Faction: Guerrilla finishes strong in its debut week, as UFC 2009 Undisputed barely loses out to a discounted Star Wars: The Force Unleashed in this week's results.

In Japan, Koei's Shin Sangoku Musou 5 Empires heads platform sales in its first week of release. Battlestations: Pacific trails at second place, while Microsoft's localization of Mass Effect falls to third.


PlayStation 3
North America: 1. InFamous (SCEA), 2. LittleBigPlanet (SCEA), 3. UFC 2009 Undisputed (THQ), 4. Grand Theft Auto IV (Rockstar), 5. Killzone 2 (SCEA).

Japan: 1. Shin Sangoku Musou 5 Empires (Koei), 2. Senjou no Valkyria -- PlayStation 3 the Best (Sega), 3. Demon's Souls (SCEI), 4. Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X. (Ubisoft), 5. BioHazard 5 (Capcom).

UK: 1. InFamous (SCEA), 2. Red Faction: Guerrilla (THQ), 3. UFC 2009 Undisputed (THQ), 4. LittleBigPlanet (SCEE), 5. Killzone 2 (SCEE).

Sony's InFamous leads PlayStation 3 sales in North America this week, with LittleBigPlanet and UFC 2009 Undisputed following close behind. Killzone 2 falls to fifth in this week's rankings, while Capcom's Resident Evil 5 drops out of the top five after finishing as a top seller in many previous weeks.

Elsewhere in the world, Shin Sangoku Musou 5 Empires steals away the top spot from Senjou no Valyria in Japan, as InFamous sees another first-place finish in Europe.


PlayStation 2
North America: 1. Rock Band Special Edition (MTV Games), 2. God of War (SCEA), 3. God of War II (SCEA), 4. Shadow of the Colossus (SCEA), 5. Metal Gear Solid: The Essential Collection (Konami).

Japan: 1. VitaminZ -- Special Edition (D3 Publisher), 2. Sengoku Basara 2 -- PlayStation 2 Best Price! (Capcom), 3. Super Robot Taisen Z Special Disc (Banpresto), 4. Amagami (Enterbrain), 5. Okami -- PlayStation 2 the Best (Capcom).

UK: 1. FIFA 09 (EA Sports), 2. SingStar: Queen (SCEE), 3. Guitar Hero: Metallica (Activision), 4. SingStar: ABBA (SCEE), 5. Pro Evolution Soccer 2009 (Konami).

Sony's software offerings at E3 have had a significant bearing on this week's domestic PlayStation 2 sales results at Amazon. Sales for God of War and its sequel have spiked sharply after a well-received showing at E3, and Shadow of the Colossus has also seen a sales boost following the debut of its spiritual sequel The Last Guardian.


PC
North America: 1. The Sims 3 (EA Games), 2. World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King (Blizzard), 3. The Sims 2: Double Deluxe (EA Games), 4. Fallout 3 (Bethesda), 5. Fallout 3: Operation Anchorage and The Pitt (Bethesda).

Japan: 1. The Sims 3 -- Collector's Edition (EA Games), 2. SimCity 4 Deluxe (EA Games), 3. The Sims 3 (EA Games), 4. Monster Hunter Frontier Online Season 5.0 Premium Package (Capcom), 5. Ragnarok Online RJC2009 Vol. 1: Win the Victory (E Frontier).

UK: 1. The Sims 3 (EA Games), 2. Football Manager 2009 (Sega), 3. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare -- Game of the Year Edition (Activision), 4. Empire: Total War (Sega), 5. The Sims 2: Double Deluxe (EA Games).

The Sims 3 meets with an enthusiastic retail reception in its first week of worldwide release, finishing as North America's top software seller across all platforms. The title also takes top honors in Europe and Japan.

The Sims 2: Double Deluxe also sees a rise in popularity following The Sims 3's successful debut, as Fallout 3 benefits from a recent disc-based release for the Operation Anchorage and The Pitt expansion packs.


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

Japan: 1. Gyakuten Kenji (Capcom), 2. Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days (Square Enix), 3. Sloane to MacHale no Nazo no Monogatari (Level 5), 4. Rittai Picross (Nintendo), 5. A Ressha de Gyoukou DS (Artdink).

UK: 1. Pokemon Platinum (Nintendo), 2. Professor Layton and the Curious Village (Nintendo), 3. Junior Brain Trainer (Avanquest), 4. Mystery Stories (Avanquest), 5. Mario Kart DS (Nintendo).

New Super Mario Bros. takes first place in this week's Nintendo DS sales results in North America, boosted by Nintendo's E3 announcements revealing New Super Mario Bros. Wii and Super Mario Galaxy 2. Pokemon Platinum also makes an impressive showing this week, as Professor Layton drops to fourth place.

Capcom's Phoenix Wright series spinoff Gyakuten Kenji (to be released later this year in the west as Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth) leads portable platform sales in Japan, meanwhile, as Square Enix's Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days debuts at a close second place.


PlayStation Portable
North America: 1. God of War: Chains of Olympus (SCEA), 2. Crimson Gem Saga (Atlus), 3. Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII (Square Enix), 4. Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories (Rockstar), 5. Star Wars: The Force Unleashed (LucasArts).

Japan: 1. Monster Hunter Portable 2nd G -- PSP the Best (Capcom), 2. Yuusha 30 (Marvelous), 3. ToraDora Portable! (Bandai), 4. Utawarerumono Portable -- Limited Edition (Aqua Plus), 5. Sengoku Basara: Battle Heroes (Capcom).

UK: 1. FIFA 09 (EA Sports), 2. Football Manager 2009 (Sega), 3. Tiger Woods PGA Tour 09 (EA Sports), 4. Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops (Konami), 5. Lego Batman (Warner Bros.)

Atlus' Crimson Gem Saga sees a successful debut week in North America, finishing as the region's second-best selling PSP title. God of War: Chains of Olympus continues to dominate sales for the platform stateside, while both Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII and Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories remain consistent sellers from week to week.


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