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Saling The World:  Scribblenauts, Beatles Rock Band  Lead U.S. Sales

Saling The World: Scribblenauts, Beatles Rock Band Lead U.S. Sales

September 18, 2009 | By Danny Cowan

September 18, 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 17th, 2009, find Scribblenauts heading cross-platform sales in North America, while The Beatles: Rock Band remains a top seller on multiple consoles.

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. The Beatles: Rock Band (MTV Games), 3. Mario Kart Wii (Nintendo), 4. Guinness World Records (Warner Bros.), 5. Wii Fit (Nintendo).

Japan: 1. Forever Blue 2: Umi no Yobigoe (Nintendo), 2. Wii Sports Resort (Nintendo), 3. Monster Hunter 3 Classic Controller Bundle (Capcom), 4. Mario Kart Wii (Nintendo), 5. Monster Hunter 3 (Capcom).

UK: 1. Wii Sports Resort (Nintendo), 2. Mario Kart Wii (Nintendo), 3. Wii Fit (Nintendo), 4. Guitar Hero 5 (Activision), 5. Wii Play (Nintendo).

Wii Sports Resort reclaims the top Wii sales spot in North America this week, though last week's winning title The Beatles: Rock Band remains a strong seller at second place.

Wii Fit moves up to capture third place in today's sales results at Amazon, as Wii Fit drops to fifth place in the regional rankings.


Xbox 360
North America: 1. Sonic's Ultimate Genesis Collection (Sega), 2. The Beatles: Rock Band (MTV Games), 3. Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2 (Activision), 4. Batman: Arkham Asylum (Eidos), 5. NHL 10 (EA Sports).

Japan: 1. Left 4 Dead -- Xbox 360 Platinum Collection (EA Games), 2. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (Square Enix), 3. Dream C Club (D3 Publisher), 4. Gears of War 2 -- Limited Edition (Microsoft), 5. Velvet Assassin (Ubisoft).

UK: 1. Batman: Arkham Asylum (Eidos), 2. Colin McRae: DIRT 2 (Codemasters), 3. Need for Speed: Shift (EA Games), 4. Grand Theft Auto IV (Rockstar), 5. WET (Bethesda).

Sega's retro compilation Sonic's Ultimate Genesis Collection takes top honors on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 in North America this week as a result of a recent and successful "Deal of the Day" price drop at Amazon.

Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2 enters the top five at third place in its debut week, landing just behind The Beatles: Rock Band. Batman: Arkman Asylum finishes fourth, while EA's recently released hockey sim NHL 10 takes fifth.


PlayStation 3
North America: 1. Sonic's Ultimate Genesis Collection (Sega), 2. Batman: Arkham Asylum (Eidos), 3. The Beatles: Rock Band (MTV Games), 4. Need for Speed: Shift (EA Games), 5. Madden NFL 10 (EA Sports).

Japan: 1. Tales of Vesperia (Namco), 2. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (Square Enix), 3. Tales of Vesperia -- Special Edition (Namco), 4. Kidou Senshi Gundam Senki (Bandai), 5. Uncharted -- PlayStation 3 the Best (SCEI).

UK: 1. Need for Speed: Shift (EA Games), 2. Batman: Arkham Asylum (Eidos), 3. LittleBigPlanet (SCEE), 4. Colin McRae: DIRT 2 (Codemasters), 5. Guitar Hero 5: Guitar Bundle (Activision).

Batman: Arkham Asylum trumps The Beatles: Rock Band in this week's PlayStation 3 software sales results in the United States, as EA's Need for Speed Shift makes a strong debut at fourth place.

Namco Bandai's PS3 port of the formerly Xbox 360-exclusive RPG Tales of Vesperia leads in Japan, meanwhile, as Need for Speed: Shift beats out Arkham Asylum in the UK.


PlayStation 2
North America: 1. Guitar Hero 5 (Activision), 2. Metal Gear Solid: The Essential Collection (Konami), 3. Madden NFL 10 (EA Sports), 4. Rock Band Special Edition (MTV Games), 5. Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2 (Activision).

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

UK: 1. SingStar: ABBA (SCEE), 2. Guitar Hero 5 (Activision), 3. SingStar: Queen (SCEE), 4. Need for Speed: Undercover (EA Games), 5. FIFA 09 (EA Sports).

While it has since dropped out of chart range on other platforms, Activision's Guitar Hero 5 is the PlayStation 2's top seller in North America for the third week in a row.

Metal Gear Solid: The Essential Collection has moved up the ranks after seeing a discount in price at Amazon, as Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2 finishes its first week of release at fifth place.


PC
North America: 1. The Sims 3 (EA Games), 2. Batman: Arkham Asylum (Eidos), 3. World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King (Blizzard), 4. Majesty 2: The Fantasy Kingdom Sim (Paradox), 5. Age of Empires: Collector's Edition (Valusoft).

Japan: 1. Nobunaga no Yabou: Tendou (Koei), 2. Monster Hunter Online Season 6.0 Premium Package (Capcom), 3. Nobunaga no Yabou: Tendou -- Premium Box (Koei), 4. Eden (Minori), 5. BioHazard 5 (Capcom).

UK: 1. The Sims 3 (EA Games), 2. Batman: Arkham Asylum (Eidos), 3. Resident Evil 5 (Capcom), 4. Empire: Total War (Sega), 5. Championship Manager 2010 (Eidos).

The recently released PC version of Batman: Arkham Asylum makes a big impression in the U.S. and UK sales charts, finishing just behind The Sims 3 at second place in both regions.

Paradox's Majesty 2 is also off to a strong sales start, taking fourth in domestic sales in its debut week. World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King remains a consistent seller at third place, as Age of Empires: Collector's Edition edges into the top five at fifth place.


Nintendo DS
North America: 1. Scribblenauts (Warner Bros.), 2. Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box (Nintendo), 3. Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story (Nintendo), 4. New Super Mario Bros. (Nintendo), 5. Mario Kart DS (Nintendo).

Japan: 1. Pocket Monsters: Heart Gold (Nintendo), 2. Pocket Monsters: Soul Silver (Nintendo), 3. Love Plus (Konami), 4. Tomodachi Collection (Nintendo), 5. Dragon Quest IX (Square Enix).

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

Amazon reports that 5th Cell's dictionary-based puzzler Scribblenauts finished its first week of release as North America's top software seller across all platforms.

Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story also had an impressive debut, finishing in close proximity to last week's chart champion Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box.

In Japan, Pocket Monsters: Heart Gold and Soul Silver premiere as this week's biggest sellers, pushing last week's top title Love Plus to third place.


PlayStation Portable
North America: 1. Dissidia Final Fantasy (Square Enix), 2. God of War: Chains of Olympus (SCEA), 3. Disgaea 2: Dark Hero Days (NIS America), 4. Madden NFL 10 (EA Sports), 5. Resistance: Retribution (SCEA).

Japan: 1. Jikkyou Powerful Pro Yakyuu Portable 4 (Konami), 2. 428: Fuusa Sareta Shibuya de (Sega), 3. Maplus: Portable Navi 3 (Edia), 4. Ys Seven (Nihon Falcom), 5. Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's Tag Force 4 (Konami).

UK: 1. Dissidia Final Fantasy (Square Enix), 2. Monster Hunter Freedom Unite (Capcom), 3. Dissidia Final Fantasy -- Special Edition (Square Enix), 4. Resistance: Retribution (SCEE), 5. God of War: Chains of Olympus (SCEE).

Disgaea 2 slips a bit in this week's PlayStation Portable sales results, as God of War: Chains of Olympus rises up to take second place in domestic sales.

Dissidia Final Fantasy still leads overall PSP sales in the United States and the UK, while Jikkyou Powerful Pro Yakyuu Portable 4 and 428: Fuusa Sareta Shibuya de premiere at the top the Japanese charts.


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