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Saling The World:  L.A. Noire  Leads Worldwide Multiplatform Charts

Saling The World: L.A. Noire Leads Worldwide Multiplatform Charts

May 27, 2011 | 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 26th, 2011, find Rockstar's L.A. Noire heading sales stateside and in the UK, while newcomers Pandora no Tou and Akiba's Trip are off to a strong start 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:

Multiplatform
North America: 1. L.A. Noire (Rockstar, PS3), 2. Mortal Kombat (Warner Bros, PS3), 3. L.A. Noire (Rockstar, X360), 4. Just Dance 2 (Ubisoft, Wii), 5. Zumba Fitness (Majesco, Wii).

Japan: 1. One Piece Unlimited Cruise SP (Namco Bandai, 3DS), 2. Pandora no Tou (Nintendo, Wii), 3. Totori no Atelier (Gust, PS3), 4. Akiba's Trip (Acquire, PSP), 5. Billy's Boot Camp (Rocket Company, Wii).

UK: 1. Zumba Fitness (505 Games, Wii), 2. L.A. Noire (Rockstar, X360), 3. L.A. Noire (Rockstar, PS3), 4. Just Dance 2 (Ubisoft, Wii), 5. Lego Pirates of the Caribbean (Disney, Wii).

The PlayStation 3 versions of L.A. Noire and Mortal Kombat lead this week's domestic multiplatform software sales, dropping former chart leaders Just Dance 2 and Zumba Fitness to fourth and fifth place.

The Xbox 360 edition of L.A. Noire emerges as the more popular port in the UK, while a new One Piece game leads over Nintendo's Wii action-RPG Pandora's Tower in Japan.


Nintendo Wii
North America: 1. Just Dance 2 (Ubisoft), 2. Zumba Fitness (Majesco), 3. Lego Pirates of the Caribbean (Disney), 4. Wii Fit Plus with Balance Board (Nintendo), 5. Nerf N-Strike Blast Bundle (EA Games).

Japan: 1. Pandora no Tou (Nintendo), 2. Billy's Boot Camp: Wii de Enjoy Diet! (Rocket Company), 3. Wii Fit Plus with Balance Board (Nintendo), 4. Fitness Party (Namco Bandai), 5. Wii Sports Resort with Wii Remote Plus (Nintendo).

UK: 1. Zumba Fitness (505 Games), 2. Just Dance 2 (Ubisoft), 3. Lego Pirates of the Caribbean (Disney), 4. Wii Fit Plus with Balance Board (Nintendo), 5. Lego Star Wars III: The Clone Wars (LucasArts).

Just Dance 2 and Zumba Fitness remain the Wii's top sellers in North America and the UK, though Lego Pirates of the Caribbean also emerges as a popular pick in both regions, competing with recent favorites like Lego Star Wars III and Nerf N-Strike.


Xbox 360
North America: 1. L.A. Noire (Rockstar), 2. Portal 2 (Valve), 3. Mortal Kombat (Warner Bros), 4. Kinect Sports (Microsoft), 5. Call of Duty: Black Ops (Activision).

Japan: 1. Akai Katana (Cave), 2. Dragon Age: Origins (EA Games), 3. Akai Katana Limited Edition (Cave), 4. Portal 2 (Valve), 5. Monster Hunter Frontier Online (Capcom).

UK: 1. L.A. Noire (Rockstar), 2. DiRT 3 (Codemasters), 3. Portal 2 (Valve), 4. FIFA 11 (EA Sports), 5. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (Activision).

Rockstar's L.A. Noire leads Xbox 360 software sales stateside and in Europe, as Cave heads the Japanese charts with its arcade-ported shoot-'em-up Akai Katana.


PlayStation 3
North America: 1. L.A. Noire (Rockstar), 2. Mortal Kombat (Warner Bros), 3. Portal 2 (Valve), 4. Call of Duty: Black Ops (Activision), 5. Crysis 2 (EA Games).

Japan: 1. Totori no Atelier (Gust), 2. Infamous (SCEI), 3. Dark Souls (SCEI), 4. Nobunaga no Yabou Tendou: Power-Up Kit (Koei), 5. Shin Sangoku Musou 6 (Koei).

UK: 1. L.A. Noire (Rockstar), 2. Red Dead Redemption (Rockstar), 3. DiRT 3 (Codemasters), 4. Portal 2 (Valve), 5. Call of Duty: Black Ops (Activision).

Rockstar overtakes Mortal Kombat for top honors in the PS3 charts stateside, and claims the top two chart spots in the UK. The rereleased Totori no Atelier is a popular pick in Japan, as DiRT 3 debuts to fast sales in Europe.


PC
North America: 1. Portal 2 (Valve), 2. Rift (Trion Worlds), 3. The Witcher 2 (Atari), 4. Battlefield: Bad Company 2 (EA Games), 5. StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty (Blizzard).

Japan: 1. Steins;Gate (Nitro Plus), 2. SimCity 4 Deluxe (EA Games), 3. Final Fantasy XIV (Square Enix), 4. Alice in Nightmare (EA Games), 5. Ragnarok Online 8th Anniversary Package (E Frontier).

UK: 1. The Witcher 2 (Namco Bandai), 2. Football Manager 2011 (Sega), 3. The Sims 3 (EA Games), 4. The Sims: Medieval (EA Games), 5. The Sims 3: Late Night (EA Games).

The Witcher 2 unseats Football Manager 2011 as the UK's top PC seller in its first week of release. The game also makes an impressive debut stateside, trailing recent favorites Portal 2 and Rift.


Nintendo 3DS
North America: (Data not available.)

Japan: 1. One Piece Unlimited Cruise SP (Namco Bandai), 2. Dead or Alive Dimensions (Tecmo), 3. Super Street Fighter IV: 3D Edition (Capcom), 4. Layton Kyouju to Kiseki no Kamen (Nintendo), 5. Sengoku Musou Chronicle (Koei).

UK: 1. Dead or Alive Dimensions (Tecmo), 2. Lego Pirates of the Caribbean (Disney), 3. Pilotwings Resort (Nintendo), 4. Nintendogs + Cats: Golden Retriever & New Friends (Nintendo), 5. Super Monkey Ball 3D (Sega).

Dead or Alive Dimensions premieres to fast sales in Europe and Japan, as Lego Pirates of the Caribbean overtakes Pilotwings Resort in this week's UK results.


Nintendo DS
North America: 1. Pokemon White Version (Nintendo), 2. New Super Mario Bros. (Nintendo), 3. Pokemon Black Version (Nintendo), 4. Mario Kart DS (Nintendo), 5. Lego Pirates of the Caribbean (Disney).

Japan: 1. Treasure Report (Namco Bandai), 2. Dragon Quest Monsters Joker 2: Professional (Square Enix), 3. Red Stone DS (Gameon), 4. Ghost Trick (Capcom), 5. Pocket Monsters White (Nintendo).

UK: 1. Let's Draw! (Majesco), 2. Lego Pirates of the Caribbean (Disney), 3. Art Academy (Nintendo), 4. New Super Mario Bros. (Nintendo), 5. Pokemon Black Version (Nintendo).

Pokemon continues to dominate U.S. Nintendo DS sales, but the franchise's most recent releases have waned in popularity in the UK, where Lego Pirates of the Caribbean and competing drawing applications from Nintendo and Majesco claim the top three chart spots.


PlayStation Portable
North America: 1. Need for Speed: Most Wanted (EA Games), 2. Final Fantasy Tactics (Square Enix), 3. Final Fantasy IV Complete Collection (Square Enix), 4. Dissidia 012: Duodecim Final Fantasy (Square Enix), 5. Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII (Square Enix).

Japan: 1. Akiba's Trip (Acquire), 2. Monster Hunter Portable 3rd (Capcom), 3. Memories Off: Yubikiri no Kikou (5pb), 4. Iza, Shutsujin! Koisen (Quinrose), 5. Patapon 3 (SCEI).

UK: 1. Final Fantasy IV Complete Collection (Square Enix), 2. Lego Pirates of the Caribbean (Disney), 3. Football Manager Handheld 2011 (Sega), 4. The 3rd Birthday - Twisted Edition (Square Enix), 5. FIFA 11 (EA Sports).

EA's budget-priced Need for Speed: Most Wanted ends Final Fantasy IV Complete Collection's PSP chart reign in North America. Acquire has a hit with its recently released Akiba's Trip in Japan, meanwhile, and manages to outsell longtime chart leader Monster Hunter Portable 3rd this week.


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