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Saling The World:  New Super Mario Bros. Wii, Modern Warfare 2  Top U.S. Charts

Saling The World: New Super Mario Bros. Wii, Modern Warfare 2 Top U.S. Charts

December 4, 2009 | By Danny Cowan

December 4, 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 December 3rd, 2009, find New Super Mario Bros. Wii and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 leading holiday sales in North America, as Phantasy Star Portable 2 heads multiplatform 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. New Super Mario Bros. Wii (Nintendo), 2. Wii Fit Plus with Balance Board (Nintendo), 3. Wii Sports Resort (Nintendo), 4. Mario Kart Wii (Nintendo), 5. Active Life: Extreme Challenge Bundle (Namco Bandai).

Japan: 1. New Super Mario Bros. Wii (Nintendo), 2. Sengoku Musou 3 (Koei), 3. Wii Fit Plus (Nintendo), 4. Wii Sports Resort (Nintendo), 5. Momotarou Dentetsu 2010 (Hudson).

UK: 1. New Super Mario Bros. Wii (Nintendo), 2. Wii Sports Resort (Nintendo), 3. Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games (Sega), 4. Wii Fit Plus (Nintendo), 5. Wii Fit Plus with Balance Board (Nintendo).

New Super Mario Bros. overtakes Wii Fit Plus in this week's Nintendo Wii sales rankings in North America, and is poised to lead platform sales throughout the holiday season.

Wii Sports Resort and Mario Kart Wii also remain strong domestic sellers, as the exercise mat-bundled Active Life: Extreme Challenge joins the top five after a recent "Deal of the Day" price drop at Amazon.

In Japan, Koei's Samurai Warriors series sequel Sengoku Musou takes third place in its debut week, while the recently released Momotarou Dentetsu 2010 finishes fifth.


Xbox 360
North America: 1. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (Activision), 2. Assassin's Creed II (Ubisoft), 3. Left 4 Dead 2 (EA Games), 4. Madden NFL 10 (EA Sports), 5. Halo 3: ODST (Microsoft).

Japan: 1. Assassin's Creed II (Ubisoft), 2. Fallout 3: Game of the Year Edition (Bethesda), 3. Steins;Gate (5pb), 4. Mushihimesama Futari Ver 1.5 (Cave), 5. Left 4 Dead 2 (EA Games).

UK: 1. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (Activision), 2. Assassin's Creed II (Ubisoft), 3. FIFA 10 (EA Sports), 4. Forza Motorsport 3 (Microsoft), 5. Left 4 Dead 2 (EA Games).

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, Assassin's Creed II, and Left 4 Dead 2 finish as the Xbox 360's top software sellers for the third week in a row in North America. Dragon Age: Origins drops out of the regional top five, as Madden NFL 10 jumps ahead of Halo 3: ODST to take fourth place.

Assassin's Creed II leads platform sales in its first week of release in Japan, while Cave's arcade shooter port Mushihimesama Futari Ver 1.5 premieres at fourth place.


PlayStation 3
North America: 1. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (Activision), 2. Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (SCEA), 3. Assassin's Creed II (Ubisoft), 4. God of War Collection (SCEA), 5. Madden NFL 10 (EA Sports).

Japan: 1. Assassin's Creed II (Ubisoft), 2. World Soccer Winning Eleven 2010 (Konami), 3. Fallout 3: Game of the Year Edition (Bethesda), 4. Uncharted: Ougontou to Kieta Sendan (SCEI), 5. Uncharted: El Dorado no Hihou -- PlayStation 3 the Best (SCEI).

UK: 1. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (Activision), 2. Assassin's Creed II (Ubisoft), 3. FIFA 10 (EA Sports), 4. Need for Speed: Shift (EA Games), 5. Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (SCEE).

Uncharted 2 moves up several spots to finish at second place in domestic PS3 software sales. Modern Warfare 2 remains the platform's top seller, while the recently released God of War Collection finishes behind Assassin's Creed II at fourth place.

Assassin's Creed II heads the Japanese charts, with last week's sales champion World Soccer Winning Eleven 2010 trailing close behind.


PlayStation 2
North America: 1. Madden NFL 10 (EA Sports), 2. NCAA Football 10 (EA Sports), 3. Guitar Hero 5 (Activision), 4. WWE SmackDown vs. RAW 2010 (THQ), 5. FIFA Soccer 10 (EA Sports).

Japan: 1. Persona 4 (Atlus), 2. Okami -- PlayStation 2 the Best (Capcom), 3. Beatmania IIDX 16: Empress + Premium Best (Konami), 4. Sengoku Basara 2 -- Best Price (Capcom), 5. Hakuouki: Zuisouroku (Idea Factory).

UK: 1. FIFA 10 (EA Sports), 2. SingStar: Take That (SCEA), 3. Pro Evolution Soccer 2010 (Konami), 4. WWE SmackDown vs. RAW 2010 (THQ), 5. SingStar: Motown (SCEE).

Madden NFL 10 takes top honors in this week's PS2 sales results in North America. EA's NCAA Football 10 sees a surge in popularity that lands it at second place, while Activision's Guitar Hero 5 returns to the top five at third place.

Persona 4 once again leads in Japan, where Okami overtakes Beatmania IIDX 16: Empress to finish at second place.


PC
North America: 1. The Sims 3 (EA Games), 2. Left 4 Dead 2 (EA Games), 3. Dragon Age: Origins (EA Games), 4. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (Activision), 5. World of Warcraft Battle Chest (Blizzard).

Japan: 1. Left 4 Dead 2 (Zoo), 2. SimCity 4 Deluxe (EA Games), 3. Age of Empires III: Complete Collection (Microsoft), 4. Bloody Call (icingCandy), 5. Lineage Episode 1 Memorial Package (E Frontier).

UK: 1. Football Manager 2010 (Sega), 2. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (Activision), 3. The Sims 3 (EA Games), 4. The Sims 3: World Adventures Expansion Pack (EA Games), 5. Left 4 Dead 2 (EA Games).

The Sims 3 is back on top of the U.S. PC charts, thanks to a recent series of promotional discounts in price at Amazon.

Left 4 Dead 2 climbs up to second place this week, while Dragon Age: Origins maintains steady sales at third place. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 drops a spot to take fourth, leaving the World of Warcraft Battle Chest at fifth place.


Nintendo DS
North America: 1. Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story (Nintendo), 2. Scribblenauts (Warner Bros.), 3. Bakugan Battle Brawlers Collector's Edition (Activision), 4. New Super Mario Bros. (Nintendo), 5. iCarly (Activision).

Japan: 1. Tomodachi Collection (Nintendo), 2. Layton Kyouju to Majin no Fue -- Limited Edition (Level 5), 3. Pocket Monsters: Soul Silver (Nintendo), 4. Pocket Monsters: Heart Gold (Nintendo), 5. Layton Kyouju to Majin no Fue (Level 5).

UK: 1. Professor Layton and Pandora's Box (Nintendo), 2. Professor Layton and the Curious Village (Nintendo), 3. Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games (Sega), 4. Club Penguin: Elite Penguin Force (Disney), 5. Junior Brain Trainer DS (Avanquest).

Holiday price drops at Amazon put Activision's Bakugan Battle Brawlers and iCarly among North America's top Nintendo DS sellers for the week. Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story continues to head domestic sales numbers, as Scribblenauts finishes at second place.

Tomodachi Collection is back on top in Japan, though the Professor Layton series sequel Layton Kyouju to Majin no Fue provides ample competition, taking two chart spots in this week's results.


PlayStation Portable
North America: 1. Dissidia Final Fantasy (Square Enix), 2. Madden NFL 10 (EA Sports), 3. Star Wars Battlefront: Elite Squadron (LucasArts), 4. LittleBigPlanet (SCEA), 5. Shin Megami Tensei: Persona (Atlus).

Japan: 1. Phantasy Star Portable 2 (Sega), 2. Kidou Senshi Gundam: Gundam vs. Gundam NEXT PLUS (Bandai), 3. Tokimeki Memorial 4 (Konami), 4. Phantasy Star Portable 2 -- Limited Edition (Sega), 5. Persona 3 Portable (Atlus).

UK: 1. LittleBigPlanet (SCEE), 2. FIFA 10 (EA Sports), 3. Invizimals (SCEE), 4. Gran Turismo (SCEE), 5. Football Manager Handheld 2010 (Sega).

Amazon's Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals result in increased sales for Dissidia Final Fantasy and Shin Megami Tensei: Persona, both of which return to the charts in North America after a brief absence.

Madden NFL 10 moves up to second place this week, meanwhile, as Star Wars Battlefront: Elite Squadron overtakes LittleBigPlanet to finish third.

In Japan, Phantasy Star Portable 2, Kidou Senshi Gundam: Gundam vs. Gundam NEXT PLUS, and Tokimeki Memorial 4 head the PSP charts in their debut week, leaving last week's chart-topping Persona 3 Portable at fifth place.


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