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Saling The World:  Homefront  Launches Alongside  Pokemon Black  And  White

Saling The World: Homefront Launches Alongside Pokemon Black And White

March 18, 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 March 17th, 2011, find THQ's Homefront competing with Nintendo's Pokemon White and Black in North American and UK multiplatform sales, while Shin Sangoku Musou 6 and Monster Hunter Portable 3 stay on top 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. Pokemon White Version (Nintendo, DS), 2. Homefront (THQ, X360), 3. Pokemon Black Version (Nintendo, DS), 4. Just Dance 2 (Ubisoft, Wii), 5. Zumba Fitness (Majesco, Wii).

Japan: 1. Shin Sangoku Musou 6 (Koei, PS3), 2. Monster Hunter Portable 3rd (Capcom, PSP), 3. Dissidia 012: Duodecim Final Fantasy (Square Enix, PSP), 4. Hanaoni: Koisomeru Koku - Eikyuu no Shirushi - Special Edition (Idea Factory, PSP), 5. Layton Kyouju to Kiseki no Kamen (Nintendo, 3DS).

UK: 1. Pokemon White Version (Nintendo, DS), 2. Homefront (THQ, X360), 3. Just Dance 2 (Ubisoft, Wii), 4. Pokemon Black Version (Nintendo, DS), 5. Total War: Shogun 2 - Limited Edition (Sega, PC).

Pokemon White leads multiplatform sales in North America and the UK for the second week in a row, while THQ's recently released first-person shooter Homefront edges out Pokemon Black in both regions.

Koei's Dynasty Warriors sequel Shin Sangoku Musou 6 keeps its lead in Japan, where Idea Factory's Hanaoni: Koisomeru Koku - Eikyuu no Shirushi finishes its debut week ahead of Nintendo's 3DS Professor Layton sequel Layton Kyouju to Kiseki no Kamen at fourth place.


Nintendo Wii
North America: 1. Just Dance 2 (Ubisoft), 2. Zumba Fitness (Majesco), 3. Wii Fit Plus with Balance Board (Nintendo), 4. Michael Jackson: The Experience (Ubisoft), 5. New Super Mario Bros. Wii (Nintendo).

Japan: 1. Wii Party (Nintendo), 2. Donkey Kong Returns (Nintendo), 3. Wii Sports Resort with Wii Remote Plus (Nintendo), 4. Wii Fit Plus with Balance Board (Nintendo), 5. Shape Boxing 2 Wii de Enjoy Diet (Rocket Company).

UK: 1. Just Dance 2 (Ubisoft), 2. Just Dance (Ubisoft), 3. uDraw with Tablet (THQ), 4. Michael Jackson: The Experience (Ubisoft), 5. Mario Kart Wii (Nintendo).

Just Dance 2 stays on top of domestic Wii software sales this week, while Majesco's Zumba Fitness returns to the top five at second place.

Elsewhere, Nintendo's Wii Party keeps the top spot in Japan, while THQ's tablet-bundled uDraw sees impressive sales in its premiere week in the UK.


Xbox 360
North America: 1. Homefront (THQ), 2. Call of Duty: Black Ops (Activision), 3. Dance Central (Microsoft), 4. Kinect Sports (Microsoft), 5. Kinect Sensor with Kinect Adventures (Microsoft).

Japan: 1. Red Dead Redemption (Rockstar), 2. The Idolm@ster 2 (Namco), 3. Dragon Age: Origins - Awakening (EA Games), 4. Catherine (Atlus), 5. Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare (Rockstar).

UK: 1. Homefront (THQ), 2. Call of Duty: Black Ops (Activision), 3. FIFA 11 (EA Sports), 4. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (Activision), 5. Dragon Age II (EA Games).

THQ's Homefront champions the Xbox 360 charts in North America and Europe this week, despite hitting store shelves to a spate of negative critical reviews.

Red Dead Redemption and the recently released Japanese version of the Undead Nightmare Collection report strong sales in Japan, where Catherine trails the Awakening expansion for BioWare's Dragon Age: Origins.


PlayStation 3
North America: 1. MLB 11: The Show (SCEA), 2. Homefront (THQ), 3. Killzone 3 (SCEA), 4. BioShock 2 (2K Games), 5. Call of Duty: Black Ops (Activision).

Japan: 1. Shin Sangoku Musou 6 (Koei), 2. World Soccer Winning Eleven 2011 (Konami), 3. Red Dead Redemption (Rockstar), 4. Demon's Souls (SCEI), 5. Sengoku Musou 3 Z (Koei).

UK: 1. Call of Duty: Black Ops (Activision), 2. Homefront (THQ), 3. Killzone 3 (SCEE), 4. FIFA 11 (EA Sports), 5. PlayStation Move Starter Pack (SCEE).

Sony's baseball franchise update MLB 11: The Show heads domestic PlayStation 3 platform sales for the second week running, beating THQ's Homefront and its rival FPS Killzone 3.

Two entries in Koei's Warriors series chart in Japan, as Call of Duty: Black Ops retains the top spot in the UK.


PC
North America: 1. Total War: Shogun 2 - Limited Edition (Sega), 2. Rift - Collector's Edition (Trion Worlds), 3. Dragon Age II (EA Games), 4. Sims 3 Deluxe (EA Games), 5. StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty (Blizzard).

Japan: 1. Mahou Tsukai no Yoru (Type Moon), 2. Steins;Gate (Nitro Plus), 3. SimCity 4 Deluxe (EA Games), 4. Lineage - Orim Package (E Frontier), 5. Counterstrike: Source (Cyber Front).

UK: 1. Total War: Shogun 2 - Limited Edition (Sega), 2. Homefront - Resist Edition (THQ), 3. Football Manager 2011 (Sega), 4. The Sims 3 (EA Games), 5. Total War: Shogun 2 (Sega).

Sega's strategy sequel Total War: Shogun 2 debuts at the top of the PC sales charts in the United States and the UK, with the Limited Edition proving more popular than the standard version in the game's first week of release.

Type Moon's Mahou Tsukai no Yoru moves up to the top of the Japanese charts, meanwhile, overtaking Nitro Plus's acclaimed visual novel Steins;Gate.


Nintendo 3DS
Japan: 1. Layton Kyouju to Kiseki no Kamen (Nintendo), 2. Sengoku Musou Chronicle (Koei), 3. Nintendogs + Cats: Shiba & New Friends (Nintendo), 4. Super Street Fighter IV: 3D Edition (Capcom), 5. Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell 3D (Ubisoft).

Layton Kyouju to Kiseki no Kamen once again trumps all competition on the 3DS in Japan, with Koei's Samurai Warriors spinoff Sengoku Musou Chronicle, Nintendogs + Cats, and Super Street Fighter IV leading over the recently released Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell 3D.


Nintendo DS
North America: 1. Pokemon White Version (Nintendo), 2. Pokemon Black Version (Nintendo), 3. New Super Mario Bros. (Nintendo), 4. Okamiden (Capcom), 5. Mario Kart DS (Nintendo).

Japan: 1. Gyakuten Kenji 2 (Capcom), 2. Ninokuni: Shikkoku no Madoushi (Level 5), 3. Powerful Golf (Konami), 4. Eigo de Tabisuru: Little Charo (Nintendo), 5. Pocket Monsters White (Nintendo).

UK: 1. Pokemon White Version (Nintendo), 2. Pokemon Black Version (Nintendo), 3. New Super Mario Bros. (Nintendo), 4. Art Academy (Nintendo), 5. Mario Kart DS (Nintendo).

As Pokemon White and Black continue to dominate DS sales stateside, Capcom's Okami sequel Okamiden manages to earn fourth place in its debut week, beating chart mainstay Mario Kart DS.

Konami's Power Pros Baseball spinoff Powerful Golf earns third place in its premiere week in Japan, as the Ace Attorney Investigations sequel Gyakuten Kenji 2 continues to rank as the platform's top overall seller.


PlayStation Portable
North America: 1. Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together (Atlus), 2. Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII (Square Enix), 3. Need for Speed: Most Wanted (EA Games), 4. God of War: Ghost of Sparta (SCEA), 5. Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep (Square Enix).

Japan: 1. Monster Hunter Portable 3rd (Capcom), 2. Dissidia 012: Duodecim Final Fantasy (Square Enix), 3. Hanaoni: Koisomeru Koku - Eikyuu no Shirushi - Special Edition (Idea Factory), 4. Hanaoni: Koisomeru Koku - Eikyuu no Shirushi (Idea Factory), 5. Phantasy Star Portable 2 Infinity (Sega).

UK: 1. Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together (Atlus), 2. FIFA 11 (EA Sports), 3. Assassin's Creed: Bloodlines (Ubisoft), 4. Lego Harry Potter (Warner Bros), 5. LittleBigPlanet (SCEA).

Atlus's strategy-RPG Tactics Ogre finishes as this week's biggest-selling PSP title in North America, boosted by a recent price drop at Amazon.

Capcom's Monster Hunter Portable 3rd reclaims first place in Japan, while Idea Factory's Hanaoni: Koisomeru Koku - Eikyuu no Shirushi trails Square Enix's Dissidia Final Fantasy sequel Dissidia 012: Duodecim Final Fantasy.


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