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Saling The World: Dead Space, FIFA 09 Top Worldwide Charts

Gamasutra's latest exclusively compiled real-time Amazon.com charts find Dead Space and Saints Row 2 leading Xbox 360 sales in their first week of release in North America, while FIFA 09 continues to dominate multiplatform sales in th

Danny Cowan, Blogger

October 17, 2008

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Gamasutra's weekly column, "Saling The World", covers the top five exclusively compiled real-time Amazon.com chart 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 October 16th, 2008, find Dead Space and Saints Row 2 leading Xbox 360 sales in their first week of release in North America, while FIFA 09 continues to dominate multiplatform sales in the UK. 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 Fit (Nintendo), 2. Mario Kart Wii (Nintendo), 3. Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga (LucasArts), 4. Active Life Outdoor Challenge (Bandai Namco), 5. Rock Band Special Edition (MTV Games). Japan: 1. Wii Music (Nintendo), 2. Wii Fit (Nintendo), 3. Sky Crawlers: Innocent Aces (Bandai), 4. Daikaijuu Battle: Ultra Coliseum (Bandai), 5. Mario Kart Wii (Nintendo). UK: 1. Wii Play (Nintendo), 2. Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock Bundle (Activision), 3. Carnival: Fun Fair Games (2K Games), 4. Wii Fit (Nintendo), 5. FIFA 09 (EA Sports). A nationwide drop in price to $19.99 catapults Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga into the North American Wii top five this week, with Amazon reporting supply shortages as a result of renewed demand for the title. Wii Fit and Mario Kart Wii still lead chart results for the region, while Active Life Outdoor Challenge and Rock Band Special Edition continue to boast impressive sales numbers. The Nintendo-developed music simulation title Wii Music debuts as this week's top Wii seller in Japan, while Bandai's recently released Sky Crawlers: Innocent Aces and Daikaijuu Battle: Ultra Coliseum also make top five finishes. Xbox 360 North America: 1. Dead Space (EA Games), 2. Saints Row 2 (THQ), 3. FIFA Soccer 09 (EA Sports), 4. Star Wars: The Force Unleashed (LucasArts), 5. Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga (LucasArts). Japan: 1. Tales of Vesperia (Namco), 2. Gears of War -- Xbox 360 Platinum Collection (Microsoft), 3. The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion -- Xbox 360 Platinum Collection (Bethesda), 4. The Idolm@ster -- Xbox 360 Platinum Collection (Namco), 5. Dead Rising -- Xbox 360 Platinum Collection (Capcom). UK: 1. FIFA 09 (EA Sports), 2. Star Wars: The Force Unleashed (LucasArts), 3. Lego Batman (Warner Bros.), 4. Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock Bundle (Activision), 5. Grand Theft Auto IV (Rockstar). Dead Space, Saints Row 2, and FIFA Soccer 09 see big sales in their first few days of release, and finish as the Xbox 360's biggest overall sellers this week in North America. EA's Dead Space leads the pack in first-week sales results, while Star Wars: The Force Unleashed and Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga round out the top five. Tales of Vesperia finishes another week as the Xbox 360's biggest seller in Japan, meanwhile, as recent hits Infinite Undiscovery and Musou Orochi: Maou Sairin are pushed out of the regional top five in favor of budget-priced rereleases of Oblivion, The Idolm@ster, and Dead Rising. PlayStation 3 North America: 1. Dead Space (EA Games), 2. FIFA Soccer 09 (EA Sports), 3. Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga (LucasArts), 4. Star Wars: The Force Unleashed (LucasArts), 5. Grand Theft Auto IV (Rockstar). Japan: 1. Aquanaut's Holiday (SCEI), 2. Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots -- Special Edition (Konami), 3. The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion -- PlayStation 3 the Best (Bethesda), 4. Afrika (SCEI), 5. Tears to Tiara: Kakan no Daichi -- Limited Edition (Aqua Plus). UK: 1. FIFA 09 (EA Sports), 2. Grand Theft Auto IV (Rockstar), 3. Lego Batman (Warner Bros.), 4. Star Wars: The Force Unleashed (LucasArts), 5. Play TV (SCEE). Dead Space and FIFA Soccer 09 also see a successful debut week on the PlayStation 3, though THQ's Saints Row 2 lags noticeably behind its Xbox 360 counterpart in initial sales. Lego Star Wars, The Force Unleashed and GTA IV earn places in this week's North American top five, while Saints Row 2 finishes outside the chart at seventh place. In Japan, Aquanaut's Holiday continues to lead over Metal Gear Solid 4 as the region's top PS3 title, while a rereleased Oblivion jumps over Afrika to take third in regional sales. PlayStation 2 North America: 1. Lego Batman (Warner Bros.), 2. Rock Band Special Edition (MTV Games), 3. Star Wars: The Force Unleashed (LucasArts), 4. FIFA Soccer 09 (EA Sports), 5. God of War II (SCEA). Japan: 1. Kidou Senshi Gundam 00: Gundam Meisters (Bandai), 2. Super Robot Taisen Z (Banpresto), 3. Hokuouki -- Limited Edition (Idea Factory), 4. Shin Sangoku Musou 5 Special (Koei), 5. Tales of the Abyss -- PlayStation 2 the Best (Namco). UK: 1. Lego Batman (Warner Bros.), 2. FIFA 09 (EA Sports), 3. Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock Bundle (Activision), 4. The Golden Compass (Sega), 5. Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (Rockstar). As Persona 4 and its Social Link Expansion Pack continue to lead PS2 presale numbers at Amazon, Lego Batman and Rock Band Special Edition take top sales honors among currently available titles for the platform in the United States. Star Wars: The Force Unleashed recovers after a chart absence last week, while FIFA Soccer 09 debuts this week at fourth place. Bandai's just-released Kidou Senshi Gundam 00: Gundam Meisters tops weekly PS2 sales in Japan, meanwhile, as last week's sales leader Super Robot Taisen Z is pushed to second place. PC North America: 1. Spore (EA Games), 2. Nancy Drew: The Haunting of Castle Malloy (Her Interactive), 3. World of Warcraft Battlechest (Blizzard), 4. Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning (EA Games), 5. Sid Meier's Civilization IV: Colonization (2K Games). Japan: 1. Ginga Eiyuu Densetsu (Bandai Namco), 2. Chaos;Head (Nitro Plus), 3. Crysis: Warhead (EA Games), 4. Final Fantasy XI: The Vana'diel Collection (Square Enix), 5. Clannad Full Voice (Key). UK: 1. Spore (EA Games), 2. The Sims 2: Apartment Life (EA Games), 3. Brothers in Arms: Hell's Highway (Ubisoft), 4. Sid Meier's Civilization IV: Colonization (2K Games), 5. Lego Batman (Warner Bros.) Spore and Nancy Drew: The Haunting of Castle Malloy hold on to their sales positions from last week, again finishing as North America's top PC software sellers in this week's results. World of Warcraft Battlechest makes a sudden return to the U.S. top five this week, meanwhile, pushing past Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning as this week's best-selling MMORPG. Nintendo DS North America: 1. Kirby Super Star Ultra (Nintendo), 2. Mario Kart DS (Nintendo), 3. Mystery Case Files: MillionHeir (Nintendo), 4. New Super Mario Bros. (Nintendo), 5. My Japanese Coach (Ubisoft). Japan: 1. Culdcept DS (Sega), 2. Pocket Monsters Platinum (Nintendo), 3. Rhythm Tengoku Gold (Nintendo), 4. KORG DS-10 (AQ Interactive), 5. Daigasso! Band Brothers DX (Nintendo). UK: 1. Dr. Kawashima's Brain Training (Nintendo), 2. Lego Batman (Warner Bros.), 3. Mario Kart DS (Nintendo), 4. Guitar Hero: On Tour (Activision), 5. Lego Indiana Jones (LucasArts). Kirby Super Star Ultra recovers after a narrow sales defeat last week to reclaim the top Nintendo DS sales spot in North America this week. Mystery Case Files: MillionHeir also finds a sales resurgence after recently dropping out of the top five, while Ubisoft's My Japanese Coach finishes its debut week at fifth place. In Japan, Culdcept DS disrupts the multi-week chart reign of Rhythm Tengoku Gold, emerging as the region's top-selling DS title in its first week of release. Pocket Monsters Platinum moves up a place this week, while KORG DS-10 and Daigasso! Band Brothers DX finish out the top five. PlayStation Portable North America: 1. Star Wars: The Force Unleashed (LucasArts), 2. Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories (Rockstar), 3. Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII (Square Enix), 4. Lego Batman (Warner Bros.), 5. Daxter (SCEA). Japan: 1. Yuusha no Kuse ni Namaikida Or 2 (SCEI), 2. Macross Ace Frontier (Bandai), 3. Monster Hunter Portable 2nd G (Capcom), 4. Phantasy Star Portable (Sega), 5. Clannad (Prototype). UK: 1. Lego Batman (Warner Bros.), 2. FIFA 09 (EA Sports), 3. Call of Duty: Roads to Victory (Activision), 4. Lego Indiana Jones (LucasArts), 5. Star Wars: The Force Unleashed (LucasArts). Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII rebounds slightly after finishing at fifth place in North American PSP sales last week, though the title still comes up short against the combined sales might of Star Wars: The Force Unleashed and Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories. Lego Batman trails behind at fourth place, while Daxter returns after an extended absence at fifth. Elsewhere, Yuusha no Kuse ni Namaikida Or 2 debuts to a first-place finish in Japan, while the recently released Lego Batman leads PSP sales in Europe.

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Danny Cowan is a freelance writer, editor, and columnist for Gamasutra and its subsites. Previously, he has written reviews and feature articles for gaming publications including 1UP.com, GamePro, and Hardcore Gamer Magazine.

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