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Saling The World: Halo 3 Begins Worldwide Reign

Gamasutra's latest "Saling The World" charts feature multinational Xbox 360 sales leadership for Halo 3, while FIFA 08 cleans up on other platforms in the UK and preorders for The Legend of Zelda: The Phantom Hourglass outsell all oth
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 27th, 2007, feature multinational Xbox 360 sales leadership for Halo 3, while FIFA 08 cleans up on other platforms 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. Carnival Games (Global Star), 2. Dance Dance Revolution: Hottest Party (Konami), 3. Wii Play (Nintendo), 4. Metroid Prime 3: Corruption (Nintendo), 5. Mario Party 8 (Nintendo). Japan: 1. Boku to Sim no Machi (EA Games), 2. Mario Strikers Charged (Nintendo), 3. Wii Sports (Nintendo), 4. Mario Party 8 (Nintendo), 5. Hajimete no Wii (Nintendo). UK: 1. FIFA 08 (EA Games), 2. Super Paper Mario (Nintendo), 3. MySims (EA Games), 4. Tiger Woods PGA Tour 08 (EA Sports), 5. Big Brain Academy for Wii (Nintendo). Carnival Games' slow climb up the Nintendo Wii's chart comes to an end this week, as Global Star's budget-priced minigame compilation has reached the top Wii sales spot for the first time since its release in late August. Dance Dance Revolution: Hottest Party also sees strong sales in the wake of its recent U.S. release. Though last week's newcomer MySims has since dropped out of the U.S. top five, the title's Japanese equivalent, Boku to Sim no Machi, leads Wii software sales in Japan in its first week of release. Xbox 360 North America: 1. Halo 3 (Microsoft), 2. Halo 3: Limited Edition (Microsoft), 3. Halo 3: Legendary Edition (Microsoft), 4. BioShock (2K Games), 5. Gears of War (Microsoft). Japan: 1. Halo 3 (Microsoft), 2. The [email protected] (Namco), 3. The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion (Spike), 4. Dead Rising -- Xbox 360 Platinum Collection (Capcom), 5. Trusty Bell: Chopin no Yume (Namco). UK: 1. Halo 3 (Microsoft), 2. FIFA 08 (EA Sports), 3. Halo 3: Limited Edition (Microsoft), 4. Halo 3: Legendary Edition (Microsoft), 5. BioShock (2K Games). Halo 3 handily sweeps this week's sales results, with the regular release and all limited editions performing exceptionally well in the title's debut week. All three versions rank as the three most popular titles across all platforms in the United States, while the regular edition tops cross-platform Japanese and European sales. Thus far, the non-limited version appears to be the most popular among shoppers in all three regions, with the Limited Edition barely nudging out the significantly more expensive Legendary Edition in popularity. PlayStation 3 North America: 1. Heavenly Sword (SCEA), 2. Warhawk (SCEA), 3. The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion (Bethesda), 4. Resistance: Fall of Man (SCEA), 5. Lair (SCEA). Japan: 1. The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion (Spike), 2. Agarest Senki (Compile Heart), 3. Minna no Golf 5 (SCEI), 4. Blade Storm: Hyakunen Sensou (Koei), 5. FolksSoul: Ushinawareta Denshou (SCEI). UK: 1. FIFA 08 (EA Sports), 2. Resistance: Fall of Man (SCEE), 3. MotorStorm (SCEE), 4. Formula One Championship Edition (SCEE), 5. Heavenly Sword (SCEE). A drop in price to $29.99 drives The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion's sales back into the top five in the United States this week, as the just-released Japanese version tops PS3 sales in Japan. Lair sees a similar sales resurgence, though Amazon reports no correlating drop in price. Elsewhere, FIFA 08 climbs to the top of Europe's chart in its first week of release, and nearly tops the PS2 version in popularity. PlayStation 2 North America: 1. Guitar Hero II Bundle (Activision), 2. Madden NFL 08 (EA Sports), 3. Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks the 80s (Activision), 4. God of War II (SCEA), 5. SingStar '80s -- Stand Alone (SCEA). Japan: 1. Metal Gear 20th Anniversary: Metal Gear Solid Collection (Konami), 2. Phantasy Star Universe: Illuminus no Yabou (Sega), 3. Hisshou Pachinko * Pachi-Slot Kouryoku Series Vol. 11: Shinseiki Evangelion - Magokoro o, Kimi ni (D3 Publisher), 4. Kiniro no Corda 2 Anchor (Koei), 5. Yuukyuu no Sakura (Idea Factory). UK: 1. FIFA 08 (EA Sports), 2. SingStar Rock Ballads (SCEE), 3. Rugby 08 (EA Sports), 4. SingStar '90s (SCEE), 5. SingStar Pop Hits (SCEE). Metal Gear 20th Anniversary: Metal Gear Solid Collection rises to the top of the PlayStation 2 sales chart in Japan for the first time since its release, leaving newcomers Pachi-Slot Kouryoku Series Vol. 11 and the Phantasy Star Universe expansion Illuminus no Yabou in its wake. FIFA 08, meanwhile, manages its strongest showing on the PlayStation 2, and ranks as the region's second-best selling game across all platforms after Halo 3. PC North America: 1. Company of Heroes: Opposing Fronts (THQ), 2. BioShock (2K Games), 3. World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade (Blizzard), 4. World of Warcraft (Blizzard), 5. World in Conflict (Sierra). Japan: 1. Phantasy Star Universe: Illuminus no Yabou (Sega), 2. Hatsune Miku (Cripton Future Media), 3. Little Busters! (KEY), 4. Nitro Royale -Heroines Duel- (Nitro+), 5. Nobunaga no Yabou: Kakushin -- Power-Up Kit (Koei). UK: 1. Enemy Territory: Quake Wars (Activision), 2. World in Conflict (Sierra UK), 3. The Sims 2: Bon Voyage (EA Games), 4. Company of Heroes: Opposing Fronts (THQ), 5. Neverwinter Nights 2: Mask of the Betrayer (Atari). THQ's newly released Opposing Fronts expansion for Company of Heroes leads as this week's best-selling PC title in the United States. The recently debuted World in Conflict almost disappears from this week's U.S. results, however, achieving only a fifth place finish after topping the chart in the week prior. In Japan, meanwhile, Phantasy Star Universe: Illuminus no Yabou emerges as the region's new PC software sales leader in its first week of release, achieving impressive debut sales alongside its PlayStation 2 counterpart. Nintendo DS North America: 1. Brain Age 2 (Nintendo), 2. Brain Age (Nintendo), 3. Pokemon Diamond (Nintendo), 4. New Super Mario Bros. (Nintendo), 5. MySims (EA Games). Japan: 1. Taiko no Tatsujin DS: Touch de Dokodon! -- Update Edition (Namco), 2. Zaidan Houjin Nippon Kanji Nouryoku Kentei Kyoukai Kounin: KanKen DS 2 + Jouyou Kanji Jiten (Rocket Company), 3. Pokemon Fushigi no Dungeon: Toki no Tankentai (Nintendo), 4. Eigo ga Nigate na Otona no DS Training: Motto Eigo Duke (Nintendo), 5. Tamagotchi no Puchi Puchi Omisecchi: Mina San Kyu (Bandai). UK: 1. More Brain Training from Dr. Kawashima (Nintendo), 2. Dr. Kawashima's Brain Training (Nintendo), 3. New Super Mario Bros. (Nintendo), 4. Cooking Mama (505 Games), 5. Pokemon Diamond (Nintendo). Prerelease sales for The Legend of Zelda: The Phantom Hourglass outpace the sales of all other available DS software in the United States in the week prior to its release. A chart-topping debut for Phantom Hourglass seems all but inevitable, though the popularity of both Brain Age titles will provide ample competition. In Japan, Taiko no Tatsujin DS surges back up to the top of the region's sales list, thanks to a recent rerelease that corrects a major bug present in the original version. PlayStation Portable North America: 1. Monster Hunter Freedom 2 (Capcom), 2. Jeanne D'Arc (SCEA), 3. Madden NFL 08 (EA Sports), 4. Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories (Rockstar), 5. Star Wars Battlefront II (LucasArts). Japan: 1. Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII (Square Enix), 2. Eiyuu Densetsu: Sora no Kiseki SC (Nihon Falcom), 3. Yu-Gi-Oh Duel Monsters GX: Tag Force 2 (Konami), 4. Eiyuu Densetsu: Sora no Kiseki FC (Nihon Falcom), 5. Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops Plus (Konami). UK: 1. FIFA 08 (EA Sports), 2. Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories (Rockstar), 3. Mind Quiz (Sega), 4. Monster Hunter Freedom 2 (Capcom), 5. Worms Open Warfare 2 (THQ). Monster Hunter Freedom 2 finds itself back at the top of the PSP's U.S. sales chart this week, following a series of setbacks in previous weeks caused by lack of supply at Amazon. Jeanne D'Arc still hangs on as one of the PSP's top performers, though its upcoming strategy RPG rival Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions is likely to take over the chart following its release on the 10th of October, if its strong preorder sales at Amazon and Amazon.co.uk are of any indication.

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