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Saling The World:  Modern Warfare 3, Skyrim  Head Worldwide Charts
Saling The World: Modern Warfare 3, Skyrim Head Worldwide Charts
November 18, 2011 | By Danny Cowan

November 18, 2011 | 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 November 17th, 2011, find Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim leading multiplatform sales stateside, while Super Mario 3D Land heads the portable charts worldwide.

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. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (Activision, X360), 2. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Bethesda, X360), 3. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (Activision, PS3), 4. Just Dance 3 (Ubisoft, Wii), 5. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Bethesda, PS3).

Japan: 1. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 - Subtitled Edition (Square Enix, PS3), 2. Super Mario 3D Land (Nintendo, 3DS), 3. Hatsune Miku: Project Diva Extend (Sega, PSP), 4. One Piece: Gigant Battle 2 - Shinsekai (Namco Bandai, DS), 5. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 - Subtitled Edition (Square Enix, X360).

UK: 1. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (Activision, X360), 2. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (Activision, PS3), 3. Just Dance 3 - Special Edition (Ubisoft, Wii), 4. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Bethesda, X360), 5. Moshi Monsters: Moshling Zoo (Activision, DS).

Infinity Ward's Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 leads Amazon's sales charts in all regions this week, outselling Bethesda's recently released The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and former chart-topper Just Dance 3.

The subtitled edition of Modern Warfare 3 heads the week's results in Japan, beating last week's sales leader Super Mario 3D Land and Sega's PSP rhythm title Hatsune Miku: Project Diva Extend.


Nintendo Wii
North America: 1. Just Dance 3 (Ubisoft), 2. Lego Harry Potter: Years 5-7 (Warner Bros), 3. Just Dance Kids (Ubisoft), 4. Kirby's Return to Dreamland (Nintendo), 5. Zumba Fitness 2 (Majesco).

Japan: 1. Hoshi no Kirby Wii (Nintendo), 2. Just Dance Wii (Nintendo), 3. PokePark 2: Beyond the World (Nintendo), 4. Minna no Rhythm Tengoku (Nintendo), 5. Go Vacation (Namco Bandai).

UK: 1. Just Dance 3 - Special Edition (Ubisoft), 2. Michael Jackson: The Experience (Ubisoft), 3. Zumba Fitness (505 Games), 4. Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure Starter Pack (Activision), 5. Just Dance 2 (Ubisoft).

Ubisoft's Just Dance 3 fends off competition from newcomer Lego Harry Potter: Years 5-7 in the North American Wii charts this week. Kirby's Return to Dreamland and Just Dance Wii keep the top two chart spots in Japan, as Michael Jackson: The Experience and Zumba Fitness remain strong sellers in Europe.


Xbox 360
North America: 1. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (Activision), 2. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Bethesda), 3. Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary (Microsoft), 4. Batman: Arkham City (Warner Bros), 5. Assassin's Creed: Revelations (Ubisoft).

Japan: 1. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 - Subtitled Edition (Square Enix), 2. Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary (Microsoft), 3. Saints Row: The Third (THQ), 4. Battlefield 3 (EA Games), 5. Meikyuu Cross Blood: Reloaded (Kadokawa Shoten).

UK: 1. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (Activision), 2. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Bethesda), 3. Assassin's Creed: Revelations (Ubisoft), 4. FIFA 12 (EA Sports), 5. Kinect Sports: Season Two (Microsoft).

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 sweeps Amazon's Xbox 360 charts worldwide, as recent releases like Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary and Assassin's Creed: Revelations emerge as popular picks stateside and in the UK.


PlayStation 3
North America: 1. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (Activision), 2. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Bethesda), 3. Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception (SCEA), 4. Batman: Arkham City (Warner Bros), 5. Assassin's Creed: Revelations (Ubisoft).

Japan: 1. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 - Subtitled Edition (Square Enix), 2. Ni no Kuni: Shiroki Seihai no Joou (Level 5), 3. Uncharted 3: Sabaku ni Nemuru Atlantis (SCEI), 4. Sengoku Basara 3: Utage (Capcom), 5. Saints Row: The Third (THQ).

UK: 1. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (Activision), 2. Assassin's Creed: Revelations (Ubisoft), 3. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Bethesda), 4. Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception (SCEA), 5. FIFA 12 (EA Sports).

Modern Warfare 3 and Skyrim head the domestic PS3 sales charts, as Assassin's Creed: Revelations sees a particularly strong debut in the UK. Saints Row: The Third emerges as a top seller in Japan, where Level 5 and Studio Ghibli's Ni no Kuni earns second place in its debut week.


PC
North America: 1. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Bethesda), 2. Saints Row: The Third (THQ), 3. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (Activision), 4. The Sims 3: Pets (EA Games), 5. Battlefield 3 - Download Edition (EA Games).

Japan: 1. Battlefield 3 (EA Games), 2. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 - Subtitled Edition (Square Enix), 3. The Sims 3: Pets (EA Games), 4. Ragnarok Online RJC2011: Process to the Hero Vol 1 (E Frontier), 5. Ragnarok Online RJC2011: Process to the Hero Vol 2 (E Frontier).

UK: 1. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Bethesda), 2. Football Manager 2012 (Sega), 3. The Sims 3: Pets (EA Games), 4. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (Activision), 5. The Sims 3 (EA Games).

Though it currently heads Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 software sales worldwide, Modern Warfare 3 makes a weaker impression in this week's PC sales charts. Skyrim leads platform sales stateside and in the UK, while EA's Battlefield 3 ranks as the biggest-selling PC title in Japan.


Nintendo 3DS
North America: 1. Super Mario 3D Land (Nintendo), 2. Pokemon Rumble Blast (Nintendo), 3. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D (Nintendo), 4. Star Fox 64 3D (Nintendo), 5. Lego Star Wars III: The Clone Wars (LucasArts).

Japan: 1. Super Mario 3D Land (Nintendo), 2. Zelda no Densetsu: Toki no Ocarina 3D (Nintendo), 3. Slime MoriMori Dragon Quest 3 (Square Enix), 4. Super Pokemon Rumble (Nintendo), 5. Nintendogs + Cats: Toy Poodle and New Friends (Nintendo).

UK: 1. Super Mario 3D Land (Nintendo), 2. Nintendogs + Cats: Golden Retriever and New Friends (Nintendo), 3. The Adventures Of Tintin: The Secret Of The Unicorn (Ubisoft), 4. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D (Nintendo), 5. Lego Pirates of the Caribbean (Disney).

Nintendo's Super Mario 3D Land dominates Nintendo 3DS platform sales worldwide, overtaking the worldwide best-seller The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D and regional favorites Slime MoriMori Dragon Quest 3 and The Adventures Of Tintin: The Secret Of The Unicorn.


Nintendo DS
North America: 1. New Super Mario Bros. (Nintendo), 2. Kirby Mass Attack (Nintendo), 3. Mario Kart DS (Nintendo), 4. Monster High: Ghoul Spirit (THQ), 5. Professor Layton and the Last Specter (Nintendo).

Japan: 1. One Piece: Gigant Battle 2 - Shinsekai (Namco Bandai), 2. One Piece: Gigant Battle 2 - Shinsekai Limited Edition (Namco Bandai), 3. Love Plus+ (Konami), 4. MapleStory DS (Nexon), 5. Pocket Monsters Black (Nintendo).

UK: 1. Moshi Monsters: Moshling Zoo (Activision), 2. Let's Draw! (Majesco), 3. Art Academy (Nintendo), 4. Mario Kart DS (Nintendo), 5. Lego Pirates of the Caribbean (Disney).

Namco Bandai's 2D fighter One Piece: Gigant Battle 2 - Shinsekai takes top honors in the Japanese DS charts in its premiere week, while Activision's Moshi Monsters: Moshling Zoo debuts to fast sales in Europe.


PlayStation Portable
North America: 1. Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories (Rockstar), 2. Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep (Square Enix), 3. Medal of Honor Heroes (EA Games), 4. Burnout Legends (EA Games), 5. Assassin's Creed: Bloodlines (Ubisoft).

Japan: 1. Hatsune Miku: Project Diva Extend (Sega), 2. Ore no Shikabane o Koete Yuke (SCEI), 3. Final Fantasy Reishiki (Square Enix), 4. AKB1/48: Idol to Guam de Koishitara... - Limited Edition (Namco Bandai), 5. Ore no Shikabane o Koete Yuke - Limited Edition (SCEI).

UK: 1. Football Manager Handheld 2012 (Sega), 2. FIFA 12 (EA Sports), 3. Assassin's Creed: Bloodlines (Ubisoft), 4. Lego Star Wars III: The Clone Wars (LucasArts), 5. Lego Harry Potter: Years 5-7 (Warner Bros).

Sega's Hatsune Miku: Project Diva Extend and Alfa System's RPG Ore no Shikabane o Koete Yuke overtake Final Fantasy Reishiki for the top two PSP chart spots in Japan, as Football Manager Handheld 2012 and FIFA 12 continue to report strong sales in the UK.


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Maurício Gomes
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I wish Bethesda notice their games on PC are smoking the Console counterparts in sale and STOP MAKING CRAP PC VERSIONS OF THEM, AND START USING PC AS MAIN PLATFORM AGAIN.



Thanks.

Joe Wreschnig
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"I wish Bethesda notice their games on PC are smoking the Console counterparts in sale"



What? According to the multiplatform chart, the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions individually outsold the PC version - as did Just Dance 3, available only on the Wii. Granted, this is only Amazon data and ignores Steam, but I'd still love to see the data you're using to back up that statement.



Personally, I wish Bethesda would notice that their PC sales are crap, and would start using consoles as the main target, so I could get a decent non-PCified UI.

Maurício Gomes
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Bethesda claimed that PC is 10% of their sales. Since they shipped 7 million physical copies, this mean that 700k copies are PC copies.



But Skyrim has been consistently hitting around 250k concurrent players on Steam (while MW3 SP and MP summed 100k)



Several companies stated that Steam concurrent users on launch are usually 10% of their userbase, and Portal 2 sales data corroborate that.



Thus some bloggers and people around forums estimated that Skyrim sold around 2.5 million copies on Steam (something that is kinda expected for a series with tradition on PC on the easiest place to buy PC games).







And seriously, PCfied UI? Lists instead of grid? (previous Elder Scrolls games used Grids, that you had to click on them with mouse, something you cannot do on consoles), submenus (that you can easily navigate with thumb sticks, but suck with mouse) and whatnot?



Also we KNOW that they used consoles as main platform, because they stated it themselves.





I have nothing against console games with console UI (ever played Commander and Conquer for N64? You will probably want to jump out of the closest window).



And nothing against PC games with PC UI.



But PC games with console UI is a big no no... Specially considering not only design desicions but some oversight in recent games (like some games that ask you to press L2 or Triangle or the XBOX Left trigger and Red button... even when there are no gamepad connected).

Maurício Gomes
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http://www.gamasutra.com/blogs/EricSchwarz/20111114/8890/User_Int
erface_Analysis_Skyrim.php



That explains better the console UI on PC

Joe Wreschnig
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So, you don't have numbers, you're just guessing based on Portal 2 usage stats? That seems like a bad approach, the game audience and play style are pretty different. I'd wait and see what the real numbers are before making any claims.



"And seriously, PCfied UI? Lists instead of grid? (previous Elder Scrolls games used Grids, that you had to click on them with mouse, something you cannot do on consoles)"



Correction, one single Elder Scrolls game, Morrowind used a grid. Daggerfall used a list of icons. Oblivion used a list with icons. Icons alone are pretty unusuable at the scales in Elder Scrolls games - they just don't make sense unless you're prepared to draw thousands of icons. Otherwise, the name is the best descriptor.



And grids are usable on a console.



"submenus (that you can easily navigate with thumb sticks, but suck with mouse)"



I've mentioned this elsewhere. They suck on thumbsticks too.



"and whatnot?"



Yeah, every list of "consolified" complaints end with this "and whatnot" or "etc" or "and so on". I wish you'd put those "whatnots" in the actual complaint, because the elements you did draw out don't provide evidence for your point at all.



"Also we KNOW that they used consoles as main platform, because they stated it themselves."



Can you provide an unambiguous statement for this?



I'm sure everyone in the Skyrim threads thinks I'm a broken record at this point, but these claims just keep being made and not defended. Skyrim has a bad UI. It doesn't have a consolified UI. It doesn't have PCified UI either, I just said that to illustrate how ridiculous both claims are. My wife is playing on PC, I'm playing on PS3, my friends are playing on all manner of platforms. We all have the same UI complaints, and none of them come from a "console-first" ideology. As far as I can tell, they mostly come from a "fuck usability, we need this to look minimalist and pretty in screenshots" ideology.

Joe Wreschnig
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[Elide duplicate post.]

Jason Chen
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The reality is. Console less piracy more profits, PC lots of piracy so much less profits.


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