Games Weather Report of Week 52, 2010

Games Weather Report Week 52
What were the best-selling games in America, Japan, and Europe the past week? Thanks to Amazon online sales data here are the games that are the hottest. Think of it as a games weather report.

What follows is a listing of the Top 10 bestsellers per region, for all systems combined.

With 2011 hitting this week, the #1 New Years resolutions seems to once again be for people to lose weight and get healthy via exercising. We got just the games to do that…

North America’s Top 10 Games:

1. EA Sports Active 2 (Wii)
2. Just Dance 2 (Wii)
3. EA Sports Active 2 (PS3)
4. Your Shape Fitness Evolved (Xbox 360 Kinect)
5. EA Sports Active 2 (Xbox 360)
6. Dance Central (Xbox 360 Kinect)
7. Wii Fit Plus with Balance Board (Wii)
8. Call of Duty: Black Ops (Xbox 360)
9. Kinect Sports (Xbox 360 Kinect)
10. Call of Duty: Black Ops (PS3)

A EA Sports Active 2 commercial depicting TOTALLY independent endorsers who were not paid to tell you their overwhelmingly positive opinion. All sarcasm aside, having tried this it really does work up a sweat if you keep at it. But dear lord is this TV ad cheesy.

Japan’s Top 10 Games:

1. Monster Hunter Portable 3rd (PSP)
2. AKB 1/48 Fall In Love With An Idol – Limited Edition (PSP)
3. Studio Ghibli’s Second Land: The Jet-Black Mage (DS)
4. Donkey Kong Country Returns (Wii)
5. Wii Party (Wii)
6. Parasite Eve: The 3rd Birthday (PSP)
7. Inazuma Eleven 3: Challenge the World! The Ogre (DS)
8. Gundam Musou 3 (PS3)
9. Pointed Bow and Magic Shop System (DS)
10. Pokemon Black (DS)

I guesstimate Capcom has sold close to 4 million copies of Monster Hunter Portable 3rd on PSP by this week, in Japan alone. Expect this to keep selling for a long long time, as it becomes apparent from this video the fans really get into the game! Where’s that Western release date Capcom?

Europe’s Top 10 Games:

1. Just Dance 2 (Wii)
2. Just Dance (Wii)
3. Wii Party (Wii)
4. Wii Fit Plus with Balance Board (Wii)
5. Forza 3 – Ultimate Edition (Xbox 360)
6. Wii Fit Plus (Wii)
7. Football Manager 2011 (PC)
8. Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit (Xbox 360)
9. Kinect Sports (Xbox 360 Kinect)
10. Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit (PS3)

Pretty much the same list as previous weeks, just with more exercise games. Ubisoft strikes again with another casual game everyone and their family can enjoy. It’s no wonder Just Dance 2 keeps topping the charts. Here’s the commercial depicting a 100% realistic dance scenario for your livingroom.

To recap the top games per system: EA Sports Active 2 rings in a healthy New Year on Wii, PS3 & Xbox 360. The Sims 3 is #1 on the PC chart. Super Scribblenauts remains on first place on the DS chart. Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep returns on top of the PSP chart. And lastly, Final Fantasy X makes a return on the PS2 chart.

Sales data collected from Amazon’s US, JPN (PC) & UK / DE / FR websites.