Top 10 Bestselling Games Worldwide in Week 1, 2012

7 January 2012
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Top Video Games Worldwide in January 2012

What were the top 10 bestselling games in America, Japan, and Europe this first week of the new year? Thanks to Amazon online sales data here are the games that are the hottest worldwide.

The bestsellers clearly show lots of folks have a New Year’s Resolution to stay healthy!

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

North America’s Top 10 Games:

    1. Just Dance 3 (Wii)
    2. Your Shape Fitness Evolved 2012 (Xbox 360 Kinect)
    3. Kinect Sports Season Two (Xbox 360 Kinect)
    4. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (Xbox 360)
    5. Zumba Fitness 2 (Wii)
    6. Just Dance 3 (Xbox 360 Kinect)
    7. Zumba Fitness – Kinect (Xbox 360 Kinect)
    8. Zumba Fitness (Wii)
    9. Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Xbox 360)
    10. Dance Central 2 (Xbox 360 Kinect)

The “Just Sweat” mode in Just Dance 3 is no doubt proving popular this new year. Did you know Just Dance 3 has 8.4 million players? Ubisoft has made quite a splash with the series that’s now gone multiplatform, although the favorite version is still on Wii.

Here’s the launch trailer for the game.

Japan’s Top 10 Games:

    1. Mario Kart 7 (3DS)
    2. Super Mario 3D Land (3DS)
    3. Monster Hunter 3G (3DS)
    4. Once in love … and Guam AKB1/48 Idol – Limited Edition: Be left in the auction, please! BOX (PSP)
    5. Musou Orochi 2 – Limited Edition (PS3)
    6. LA Noir – Bonus Edition: “The Naked City” DLC & The Broderick “Detective Suit” included with download codes (PS3)
    7. Mobile Suit Gundam: EXTREME VS. (PS3)
    8. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Xbox 360)
    9. Final Fantasy XIII-2 (PS3)
    10. Mario Kart Wii bundle with Wii Wheel (Wii)

In Japan, neither Final Fantasy XIII-2’s 704,236 nor PlayStation Vita’s 439,986 sales, so far, made a dent in the Nintendo-ruled charts. Not surprising, considering Enterbrain magazine reports the Nintendo 3DS has set a new monthly sales record for any gaming platform in Japan with 1,492,931 systems sold in December alone! For more sales data, check out today’s Top 10 Japanese Bestselling Games & Systems of 2011 report. Guess who’s #1…

Nintendo brings the Mario racing series to the 3DS handheld with Mario Kart 7. Nintendo EAD who developed the game, previously made Mario Kart DS & Mario Kart Wii. And it shows in this cross between all previous six Mario Kart games.

Here are the game’s Japanese TV commercials.

Europe’s Top 10 Games:

    1. Zumba Fitness (Wii)
    2. Just Dance 3 – Special Edition (Wii)
    3. Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure – Triple Character Pack – Chop Chop and Bash and Eruptor (Wii/PS3/Xbox 360/PC)
    4. Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure – Triple Character Pack – Voodood and Boomer and Prism Break (Wii/PS3/Xbox 360/PC)
    5. Saints Row The Third (Xbox 360)
    6. FIFA 12 (Xbox 360)
    7. FIFA 12 (PS3)
    8. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (Xbox 360)
    9. Battlefield 3 (Xbox 360)
    10. Zumba Fitness 2 (Wii)

The Zumba Fitness games have been popular for over year now, in 2012 once again everyone wants to stay fit. Strong sales of the dance/fitness game brought fans a sequel, Zumba Fitness 2, on the Wii in November 2011. It’ll be coming to Xbox 360 Kinect as Zumba Fitness Rush in February 12, 2012.

Normally I don’t often get a chance to discuss these casual health games, but I do love highlighting them. I’ve been using them to balance exercise routines with some much-needed fun, since the early-2000’s when the PlayStation 2’s EyeToy and Dance Dance Revolution games came out.

Here’s the launch trailer for Zumba Fitness 2.

To recap the top games per system:

  • Just Dance 3’s stardom stays #1 on the Wii chart.
  • Your Shape Fitness Evolved 2012 runs to the top of the Xbox 360 chart.
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 stays at the top of the PS3 chart.
  • Star Wars: The Old Republic is now at the top of the PC chart.
  • Mario Kart 7 finishes on 1st place on the 3DS chart.
  • The Sims 3: Pets remains at the top of the Mac chart.
  • New Super Mario Bros. DS shows up on the DS chart.
  • Uncharted: Golden Abyss does well on the PS Vita chart.
  • Kingdom Hearts II appears on the PS2 chart, where it’s been for 6 years now.
  • And lastly, Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep returns at the top spot of the PSP chart.

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

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Ferry Groenendijk By Ferry Groenendijk: He is the founder and editor of Video Games Blogger. He loved gaming from the moment he got a Nintendo with Super Mario Bros. on his 8th birthday. Learn more about him here and connect with him on Twitter, Facebook and at Google+.


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