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Top Five Game Sales According to Amazon (5/27)

Having tracked the Amazon top sellers for several months now, I've started to consider Just Dance 2 and Zumba Fitness the big bads of the sales charts. Anything that gets too successful can be easy to hate (see: Activision), but it's important to keep in mind that the success of Just Dance 2 is probably helping to keep Ubisoft in business. And Majesco, well, I'm pretty sure they owe one to the creators of Zumba Fitness at this point.

L.A. Noire continues to generally dominate the North America and UK charts this week, and with good reason. Everything I've played so far suggests that it's an ambitious mainstream title. Think Inception, where it's smart, but not so smart that it'll lose a general audience. This is the kind of game I want to buy for my dad, and the sales seem to reflect that.

In Japan, newly released Nintendo character action game Pandora's Tower takes the top spot. Original IP from Nintendo? Yes, please. Both sales and critical reception seem solid, with Famitsu awarding the game a 31 out of 40 with individual scores of 7, 7, 9 and 8 out of 10.

Check out the full list below:

North America: 1. L.A. Noire (Rockstar, PS3) 2. L.A. Noire (Rockstar, 360) 3. Mortal Kombat (Warner Bros., PS3) 4. Just Dance 2 (Ubisoft, Wii) 5. Zumba Fitness (Majesco, Wii)

UK: 1. Zumba Fitness (505 Games, Wii) 2. L.A. Noire (Rockstar, 360) 3. L.A. Noire (Rockstar, PS3) 4. Lego: Pirates of the Caribbean (Disney, Wii) 5. Red Dead Redemption (Rockstar, PS3)

Japan:

1. Pandora's Tower (Nintendo, Wii) 2. One Piece Unlimited SP (Namco, DS) 3. Battle & Get: Pokemon Typing DS (Nintendo, DS) 4. Totori Atelier - The Alchemist of Arland 2 (Gast, PS3) 5. Monster Hunter Portable 3rd (Capcom, PSP)

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Joe Donato Video games became an amazing, artful, interactive story-driven medium for me right around when I played Panzer Dragoon Saga on Sega Saturn. Ever since then, I've wanted to be a part of this industry. Somewhere along the line I, possibly foolishly, decided I'd rather write about them than actually make them. So here I am.
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