Via a recent announcement by From Software and Namco Bandai, Dark Souls has burned away the humanity of 1.5 million souls worldwide, at least according to shipped numbers. They've also revealed the distribution of satisfying masochism by region:
Japan - 370,000
North America - 620,000
Europe - 470,000
Asia - 40,000
By some strange twist of fate, North Americans love this challenging game more than Japanese people. I have no idea how that works. Maybe it's the armor or that Dark Souls wasn't available on Xbox 360 in Japan. Who really knows? I'm too busy dying to find out.