ChartSpot: April 2005

Guild Wars dethrones World of Warcraft, PSP titles dominate the portable charts, and Doom 3 takes over the console top 20.

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Though they were slightly delayed by the madness of the annual E3, the April 2005 list of best-selling games from NPD Funworld charts showed a significant shake-up in the game rankings.

The biggest change came on the PC charts, where World of Warcraft was finally dethroned by Guild Wars. Following Half-Life 2's drop from the top slot, Blizzard's best-selling massively multiplayer online role-playing game had lorded over the PC realm, occasionally usurped by the Sims 2 University expansion. Now, however, NCsoft's fee-free online RPG has pushed both games into the second and third slots.

Meanwhile, the combined console and portable chart faced certain Doom...3, that is. Activision's Xbox port of the best-selling PC shooter shot straight to the top in its first month of release, besting Take-Two subsidiary Rockstar Games' racer Midnight Club 3: DUB Edition, which came in second (PlayStation 2) and sixth (Xbox). Jade Empire, BioWare and Microsoft Game Studios' kung fu RPG, finished third despite being released in the middle of April; it came in ahead of Eidos' PS2 (8th), Xbox (10th), and Game Boy Advance (14th) versions of Lego Star Wars.

The only other entrants among the top 20 best-selling console and portable games were the critically drubbed WWE WrestleMania 21 for Xbox (9th), Mario Party Advance for the GBA (18th), and the PS2 port of Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory (19th). For the second month in a row, no GameCube titles made it into the top 20, although three PSP titles remained in the lower ranks following the portable's March 24 launch. No DS titles were featured in the top 20, nor did any make the portable-only top 10 chart, which featured eight PSP titles and two GBA games.

ALL CONSOLES
Last MonthRankTitlePlatformPublisherRelease DateAverage Price
**1Doom 3*XboxActivisionApr '05$54
**2Midnight Club 3: DUB EditionPS2Take 2 InteractiveApr '05$50
**3Jade Empire*XboxMicrosoftApr '05$50
64God of WarPS2Sony Mar '05$50
125Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Chaos TheoryXboxUbisoft Mar '05$49
**6Midnight Club 3: DUB EditionXboxTake 2 InteractiveApr '05$50
27MVP Baseball 2005PS2Electronic ArtsFeb '05$30
**8Lego Star WarsPS2Eidos Interactive Mar '05$40
**9WWE WrestleMania 21XboxTHQApr '05$50
**10Lego Star WarsXboxEidos Interactive Apr '05$40
111Gran Turismo 4PS2SonyFeb '05$50
812Major League Baseball 2K5PS2Take 2 InteractiveFeb '05$19
1513Need For Speed: Underground RivalsPSPElectronic ArtsMar '05$50
**14Lego Star WarsGBAEidos Interactive Mar '05$29
1415Twisted Metal: Head OnPSPSonyMar '05$40
1616MX vs. ATV UnleashedPS2THQMar '05$40
1917Untold Legends: Brotherhood of the BladePSPSony Online Ent.Mar '05$40
**18Mario Party AdvanceGBANintendoMar '05$31
**19Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Chaos TheoryPS2Ubisoft Mar '05$48
1020MVP Baseball 2005XboxElectronic ArtsFeb '05$30

PC
Last MonthCurrent RankTitlePublisherAverage Price
**1Guild WarsNCsoft$50
22World of WarcraftVivendi Universal$50
13The Sims 2: UniversityElectronic Arts$33
** 4Doom 3: Resurrection of Evil Activision$34
35The Sims 2Electronic Arts$48
** 6Stronghold 22K Games $39
57Half-Life 2Vivendi Universal$52
128Seaworld Adventure Parks TycoonActivision$15
69The Sims DeluxeElectronic Arts$20
** 10Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Chaos TheoryUbisoft$42
** 11SWAT 4Vivendi Universal$48
**12Doom 3Activision$34
913Halo: Combat EvolvedMicrosoft$30
1614Lemony Snicket: A Series of Unfortunate EventsActivision$21
** 15Empire Earth 2Vivendi Universal$46
** 16Guild Wars Collector's EdNCsoft$78
417Brothers in Arms: Road to Hill 30Ubisoft$43
** 18Lego Star WarsEidos$30
1119Roller Coaster Tycoon 3Atari$39
1020Star Wars Knights of The Old Republic II: The Sith LordsLucasArts$47

PLAYSTATION 2
Last MonthCurrent RankTitlePublisherAverage Price
**1Midnight Club 3: DUBTake 2 InteractiveApr '05$50
52God of WarSony Mar '05$50
23MVP Baseball 2005Electronic ArtsFeb '05$30
**4Lego Star WarsEidos Interactive Mar '05$40
15Gran Turismo 4SonyFeb '05$50
66Major League Baseball 2K5Rockstar GamesFeb '05$19
87MX vs. ATV UnleashedTHQMar '05$40
**8Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Chaos TheoryUbisoft Mar '05$48
**9Dynasty Warriors 5KoeiMar '05$50
**10Dragonball Z: SagasAtariMar '05$49

XBOX
Last MonthRankTitlePublisherRelease DateAverage Price
**1Doom 3*ActivisionApr '05$54
**2Jade Empire*MicrosoftApr '05$50
53Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Chaos TheoryUbisoft Mar '05$49
**4Midnight Club 3: DUBRockstar GamesApr '05$50
**5WWE WrestleMania 21THQApr '05$50
**6Lego Star WarsEidos Interactive Apr '05$40
47MVP Baseball 2005Electronic ArtsFeb '05$30
**8Unreal Championship 2MidwayApr '05$50
69Major League Baseball 2K5Rockstar GamesFeb '05$19
**10Close Combat: First to FightRockstar GamesApr '05$40

GAMECUBE
Last MonthRankTitlePublisherRelease DateAverage Price
71Donkey Kong: Jungle W/BongosNintendoMar '05$54
32Super Mario SunshineNintendoAug '02$18
**3Dragonball Z: SagasAtariMar '05$39
104Pokemon ColosseumNintendoMar '04$20
15Star Fox: AssaultNintendoFeb '05$50
86Super Smash Brothers MeleeNintendoDec '01$30
**7Legend of Zelda: The Wind WakerNintendoMar '03$18
48MVP Baseball 2005Electronic ArtsFeb '05$29
**9Animal CrossingNintendoSep '02$19
610Mario Party 6NintendoDec '04$50

PORTABLE
Last MonthRankTitlePlatformPublisherRelease DateAverage Price
21Need For Speed: Underground RivalsPSPElectronic ArtsMar '05
**2Lego Star WarsGBAEidos InteractiveMar '05
13Twisted Metal: Head-OnPSPSony Mar '05
44Untold Legends: Brotherhood of the BladePSPSony Online Ent.Mar '05
**5Mario Party AdvanceGBANintendoMar '05
**6Ridge RacerPSPNamcoMar '05
107Wipeout PurePSPSony Mar '05
**8MLBPSPSony APR '05
99Metal Gear AcidPSPKonamiMar '05
**10Tony Hawk's Underground 2 RemixPSPActivisionMar '05

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