ChartSpot: April 2006

Kingdom Hearts II reigns again, GRAW and Oblivion stay put, and the Sims remain Open for Business.

Industry-research group NPD Funworld has released their detailed monthly sales rankings for April 2006--and they look a lot like the previous month's. On the portable/console chart, there was no change at the top, with Kingdom Hearts II for the PlayStation 2 standing fast at number one. The number-two and three slots also remained the same--both were occupied by the top two Xbox 360 games, Ubisoft's Tom Clancy's Advanced Warfighter and 2K Games' The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion.

Next up were two "God" games for the PS2--Electronic Arts' Godfather and Sony's God of War, which are selling at discount price points of $39.99 and $19.99, respectively. They were followed by a trio of baseball titles: MLB '06: The Show for the PS2, and Major League Baseball 2K6 for the Xbox 360 and PS2. Rounding out the top 10 were Sony and Polyphony Digital's Tourist Trophy for the PS2 and EA's Battlefield 2: Modern Combat for the Xbox 360.

On the portable front, only two Nintendo DS games cracked the top 20 non-PC games list. Brain Age: Train Your Brain in Minutes a Day landed in 14th, while Metroid Prime: Hunters eked its way onto the list in 20th. Still, the DS's double-showing was better than the PlayStation Portable and Game Boy Advance--no title for either platform made the top 20 at all.

On the PC charts, the Sims once again took the top slot in the form of The Sims 2: Open For Business expansion pack. Another add-on, The Sims 2: Family Fun Stuff, came in third, the Sims 2 was seventh, Sims 2 Nightlife was 12th, the Sims Complete Collection was 17th, and The Sims 2: University was 18th.

As is often the case, role-playing games were well represented on the April 2006 bestseller charts. The PC edition of the free-roaming RPG The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion was the number-two game of the month, while a pair of massively multiplayer online RPG titles--Vivendi's World of Warcraft and NCsoft's Guild Wars Factions--were fourth and fifth, respectively. Real-time strategy games were also on hand in force and included Star Wars: Empire At War (sixth), Lord of the Rings, Battle For Middle-earth II (eighth), and Age of Empires III (ninth).

ALL CONSOLES
Last MonthCurrent RankTitlePlatformPublisherRelease DateAverage Price
11Kingdom Hearts IIPS2Square EnixMar-06$50
22Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter360UbisoftMar-06$59
33Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion3602K Games Mar-06$60
84The Godfather: The GamePS2Electronic ArtsMar-06$39
105God of WarPS2SonyMar-05$20
56MLB '06: The ShowPS2SonyMar-06$40
**7Major League Baseball 2K63602K GamesApr-06$60
**8Major League Baseball 2K6PS22K Games Apr-06$40
**9Tourist TrophyPS2SonyApr-06$40
**10Battlefield 2: Modern Combat360Electronic ArtsApr-06$60
**11Tomb Raider: Legend360Eidos Interactive Apr-06$60
**12Major League Baseball 2K6XBX2K Games Apr-06$40
**13Tomb Raider: LegendPS2Eidos Interactive Apr-06$49
**14Brain Age: Train Your Brain In Minutes A DayDSNintendoApr-06$20
**15Grand Theft Auto: San AndreasPS2Rockstar GamesOct-04$20
**16NBA Ballers: PhenomPS2MidwayMar-06$40
**17Kingdom HeartsPS2Square EnixSep-02$20
**18Ice Age 2: The MeltdownPS2VivendiMar-06$37
919Fight Night Round 3360Electronic ArtsFeb-06$59
1120Metroid Prime: HuntersDSNintendoMar-06$35

PC
Last MonthCurrent RankTitlePublisherAverage Price
11The Sims 2 Open For BusinessElectronic Arts$33
22Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion2K Games $48
**3The Sims 2 Family Fun StuffElectronic Arts$18
64World of WarcraftVivendi$47
**5Guild Wars FactionsNCsoft$50
36Star Wars: Empire At WarLucasArts$47
77The Sims 2Electronic Arts$39
58Lord of the Rings: Battle For Middle Earth IIElectronic Arts$48
109Age of Empires IIIMicrosoft$44
1210Civilization IV2K Games$44
1311Battlefield 2Electronic Arts$47
1112The Sims 2 NightlifeElectronic Arts$31
1413Zoo Tycoon 2Microsoft$25
1914Zoo Tycoon: Complete CollectionMicrosoft$25
1715Guild WarsNCsoft$46
1616Call of Duty 2Activision$47
2017The Sims Complete CollectionElectronic Arts$39
**18The Sims 2: UniversityElectronic Arts$31
**19Warcraft III Battle ChestVivendi$39
820Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion Collector's Edition2K Games$59

PLAYSTATION 2
Last MonthCurrent RankTitlePublisherRelease DateAverage Price
11Kingdom Hearts IISquare EnixMar-06$50
52The Godfather: The GameElectronic ArtsMar-06$39
63God of WarSony Mar-05$20
34MLB '06: The ShowSonyMar-06$40
**5Major League Baseball 2K62K GamesApr-06$40
**6Tourist TrophySonyApr-06$40
**7Tomb Raider: LegendEidos InteractiveApr-06$49
**8Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas2K GamesOct-04$20
**9NBA Ballers: PhenomMidwayMar-06$40
**10Kingdom HeartsSquare Enix Sep-02$20

XBOX
Last MonthCurrent RankTitlePublisherRelease DateAverage Price
**1Major League Baseball 2K62K Games Apr-06$40
22The Godfather: The GameElectronic ArtsMar-06$39
43Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas2K GamesSep-05$20
64FableMicrosoftSep-04$20
**5Tomb Raider: LegendEidos Interactive Apr-06$49
76Halo 2Microsoft Nov-04$29
**7NBA Ballers: PhenomMidwayMar-06$40
58Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced WarfighterUbisoftMar-06$49
19BlackElectronic ArtsMar-06$40
**10Ice Age 2: The MeltdownVivendi Mar-06$37

XBOX 360
Last MonthCurrent RankTitlePublisherRelease DateAverage Price
11Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced WarfighterUbisoftMar-06$59
22Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion2K GamesMar-06$60
**3Major League Baseball 2K62K GamesApr-06$60
**4Battlefield 2: Modern CombatElectronic ArtsApr-06$60
**5Tomb Raider: LegendEidos Interactive Apr-06$60
36Fight Night Round 3Electronic ArtsFeb-06$59
67Call of Duty 2ActivisionNov-05$59
**8Final Fantasy XI OnlineSquare EnixApr-06$50
**9Top Spin 22K GamesMar-06$40
910Far Cry: Instincts PredatorUbisoftMar-06$60

GAMECUBE
Last MonthCurrent RankTitlePublisherRelease DateAverage Price
11Sonic RidersSegaFeb-06$40
**2Ice Age 2: The MeltdownVivendi Mar-06$37
**3Harvest Moon: Magical MelodyNatsumeMar-06$40
34Mario Kart: Double Dash !!NintendoNov-03$30
25Naruto: Clash of NinjaD3publisherMar-06$40
56Super Mario SunshineNintendoAug-02$18
**7MadagascarActivisionMay-05$17
68Super Smash Brothers MeleeNintendoDec-01$30
49Super Mario StrikersNintendoDec-05$50
710Lego Star WarsEidos InteractiveOct-05$30

GAME BOY ADVANCE
Last MonthCurrent RankTitlePublisherRelease DateAverage Price
**1Ice Age 2: The MeltdownVivendi Mar-06$28
62Super Mario AdvanceNintendoJun-01$19
93Chicken LittleBuena Vista GamesOct-05$18
**4Chronicles of NarniaBuena Vista Games Nov-05$18
**5Yoshi's Island: Mario 3NintendoSep-02$19
**6Mario & Luigi SagaNintendoNov-03$19
**7Kingdom Hearts: ChainSquare EnixDec-04$20
108Yu-Gi-Oh ! Ultimate MastersKonami Digital Ent.Mar-06$30
**9CatzUbisoftMar-06$28
310Pokemon EmeraldNintendoApr-05$35

DS
Last MonthCurrent RankTitlePublisherRelease DateAverage Price
**1Brain Age: Train Your Brain In Minutes A DayNintendoApr-06$20
12Metroid Prime: HuntersNintendoMar-06$35
33Animal Crossing: Wild WorldNintendoDec-05$35
54Tetris DSNintendoMar-06$32
45Mario Kart DSNintendoNov-05$35
26Super Princess PeachNintendoFeb-06$35
77Nintendogs: Dachshund & FriendsNintendoAug-05$31
**8Ice Age 2: The MeltdownVivendi Mar-06$29
69Pokemon TrozeiNintendoMar-06$35
810Nintendogs: Labrador & FriendsNintendoAug-05$31

PSP
Last MonthCurrent RankTitlePublisherRelease DateAverage Price
11MLB '06: The ShowSony Mar-06$40
42DaxterSony Mar-06$40
23Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories2K Games Oct-05$50
64Dragon Ball Z: Shin BudokaiAtariMar-06$40
55Syphon Filter: Dark MirrorSony Mar-06$40
**6Untold Legends: The Warrior's CodeSony Online Ent.Mar-06$40
**7Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: EssentialsUbisoftMar-06$40
78SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs Fireteam Bravo Sony Nov-05$40
39Fight Night Round 3Electronic ArtsFeb-06$40
910Need For Speed: Most WantedElectronic ArtsNov-05$50

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Thisisfufd
Thisisfufd

Kingdom Hearts puttin it down handling everything!!!!!! I like KH and KH2 can't wait for KH3 to come out also for the PS3.

GeeverTidus
GeeverTidus

Yeah!!! LOL KingdOm Hearts II Rulzzzzzzzz!!!!!!!!!! ! of the greatest games i've played....wait till KH3 rockz the PS3 it will bury xbox360 and wii to its grave. of course asians love Playstation!

Super-Mario-Fan
Super-Mario-Fan

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Super-Mario-Fan
Super-Mario-Fan

Super Mario Strikers is still on the GCN's top 10! *cheers*

EPaul
EPaul

Ps2 still going strong while gamecube and xbox are non-exsisent

Disgaeamad
Disgaeamad

who the hell keeps buying all that sims stuff? People enjoy The Sims, because they offer life challenges to you. I enjoy them as well

SavoyPrime
SavoyPrime

Kingdom Hearts II is handling bizness!!!

chrisdojo
chrisdojo

i still have to LOL at teh disney hearts II.

Oblivion_89
Oblivion_89

KINGDOM HEARTS!!!!!!!!!!!YEAAAAAH!!!!!

granposho
granposho

Oblivion and GRAW rulezzzzzzzzzzz

flex49
flex49

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flex49
flex49

Why should anyone be surprised the PS2 has the #1 game? It has at least 10 times more consoles out there than the 360, DS, PSP, GC systems and the PC. It should have the TOP 5 games. What is surprising is that the 360 has the #2 & 3 spots while only in the race for 6 months. BTW, PS2 is going to sell more games than the PS3 in November too...especially if God Of War 2 or something great comes out :D

Philis45
Philis45

Kh2 definatly deserves its top spot, that game is so good, its amazing that square pulled off such an amazing follow up to kh

rynmls
rynmls

KINGDOM HEARTS 2 DOES IT AGAIN!!!

rbarahona
rbarahona

A complete contrast compared with the Japanese charts. Sony is still very strong in the US and the 360 is starting to show it's true potential with some great games. This november will be very interesting for the charts.

AuronCloud7
AuronCloud7

The original Kingdom Hearts #17 :shock:

revil2
revil2

I own a 360, but I don't own Oblivion. Maybe it is time I buy it? Nah, Morrowind robbed my of what little social life I had. I have to go get that life back! Starting...right after this session of GRAW. :)

Shingo
Shingo

I agree with bryehngeocef. And what is this, the Oblivion/KH fan forum?

goat2001
goat2001

I'm glad to see the industry is doing relatively well dispite it not being around the holiday period and right before the next set of consoles launch. Good stuff.

goat2001
goat2001

I'm glad to see the industry is doing relatively well dispite it not being around the holiday period and right before the next set of consoles launch. Good stuff.

linegrinds
linegrinds

damn oblivion is still up in the top 2

DanteKiller
DanteKiller

WOW! This is a HUGE surprise! I thought that Oblivion would take the top spot no matter how epic KHII was. Guess I was wrong.

coledition
coledition

Good for Kingdom Hearts 2. keep it up!!

HDShadow
HDShadow

Smash Bros. Is still up there on Gamecube's sweet!

gnbfd
gnbfd

No one has yet said that all three Kingdom Hearts games were in the top 10 of their respective platforms.

ff7cloudking
ff7cloudking

wow. KH1 and 2 are both on the list. Thats impressive on squares part.

rbranma
rbranma

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daveg1
daveg1

great,thanks for the info!!

zhuojloh
zhuojloh

WOW PS2 still going damn strong.

LosDaddie
LosDaddie

The Xbox360 is doing great!!

vyrizzle
vyrizzle

A Small step for Square-Enix, ONE GIANT LEAP FOR RPGS!!! I hope RPGs continue to dominate the sales chart. The production and stories that go into those games deserve it!

alberto2045
alberto2045

look man you all can say whatever you want about those games but the day that one of those games you like is ever and I mean EVER like GOD OF WAR you can start saying your BS about the game you like, I know you are going to tell me that Kindomg Hearts but its succes has been because of Kingdom Hearts II, unlike GOD OF WAR its hanging in there sincen 2005

thekey
thekey

Da Davinci code and Xmen should not be selling there suck butt games.

ghostadv
ghostadv

who the hell keeps buying all that sims stuff?

Disgaeamad
Disgaeamad

Interesting, Kingdom Hearts and The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion really deserve their Rankings.

comthitnuong
comthitnuong

guess kingdom hearts deserves the first place

tsaiwes99
tsaiwes99

KH II is the best PS2 game I played this year, for now anyways. Sadly, my com doesn't run Oblivion smoothly, but it's still a good game. (The people that don't like KH2 are people that never played it before)

GameDestroyer88
GameDestroyer88

Whatever you say Iffy350.....And Hellfire05....dude...where have you been?

Hellfire05
Hellfire05

I didnt even know there was a KH 2

Iffy350
Iffy350

I got ACZ for 34.95! If you payed 50 dollars you got riped of with last years graphics! PS2 is lame!