ChartSpot: December 2005

Madden tackles the holidays, reinforced by Battlefront II and Need for Speed Most Wanted; Age of Empires III and Call of Duty 2 conquer PC charts.

December 2005 was a so-so year for the game industry, which suffered a less-than-expected six percent decline in software sales. That said, there were some success stories during the year's final month--none more successful than Electronic Arts' Madden NFL 06. Despite being on the market for four months, the PlayStation 2 version of the game topped the console charts, no doubt buoyed by Christmas shoppers.

EA also scored the number three slot with the PS2 version of their latest Need for Speed game, Need for Speed Most Wanted. However, the rest of the top 10 console games were from a mélange of top-tier publishers. LucasArts took the second slot with the wildly successful Star Wars: Battlefront II. Developed by the latter half of newly formed BioWare/Pandemic Studios, the Battlefield-style team based shooter has been a huge hit selling over a million copies on PS2 (2nd place), Xbox (13th), PSP (34th), and PC (11th on PC chart--see below).

Though its total revenue fell in December, THQ scored the fourth-place slot with the latest edition of its PlayStation 2 mat-combat series, WWE Smackdown! vs. Raw. Activision took two slots with Call of Duty 2: Big Red One (5th) the PS2 Tony Hawk's American Wasteland (7th). The top 10 was rounded off by Nintendo's Ubisoft's PS2 movie tie-in Peter Jackson's King Kong (8th), Take-Two/Rockstar's PSP crime spree Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories (9th), and VU Games' PS2 gangsta shooter 50 Cent: Bulletproof (10th).

Down in PC-town, which had a debatably bad 2005, the usual suspects topped the charts. Microsoft Game Studios' Age of Empires III ruled supreme, followed by Call of Duty 2 (Activision), Civilization IV (2K Games/Take-Two), and World of Warcraft (VU Games). It wouldn't be a PC chart without some Sims somewhere, and EA's virtual Lilliputians held three slots in the top 10: The Sims 2 (5th), The Sims 2 Nightlife (6th), and the Sims 2: Holiday Edition (10th). The Movies got its close-up in the number-seven slot, Battlefield 2 targeted the eighth spot, and Roller Coaster Tycoon 3 did a loop-de-loop in ninth place.

ALL CONSOLES
Last MonthRankTitlePlatformPublisherRelease DateAverage Price
41Madden NFL 06PS2Electronic ArtsAug-05$38
22Star Wars: Battlefront IIPS2LucasArtsNov-05$45
**3Need For Speed Most WantedPS2Electronic ArtsNov-05$46
64WWE Smackdown! Vs Raw 2006PS2THQNov-05$47
115Call of Duty 2: Big Red OnePS2ActivisionNov-05$45
56Mario Kart DSDSNintendoNov-05$34
97Tony Hawk's American WastelandPS2ActivisionOct-05$45
**8Peter Jackson's King KongPS2UbisoftNov-05$40
79Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City StoriesPSPTake-TwoOct-05$49
121050 Cent: BulletproofPS2Vivendi UniversalNov-05$47
1011Mario Party 7GCNNintendoNov-05$49
1512NBA Live 06PS2Electronic ArtsSep-05$39
113Star Wars: Battlefront IIXboxLucasArtsNov-05$46
**14Super Mario StrikersGCNNintendoDec-05$49
**15Madden NFL 06PSPElectronic ArtsSep-05$47
**16Prince of Persia: The Two ThronesPS2UbisoftDec-05$45
**17Mario & Luigi: Partners In TimeDSNintendoDec-05$34
318Call of Duty 2360ActivisionNov-05$59
**19Animal Crossing: Wild WorldDSNintendoDec-05$35
**20Madden NFL 06XboxElectronic ArtsAug-05$39

PC
Current RankTitlePublisherRelease Date
1Age of Empires IIIMicrosoftOct-05
2Call of Duty 2ActivisionOct-05
3Civilization IV2K Games ( Take 2)Oct-05
4World of WarcraftVivendi UniversalNov-04
5The Sims 2Electronic ArtsSep-04
6The Sims 2 NightlifeElectronic ArtsSep-05
7The MoviesActivisionNov-05
8Battlefield 2Electronic ArtsJun-05
9Roller Coaster Tycoon 3AtariOct-04
10The Sims 2: Holiday Ed.Electronic ArtsNov-05
11Star Wars Battlefront IILucasArtsNov-05
12Battlefield 2 Special ForcesElectronic ArtsNov-05
13F.E.A.R.Vivendi UniversalOct-05
14The Sims Complete CollectionElectronic ArtsNov-05
15The Sims 2 UniversityElectronic ArtsFeb-05
16Harry Potter & the Goblet of FireElectronic ArtsNov-05
17Zoo Tycoon 2MicrosoftNov-04
18Guild WarsNCsoftApr-05
19Call of Duty 2: Collector's Ed.ActivisionOct-05
20Quake 4ActivisionOct-05

PLAYSTATION 2
Last MonthCurrent RankTitlePublisherRelease DateAverage Price
21Madden NFL 06Electronic ArtsAug-05$38
12Star Wars: Battlefront IILucasArtsNov-05$45
**3Need For Speed Most WantedElectronic ArtsNov-05$46
34WWE Smackdown! Vs Raw 2006THQNov-05$47
55Call of Duty 2: Big Red OneActivisionNov-05$45
46Tony Hawk's American WastelandActivisionOct-05$45
**7Peter Jackson's King KongUbisoftNov-05$40
6850 Cent: BulletproofVivendi UniversalNov-05$47
99NBA Live 06Electronic ArtsSep-05$39
**10Prince of Persia: The Two ThronesUbisoftDec-05$45

XBOX
Last MonthRankTitlePublisherRelease DateAverage Price
11Star Wars: Battlefront IILucasArtsNov-05$46
42Madden NFL 06Electronic ArtsAug-05$39
23Call of Duty 2: Big Red OneActivisionNov-05$45
54Need For Speed Most WantedElectronic ArtsNov-05$47
**5Peter Jackson's King KongUbisoftNov-05$41
**6Prince of Persia: The Two ThronesUbisoftDec-05$45
67FableMicrosoftSep-04$19
**850 Cent: BulletproofVivendi Universal Nov-05$47
109Tony Hawk's American WastelandActivisionOct-05$44
**10NBA Live 06Electronic ArtsSep-05$39

XBOX 360
Last MonthRankTitlePublisherRelease DateAverage Price
11Call of Duty 2ActivisionNov-05$57
22Madden NFL 06Electronic ArtsNov-05$59
33Perfect Dark Zero*MicrosoftNov-05$55
44Need Speed: Most WantedElectronic ArtsNov-05$59
55Project Gotham 3MicrosoftNov-05$49
**6Peter Jackson's King KongUbisoftNov-05$59
77Condemned: Criminal OriginsSega Nov-05$58
88Quake 4ActivisionNov-05$59
69Kameo: Elements of PowerMicrosoftNov-05$49
**10NBA 2k6Take-TwoNov-05$57

GAMECUBE
Last MonthRankTitlePublisherRelease DateAverage Price
11Mario Party 7NintendoNov-05$49
**2Super Mario StrikersNintendoDec-05$49
53Shadow the HedgehogSega Nov-05$48
44Lego Star WarsEidos InteractiveOct-05$29
85Super Mario SunshineNintendoAug-02$18
76Mario Superstar BaseballNintendoSep-05$50
**7Nicktoons Unite!THQOct-05$37
38Pokemon XD: Gale of DarknessNintendoSep-05$48
109Madden NFL 06Electronic ArtsAug-05$39
**10Super Smash Bros. MeleeNintendoDec-01$29

GAME BOY ADVANCE
Last MonthRankTitlePublisherRelease DateAverage Price
**1Chronicles of NarniaBuena Vista GamesNov-05$28
**2Donkey Kong Country 3NintendoNov-05$30
**3Kong: the 8th Wonder of the WorldUbisoftNov-05$22
**4Harry Potter: the Goblet of FireElectronic ArtsNov-05$29
25Pokemon EmeraldNintendoApr-05$33
96Bratz : Rock AngelzThqOct-05$29
**7Disney's Chicken LittleBuena Vista Games Oct-05$29
**8Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Brothers 3NintendoOct-03$30
**9SpongeBob SquarePants: Lights, Camera, PantsTHQOct-05$28
**10Madagascar: Operation PenguinActivisionOct-05$26

DS
Last MonthRankTitlePublisherRelease DateAverage Price
**1Mario Kart DSNintendoNov-05$34
**2Mario & Luigi: Partners In TimeNintendoDec-05$34
**3Animal Crossing: Wild WorldNintendoDec-05$35
24Nintendogs: Dachshund & FriendsNintendoAug-05$30
35Nintendogs: Labrador & FriendsNintendoAug-05$30
46Nintendogs: Chihuahua & FriendsNintendoAug-05$30
**7Sonic RushSega Nov-05$32
78Super Mario 64 DSNintendoNov-04$30
99Zoo TycoonThqOct-05$30
**10The Sims 2Electronic ArtsOct-05$34

PSP
Last MonthRankTitlePublisherRelease DateAverage Price
11Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City StoriesTake-TwoOct-05$49
42Madden NFL 06Electronic ArtsSep-05$47
33SOCOM: U.S. Navy Seals Fireteam BravoSonyNov-05$39
54Need For Speed Most WantedElectronic ArtsNov-05$49
25Star Wars: Battlefront IILucasArtsNov-05$47
66NBA Live 06Electronic ArtsOct-05$48
87Burnout LegendsElectronic ArtsSep-05$48
108Midnight Club 3: Dub EditionTake 2 InteractiveJun-05$38
**9Harry Potter: the Goblet of FireElectronic ArtsNov-05$40
**10WWE Smackdown! Vs Raw 2006ThqDec-05$49

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molivers7
molivers7

I love me some Battlefronts 2. *makes swooshy lightsaber noise*

A7Xfan
A7Xfan

now I'm gonna wait for an answer like "....k" or "Madden is sick! your NFL 2K5 gabrbage sucks" and not provide any insight as to why its bad other then it's different from Madden and their used to Madden...I was originally a Madden player until NFL 2K4 came out. k peace to everyone

A7Xfan
A7Xfan

So this is where all the fan boys come to lash out at each other...haha awesome! -Well to start DS outsold PSP worldwide by millions, the games are better, and there are more DS games on the list then PSP (2 on PSP, 3 on DS) -Super Mario Strikers kicks butt so im happy to see that up there. -NOW TELL ME WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU PEOPLE!....WHO STILL BUYS MADDEN GAMES, IF YOUR DESPERATE FOR FOOTBALL GET AN ACTION REPLAY AND DOWNLOAD THE NEW ROSTERS FOR ESPN NFL 2K5. This makes me sick!!! I bought Madden 06 as I love football, but its simple enough, I could not stand to even own this game let alone play it. I literally put thie junk in my Xbox, laughed hysterically at all of its flaws and loose ends, and sold it in the first week!! AND IF YOU HAVEN'T PUT IN 8-10 HOURS on NFL 2K5 THEN DON'T TALK!!! Madden's Defensive Back controls are the worst and sloppiest thing I've ever seen...I also like how with QB Vision, I can run back wards and the cone still faces forwards like I'm looking at a reciver....With Micheal Bennet (Vikings) I could run around the field back and forth and the other team follows me single-file!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! In ESPN I made a team of kickers put it on the dumbest skill level, they cut off the other side of the field on my first time running backwards, then gang tackled me......YOU CAN RECOVER COMPLETELY UNREALISTIC NUMBERS OF ONSIDE KICKS!!! BTW THAT SECTION RIGHT THERE ISN'T OPINION IT's FACT IT ACTUALLY HAPPENED! STOP BUYING GARBAGE GAMES AND BRAIN_WASHING YOURSELF TO SAY YOU LIKE THEM. THIS IS NOT A GOOD GAME AND I WOULD NOT ENCOURAGE EA TO AMKE ANOTHER MADDEN AFTER PLAYING THIS UNACCEPTABLE MESS. ESPN NFL 2K5 spoiled me and until EA Tiburon can get their act together and make a game better the that I will cease to buy their football game.

Iffy350
Iffy350

All of these games suck, except for CoD2(PC), Quake 4(PC), F.E.A.R.(PC), and Battlefront 2! !

Writeous
Writeous

how old is your sister..? COD2 is the only decent FPS for X350.. Quake 4 has lowwww Frame -rates (runs fine on PC) And PDZ has a sorry a$$ story-line, and its online play is iight. and some of the weapons are point-less. Cod2 is the best for the 360, and it's online play LAGGGGGs like a MoFo.

miiiguel
miiiguel

CoD2 deserves the good sales, is by far the best X360 game to date, I can't understand how GameSpot gave a better rate to PDZ, and - silly me - believed it, and PDZ was my 1st X360 game - it was good that my sister gave me Cod2 and she understands nothing of video games. Thanks Sis!!!

chrisdojo
chrisdojo

wow, alot of people owned themselves with the 50 cent piece of crap.

Breakfast_Clubber
Breakfast_Clubber

"Now here's a guy, who when he puts his contacts in, he can see better!" -John Madden And here's a guy, when he runs, he goes faster!

s0l0123
s0l0123

Wow, didn't think Star Wars Battlefront II would be so popular.

SLAYERPSP
SLAYERPSP

but look at this for the whole year cod 2 on the 360 sold better then a lot of games Year-to-date 2005 numbers from the NPD group, which collects data from many of the game retailers in the US, shows that Call of Duty 2 managed to rake in more cash than Resident Evil 4 on Nintendo's GameCube, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas for the Xbox, and every single PC game released in 2005. Considering that RE4 released in January of 2005 and GTA: SA in July (though it was originally released on PS2), it's impressive that CoD2 was able to do so well as it launched with the Xbox 360 in late November last year. It also outgrossed the PS2's newest Dragonball Z: Budokai iteration, Tekken 5, Soulcalibur III, the PS2's Call of Duty 2: Big Red One and Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory on the Xbox. Throw in the fact that the game had already come out on the PC and the Xbox 360 version still had twice as much sales revenue (though that can be partially attributed to the $60 price tag on the X360 version), and it's even more of a phenomenon

Fascolik
Fascolik

WOW is still #4 in pc, lol blizzard rocks!

poi_-_
poi_-_

No love for fire emblem..

Ryan0_1
Ryan0_1

LOL, lol the psp only need 9months in the usa. Was not even out a year.

Sil3n7Knight
Sil3n7Knight

"To all the DS fanboys out there, the PSP sold more than in the DS in december :D" - Um, maybe it's because the DS sold like hotcakes in the previous months and Nintendo currently has a shortage of the system." n2Deepeth- dont waste your time talking to casuals who have no idea what the h3ll they are talking about.... The DS Pwn3d the psp sooo much in the months before they were running out because of the high demand

slow-pc
slow-pc

^ Last month it was #12... it was #10 this month... (cries)

SavoyPrime
SavoyPrime

50 Cent: Bulletproof is #12 on the all consoles list...the industry is sad, sad, sad.

n2Deepeth
n2Deepeth

"To all the DS fanboys out there, the PSP sold more than in the DS in december :D" - Um, maybe it's because the DS sold like hotcakes in the previous months and Nintendo currently has a shortage of the system.

NeoJedi
NeoJedi

DS is making a name for itself now with all these games coming out. I think that December was the month of Nintendo.... and EA (as usual).

jj984jj
jj984jj

"To all the DS fanboys out there, the PSP sold more than in the DS in december :D" By what? Barely 100K. Pfft, hardly ownage when they both sold over a million.

michael31303
michael31303

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michael31303
michael31303

I feel bad for the PS2 fanboys,I have all of the systems and a ton of the multiplatform games look WAY BETTER on the XBOX.......no single console is the best outright,they all have there strongpoints and weakness's so don't think your one console is the best(unless you only play Mario Bros.,and own a GC) LOL

Optimusv2
Optimusv2

haha there are far more ps2s out there than 360s so i'd be surprised if the ps3 DIDN'T sell more. People do realize its practically impossible considering how many people have 360s as opposed to people that have ps2s (even myself) in america for 360 games to outsell ps2 games. Know what is really impressive though?? That even with limited 360s out there cod 2 still makes the list :) Also cod 2 was in third place last month so thats again very impressive.

trancejeremy
trancejeremy

The Movies did better than I thought. Too bad, the game was so bad, it deserved to flop. Peter Molyneux is like a reverse Uwe Boll - he keeps making terrible games, but they sell for reasons I don't get. At least Uwe Boll's terrible films flop.

zhuojloh
zhuojloh

This chart show that "Best on" icon at Gamespot doesnt mean a thing.

johnnybowman
johnnybowman

Some of the top gcn games were released 3-4 years ago while PS2 and Xbox games are a year to a couple months olds. C' mon dogg we need those gamecube ports.

Atarii
Atarii

More sports games than you can shake a stick at.... what a shame.

CrashSpyro123
CrashSpyro123

Damn, no Dragon Quest VIII in even the top PS2 games list? :(

XlpranksterlX
XlpranksterlX

I love how PDZ has a * and it doesnt mean anything. HA gamespot i have found a spec of dust in your perrfect track record! Anyway the sales arent surprising.

radiocreed
radiocreed

The only game I bought from this list is Most Wanted for PS2, but that was in November that I got it.

Kodai_kun
Kodai_kun

Wow, PS2, with at least 3x the domestic installed base as XBox outsold it, who would have thought? Has nothing to do with people "wanting their games on PS2", it has to do with the fact that "Many more people have PS2s and not Xboxes"

zhuojloh
zhuojloh

Wow XBOX 360 actually Call of Duty 2 made the list.. Impressive

mhder
mhder

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Bladex2k
Bladex2k

wow ps2 has 8 of the top 10 spots on the first chart

klix108
klix108

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LordVidious
LordVidious

All the report shows is that EA is the most powerfull game developer in the industry . The PS2 is a old console and The XBOX 360 verision of Madden NFL 06 kicks the PS2 Verision ' butt

Kahones
Kahones

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frankeyser
frankeyser

i am proud of my little DS i think i will go visit my little animal crossing town now... and maybe hit a few people with my net =) just for good measure.

bored88
bored88

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lookbehindyou
lookbehindyou

January will be abetter month for the 360...more of them sold finally

yboucher
yboucher

Not bad that Sega has 3 in the charts, including the top non-Nintendo seller on DS.

Mit_Man
Mit_Man

Surprising Mario Party 7 and Super Mario Strikers made the list also. I think Animal Crossing would've done much better if there were more copies of it produced also. Sold out everywhere.

ryanduvall
ryanduvall

Yeah Ds!, and one 360 game aint bad considering theres like 52 million ps2's in america and just over half a million 360's

Game-o_O
Game-o_O

Lol, only 2 xbox games on the top 20 & they have ports on the PS2 of them higher on the list. Heh