ChartSpot: July 2006

NCAA Football 07 sacks the console competition as World of Warcraft lords over the PC charts...again.

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Electronic Arts' cornering of the college-football-game market almost certainly didn't come cheap. However, it appears to be paying off dividends, since NCAA Football 07 was the game to have in July 2006, according to volume-sales rankings from the NPD Group. The PlayStation 2 and Xbox 360 versions of the collegiate-pigskin sim were the most and second-most popular games in the US during the month, with the Xbox version coming in fifth.

NCAA Football 07's success pushed down June top-slotter New Super Mario Bros. for the DS to third. The month's previous runner-up, Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories for the PS2, took fourth, two slots ahead of June's number-four finisher, the PS2 edition of Cars.

The Game Boy Advance edition of Cars helped Nintendo's venerable handheld stay on the non-PC game chart at ninth. Besides New Super Mario Bros., the Mario Factory's new handheld, the DS, was represented in the top 20 via Brain Age: Train Your Brain in Minutes a Day (seventh) and Big Brain Academy (eighth). Nintendo's current-generation console also stayed on the charts via Cars for the GameCube.

Other than NCAA, July's NPD console top 20 saw several debuts, the majority of them on the Xbox 360. Sega's Chromehounds premiered in 10th, followed directly by Electronic Arts' Lord of the Rings: Battle for Middle-earth II--the first real-time strategy game for the next-gen machine. In 14th place was 2K Games' much-awaited Prey, which sold decently despite tepid reviews. The other three non-NCAA newcomers were all for the PS2: Naruto: Ultimate Ninja arrived in 13th place, followed by a resurgent Star Wars: Battlefront II (15th) and Midnight Club 3: Dub Edition Remix (20th).

Meanwhile, back at the PC ranch, the song remained largely the same. World of Warcraft was the top title again, followed by the popular film-based minigame comp Cars Radiator Springs Adventures. EA sent in the Sims, thanks to The Sims 2 Family Fun Stuff (third), The Sims 2 (fourth), and The Sims 2: Open for Business (fifth).

The PC top 20 saw only two true newcomers, THQ action-RPG Titan Quest, which hit stores at the end of June, and the expansion pack Civilization IV: Warlords, which went on sale late in July. The month also saw two games reenter the charts: The Sims Complete Collection (16th) and Lord of the Rings: Battle For Middle Earth II (20th).

ALL CONSOLES
Last MonthCurrent RankTitlePlatformPublisherRelease DateAverage Price
**1NCAA Football 07PS2Electronic ArtsJul-06$48
**2NCAA Football 07360Electronic ArtsJul-06$59
13New Super Mario Bros.DSNintendoMay-06$35
24Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City StoriesPS2Take-Two Interactive Jun-06$19
**5NCAA Football 07XBXElectronic ArtsJul-06$49
46CarsPS2THQJun-06$37
37Brain Age: Train Your Brain In Minutes A DayDSNintendoApr-06$20
88Big Brain AcademyDSNintendoJun-06$20
69CarsGBATHQJun-06$28
**10Chromehounds360Sega Jul-06$59
**11Lord of the Rings: Battle For The Middle Earth II360Electronic ArtsJul-06$60
712FIFA World Cup 2006PS2Electronic ArtsApr-06$30
**13Naruto: Ultimate NinjaPS2NamcoJun-06$39
**14Prey360Take-Two Interactive Jul-06$60
**15Star Wars: Battlefront IIPS2LucasArtsNov-05$19
1216Guitar Hero BundlePS2ActivisionNov-05$70
1117God of WarPS2Sony Mar-05$20
1018CarsGCTHQJun-06$37
1819Grand Theft Auto: San AndreasPS2Take-Two Interactive Oct-04$20
**20Midnight Club 3: Dub Ed RemixPS2Take-Two Interactive Mar-06$20

PC
Last MonthCurrent RankTitlePublisherAverage Price
11World of WarcraftVivendi Games$33
42Cars Radiator Springs AdventuresTHQ$18
33The Sims 2 Family Fun StuffElectronic Arts$19
64The Sims 2Electronic Arts$41
55The Sims 2 Open For BusinessElectronic Arts$31
86Guild Wars FactionsNCsoft$48
*** 7Titan QuestTHQ$49
78Elder Scrolls IV: OblivionTake-Two Interactive$48
29Half-Life 2: Episode 1Electronic Arts$19
1310Zoo Tycoon: Complete CollectionMicrosoft$20
1011Age Of Empires IIIMicrosoft$49
1912The Sims 2 NightlifeElectronic Arts$32
1113Zoo Tycoon 2Microsoft$27
1614Civilization IVTake-Two Interactive$48
1815Warcraft III Battle ChestVivendi Games$39
*** 16The Sims Complete CollectionElectronic Arts$40
*** 17Civilization IV: WarlordsTake-Two Interactive$29
*** 18The Sims 2: UniversityElectronic Arts$31
919Heroes Of Might & Magic VUbisoft$48
*** 20Lord of the Rings: Battle For Middle Earth IIElectronic Arts$44

PLAYSTATION 2
Last MonthCurrent RankTitlePublisherRelease DateAverage Price
**1NCAA Football 07Electronic ArtsJul-06$48
12Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City StoriesTake-Two Interactive Jun-06$19
23CarsTHQJun-06$37
34FIFA World Cup 2006Electronic ArtsApr-06$30
**5Naruto: Ultimate NinjaNamcoJun-06$39
**6Star Wars: Battlefront IILucasArtsNov-05$19
67Guitar Hero BundleActivisionNov-05$70
58God of WarSony Mar-05$20
**9Grand Theft Auto: San AndreasTake-Two Interactive Oct-04$20
**10Midnight Club 3: Dub Ed RemixTake-Two Interactive Mar-06$20

XBOX
Last MonthCurrent RankTitlePublisherRelease DateAverage Price
**1NCAA Football 07Electronic ArtsJul-06$49
22FIFA World Cup 2006Electronic ArtsApr-06$30
43Halo 2Microsoft Nov-04$29
**4Star Wars: Battlefront IILucasArtsNov-05$20
55Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas Version 2.0Take-Two Interactive Sep-05$20
16CarsTHQJun-06$38
67FableMicrosoft Sep-04$21
78NFL Head CoachElectronic ArtsJun-06$39
39Hitman: Blood MoneyEidos Interactive May-06$39
**10Midnight Club 3: Dub Ed RemixTake-Two Interactive Mar-06$20

XBOX 360
Last MonthCurrent RankTitlePublisherRelease DateAverage Price
**1NCAA Football 07Electronic ArtsJul-06$59
**2ChromehoundsSega Jul-06$59
**3Lord of the Rings: Battle For The Middle Earth IIElectronic ArtsJul-06$60
**4PreyTake-Two Interactive Jul-06$60
25Elder Scrolls Iv: OblivionTake-Two Interactive Mar-06$60
46FIFA World Cup 2006Electronic ArtsApr-06$60
37Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced WarfighterUbisoftMar-06$59
58Fight Night Round 3Electronic ArtsFeb-06$60
**9Over G FightersUbisoftJun-06$60
810Call Of Duty 2ActivisionNov-05$58

GAMECUBE
Last MonthCurrent RankTitlePublisherRelease DateAverage Price
11CarsTHQJun-06$37
42Paper Mario: The Thousand Year DoorNintendoOct-04$20
33Naruto: Clash Of NinjaD3publisher Mar-06$40
64Super Smash Bro MeleeNintendoDec-01$30
75Mario Kart: Double Dash !!NintendoNov-03$30
106Lego Star WarsEidos Interactive Oct-05$21
97Super Mario SunshineNintendoAug-02$20
88Teen TitansTHQMay-06$20
59Dance Dance Revolution Mario Mix W/MatKonami Digital Ent.Oct-05$50
**10Need for Speed: Underground 2Electronic ArtsNov-04$20

GBA
Last MonthCurrent RankTitlePublisherRelease DateAverage Price
11CarsTHQJun-06$28
22Super Mario AdvanceNintendoJun-01$20
43Pokemon EmeraldNintendoApr-05$35
**4Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man's ChestBuena Vista GamesJun-06$29
65Yoshi's Island : Mario 3NintendoSep-02$20
56Mario & Luigi SagaNintendoNov-03$20
77DogzUbisoftNov-05$30
98Mario Bros. 3: Mario 4NintendoOct-03$31
**9Star Wars: Flight Of FalconTHQNov-03$15
1010Kingdom Hearts: Chain Of MemoriesSquare Enix Inc Dec-04$20

DS
Last MonthCurrent RankTitlePublisherRelease DateAverage Price
11New Super Mario Bros.NintendoMay-06$35
22Brain Age: Train Your Brain In Minutes A DayNintendoApr-06$20
33Big Brain AcademyNintendoJun-06$20
54Mario KartNintendoNov-05$35
65Animal Crossing: Wild WorldNintendoDec-05$35
46CarsTHQJun-06$29
107Nintendogs: Dachshund & FriendsNintendoAug-05$31
78Metroid Prime: HuntersNintendoMar-06$34
**9Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man's ChestBuena Vista GamesJun-06$34
**10Nintendogs: Labrador & FriendsNintendoAug-05$31

PSP
Last MonthCurrent RankTitlePublisherRelease DateAverage Price
**1NCAA Football 07Electronic ArtsJul-06$40
**2Valkyrie Profile: LennethSquare Enix Inc Jul-06$40
**3Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man's ChestBuena Vista GamesJun-06$39
24Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City StoriesTake-Two Interactive Oct-05$40
**5Tekken: Dark ResurrectionNamcoJul-06$40
16CarsTHQJun-06$38
47MLB '06: The ShowSony Mar-06$40
78FIFA World Cup 2006Electronic ArtsMay-06$40
**9Star Wars: Battlefront IILucasArtsNov-05$27
810Need for Speed: Most WantedElectronic ArtsNov-05$40

Discussion

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Rej72380
Rej72380

Interestingly enough, this month's issue of Nintendo Power listed "Cars" at number 1 on the GBA and GameCube charts, but not on the DS charts. It's appears that next month's issue will be the same as this month's.

faridmon
faridmon

ok, now, anyone who ius saying the Gamecube is dead is an idiot, its still living thanks to Cars, and i can't bellieve that NSMB is No. 3, is was number 1 every week in july, i guess Americans love American Football more than Mario, but its funny that i played it once and it was boring.

B-bad
B-bad

Wow Looks like football may win out two months in a roll madden 07 should be the killer game for august can wait to see the next months listing.

miiiguel
miiiguel

I got really surprised how well chromehounds did, but then I suspected since I "saw" lots of people on Live playing it. Not my type, but nice, nevertheless to see something different on the tops.

runstalker
runstalker

Or the better question: why do people keep asking why sports games are so popular? Have you been around the last 20 years? Do you live on the planet Earth? If 'yes' to both, you should know the answer: Because humans obsess over professional sports, whether flesh-based or virtual. This is why EA can toy around with notions like, "Hmm, should we buy Crytek today or next month?" The world loves sports. Even EA Sports.

axel360
axel360

NCAA not good? Neither is Madden.

smiley17O
smiley17O

nice chrome hounds is in the top ten

Smartiepants
Smartiepants

lgoldberg, you say "The PS2 is still more popular than the 360" like it's a surprise - why? The PS2 has been around for over 5 years and sold over 100 million units worldwide. More people own a PS2 than anything else, meaning PS2 games have a far bigger market to compete in. The 360 has been around for just nine months and only been widely available for about four months. So for a 360 game to be runner up to a PS2 game is a great achievement and actually proves how popular the 360 has become in such a short space of time.

gamer_10001
gamer_10001

Cars better not be there next month!!!

War-Tex
War-Tex

dont like NCAA....it's real boring...anynew more better games coming up??

geaux321
geaux321

Glad to see NCAA up there. We all know college football is the best there is.

methedemon
methedemon

NCAA Football 07....isn't very good

peeweeshift
peeweeshift

Ps2 games sells most because peopel mostly own ps2s. I had a survey at my campus and found out that out the people who owned a console(excluding handhelds and pcs....everyone has a pc)26 percent of the people had a ps2 only, 7 percent had and xbox only, 3 percent of the people had a gamecube only, and the rest had other mixes of consoles. BTW no one had a 360 only, but 13 percent of the people who owned consoles owned a 360. BTW this survey only taked account of 6th generation home consoles and the 7th generations ones that are out(Gamecube, Playstation 2, Xbox, Xbox 360).

halostrider14
halostrider14

lord of the rings did good thats good it was first decent rts on console

daqua_99
daqua_99

Wish they had numbers to see how many were sold ...

Howzer123
Howzer123

Why are American football games that popular? It's quite remarkable.

TintedChimes
TintedChimes

Football? I guess NCAA is pretty fun but watch out, MADDEN BABY! Don't really care, waiting for the real games to come out in November.

thisissami
thisissami

yeah, PS2 will probably be the most popular system for a very long time...not nessessarily most popular actually, as just the system the most people have...that's a very important defning factor..

thisissami
thisissami

cars is actually a pretty good racing game...wow! guitar hero is still in the charts though! that's really good!

lgoldberg
lgoldberg

WHAT is so great about football and Cars? Also I noticed that the most popular game according to the first chart is a PS2 game. I guess PS2 is still more popular than Xbox 360.

diggyzoom
diggyzoom

holy cow !!!!! Cars made just about every systems list