ChartSpot: June 2006

New Super Mario Bros. staves off drive-bys from Liberty City Stories and Cars; World of Warcraft and Half-Life 2: Episode One top PC list.

When Take-Two Interactive announced it was bringing Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories to the PlayStation 2, many were skeptical. After all, the game would be the first title ever to be ported to a console from the PlayStation Portable. Furthermore, its stock plot and reuse of Grand Theft Auto III's setting had been cited as sore points by critics.

Sure enough, reviewers weren't exactly thrilled with the PS2 LCS. But the current GTA drought and the game's $20 price tag overcame the lukewarm press, making the game the second-bestselling title of June 2006, according to sales-volume rankings from NPD Funworld. It was just one of 12 PS2 games in the June top 20 and was joined by its sibling Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, which parked itself in 18th place.

But while Liberty City Stories came close to the top, the number-one slot remained in Nintendo's hands. For the second month in a row, New Super Mario Bros. was the top non-PC game in the land, further demonstrating the success of the Nintendo DS. The portable's popularity was underlined by the fact that the number-three game, Brain Age: Train Your Brain in Minutes a Day, also has not fallen in the rankings since May.

The top Xbox 360 game for June was Hitman: Blood Money, debuting in fifth place. It led the trio of next-gen games on the top 20, which also included Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion (16th) and Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter (20th). No original Xbox games cracked the top 20 in June.

Meanwhile, in the PC top 20, another newcomer also nearly took the top slot, with Half-Life 2: Episode One taking the silver. The second-place finish was even more impressive given the fact that the NPD rankings are based only on volume of boxed copies sold at retail and don't count Valve Software's direct online sales of the game via its Steam download service.

However, the top PC prize belonged to Blizzard Entertainment and Vivendi Games' megapopular massively multiplayer online role-playing game World of Warcraft. A fixture on the chart since its fall 2004 release, it joined a series of returnees in the top 20, such as The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion (seventh) and last month's top finisher, Guild Wars Factions. Naturally, the Sims franchise was well represented, taking the third (The Sims 2: Family Fun Stuff), fifth (The Sims 2: Open for Business), and sixth (The Sims 2) slots.

ALL CONSOLES
Last MonthCurrent RankTitlePlatformPublisherRelease DateAverage Price
11New Super Mario Bros.DSNintendoMay-06$35
**2Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City StoriesPS2Take-TwoJun-06$20
33Brain Age: Train Your Brain in Minutes a DayDSNintendoApr-06$18
**4CarsPS2THQ Jun-06$39
**5Hitman: Blood MoneyXbox 360EidosMay-06$60
**6CarsGBATHQ Jun-06$29
147FIFA World Cup 2006PS2Electronic ArtsApr-06$30
**8Big Brain AcademyDSNintendoJun-06$19
**9Hitman: Blood MoneyPS2Eidos May-06$39
**10CarsGCTHQ Jun-06$39
411God of WarPS2Sony Mar-05$20
812Guitar Hero BundlePS2Red OctaneNov-05$69
1013Kingdom Hearts IIPS2Square Enix Inc Mar-06$48
**14NFL Head CoachPS2Electronic ArtsJun-06$40
1215Over the HedgePS2ActivisionMay-06$37
516Elder Scrolls IV: OblivionXbox 360Take-TwoMar-06$60
717MLB '06: The ShowPS2Sony Mar-06$39
918Grand Theft Auto: San AndreasPS2Take-TwoOct-04$20
1119X-Men: The Official GamePS2ActivisionMay-06$37
620Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced WarfighterXbox 360UbisoftMar-06$60

PC
Last MonthCurrent RankTitlePublisherAverage Price
31World of WarcraftVivendi$36
** 2Half-Life 2: Episode OneElectronic Arts$18
23The Sims 2: Family Fun Stuff Electronic Arts$20
** 4Cars: Radiator Springs AdventuresTHQ$18
55The Sims 2: Open for Business Electronic Arts$31
66The Sims 2Electronic Arts$40
47Elder Scrolls IV: OblivionTake-Two$49
18Guild Wars FactionsNCsoft$48
189Heroes of Might & Magic VUbisoft$50
1110Age of Empires IIIMicrosoft$49
1411Zoo Tycoon 2Microsoft$26
712Rise of Nations: Rise of LegendsMicrosoft$49
1613Zoo Tycoon: Complete CollectionMicrosoft$26
814Star Wars: Empire At WarLucasArts$49
** 15Hitman: Blood MoneyEidos$39
1216Civilization IVTake-Two$50
1017Battlefield 2Electronic Arts$42
1718Warcraft III Battle ChestVivendi$39
1319The Sims 2 Nightlife Electronic Arts$31
2020Sim City 4 DeluxeElectronic Arts$22

PLAYSTATION 2
Last MonthCurrent RankTitlePublisherRelease DateAverage Price
**1Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City StoriesTake-TwoJun-06$20
**2CarsTHQ Jun-06$39
93FIFA World Cup 2006Electronic ArtsApr-06$30
**4Hitman: Blood MoneyEidos May-06$39
25God of WarSony Mar-05$20
46Guitar Hero BundleRed OctaneNov-05$69
17Kingdom Hearts IISquare Enix Inc Mar-06$48
**8NFL Head CoachElectronic ArtsJun-06$40
89Over the HedgeActivisionMay-06$37
310MLB '06: the ShowSony Mar-06$39

XBOX
Last MonthCurrent RankTitlePublisherRelease DateAverage Price
**1CarsTHQ Jun-06$39
72FIFA World Cup 2006Electronic ArtsApr-06$30
**3Hitman: Blood MoneyEidos May-06$40
34Halo 2Microsoft Nov-04$29
25Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas Version 2.0Take-TwoSep-05$21
46FableMicrosoft Sep-04$21
**7NFL Head CoachElectronic ArtsJun-06$40
**8Jaws UnleashedMajescoMay-06$29
59X-Men: The Official GameActivisionMay-06$37
110Major League Baseball 2k6Take-TwoApr-06$39

XBOX 360
Last MonthCurrent RankTitlePublisherRelease DateAverage Price
**1Hitman: Blood MoneyEidos May-06$60
12Elder Scrolls IV: OblivionTake-TwoMar-06$60
23Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Advanced WarfighterUbisoftMar-06$60
104FIFA World Cup 2006Electronic ArtsApr-06$59
35Fight Night Round 3Electronic ArtsFeb-06$60
76Table TennisTake-TwoMay-06$40
**7Moto GP 06THQ Jun-06$60
88Call of Duty 2ActivisionNov-05$57
49Battlefield 2: Modern CombatElectronic ArtsApr-06$60
**10Burnout RevengeElectronic ArtsMar-06$39

GAMECUBE
Last MonthCurrent RankTitlePublisherRelease DateAverage Price
**1CarsTHQ Jun-06$39
12Over the HedgeActivisionMay-06$36
33Naruto: Clash of NinjaD3publisherMar-06$40
44Paper Mario: the Thousand Year DoorNintendoOct-04$21
85Dance Dance Revolution Mario Mix W/MatKonami Digital Ent.Oct-05$49
76Super Smash Bro MeleeNintendoDec-01$30
57Mario Kart: Double Dash !!NintendoNov-03$30
**8Teen TitansMajescoMay-06$20
109Super Mario SunshineNintendoAug-02$20
910Lego Star WarsEidos Oct-05$29

GBA
Last MonthCurrent RankTitlePublisherRelease DateAverage Price
**1CarsTHQ Jun-06$29
12Super Mario AdvanceNintendoJun-01$20
23Over the HedgeActivisionMay-06$28
44Pokemon EmeraldNintendoApr-05$35
65Mario & Luigi SagaNintendoNov-03$20
56Yoshi's Island : Mario 3NintendoSep-02$20
87DogzUbisoftNov-05$30
**8Mega Man Battle Network 6: Cybeast GregarCapcomJun-06$30
109Mario Bros. 3: Mario 4NintendoOct-03$31
310Kingdom 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$18
**3Big Brain AcademyNintendoJun-06$19
**4CarsTHQ Jun-06$29
55Mario KartNintendoNov-05$35
46Animal Crossing: Wild WorldNintendoDec-05$34
37Metroid Prime: HuntersNintendoMar-06$34
88TetrisNintendoMar-06$30
99Over the HedgeActivisionMay-06$28
1010Nintendogs: Dachshund & FriendsNintendoAug-05$31

PSP
Last MonthCurrent RankTitlePublisherRelease DateAverage Price
**1CarsTHQ Jun-06$39
32Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City StoriesTake-TwoOct-05$40
63Monster Hunter: FreedomCapcomMay-06$40
14MLB '06: the ShowSony Mar-06$40
45Field CommanderSony Online Ent.May-06$40
26DaxterSony Mar-06$40
**7FIFA World Cup 2006Electronic ArtsMay-06$40
**8Need for Speed: Most WantedElectronic ArtsNov-05$40
**9NBA Live 06Electronic ArtsOct-05$30
910SOCOM: Fireteam BravoSony Nov-05$40

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114 comments
morororo
morororo

I think the 360 would do better if the games were priced the same as their pc counterparts. The pc versions are mostly better provided you have a decent system and here in the UK are 20 pounds cheaper than 360 games. They say it costs more to make games for this new generation, then why can the pc games still be 20 pounds cheaper?! Am I paying 20 pounds extra for gamer achievements? Psp games are also dearer than DS games and surely the DS is trickier to program what with the touch screen and stuff yet they can sell for less. Sony and Microsoft are taking the piss. Hopefully the Wii will still have normal priced games other wise we really need to start worrying about the next next generation when we're paying 80 bucks for a game and 800 bucks for the console.

LordBraz
LordBraz

New Super Mario Twins rules. And Cars sells well b/c it's a liscensed game based on a very popular kids' movie. Trust me, Shrek 2 sold a bundle as well. Oh, and Caleb1dunn, Microsoft is not entering the handheld market and if you look at the buzz, it's looking like the Wii is going to sell well. Very, very well. Just b/c you forgot your roots or you're too young to remember the NES days, doesn't mean the rest of us are.

Illmaticnyj
Illmaticnyj

Why are so many people buying cars????

chrisdojo
chrisdojo

LOL gta-lcs for $20 on ps2...... sony always finds a way to own their customers. guess all you casual psp owners that got the rehash the first time around wasted some cash.

imprezawrx500
imprezawrx500

why aren't game bought online counted? Thats just stupied as there are heaps of games sold online now.

faridmon
faridmon

actually Cars is a great game, not groundbreaking but its fun while it last, beause i played the demo and it was fu, but no way am thinking about buying it, and the Gamecube is still kicks butt, but what happened to the PSP LOL.

abstractreality
abstractreality

konel01 there are 2 out of the top 10 published my microsoft on the original xnox. Soon enough there will be many great games published by microsoft for the 360 (mass effect, alan wake, gears of war, halo 3.) So the fact that they don't have alot of first party games out currently doesn't mean they are doomed any more then other consoles without good third party support. And as you said about the xbox scratching the surface of the asian market. THat is completely true.....but they are a region of all fanboys, and with national "pride". Meaning they don't want to buy other countries consoles. It's not like that many games come out for the PS that dont come out on XB. And nintendo is always made great games and always will.....that IS why their system sells. I am completely with you on that one.

judgepeter813
judgepeter813

That's just because oblivion is old now... as you can see it was 4 last month... and not to mention that lcs is $20, of course it's going to sell well. It doesn't even say how much money they made. PS2 is not owning. Wait until the ps3 to see how bad sony is going to lose.

gamingskills
gamingskills

come on enoslives7 of coarse ps2 games are going to sell more than the comp. not because its better but because millions of more systems are in consumers homes than any other system except maybe nintendo handhelds. come on get a brain!

enoslives7
enoslives7

PS2 is still owning the competition !

PatchMaster
PatchMaster

konel01 knows whats up. Thanks for breaking it down.

LosDaddie
LosDaddie

The Xbox360 should rule next month!:D

GoldenSilence87
GoldenSilence87

Just because you cant cap someone in the head doesnt make Cars bad...

konel01
konel01

The DS and PS2 are taking the Top spots in sales World Wide. Something that XboxFanboys will "Never Ever See". Even You fanboys have to Admit the 360 has no chance of scratching the Asian Market. (imo where the best game are made) Nintendo does well becuz they Make Great Games! The DS isn't the Strongest, Most Power HandHeld Ever... Mario Sells, Not just becuz he's a Recognizable Character. It's sells becuz the Mario Games are Fun as Hell to play. Sony has great 3rd Party Support. Sony doesn't really make many their Top Selling games. They Rely on other Companies to make them. The same goes for Microsoft. They Make Powerful Systems and don't really concentrate on their games. Hell I love my PS2, but all the games I loved on it are Made by Capcom, Konami, or Square. Look at What is Selling in the Top 10! - Nintendo with 5 of the spots. 3 - DS, 1 - GBA, 1 - GC - Sony with 4 in the top 10. 4 - PS2, 0 - PSP - Microsoft with Only 1 360 title and Zero Xbox games. LOOK at WHO Publishes the Top selling games for Each Top System!! - 8 of the 10 ten games for the DS are made BY Nintendo. - Sony made 2 of their top 10 sellers this month. - Microsoft.... if they didn't have 3rd party Support, well..... Then WHO do you think is getting the biggest part of the Pie?... This will conclude our LOGIC TEST for this month. Tone in next month to the Same Video Game Site for another Episode.

comthitnuong
comthitnuong

thats pretty awsome that cars is doing so well

rynmls
rynmls

gta can never be let down to consumers...

azizrulez
azizrulez

why is Cars everywhere in the lists

Orague
Orague

i don't agree with car ... i think we need more xbox360 game need more games few comeingout .... hopeful it wil get better for xbox

drtydozn00
drtydozn00

screw cars man....that movie sucked total ass. it sucks that nintendo is gonna win the console wars just cuz all the little kids are gonna be banging their heads on the floor for lame ass disney movie games. im still gonna buy the real consoles. whatevers more expensive will hopefully have less little kids playing online so im sticking with a PS3

Dantes_Monkey
Dantes_Monkey

Oh yeah sony are in big trouble...just look at that list 12/20 of the games are on PS2.

seg555
seg555

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seg555
seg555

Wow there not one psp game on the ALL CONSOLES list.

Platyphyllum
Platyphyllum

Cars is actually kind of a good game. Well, it's nice to see Nintendo doing well with the DS and Sony doing well with the PS2 but the PSP and GBA are doing horribly for some reason.

Caleb1dunn
Caleb1dunn

i knew alot of people would be mad at me for saying that. but it is true. nintendo has always done good in the handheld market. that hasnt changed. they are not doing any better in that market and now they have to share it with sony and most likely ms soon. And i dont see the wii taking off near as far as the 360 or the ps3 cause it is weak and offers nothing new as far as next generation. Except for new control which sony also has. if you look at what nintendo does best it is make games those charts show that and i think that is what they should stick to doing.

metroidlink1030
metroidlink1030

Wow, look at all those movie-based games. You can tell it's the summer, haha!

relset
relset

the PC chart is very interesting!!

Link165
Link165

pwnr, I don't own WoW and don't want it either.

cdko
cdko

i agree jpfounder the psp is like WAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHH

thepeter
thepeter

Cars is almost a mark of death! I say almost because i just can't imagine xbox2 being #1 in the end... And yes, i do cry myself to sleep because of my guilt for neglecting my Gamecube. (it's all Steam's fault damnit!)

spoo_
spoo_

I am surprised that no one has stated the reason the DS is all over the June charts is because the DS Lite came out on June 11. Many got a DS and 2-3 games for under $200 (including me.) July the 360 will have the #1 or #2 game.

turnipsconquer
turnipsconquer

The reason there is so much games is because it is verry popular and they never fail to impress people -Hopperman Grass no its because they make them cheaply so few sales equals greater profit. C'mon, those sports games are super simple with a few gimicks/catchy gameplay features. Supermario tennis - simple with shiny charge up, fun, easy to make, +$$

redgamer63
redgamer63

ds- nintendo still rules the handheld market psp- is doomed ps2- doin good as usual but will die soon gamecube- dead for the past 2 years xbox- slowly dieing but halo still keepin it somewhat alive 360- oblivion and GRAW givin it 360. fall 06 is when the 360 takes off and will be the #1 console pc- pc are very slowly declining till consoles are far superior (the pc will always be there though) ps3- way 2 expensive (will be third) wiiiiiiiiii- will be second console 2 the 360 and the somewhat rare ps3 owner (the name is still retard and when i get mine i will call it the revolution)

jpfondeur
jpfondeur

I'm glad to see nintendo doing so well, but I'm VERY disapointed that the PSP is doing so poorly, I just bought one and I love it, must be the game drought, I hope things improve this fall.

ShadowBass989
ShadowBass989

the xbox is dead and the xbox 360 is about to die. just the list i like to see, more Nintendo and SONY games than xbox games. fills my heart with warmth, lmao

lordcarbo
lordcarbo

Caleb1dunn. most of the people who would buy an Xbox portable are PSP owners, so if anything, it would cripple the PSP many times more.

gaming_guru
gaming_guru

Caleb1dunn I hope you do realize that you have absolutely no idea what you are talking about

shp2400
shp2400

What? Cars? People sure like games from Disney Movies.

barnold81
barnold81

Who said Microsoft was making a portable GAMING machine? It is only a competitor with the iPod. It's not for games as far as I know. I'd like to know the sales volume for each of these titles. I don't understand the success of Liberty City Stories. Isn't anyone else sick of GTA? I have Vice City and San Andreas, but I've only completed GTA 3. (100%) I'm just bored with it. But then again, wtf is Cars doing on this list?

phantastic91
phantastic91

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Agreb91
Agreb91

Nothing new, DS is getting more popular, PS2 is still strong, Xbox 360, getting there, Xbox dead, and the GC well yeah its dead too.

greenleaflink
greenleaflink

damn nintendo and sony are owning!!!!!!!!!! ps2 is still selling strong.

lgoldberg
lgoldberg

The PS2 is still up and kicking, the Xbox is dying, the Xbox 360 is on the rise, the Gamecube is still existent, and the DS is fresh and popular. Hooray for the PS2!!!!!

gcuber123
gcuber123

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