ChartSpot: March 2005

The GameCube is shut out of the console top 20 as Gran Turismo 4 retains pole position; Sims 2, WOW top PC charts.


Though analysts are still debating whether or not the launch of the PSP met expectations, the new format certainly made an impact on the software charts last month. Even though the PSP was just released on March 24, five of the top portable games sold in the US in March were for the Sony handheld. Perhaps more impressive was that three PSP games (Twisted Metal: Head On, Need for Speed: Underground Rivals, and Untold Legends: Brotherhood of the Blade) cracked the top 20 best-selling non-PC games in March--a feat not a single GameCube game could manage.

Indeed, only two Nintendo games--WarioWare: Touched! for the DS and Robots for the Game Boy Advance--managed to crack the top 20. The rest of the chart was mostly Sony's show, with the top four games--Gran Turismo 4, MVP Baseball 2005, Fight Night Round 2, and Devil May Cry 3--being PlayStation 2 games. God of War also made an impressive debut at number six, while Tekken 5 disappointed somewhat, arriving at number 11.

The Xbox also made a strong showing in the console charts, with Star Wars: Republic Commando debuting at number five. The Xbox versions of Fight Night Round 2 and Brothers in Arms: Road to Hill 30 also made it into the top 10, followed by MVP Baseball 2005 (number 10) and Major League Baseball 2K5 (number 13). Perhaps the most impressive Xbox debut was Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Chaos Theory, which made it to number 12 despite being on the market only three days before the end of the month.

Over on the PC charts, it was much the same story. You wouldn't need a college degree to know that the first Sims 2 expansion, University, was going to finish atop the heap, followed by perennial favorites World of Warcraft and The Sims 2. The top debut was Brothers in Arms: Road to Hill 30, which came in at number four. Bringing up its rear was Star Wars: Republic Commando (number seven), the Matrix Online (number eight), and MVP Baseball 2005 (number 14).

Last MonthRankTitlePlatformPublisherRelease DateAverage Price
11Gran Turismo 4PS2SonyFeb '05$49
42MVP Baseball 2005PS2Electronic ArtsFeb '05$29
**3Fight Night Round 2PS2Electronic ArtsMar '05$49
**4Devil May Cry 3PS2Capcom Mar '05$49
**5Star Wars: Republic CommandoXboxLucasArtsMar '05$50
**6God of WarPS2Sony Mar '05$50
**7Fight Night Round 2XboxElectronic ArtsMar '05$49
**8Major League Baseball 2K5PS2Take-Two InteractiveFeb '05$19
**9Brothers In Arms: Road To Hill 30XboxUbisoftMar '05$46
1710MVP Baseball 2005XboxElectronic ArtsFeb '05$29
**11Tekken 5PS2NamcoFeb '05$50
**12Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Chaos TheoryXboxUbisoftMar '05$50
**13Major League Baseball 2K5XboxTake-Two Interactive Feb '05$20
**14Twisted Metal: Head OnPSPSonyMar '05$40
**15Need For Speed: Underground RivalsPSPElectronic ArtsMar '05$49
**16MX vs. ATV UnleashedPS2THQMar '05$40
1617Warioware: Touched!DSNintendoFeb '05$34
318Grand Theft Auto: San AndreasPS2Take-Two Interactive Oct '04$47
**19Untold Legends: Brotherhood of the BladePSPSony Online Ent.Mar '05$40
**20RobotsGBAVivendi Universal Feb '05$28

Last MonthRankTitlePublisherAverage Price
**1The Sims 2 UniversityElectronic Arts$34
12World of WarcraftVivendi Universal$50
43The Sims 2Electronic Arts$48
**4Brothers In Arms: Road To Hill 30Ubisoft$46
35Half-Life 2Vivendi Universal$51
56The Sims DeluxeElectronic Arts$19
**7Star Wars: Republic CommandoLucasArts$46
**8Matrix OnlineSega of America$49
69Halo: Combat EvolvedMicrosoft$28
210Star Wars: Knights of The Old Republic 2: The Sith LordsLucasArts$46
811Roller Coaster Tycoon 3Atari$38
1012Seaworld Adventure Parks TycoonActivision$16
**13The Sims: UnleashedElectronic Arts$13
**14MVP Baseball 2005Electronic Arts$29
1215Zoo Tycoon 2Microsoft$37
1116Lemony Snicket: Series of Unfortunate EventsActivision$25
**17The Sims: SuperstarElectronic Arts$13
1518Flight Simulator 2004: Century of FlightMicrosoft$30
719Call of DutyActivision$30
1320Rome: Total WarActivision$46

Last MonthRankTitlePublisherAverage Price
11Gran Turismo 4Sony Feb '05$49
42MVP Baseball 2005Electronic ArtsFeb '05$29
**3Fight Night Round 2Electronic ArtsMar '05$49
**4Devil May Cry 3Capcom Mar '05$49
**5God of WarSony Mar '05$50
**6Major League Baseball 2K5Take-Two InteractiveFeb '05$19
**7Tekken 5NamcoFeb '05$50
**8MX vs. ATV UnleashedTHQMar '05$40
39Grand Theft Auto: San AndreasTake-Two InteractiveOct '04$47
**10Brothers In Arms: Road To Hill 30Ubisoft Mar '05$47

Last MonthRankTitlePublisherRelease DateAverage Price
**1Star Wars: Republic CommandoLucasArtsMar '05$49
**2Fight Night Round 2Electronic ArtsMar '05$50
**3Brothers In Arms: Road To Hill 30UbisoftMar '05$30
34MVP Baseball 2005Electronic ArtsFeb '05$48
**5Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Chaos TheoryUbisoft Mar '05$50
**6Major League Baseball 2K5Take-Two InteractiveFeb '05$49
47Halo 2MicrosoftNov '04$50
**8MX vs. ATV UnleashedTHQMar '05$19
19NBA Street V3Electronic ArtsFeb '05$20
**10NarcMidwayMar '05$29

Last MonthRankTitlePublisherRelease DateAverage Price
21Star Fox: AssaultNintendoFeb '05$49
12Resident Evil 4Capcom Jan '05$50
43Super Mario SunshineNintendoAug '02$19
**4MVP Baseball 2005Electronic ArtsFeb '05$29
35NBA Street V3Electronic ArtsFeb '05$49
56Mario Party 6 W/MicrophoneNintendoDec '04$50
**7Donkey Kong: Jungle W/BongosNintendoMar '05$54
68Super Smash Bro MeleeNintendoDec '01$30
**9RobotsVivendi Universal Feb '05$40
**10Pokemon ColosseumNintendoMar '04$22

Last MonthRankTitlePlatformPublisherRelease DateAverage Price
**1Twisted Metal: Head OnPSPSony Mar '05$40
**2Need For Speed: Underground RivalsPSPElectronic ArtsMar '05$49
33Warioware: Touched!DSNintendoFeb '05$34
**4Untold Legends: Brotherhood of the BladePSPSony Online Ent.Mar '05$40
**5RobotsGBAVivendi UniversalFeb '05$28
66The IncrediblesGBATHQNov '04$28
**7Yoshi Touch & GoDSNintendoMar '05$31
28Super Mario 64 DSDSNintendoNov '04$30
**9Metal Gear AcidPSPKonamiMar '05$39
**10Wipeout PurePSPSony Mar '05$39


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