ChartSpot: March 2007

God of War II sees heavenly sales, GRAW2 and Guitar Hero II rock the 360 top 10, MotorStorm revs up PS3 sales.

Though it saw a decline in PC game sales, the five weeks of the industry-tracking NPD Group's "March" reporting period--which lasted from March 4 to April 7--saw the good times roll on other platforms. Leading the pack of non-PC titles was God of War II, Sony Computer Entertainment America's glowingly reviewed sequel to its 2005 action game hit. The game sold 833,000 copies in three weeks and is well on its way to rival sales of the original God of War, which landed in 13th place for the "month."

As far as the platforms formerly known as next-generation consoles, the Xbox 360 came out on top, with five games in the NPD Group's top 20 games of the month. Foremost among them was Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2, which sold 394,000 copies from its March 6 release until the end of the month. Right behind it was Guitar Hero II, which moved 291,000 in the four days after its Xbox 360 debut. Also making the top 10 were the 360 MLB 2K7 (165,000 copies sold) and Def Jam Icon (148,000 copies sold).

The 360's rivals were also represented in the top 20. MotorStorm, the racing game touted so often by Sony Computer Entertainment's Phil Harrison that its very mention became a drinking game among 21-and-over gamers, had a solid debut, selling 199,000 units. No doubt boosted by the fact it came with a Wii Remote, Wii Play sold 273,000 copies during Julius Caesar's least favorite month.

NPD's March reporting period also marked a milestone in the console cycle. Namely, it is the first month that NPD stopped providing rankings for Xbox and GameCube. NPD reps assured GameSpot that the industry research firm is still monitoring sales of games on both platforms, but felt the time was right to desist updating the games press on said data, given that both platforms are no longer produced.

On the PC charts, the song remained largely the same. As is all too often the case, World of Warcraft and the Sims 2 exchanged places in the top slot. The latter's Seasons expansion pack was the month's most popular PC game, with the former's first expansion pack, the Burning Crusade, close behind it. However, there was a new kid on the block. The regular edition of Electronic Arts' Command & Conquer 3 debuted in fourth place on the PC charts, with the deluxe Kane edition following two slots behind it.

ALL CONSOLES
Last MonthCurrent RankTitlePlatformPublisherRelease DateAverage Price
**1God of War IIPS2SCEA Mar-07$50
**2Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2360UbisoftMar-07$59
**3Guitar Hero II (with Guitar)360ActivisionMar-07$88
24Wii Play (with Wii Remote)WIINintendoFeb-07$50
**5MotorStormPS3SCEAMar-07$60
36Diddy Kong RacingNDSNintendoFeb-07$30
**7SpectrobesNDSDisney Interactive StudiosMar-07$29
78Major League Baseball 2K7360Take-Two InteractiveFeb-07$60
169MLB '07: The ShowPS2SCEAFeb-07$40
**10Def Jam Icon360Electronic ArtsMar-07$60
511Guitar Hero II (with guitar)PS2ActivisionNov-06$79
1112New Super Mario BrosNDSNintendoMay-06$32
1913God of WarPS2SCEAMar-05$19
**14Grand Theft Auto: Vice City StoriesPS2Take-Two InteractiveMar-07$20
**15Tiger Woods PGA Tour 07WIIElectronic ArtsMar-07$50
116Crackdown360MicrosoftFeb-07$60
1317Sonic and the Secret RingsWIISegaFeb-07$49
**18TMNTPS2UbisoftMar-07$40
1419Mario KartNDSNintendoNov-05$33
420Legend of Zelda: Twilight PrincessWIINintendoNov-06$50

PC
Last MonthCurrent RankTitlePublisherAverage Price
31The Sims 2 Seasons Electronic Arts$27
12World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade Vivendi$38
23World of WarcraftVivendi$24
**4Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium WarsElectronic Arts$48
55The Sims 2Electronic Arts$38
**6Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars Kane EditionElectronic Arts$59
**7Stalker: Shadow of ChernobylTHQ$39
48Supreme CommanderTHQ$48
**9Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion Shivering Isles Take-Two Interactive$29
7103333 XP Games JCViva Media$10
**11The Sims 2 Celebration Stuff Electronic Arts$18
812The Sims 2 Pets Electronic Arts$29
**13Titan Quest: Immortal Throne THQ$30
1114Age of Empires IIIMicrosoft$48
915Battlefield 2142Electronic Arts$42
1316The Sims 2 Nightlife Electronic Arts$31
1217Paws & Claws Pet VetValusoft (THQ)$17
618The Sims: Life StoriesElectronic Arts$39
1719Sim City 4 DeluxeElectronic Arts$24
1620Halo: Combat EvolvedMicrosoft$20

PLAYSTATION 2
Last MonthCurrent RankTitlePublisherRelease DateAverage Price
**1God of War IISCEAMar-07$50
22MLB '07: The ShowSCEAFeb-07$40
13Guitar Hero II (with guitar)ActivisionNov-06$79
44God of WarSCEAMar-05$19
**5Grand Theft Auto: Vice City StoriesTake-Two InteractiveMar-07$20
**6TMNTUbisoftMar-07$40
**7Major League Baseball 2K7Take-Two InteractiveFeb-07$29
98Grand Theft Auto: San AndreasTake-Two InteractiveOct-04$20
79NCAA March Madness 07Electronic ArtsJan-07$30
610Fight Night Round 3Electronic ArtsFeb-06$19

PLAYSTATION 3
Last MonthCurrent RankTitlePublisherRelease DateAverage Price
**1MotorStormSCEAMar-07$60
**2Elder Scrolls IV: OblivionBethesda SoftworksMar-07$59
**3Def Jam IconElectronic ArtsMar-07$59
14Resistance: Fall of ManSCEANov-06$60
35Major League Baseball 2K7Take-Two InteractiveFeb-07$60
**6NBA Street HomecourtElectronic ArtsMar-07$60
27Virtua Fighter 5SegaFeb-07$60
**8The Godfather: The Don's EditionElectronic ArtsMar-07$60
**9Formula One Championship EditionSCEAFeb-07$60
**10Armored Core 4SegaMar-07$60

XBOX 360
Last MonthCurrent RankTitlePublisherRelease DateAverage Price
**1Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2UbisoftMar-07$59
**2Guitar Hero II (with guitar)ActivisionMar-07$88
33Major League Baseball 2K7Take-Two InteractiveFeb-07$60
**4Def Jam IconElectronic ArtsMar-07$60
15CrackdownMicrosoftFeb-07$60
26Gears of WarMicrosoftNov-06$64
67Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: VegasUbisoftNov-06$62
**8Armored Core 4SegaMar-07$60
**9TMNTUbisoftMar-07$50
510NBA Street HomecourtElectronic ArtsFeb-07$60

Wii
Last MonthCurrent RankTitlePublisherRelease DateAverage Price
11Wii Play (with remote)NintendoFeb-07$50
**2Tiger Woods PGA Tour 07Electronic ArtsMar-07$50
43Sonic and the Secret RingsSegaFeb-07$49
24Legend of Zelda: Twilight PrincessNintendoNov-06$50
35WarioWare: Smooth MovesNintendoJan-07$50
**6Cooking Mama: Cook OffMajescoMar-07$50
57Rayman Raving RabbidsUbisoftNov-06$48
**8SSX BlurElectronic ArtsFeb-07$50
**9TMNTUbisoftMar-07$50
710Red SteelUbisoftNov-06$38

GBA
Last MonthCurrent RankTitlePublisherRelease DateAverage Price
21Pokemon FireRedNintendoSep-04$20
52Pokemon LeafGreenNintendoSep-04$20
33Super Mario World: Super Mario Advance 2NintendoFeb-02$20
44Mario Kart: CircuitNintendoAug-01$20
85Pokemon EmeraldNintendoApr-05$35
76Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Red Rescue TeamNintendoSep-06$31
67Super Mario AdvanceNintendoJun-01$20
**8My Little Pony: Crystal Princess Runaway RainbowTHQSep-06$15
**9DogzUbisoftNov-05$20
**10Nicktoons: Battle for Volcano IslandTHQOct-06$20

DS
Last MonthCurrent RankTitlePublisherRelease DateAverage Price
11Diddy Kong RacingNintendoFeb-07$30
**2SpectrobesDisney Interactive StudiosMar-07$29
23New Super Mario BrosNintendoMay-06$32
34Mario KartNintendoNov-05$33
55Kirby Squeak SquadNintendoDec-06$30
**6Wario: Master of DisguiseNintendoMar-07$30
67Nintendogs: Dalmatian & FriendsNintendoOct-06$30
48Brain Age: Train Your Brain In Minutes a DayNintendoApr-06$20
79Yoshi's Island 2NintendoNov-06$29
**10Cooking MamaMajescoSep-06$19

PSP
Last MonthCurrent RankTitlePublisherRelease DateAverage Price
**1MLB '07: The ShowSCEAFeb-07$40
12Ratchet & Clank: Size MattersSCEAFeb-07$40
23Grand Theft Auto: Vice City StoriesTake-Two InteractiveNov-06$30
**4300: March to GloryWarner InteractiveFeb-07$30
45Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City StoriesTake-Two InteractiveOct-05$20
56NBA Live 07Electronic ArtsSep-06$30
97Medal of Honor: HeroesElectronic ArtsOct-06$29
78Midnight Club 3: DUB EditionTake-Two InteractiveJun-05$20
**9Call of Duty: Roads to VictoryActivisionMar-07$40
**10Major League Baseball 2K7Take-Two InteractiveFeb-07$30

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crossdx
crossdx

Nice. Expected GOW2 to sell well but doing even better.

theKSMM
theKSMM

* raising glass * Here's to the XBOX and the GameCube. They will both go down in the history of gaming as great consoles. Their time was too brief.

Pangamaster
Pangamaster

Wow the PS2 is still going strong as an old system while the PS3 is going to bite the dust next year

smoothn00dle
smoothn00dle

@Yuck_Foo I am talking about the graphic power of PS2, not sales.

emerald101
emerald101

hey luffy tubby it came out on pc in 2003 so its actuallt 4 years old go back to scholl mate.

emerald101
emerald101

hey luffy tubby it came out on pc in 2003 so its actually 4 years old go back to scholl mate.

s_king7
s_king7

just wait and see and i rest my case and people are going to continue saying this until it actually happens and incase you didn't know its for the PS3's success

Stabby
Stabby

The word GOD really does go with the game itself.

LuffyTubby
LuffyTubby

HOLY CRAP! Check out the PC sales.. Halo is still hanging in there at 20!! LOL! Halo is almost 7 years old... OMFG. And Burning Crusade, HAHAHAHAHA...

glaceya
glaceya

Nintendo has the right idea. Start basic and let the customers dictate the direction for the system(like the DS). the proof is in the numbers.

glaceya
glaceya

I am not hating on the PS2, it is a great system. but when sony has invested so much into the PS3, and it's collecting dust on the shelves, thats bad news for the Sony Corp. How long do you think they can ride the PS2? and games like GOW2 don't come around every day(or even every year). This is a good thing because I think Sony needs to eat a nice big slice of humble pie. No more over charging customers for their products just because their name. lets hope that message filters down to all their products.

Irve
Irve

Wow , do i read that correctly .. only 1 PS3 game in the top twenty ? al least sony is still making money hand over fist with the ps2

surferboy2177
surferboy2177

Yep GOW 2 definitely earned it's place on top. That game rules.

Absolutezerr
Absolutezerr

Some people don't know when to shut up. I look forward to Shadowrun for 360 at the end of this month.

interpolred
interpolred

Go God of War II ! Awesome game! Hmmm...Maybe not a PS3 fanboy, but sounds like a PC fanboy to me...

snoopeymaster
snoopeymaster

you know what? PS3 sucks, Xbox 360 sucks more, and WII sucks the BIGGEST, PC rocks, it has all the games and more in better graphics an everything. The PC gets all th best games, but if i was to chose i would chose the ps3 which i already own, i can see a great future for it! NO IM NOT A PS3 FANBOY!!!

Liquid_Snake
Liquid_Snake

"That's what ppl has been saying since the ps3 release, and see, nothing have happened'till now. IMO only 1 game in top 20 for the ps3 is already a failure, same happens with the GC, and all the fanboys were saying "You may say Nintendo is failing with the GC but this company looks into the future so soon the GC should be on top of the charts.", the same comment and see, the GC never got to the top. PS3 is NOT going to be at top NEVER, its obvious, now the Nintendo and Microsoft fanboys are the one laughting at this, past gen were Sony and Microsoft, its gonna be like that forever cuz none of the 3 companies are gonna fall, they have enough money to keep them alive for many years. So fanboys, just SHUT THE H*LL UP and enjoy the videogames, nubs." what games? oh the old gen ones, anyone judgeging this war after just 5 months is just silly.

palaric8
palaric8

kratos: I pity the full who says ps2 is dead!

Vodoo
Vodoo

BILLNYE6983 The reason why PS2 games will continue to beat the more advanced and more expensive newer systems is because of its enormous installed base. But considering Sonys' base, the 800,000 plus units of GOW2 that were sold is actually quite pitiful.

BYS2
BYS2

GOW2 owns all... yay sony

BILLNYE6983
BILLNYE6983

This isn't shocking, GOW2 is better than anything else out there on the current gen consoles, that's what's funny too, as much as everyone say's that Sony is stupid for focusing on the 'last gen' they are still outselling the current gen, and that's why I like how Sony does it, I know tons of people who still have only a PS2, GC, or Xbox, but the one's with Xboxs and GCs are pissed because they have no more games to play. Since when do people care more about business practices than treating the customer nicely, cause your weird if you would rather have had Sony just kill the PS2 on the day the PS3 launched, it's only a good thing if you ask me. 6/20 of the games on the list are PS (2 or 3) so how is Sony somehow getting 'killed'? I mean I find it more lame that the 360 that some of you people love to praise endlessly is getting beat totally by GOW2, a PS2 game, and even the original GOW is beating Crackdown, which is a fairly recent 'current gen' release. Not 360 bashing just saying all you people do (on all sides) is twist facts and opinions so that to some idiot they appear to be 100% truthful, why can't you just stop?

redmenlax12
redmenlax12

GunGriffin this is the MARCH charts, of course pokemon diamond and pearl aren't on it. They came out in APRIL. READ THE HEADLINES BEFORE U POST.

xtremeimport
xtremeimport

wow, its amazing how many people on here hate the PS3. like people saying they have already lost the next-gen war and it hasn't even been out for a year. you people make me sick. true gamers? i think not. too many xbox fan boys on this site.

GunGriffin
GunGriffin

For one things this chart dose not take into account the resent release on Pokemon Daimond and Pearl on the DS Nintendo just reported that They both have sold over one million copies in the first five days of them going on sale world wide. Thats a huge number for 5 days after release. I think GameSpot needs to update their books agian and quick or else people are going to get the wrong ideas.

gautam3
gautam3

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glaceya
glaceya

Can u smell what the PS3 is cooking....a major price drop. It worked for Gamecube, It might work for sony.

Riamo_10
Riamo_10

THIS COMMENT PAGE IS SUPPOSED TO BE FOR THE SALES OF THE GAMES!!!!! NOT FOR WHICH CONSOLE IS BETTER OR NOT (FANBOYS = NOLIFE)

KAIRYU-SHIN
KAIRYU-SHIN

@s_king7 ***...You may say Sony is failing with the PS3 but this company looks into the future so soon the PS3 should be on top of the charts....*** That's what ppl has been saying since the ps3 release, and see, nothing have happened'till now. IMO only 1 game in top 20 for the ps3 is already a failure, same happens with the GC, and all the fanboys were saying "You may say Nintendo is failing with the GC but this company looks into the future so soon the GC should be on top of the charts.", the same comment and see, the GC never got to the top. PS3 is NOT going to be at top NEVER, its obvious, now the Nintendo and Microsoft fanboys are the one laughting at this, past gen were Sony and Microsoft, its gonna be like that forever cuz none of the 3 companies are gonna fall, they have enough money to keep them alive for many years. So fanboys, just SHUT THE H*LL UP and enjoy the videogames, nubs.

sameiamcramram
sameiamcramram

Glaceya: "There was not one PSP title up there and only one ps3 game. It's safe to say that sony has lost the next gen (handheld and console) race....they arent just losing the race they are being lapped by Microsoft and Nintendo I wonder how long they can survive off of PS2." Couldnt agree more

LosDaddie
LosDaddie

Glaceya: "There was not one PSP title up there and only one ps3 game. It's safe to say that sony has lost the next gen (handheld and console) race....they arent just losing the race they are being lapped by Microsoft and Nintendo I wonder how long they can survive off of PS2." ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Agreed. We are watching the downfall of Sony this gen.:)

MJ22see
MJ22see

s_king7 your thinking isn't spot on either "The PS2 is not meant to be in the top 20 hell not in the number 1 spot i mean its friends the XBOX and Gamecube are not." True but that's Sony's stupidity, GoW 2 should never have only come to PS2, either just the PS3 or both consoles. "so for it to be there i See that as a problem for the XBOX 360, Wii and maybe the PS3. The system was meant to be doing what its doing today 7 years ago which it did but its not meant to be doing it now but it is." I think you have it backwards, its a major problem for the PS3, not a problem for the XBOX 360 and the Wii. A company's last gen console should not outsell their current gen console in hardware and game sales ever. This is poor planning on Sony with game production. Microsoft and Nintendo are turning profits. And if Sony can only compete with them using the PS2 rather the the PS3 then they'll be a game developer shortly, because the PS2 is an inferior machine to the Wii and 360 by far.

Dragon25k
Dragon25k

I bet there would be a lot more God of War 2 copies, but of course not everyone is alowed to get M rated games, or in that fact M rated games with nudity. but if everyone could get it, i'm pretty sure it would of sold over a 1 Million copies!

glaceya
glaceya

There was not one PSP title up there and only one ps3 game. It's safe to say that sony has lost the next gen (handheld and console) race....they arent just losing the race they are being lapped by Microsoft and Nintendo :) I wonder how long they can survive off of PS2.

blackace
blackace

With over 110 million units worldwide, a low cheap price and thousands of software titles to be purchased, why wouldn't it? It also doesn't have any competition as both Xbox & Gamecube are no longer being produced. I still like playing my PS2 and have lots of games I still need to complete. ______________________________________________________ enoslives7 PS2 still owns the competition.

blackace
blackace

Wow. XBox 360 had 4 titles in the top 10. Not bad. There's no suprise that God of War 2 is on the top of the list. This game should sell between 3-4 million copies after all is said and done. There are over 100 million PS2 out there, so I'm a bit surprised it didn't sell a lot more.

henry4th
henry4th

Oblivion isn't up on the chart not only because those who owned a good enough PC or xbox360 played it, it's just not a game for the majority of PS3 gamers. heck, if PS3 gamers are really into Oblivion type of western RPG, they'd have bought an XBOX360 already. The fact is, most poeple can't afford both systems, (or a great high end PC), so they pick their fav. console that would offer their fav. games. Oblivion is abviously not the fav. game tpe for PS3.

unbreakable4534
unbreakable4534

I'm thankful I can enjoy God of War 2 on my PS2... but I think they shoulda went ahead and made it for the PS3 to help PS3 sales. I mean, I know they said they did it on the PS2 so more people could play it and what not, but I still am pulling for the PS3 in this console war and think that woulda helped. Can you imagine a next gen God of War???

shady_825
shady_825

PS2 is so awesome it's hilarious. Even Sony is trying to dethrone it now.

s_king7
s_king7

sja28 and everyone else not thinking The PS2 is not meant to be in the top 20 hell not in the number 1 spot i mean its friends the XBOX and Gamecube are not. so for it to be there i See that as a problem for the XBOX 360, Wii and maybe the PS3. The system was meant to be doing what its doing today 7 years ago which it did but its not meant to be doing it now but it is. You may say Sony is failing with the PS3 but this company looks into the future so soon the PS3 should be on top of the charts. Yeah the XBOX 360 will be around i mean its got GREAT titles coming out for it so no doubt. and of course the Wii. Don't get excited seeing only 1 PS3 game in the top 20

KingKoop
KingKoop

Wow Mario Kart still there?

rbranma
rbranma

violent Kratos is back

Yuck_Too
Yuck_Too

--smoothn00dle -- "seven years old hardware still kick @ss" ~~~~~~ Actually it's a 30ish million active install base that kicks the competition. After all the worst selling PS2 game can easily outsell a PS3 title and it's all about money. I am surprised that Oblivion for the PS3 is not up there (in the overall all standings)...guess it's true everyone has already played it.