ChartSpot: September 2004

Pokemon FireRed beats out high-profile releases Burnout 3: Takedown and Fable for the console gold as the Sims 2 dominates the PC charts.

The one-two punch of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas and Halo 2 caused the monthly NPD wrap-up to arrive a bit later that usual this time around. However, top-seller lists proved one thing: never underestimate the power of portables. That's because the month's number one console game was Pokemon FireRed, which beat out fellow debuts Fable, Star Wars: Battlefront, Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2005, Def Jam: Fight for NY, and even the much-hyped Burnout 3: Takedown. And it wasn't because one game came out earlier than the other; Burnout 3 and Pokemon FireRed were released on the same day--September 7.

In fact, Burnout 3's debut must feel like a bit of a letdown for Electronic Arts, given the game's massive amount of hype and critical acclaim. The Xbox version of the daredevil racing game debuted at number 14, while the PS2 lagged behind, barely making the top 20 at number 19.

However, there were no surprises on the PC charts. With the original Sims and its expansion packs still a constant presence in the top 20 best-sellers, it was little wonder that the Sims 2 took the top slot. Right behind it was the special edition of the game, which offered various extras for those fluent in simlish. Right behind were two other high-profile newcomers, the expansion pack Call Of Duty: United Offensive and Star Wars: Battlefront.

Whether it was because of these interesting newcomers or the growing backlash against the game, Doom 3 slipped to fifth place. But that was still good enough to beat the month's other high-profile PC debut, Rome: Total War, whose legions managed to conquer the eighth slot.

Last MonthRankTitlePlatformPublisherRelease DateAverage Price
**1Pokemon FireRed VersionGBANintendo Sep'04$35
**2FableXboxMicrosoft Sep'04$50
**3Pokemon LeafGreen VersionGBANintendo Sep'04$31
14Madden NFL 2005PS2Electronic ArtsAug'04$49
**5Star Wars: BattlefrontXboxLucasArtsSep'04$49
**6Star Wars: BattlefrontPS2LucasArtsSep'04$48
**7Star Ocean: Till the End of TimePS2Square Enix Sep'04$50
**8NBA Live 2005PS2Electronic ArtsSep'04$40
39ESPN NFL 2K5PS2Take-TwoJul'04$19
**10Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2005PS2Electronic ArtsSep'04$49
**11NASCAR 2005: Chase for the CupPS2Electronic ArtsSep'04$50
**12Pikmin 2GCNNintendo Sep'04$50
513ESPN NFL 2K5XboxTake-TwoJul'04$19
**14Burnout 3: TakedownXboxElectronic ArtsSep'04$50
**15WWE: Day of ReckoningGCNTHQSep'04$50
**16Sly 2: Band of ThievesPS2Sony Sep'04$40
**17Def Jam: Fight for NYPS2Electronic ArtsSep'04$49
**18 Street Fighter Anniversary CollectionPS2Capcom USASep'04$30
**19Burnout 3: TakedownPS2Electronic ArtsSep'04$50
220Madden NFL 2005XboxElectronic ArtsAug'04$49

Last MonthCurrent RankTitlePublisherAverage Price
**1The Sims 2Electronic Arts$48
**2The Sims 2 Special EditionElectronic Arts$49
**3Call of Duty: United Offensive Activision$28
**4Star Wars: BattlefrontLucasArts$47
15Doom 3Activision$52
26The Sims DeluxeElectronic Arts$19
157Call of DutyActivision$30
**8Rome: Total WarActivision$43
229World Poker ChampionshipValusoft (THQ)$19
1010Star Wars: Knights of the Old RepublicLucasArts$21
711The Sims: Makin' MagicElectronic Arts$20
**12Madden NFL 2005Electronic Arts$37
313Age of MythologyMicrosoft$28
5814Tournament Poker: No Limit Texas Hold'EmEagle Games$18
**15EverQuest: Omens of War Sony Online Ent.$29
1616The Sims: Unleashed Electronic Arts$20
417Rise of NationsMicrosoft$36
818Halo: Combat Evolved Microsoft$33
519The Sims Mega DeluxeElectronic Arts$35
620Zoo Tycoon: Complete CollectionMicrosoft$30

PlayStation 2
Last MonthRankTitlePublisherRelease DateAverage Price
11Madden NFL 2005Electronic ArtsAug'04$49
**2Star Wars: BattlefrontLucasArtsSep'04$48
**3Star Ocean: Till the End of TimeSquare Enix Sep'04$50
**4NBA Live 2005Electronic ArtsSep'04$40
25ESPN NFL 2K5Take 2 InteractiveJul'04$19
**6Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2005Electronic ArtsSep'04$49
**7NASCAR 2005: Chase for the CupElectronic ArtsSep'04$50
**8Sly 2: Band of ThievesSony Sep'04$40
**9Def Jam: Fight for NYElectronic ArtsSep'04$49
**10Street Fighter Anniversary Collection Capcom USASep'04$30

Last MonthRankTitlePublisherRelease DateAverage Price
**2Star Wars: BattlefrontLucasArtsSep'04$49
23ESPN NFL 2K5Take-TwoJul'04$19
**4Burnout 3: TakedownElectronic ArtsSep'04$50
15Madden NFL 2005Electronic ArtsAug'04$49
**6ESPN NHL 2K5Take-TwoSep'04$20
**7Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2005Electronic ArtsSep'04$49
48Halo: Combat EvolvedMicrosoft Nov'01$30
**9NBA Live 2005Electronic ArtsSep'04$40
**10ESPN NBA 2K5Take-TwoSep'04$20

Last MonthRankTitlePublisherRelease DateAverage Price
**1Pikmin 2NintendoSep'04$50
**2WWE: Day of ReckoningThqSep'04$50
**3Donkey Konga Nintendo Sep'04$49
44Super Smash Bros. MeleeNintendo Dec'01$30
25Tales of SymphoniaNamcoJul'04$50
16Madden NFL 2005Electronic ArtsAug'04$50
67Sonic Mega CollectionSega Nov'02$19
**8X-Men: LegendsActivisionSep'04$50
**9SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini BottomThqOct'03$20
710Mario Kart: Double Dash!!NintendoNov'03$50

Last MonthRankTitlePublisherRelease DateAverage Price
**1Pokemon FireRed VersionNintendo Sep'04$31
**2Pokemon LeafGreen VersionNintendo Sep'04$31
**3Dragon Ball Z: Buu's FuryAtariSep'04$30
14Yu-Gi-Oh! Reshef of DestructionKonami Jun'04$30
25Spider-Man: The Movie 2ActivisionJun'04$29
76Mario Bros 3: Mario 4Nintendo Oct'03$30
67Mario vs. Donkey KongNintendo May'04$31
48Classic NES Series: Super Mario Bros.Nintendo Jun'04$20
**9Teenage Mutant Ninja TurtlesKonami Oct'03$12
310Pokemon RubyNintendo Mar'03$33

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