ChartSpot: April 2006

Kingdom Hearts II reigns again, GRAW and Oblivion stay put, and the Sims remain Open for Business.


Industry-research group NPD Funworld has released their detailed monthly sales rankings for April 2006--and they look a lot like the previous month's. On the portable/console chart, there was no change at the top, with Kingdom Hearts II for the PlayStation 2 standing fast at number one. The number-two and three slots also remained the same--both were occupied by the top two Xbox 360 games, Ubisoft's Tom Clancy's Advanced Warfighter and 2K Games' The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion.

Next up were two "God" games for the PS2--Electronic Arts' Godfather and Sony's God of War, which are selling at discount price points of $39.99 and $19.99, respectively. They were followed by a trio of baseball titles: MLB '06: The Show for the PS2, and Major League Baseball 2K6 for the Xbox 360 and PS2. Rounding out the top 10 were Sony and Polyphony Digital's Tourist Trophy for the PS2 and EA's Battlefield 2: Modern Combat for the Xbox 360.

On the portable front, only two Nintendo DS games cracked the top 20 non-PC games list. Brain Age: Train Your Brain in Minutes a Day landed in 14th, while Metroid Prime: Hunters eked its way onto the list in 20th. Still, the DS's double-showing was better than the PlayStation Portable and Game Boy Advance--no title for either platform made the top 20 at all.

On the PC charts, the Sims once again took the top slot in the form of The Sims 2: Open For Business expansion pack. Another add-on, The Sims 2: Family Fun Stuff, came in third, the Sims 2 was seventh, Sims 2 Nightlife was 12th, the Sims Complete Collection was 17th, and The Sims 2: University was 18th.

As is often the case, role-playing games were well represented on the April 2006 bestseller charts. The PC edition of the free-roaming RPG The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion was the number-two game of the month, while a pair of massively multiplayer online RPG titles--Vivendi's World of Warcraft and NCsoft's Guild Wars Factions--were fourth and fifth, respectively. Real-time strategy games were also on hand in force and included Star Wars: Empire At War (sixth), Lord of the Rings, Battle For Middle-earth II (eighth), and Age of Empires III (ninth).

Last MonthCurrent RankTitlePlatformPublisherRelease DateAverage Price
11Kingdom Hearts IIPS2Square EnixMar-06$50
22Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter360UbisoftMar-06$59
33Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion3602K Games Mar-06$60
84The Godfather: The GamePS2Electronic ArtsMar-06$39
105God of WarPS2SonyMar-05$20
56MLB '06: The ShowPS2SonyMar-06$40
**7Major League Baseball 2K63602K GamesApr-06$60
**8Major League Baseball 2K6PS22K Games Apr-06$40
**9Tourist TrophyPS2SonyApr-06$40
**10Battlefield 2: Modern Combat360Electronic ArtsApr-06$60
**11Tomb Raider: Legend360Eidos Interactive Apr-06$60
**12Major League Baseball 2K6XBX2K Games Apr-06$40
**13Tomb Raider: LegendPS2Eidos Interactive Apr-06$49
**14Brain Age: Train Your Brain In Minutes A DayDSNintendoApr-06$20
**15Grand Theft Auto: San AndreasPS2Rockstar GamesOct-04$20
**16NBA Ballers: PhenomPS2MidwayMar-06$40
**17Kingdom HeartsPS2Square EnixSep-02$20
**18Ice Age 2: The MeltdownPS2VivendiMar-06$37
919Fight Night Round 3360Electronic ArtsFeb-06$59
1120Metroid Prime: HuntersDSNintendoMar-06$35

Last MonthCurrent RankTitlePublisherAverage Price
11The Sims 2 Open For BusinessElectronic Arts$33
22Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion2K Games $48
**3The Sims 2 Family Fun StuffElectronic Arts$18
64World of WarcraftVivendi$47
**5Guild Wars FactionsNCsoft$50
36Star Wars: Empire At WarLucasArts$47
77The Sims 2Electronic Arts$39
58Lord of the Rings: Battle For Middle Earth IIElectronic Arts$48
109Age of Empires IIIMicrosoft$44
1210Civilization IV2K Games$44
1311Battlefield 2Electronic Arts$47
1112The Sims 2 NightlifeElectronic Arts$31
1413Zoo Tycoon 2Microsoft$25
1914Zoo Tycoon: Complete CollectionMicrosoft$25
1715Guild WarsNCsoft$46
1616Call of Duty 2Activision$47
2017The Sims Complete CollectionElectronic Arts$39
**18The Sims 2: UniversityElectronic Arts$31
**19Warcraft III Battle ChestVivendi$39
820Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion Collector's Edition2K Games$59

Last MonthCurrent RankTitlePublisherRelease DateAverage Price
11Kingdom Hearts IISquare EnixMar-06$50
52The Godfather: The GameElectronic ArtsMar-06$39
63God of WarSony Mar-05$20
34MLB '06: The ShowSonyMar-06$40
**5Major League Baseball 2K62K GamesApr-06$40
**6Tourist TrophySonyApr-06$40
**7Tomb Raider: LegendEidos InteractiveApr-06$49
**8Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas2K GamesOct-04$20
**9NBA Ballers: PhenomMidwayMar-06$40
**10Kingdom HeartsSquare Enix Sep-02$20

Last MonthCurrent RankTitlePublisherRelease DateAverage Price
**1Major League Baseball 2K62K Games Apr-06$40
22The Godfather: The GameElectronic ArtsMar-06$39
43Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas2K GamesSep-05$20
**5Tomb Raider: LegendEidos Interactive Apr-06$49
76Halo 2Microsoft Nov-04$29
**7NBA Ballers: PhenomMidwayMar-06$40
58Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced WarfighterUbisoftMar-06$49
19BlackElectronic ArtsMar-06$40
**10Ice Age 2: The MeltdownVivendi Mar-06$37

XBOX 360
Last MonthCurrent RankTitlePublisherRelease DateAverage Price
11Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced WarfighterUbisoftMar-06$59
22Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion2K GamesMar-06$60
**3Major League Baseball 2K62K GamesApr-06$60
**4Battlefield 2: Modern CombatElectronic ArtsApr-06$60
**5Tomb Raider: LegendEidos Interactive Apr-06$60
36Fight Night Round 3Electronic ArtsFeb-06$59
67Call of Duty 2ActivisionNov-05$59
**8Final Fantasy XI OnlineSquare EnixApr-06$50
**9Top Spin 22K GamesMar-06$40
910Far Cry: Instincts PredatorUbisoftMar-06$60

Last MonthCurrent RankTitlePublisherRelease DateAverage Price
11Sonic RidersSegaFeb-06$40
**2Ice Age 2: The MeltdownVivendi Mar-06$37
**3Harvest Moon: Magical MelodyNatsumeMar-06$40
34Mario Kart: Double Dash !!NintendoNov-03$30
25Naruto: Clash of NinjaD3publisherMar-06$40
56Super Mario SunshineNintendoAug-02$18
68Super Smash Brothers MeleeNintendoDec-01$30
49Super Mario StrikersNintendoDec-05$50
710Lego Star WarsEidos InteractiveOct-05$30

Last MonthCurrent RankTitlePublisherRelease DateAverage Price
**1Ice Age 2: The MeltdownVivendi Mar-06$28
62Super Mario AdvanceNintendoJun-01$19
93Chicken LittleBuena Vista GamesOct-05$18
**4Chronicles of NarniaBuena Vista Games Nov-05$18
**5Yoshi's Island: Mario 3NintendoSep-02$19
**6Mario & Luigi SagaNintendoNov-03$19
**7Kingdom Hearts: ChainSquare EnixDec-04$20
108Yu-Gi-Oh ! Ultimate MastersKonami Digital Ent.Mar-06$30
310Pokemon EmeraldNintendoApr-05$35

Last MonthCurrent RankTitlePublisherRelease DateAverage Price
**1Brain Age: Train Your Brain In Minutes A DayNintendoApr-06$20
12Metroid Prime: HuntersNintendoMar-06$35
33Animal Crossing: Wild WorldNintendoDec-05$35
54Tetris DSNintendoMar-06$32
45Mario Kart DSNintendoNov-05$35
26Super Princess PeachNintendoFeb-06$35
77Nintendogs: Dachshund & FriendsNintendoAug-05$31
**8Ice Age 2: The MeltdownVivendi Mar-06$29
69Pokemon TrozeiNintendoMar-06$35
810Nintendogs: Labrador & FriendsNintendoAug-05$31

Last MonthCurrent RankTitlePublisherRelease DateAverage Price
11MLB '06: The ShowSony Mar-06$40
42DaxterSony Mar-06$40
23Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories2K Games Oct-05$50
64Dragon Ball Z: Shin BudokaiAtariMar-06$40
55Syphon Filter: Dark MirrorSony Mar-06$40
**6Untold Legends: The Warrior's CodeSony Online Ent.Mar-06$40
**7Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: EssentialsUbisoftMar-06$40
78SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs Fireteam Bravo Sony Nov-05$40
39Fight Night Round 3Electronic ArtsFeb-06$40
910Need For Speed: Most WantedElectronic ArtsNov-05$50

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