ChartSpot: April 2007

Dual Pokémons double-team an aging non-PC chart in the US, while the Lord of the Rings Online rules over the PC realm.


As reported earlier, the latest NPD Funworld US Sales figures painted a mixed picture of gaming in April. Hardware sales were up an impressive 52 percent during the month, racking up $338.4 million in that time period. However, non-PC software sales were virtually flat, sinking 1 percent to total just $389.8 million.

Beneath the blanket software sales figures was a tale of two titles--for a two-screened portable, no less. Handheld software sales were up 61 percent for the month to $141.5 million, thanks to strong sales of Pokémon Diamond and Pokémon Pearl. The former was the top non-PC game for the month, selling 1.045 million copies, while the latter moved a solid 712,000 units. Other Nintendo DS games doing well during April were New Super Mario Bros. (12th), Spectrobes (14th), Diddy Kong Racing (19th), and Mario Kart DS (20th). No PlayStation Portable or Game Boy Advance titles cracked the top 20 non-PC game list.

April saw console sales drop a precipitous 19 percent, due to a lack of major new releases. The month's best-selling console title was Super Paper Mario (Wii) in third place, followed by the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 2 versions of Spider-Man 3. All the other console games on the non-PC chart were holdovers from previous months, most notably Wii Play (fourth), the 360 Guitar Hero II (fifth), and the PS2 Guitar Hero II (sixth). No PlayStation 3 games made it onto the top 20; the platform's best-selling title was the port of F.E.A.R., previously released on the PC and 360.

The PC top 20 for April was topped by the latest addition to the fantasy massively multiplayer online role-playing genre. The regular edition of The Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar was the biggest title on the oldest gaming platform, and the special edition of the game landed in eighth place.

The rest of the PC chart, though, was virtually unchanged from March. World of Warcraft: Burning Crusade once again finished in second, followed by WOW pére, Command & Conquer 3 Tiberium Wars, the Sims 2, The Sims 2 Seasons, and The Sims 2 Celebration Stuff.

Last MonthCurrent RankTitlePlatformPublisherRelease DateAverage Price
**1Pokémon Diamond DSNintendoApr-07$35
**2Pokémon Pearl DSNintendoApr-07$35
**3Super Paper MarioWIINintendoApr-07$50
44Wii Play (with remote)WIINintendoFeb-07$50
35Guitar Hero II (with guitar)360ActivisionMar-07$89
116Guitar Hero II (with guitar)PS2ActivisionNov-06$80
**7Spider-Man 3360ActivisionApr-07$60
**8Spider-Man 3PS2ActivisionApr-07$41
19God of War IIPS2SCEA Mar-07$50
910MLB 07: The ShowPS2SCEA Feb-07$40
2011Legend of Zelda: Twilight PrincessWIINintendoNov-06$50
1212New Super Mario BrosDSNintendoMay-06$35
813Major League Baseball 2K7360Take-Two InteractiveFeb-07$60
714SpectrobesDSDisney Interactive StudiosMar-07$30
215Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2360UbisoftMar-07$60
1316God of WarPS2SCEA Mar-05$20
1517Tiger Woods PGA Tour 07WIIElectronic ArtsMar-07$50
**18Gears of War360MicrosoftNov-06$61
619Diddy Kong RacingDSNintendoFeb-07$31
1920Mario Kart DSDSNintendoNov-05$35

Last MonthCurrent RankTitlePublisherAverage Price
**1Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of AngmarMidway$51
22World of Warcraft: Burning CrusadeVivendi$37
33World of WarcraftVivendi$24
44Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium WarsElectronic Arts$48
55The Sims 2Electronic Arts$35
16The Sims 2 SeasonsElectronic Arts$28
117The Sims 2 Celebration StuffElectronic Arts$19
**8Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar Special EditionMidway$60
1093333 XP Games JCViva Media$10
910Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion Shivering IslesTake-Two Interactive$28
711S.T.A.L.K.E.R: Shadow of ChernobylTHQ$37
1212The Sims 2 PetsElectronic Arts$30
1613The Sims 2 NightlifeElectronic Arts$31
1914Sim City 4 DeluxeElectronic Arts$25
1515Battlefield 2142Electronic Arts$42
816Supreme CommanderTHQ$48
1417Age of Empires IIIMicrosoft$47
2018Halo: Combat EvolvedMicrosoft$20
**19Warcraft III Battle ChestVivendi$39
**20MahJongg XP Championship 200 Platinum JCViva Media$10

Last MonthCurrent RankTitlePublisherRelease DateAverage Price
31Guitar Hero II (with guitar)ActivisionNov-06$80
**2Spider-Man 3ActivisionApr-07$41
13Guitar Hero IISCEA Mar-07$50
24MLB 07: The ShowSCEA Feb-07$40
45God of WarSCEA Mar-05$20
56Grand Theft Auto: Vice City StoriesTake-Two InteractiveMar-07$20
78Major League Baseball 2K7Take-Two InteractiveFeb-07$30
**9Kingdom Hearts IISquare Enix Inc.Mar-06$20
**10Guitar HeroActivisionNov-06$40

Last MonthCurrent RankTitlePublisherRelease DateAverage Price
12MotorStormSCEA Mar-07$60
**3Spider-Man 3: Collector's EditionActivisionApr-07$70
44Resistance: Fall of ManSCEA Nov-06$60
25Elder Scrolls IV: OblivionBethesda SoftworksMar-07$60
**6Spider-Man 3ActivisionApr-07$60
57Major League Baseball 2K7Take-Two InteractiveFeb-07$60
88The Godfather: The Don's EditionElectronic ArtsMar-07$60
79Virtua Fighter 5SegaFeb-07$59
**10Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Double AgentUbisoftMar-07$60

XBOX 360
Last MonthCurrent RankTitlePublisherRelease DateAverage Price
21Guitar Hero II (with guitar)ActivisionMar-07$89
**2Spider-Man 3ActivisionApr-07$60
33Major League Baseball 2K7Take-Two InteractiveFeb-07$60
14Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2UbisoftMar-07$60
65Gears of War*MicrosoftNov-06$58
76Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six VegasUbisoftNov-06$60
**8Elder Scrolls IV: OblivionTake-Two InteractiveMar-06$58
**9Fight Night Round 3Electronic ArtsFeb-06$30
**10Viva PinataMicrosoftNov-06$25

Last MonthCurrent RankTitlePublisherRelease DateAverage Price
**1Super Paper MarioNintendoApr-07$50
12Wii Play (with remote)NintendoFeb-07$50
43Legend of Zelda: Twilight PrincessNintendoNov-06$50
24Tiger Woods PGA Tour 07Electronic ArtsMar-07$50
55Warioware: Smooth MovesNintendoJan-07$50
**6Spider-Man 3ActivisionApr-07$50
37Sonic and the Secret RingsSegaFeb-07$50
68Cooking Mama: Cook OffMajescoMar-07$50
79Rayman Raving RabbidsUbisoftNov-06$50
**10Prince of Persia: Rival SwordsUbisoftMar-07$50

Last MonthCurrent RankTitlePublisherRelease DateAverage Price
11Pokémon FireRed (with adaptor)NintendoSep-04$20
22Pokémon LeafGreen (with adaptor)NintendoSep-04$20
43Pokémon EmeraldNintendoApr-05$35
34Super Mario World: Super Mario Advance 2NintendoFeb-02$21
65Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Red Rescue TeamNintendoSep-06$31
56Mario Kart: CircuitNintendoAug-01$21
77Super Mario AdvanceNintendoJun-01$20
**8Dogz 2UbisoftMar-07$30
89My Little Pony: Crystal Princess Runaway RainbowTHQSep-06$15
**10Mario Bros 3: Mario 4NintendoOct-03$30

Last MonthCurrent RankTitlePublisherRelease DateAverage Price
**1Pokémon Diamond NintendoApr-07$35
**2Pokémon Pearl NintendoApr-07$35
33New Super Mario BrosNintendoMay-06$35
24SpectrobesDisney Interactive StudiosMar-07$30
15Diddy Kong RacingNintendoFeb-07$31
46Mario KartNintendoNov-05$35
77Nintendogs: Dalmatian & FriendsNintendoOct-06$31
88Brain Age: Train Your Brain In Minutes a DayNintendoApr-06$20
109Cooking MamaMajescoSep-06$20
**10Animal Crossing: Wild WorldNintendoDec-05$35

Last MonthCurrent RankTitlePublisherRelease DateAverage Price
11MLB 07: The ShowSCEA Feb-07$40
32Grand Theft Auto: Vice City StoriesTake-Two InteractiveNov-06$28
53Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City StoriesTake-Two InteractiveOct-05$20
24Ratchet & Clank: Size MattersSCEAFeb-07$40
85Midnight Club 3: DubTake-Two InteractiveJun-05$20
**6Need for Speed: Most WantedElectronic ArtsNov-05$20
47300: March to GloryWarner InteractiveFeb-07$30
68NBA Live 07Electronic ArtsSep-06$30
109Major League Baseball 2K7Take-Two InteractiveFeb-07$30
910Call of Duty: Roads to VictoryActivisionMar-07$40

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