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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lol wtf is this!!

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Wow every one wants to transfer thier gba pokes to ds..... Nintendo and Microsoft pwn!!!!!

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lol almost all the ps3 top sellers are on multiple other consoles. (except motorstorm and resistance) Go Nintendo!!!!!....Big slap in the face for Sony fanboys

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neoprime33 because the other pokemon is pink I guess and diamond has better exclusives such as tyranitar(saw it on my cuz system) Pokemon took over again... Hell, who didn't see this coming...

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-jumpman- lol almost all the ps3 top sellers are on multiple other consoles. (except motorstorm and resistance) unfortunately i think ps3 might jus whither it isnt even in the top 20 Sad to say seven months of owning the PS3 and thoes are the only games I own...

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lol almost all the ps3 top sellers are on multiple other consoles. (except motorstorm and resistance) unfortunately i think ps3 might jus whither it isnt even in the top 20

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Go Nintendo!!!!!....Big slap in the face for Sony fanboys.

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People are STILL buying New Super Mario Bros?! Wiiplay is almost not even a game.

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35$ only for a new DS game???!!! Whoa!! In greece it is going to cost about 45euro to 55euro for sure...

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everybody always has an excuse for when nintendo makes top sales okay the system has been out for a long time get over it nintendo is bomb and sony needs to kick it up... ahh who am I kidding they won't make good games they'll just put out killer apps to cover it up and gimmick people into buying their system all of their exclusives are on 360 I sense another dreamcast

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I'm not surprised Pokomon is getting good sales, Nintendo's plans to sale the game has been paying off, especiality with all the fun add on's.

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Pokemon is doing very good, and who didn't expect that?

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"RaiKageRyu: Tor Thorsen, of GameSpot, you made a serious mistake." I am looking at the spreadsheet now, and that's what it says. Don't ask me why.

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Pokemon is selling as I expected which is good for Nintendo

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DFTricks __ It's impressive on how the top 20 doesnt not even have a pc game! It's impressive that you can't see that the PC has it's OWN Top 20 and consoles have a collective Top 20. RaiKageRyu __ Also, I would have done the same for any game or for just a minor typo somewhere else in the article, not just God of War. I believe it's a responsiblity of a reader to report mistakes when mistakes are due. Uh Huh.....Everyone who believes that can stand on their head.

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i can't tell which is which.... i swear... but one probably looks cooler than the other. it's usually that way. one always kind of punches the other in the mouth for the first few months.

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"...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." I don't get it, why so many more sales of Pokemon Diamond then Pearl???

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To Getoconnection and Fattyxboxbutt: It was the SNES that spawned the Playstation. Nintendo was working with Sony on a CD Peripheral (which was still going to be called the Nintendo SNES Playstation ... lol) to compete with Sega CD for the Genesis; however, Nintendo pulled the plug on Sony since the Sega CD was not selling well and decided to work on the next gen console (N64). This pissed Sony off so much that they decided to take their Playstation/SNES adaptor and make it into their own console. Now you can start thinking of the "what ifs" for this one ... lol. Check ya later...

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A BIG LOL for Sony Fanboys!

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Wow. PS3 games are non existent on the top charts. Given the PS3 sales though, it is expected I guess.

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at luigimario_64 i'd rather be doing what tintedchimes is doing than playing video games except hiking

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At TintedChimes According to Nintendo that won't be a problem for their customer's this year.

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LOL, no ps3 and psp game son top 20, LOL. Sony really sux, this time is over for them, this is bad anyway ._. Now i want to see the fanboys: "Wait till next month", they say it on january, february, march, etc etc etc. Next time is gonna be: "Wait till next quarter/year".

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Man, the list is probably going to stay the same for the rest of the summer. They always release the high profile games in the fall instead of the summer. We're out of school and bored, let us get some better games this summer than last summer please. I seriously hate waiting until August and September for the good stuff. Oh well, I guess I can enjoy nature, go to Vegas, hike, and go to Hawaii.

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Gamespot is always late.

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What is Sony doing? :?

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Almost 10 years later, Pokemon is still burning up the sales charts. If someone had told me back in 1998 that Pokemon would become a phenomenon like this, I wouldn't have believed them. Back then it was just a unique its a full fledged franchise.

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POKEMON! Glad to see them back!

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I wont make fun of hollow-PS3, I wont..., even after 1 whole year of listning to PS-fundamentlists saying: "XBox sucks this, XBox sucks that..." :) Sorry couldn't help myself....

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Twilight Princess is number 4 after WiiPlay. I know Sony feels stupid

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meh i only just bought STALKER yesterday and my friend bought Rainbow Six Vegas to his Xbox360 for a pretty cheap price actually >_> i got my STALKER for a cheap week price in GAME.

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:lol: :lol: Great List. No PS3 game in the Top 20!! :lol:

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Just as I would have expected. The makers of Guitar Hero 1+2 arn't that smart ya know. They just made a game that made sense. This quarter rocks on \m/

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RE: TTDog Sorry if I came off a bit too strong there, but I only wish for GameSpot to be known as a reliable and credible site. However, when you make a mistake and even post back to state there is no mistake, you lose some respect. If we, the readers do not catch their mistakes then who will? Are we supposed to let them run away with it? I'm not trying to disrespect GameSpot but when a mistake is found, you can only correct it. And, that is all I'm trying to do, to let them know of their mistake so they can correct it, so they will not mislead readers. Also, I would have done the same for any game or for just a minor typo somewhere else in the article, not just God of War. I believe it's a responsiblity of a reader to report mistakes when mistakes are due. I apologize to GameSpot if I sounded like I was berating them but once again, I was merely trying to point something out.

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lol PS3 game sales MIA expect another HUGE quarterly loss for Sony and more 3rd party exclusives jumping ship

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"RaiKageRyu: Tor Thorsen, of GameSpot, you made a serious mistake." Mistake yes, Serious mistake... get over it, its a list of games for gods sake, no one's life is in danger as a result, just a few fanboys getting wound up... get some perspective.

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Tor Thorsen, of GameSpot, you made a serious mistake. How can you say that God of War II wasn't on the NDP April charts when you yourself released the NDP results with God of War II in the number 9th spot, on May 17. So unless, you provide evidence and admit that the earlier article posted by GameSpot was false. I don't see how that can happen. And even if God of War II is not on the top 10, it's impossible for it to be below the original God of War in any way, as God of War II has outsold the original God of War each and every week of April by a long shot. NDP sales data supports this.

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NinTendo................. starting to gather serious momentum with software NDS...... powerhouse as usual PS3 no game in top 20............ smiles all round! lol

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Its always the same. All the crappy reworked games get the top title. Hard core gamers have their votes crushed by kiddy people who but all those repetitive pokemon games. Talk about creativity, you start from same boring town with almost identical story line since the first pokemon game. Boring.... just like the trading cards. And havent we had enough of plumbers already? (Mario) He is been here since the old games and there is still no major improvement. Ever wonder why a average plumber (Mario) gets to rescue the princess? What are the mushroom kingdom guards doing? They should be sacked. Personally I say that modern titles such as Prince of Persia, Gears of Wars, Resistance and many more deserves the top place instead of these refurbished games.

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GameSpot screwup; That Guitar Hero 2 published by SCEA is God Of War 2 (GH2 is for Activision not Sony)!!!!

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"luis7989_7: that god of war is 2" At $20 a pop, more likely a cheapo revival for the first one on the back of the second one.

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Good to see the Pokemon still doing well. I grew up playing Blue and Red on the GB and now it leads a new generation of gamers with the DS versions. I hope that it's just as great for them as it was for me as a kid.

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Up Up and Up thats where all the game sales are going !!! I think i should make a game too man !!! :D

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As much as people like to make fun of Pokemon, it is and always will be a system seller and the D/P are geat fun for all ages. If MS or Sony could buy the rights to the series, they would do it immediately.

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that god of war is 2

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what makes a system next gen? Is it how good the graphics are? what makes up a generation? its really when products come out, just like generations of people right? wouldnt that make Wii third gen as well? Talkin' bout MY g-g-g-generation!!!!!

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Don't let the wii fool ya everyone, It's still not anymore next gen than a ps2 or xbox but with a motion controller, props to nintendo though for making a success out of it. They coulda flopped next gen wise but its looking like they might end up with 1/4 of the cut when all is said and done and each platform gets its titles out. Also, why is everyone still buying pokemon games? Anyone?