ChartSpot: December 2005

Madden tackles the holidays, reinforced by Battlefront II and Need for Speed Most Wanted; Age of Empires III and Call of Duty 2 conquer PC charts.


Mario Kart DS
Call of Duty 2
Age of Empires III

December 2005 was a so-so year for the game industry, which suffered a less-than-expected six percent decline in software sales. That said, there were some success stories during the year's final month--none more successful than Electronic Arts' Madden NFL 06. Despite being on the market for four months, the PlayStation 2 version of the game topped the console charts, no doubt buoyed by Christmas shoppers.

EA also scored the number three slot with the PS2 version of their latest Need for Speed game, Need for Speed Most Wanted. However, the rest of the top 10 console games were from a mélange of top-tier publishers. LucasArts took the second slot with the wildly successful Star Wars: Battlefront II. Developed by the latter half of newly formed BioWare/Pandemic Studios, the Battlefield-style team based shooter has been a huge hit selling over a million copies on PS2 (2nd place), Xbox (13th), PSP (34th), and PC (11th on PC chart--see below).

Though its total revenue fell in December, THQ scored the fourth-place slot with the latest edition of its PlayStation 2 mat-combat series, WWE Smackdown! vs. Raw. Activision took two slots with Call of Duty 2: Big Red One (5th) the PS2 Tony Hawk's American Wasteland (7th). The top 10 was rounded off by Nintendo's Ubisoft's PS2 movie tie-in Peter Jackson's King Kong (8th), Take-Two/Rockstar's PSP crime spree Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories (9th), and VU Games' PS2 gangsta shooter 50 Cent: Bulletproof (10th).

Down in PC-town, which had a debatably bad 2005, the usual suspects topped the charts. Microsoft Game Studios' Age of Empires III ruled supreme, followed by Call of Duty 2 (Activision), Civilization IV (2K Games/Take-Two), and World of Warcraft (VU Games). It wouldn't be a PC chart without some Sims somewhere, and EA's virtual Lilliputians held three slots in the top 10: The Sims 2 (5th), The Sims 2 Nightlife (6th), and the Sims 2: Holiday Edition (10th). The Movies got its close-up in the number-seven slot, Battlefield 2 targeted the eighth spot, and Roller Coaster Tycoon 3 did a loop-de-loop in ninth place.

Last MonthRankTitlePlatformPublisherRelease DateAverage Price
41Madden NFL 06PS2Electronic ArtsAug-05$38
22Star Wars: Battlefront IIPS2LucasArtsNov-05$45
**3Need For Speed Most WantedPS2Electronic ArtsNov-05$46
64WWE Smackdown! Vs Raw 2006PS2THQNov-05$47
115Call of Duty 2: Big Red OnePS2ActivisionNov-05$45
56Mario Kart DSDSNintendoNov-05$34
97Tony Hawk's American WastelandPS2ActivisionOct-05$45
**8Peter Jackson's King KongPS2UbisoftNov-05$40
79Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City StoriesPSPTake-TwoOct-05$49
121050 Cent: BulletproofPS2Vivendi UniversalNov-05$47
1011Mario Party 7GCNNintendoNov-05$49
1512NBA Live 06PS2Electronic ArtsSep-05$39
113Star Wars: Battlefront IIXboxLucasArtsNov-05$46
**14Super Mario StrikersGCNNintendoDec-05$49
**15Madden NFL 06PSPElectronic ArtsSep-05$47
**16Prince of Persia: The Two ThronesPS2UbisoftDec-05$45
**17Mario & Luigi: Partners In TimeDSNintendoDec-05$34
318Call of Duty 2360ActivisionNov-05$59
**19Animal Crossing: Wild WorldDSNintendoDec-05$35
**20Madden NFL 06XboxElectronic ArtsAug-05$39

Current RankTitlePublisherRelease Date
1Age of Empires IIIMicrosoftOct-05
2Call of Duty 2ActivisionOct-05
3Civilization IV2K Games ( Take 2)Oct-05
4World of WarcraftVivendi UniversalNov-04
5The Sims 2Electronic ArtsSep-04
6The Sims 2 NightlifeElectronic ArtsSep-05
7The MoviesActivisionNov-05
8Battlefield 2Electronic ArtsJun-05
9Roller Coaster Tycoon 3AtariOct-04
10The Sims 2: Holiday Ed.Electronic ArtsNov-05
11Star Wars Battlefront IILucasArtsNov-05
12Battlefield 2 Special ForcesElectronic ArtsNov-05
13F.E.A.R.Vivendi UniversalOct-05
14The Sims Complete CollectionElectronic ArtsNov-05
15The Sims 2 UniversityElectronic ArtsFeb-05
16Harry Potter & the Goblet of FireElectronic ArtsNov-05
17Zoo Tycoon 2MicrosoftNov-04
18Guild WarsNCsoftApr-05
19Call of Duty 2: Collector's Ed.ActivisionOct-05
20Quake 4ActivisionOct-05

Last MonthCurrent RankTitlePublisherRelease DateAverage Price
21Madden NFL 06Electronic ArtsAug-05$38
12Star Wars: Battlefront IILucasArtsNov-05$45
**3Need For Speed Most WantedElectronic ArtsNov-05$46
34WWE Smackdown! Vs Raw 2006THQNov-05$47
55Call of Duty 2: Big Red OneActivisionNov-05$45
46Tony Hawk's American WastelandActivisionOct-05$45
**7Peter Jackson's King KongUbisoftNov-05$40
6850 Cent: BulletproofVivendi UniversalNov-05$47
99NBA Live 06Electronic ArtsSep-05$39
**10Prince of Persia: The Two ThronesUbisoftDec-05$45

Last MonthRankTitlePublisherRelease DateAverage Price
11Star Wars: Battlefront IILucasArtsNov-05$46
42Madden NFL 06Electronic ArtsAug-05$39
23Call of Duty 2: Big Red OneActivisionNov-05$45
54Need For Speed Most WantedElectronic ArtsNov-05$47
**5Peter Jackson's King KongUbisoftNov-05$41
**6Prince of Persia: The Two ThronesUbisoftDec-05$45
**850 Cent: BulletproofVivendi Universal Nov-05$47
109Tony Hawk's American WastelandActivisionOct-05$44
**10NBA Live 06Electronic ArtsSep-05$39

XBOX 360
Last MonthRankTitlePublisherRelease DateAverage Price
11Call of Duty 2ActivisionNov-05$57
22Madden NFL 06Electronic ArtsNov-05$59
33Perfect Dark Zero*MicrosoftNov-05$55
44Need Speed: Most WantedElectronic ArtsNov-05$59
55Project Gotham 3MicrosoftNov-05$49
**6Peter Jackson's King KongUbisoftNov-05$59
77Condemned: Criminal OriginsSega Nov-05$58
88Quake 4ActivisionNov-05$59
69Kameo: Elements of PowerMicrosoftNov-05$49
**10NBA 2k6Take-TwoNov-05$57

Last MonthRankTitlePublisherRelease DateAverage Price
11Mario Party 7NintendoNov-05$49
**2Super Mario StrikersNintendoDec-05$49
53Shadow the HedgehogSega Nov-05$48
44Lego Star WarsEidos InteractiveOct-05$29
85Super Mario SunshineNintendoAug-02$18
76Mario Superstar BaseballNintendoSep-05$50
**7Nicktoons Unite!THQOct-05$37
38Pokemon XD: Gale of DarknessNintendoSep-05$48
109Madden NFL 06Electronic ArtsAug-05$39
**10Super Smash Bros. MeleeNintendoDec-01$29

Last MonthRankTitlePublisherRelease DateAverage Price
**1Chronicles of NarniaBuena Vista GamesNov-05$28
**2Donkey Kong Country 3NintendoNov-05$30
**3Kong: the 8th Wonder of the WorldUbisoftNov-05$22
**4Harry Potter: the Goblet of FireElectronic ArtsNov-05$29
25Pokemon EmeraldNintendoApr-05$33
96Bratz : Rock AngelzThqOct-05$29
**7Disney's Chicken LittleBuena Vista Games Oct-05$29
**8Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Brothers 3NintendoOct-03$30
**9SpongeBob SquarePants: Lights, Camera, PantsTHQOct-05$28
**10Madagascar: Operation PenguinActivisionOct-05$26

Last MonthRankTitlePublisherRelease DateAverage Price
**1Mario Kart DSNintendoNov-05$34
**2Mario & Luigi: Partners In TimeNintendoDec-05$34
**3Animal Crossing: Wild WorldNintendoDec-05$35
24Nintendogs: Dachshund & FriendsNintendoAug-05$30
35Nintendogs: Labrador & FriendsNintendoAug-05$30
46Nintendogs: Chihuahua & FriendsNintendoAug-05$30
**7Sonic RushSega Nov-05$32
78Super Mario 64 DSNintendoNov-04$30
99Zoo TycoonThqOct-05$30
**10The Sims 2Electronic ArtsOct-05$34

Last MonthRankTitlePublisherRelease DateAverage Price
11Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City StoriesTake-TwoOct-05$49
42Madden NFL 06Electronic ArtsSep-05$47
33SOCOM: U.S. Navy Seals Fireteam BravoSonyNov-05$39
54Need For Speed Most WantedElectronic ArtsNov-05$49
25Star Wars: Battlefront IILucasArtsNov-05$47
66NBA Live 06Electronic ArtsOct-05$48
87Burnout LegendsElectronic ArtsSep-05$48
108Midnight Club 3: Dub EditionTake 2 InteractiveJun-05$38
**9Harry Potter: the Goblet of FireElectronic ArtsNov-05$40
**10WWE Smackdown! Vs Raw 2006ThqDec-05$49

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