ChartSpot: December 2006

Gears of War takes first prize, followed by Guitar Hero II, Madden, and Zelda; no PS3 games make the console top 20, while the Sims and WOW rule the PC charts...again.

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Last week, industry-research group NPD Funworld released the top-selling games for 2006. The third-best finisher for the year was Gears of War, which sold 1.8 million copies since its release on November 9. Just less than half of those games were sold in December, making the Xbox 360 shooter--and GameSpot 2006 Game of the Year--the month's most popular game.

Another 360 game, Activision's Call of Duty 3, also cracked the top 10 in December, landing at number eight. The PlayStation 2 version of the Treyarch-developed World War II shooter landed in 10th place, eight places behind another Activision game, Guitar Hero II for the PS2. (An Xbox 360 version of the game is due in March.)

In third was Electronic Arts' perennial best-seller Madden NFL, also for the PS2. However, that platform's usual domination of the monthly console charts was broken in December. The top 10 for the month was an eclectic bunch, with the GameCube Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess landing in fourth, just ahead of the Wii version. Behind them was WWE SmackDown! vs. RAW 2007 for the PS2 in sixth and the DS-exclusive New Super Mario Bros. in seventh. Another DS title, Yoshi's Island 2, came in ninth.

No games for the PlayStation 3, which was released on November 19th, made NPD's console top 10. Nor did any PS3 titles make the top 20, likely due in part to many purchasers intent on reselling the console, not buying games. The new console's small installed base was also a factor; even the rival Wii console only had one title in the top 20, the aforementioned Twilight Princess, while the Xbox 360 had four. The most popular game for Sony's new console was Resistance: Fall of Man, which is also the platform's best-reviewed.

The Sims 2 franchise overran the PC charts this past holiday season. The Sims 2: Pets was the top game for the month, followed by the Sims 2 (third), The Sims 2 Glamour Life Stuff (fifth), The Sims 2: Happy Holiday Stuff (seventh), The Sims 2 Open For Business (12th), The Sims 2 Holiday Edition (13th), and The Sims 2 Nightlife (18th). The ever-popular massively multiplayer online role-playing game World of Warcraft finished second in December, with Medieval II: Total War (fourth), Flight Simulator X Deluxe (sixth), and Battlefield 2142 (eighth) also finishing strong.

ALL CONSOLES
Last MonthCurrent RankTitlePlatformPublisherRelease DateAverage Price
11Gears of War360MicrosoftNov-06$61
72Guitar Hero IIPS2ActivisionNov-06$49
43Madden NFL 07PS2Electronic ArtsAug-06$55
**4Legend of Zelda: Twilight PrincessGCNintendoNov-06$79
35Legend of Zelda: Twilight PrincessWIINintendoNov-06$50
66WWE Smackdown! vs. Raw 2007PS2THQNov-06$59
177New Super Mario Bros.DSNintendoMay-06$39
58Call of Duty 3360ActivisionNov-06$40
199Yoshi's Island 2DSNintendoNov-06$30
**10Call of Duty 3PS2ActivisionNov-06$31
211Final Fantasy XIIPS2Square Enix IncNov-06$39
912Nintendogs: Dalmatian & FriendsDSNintendoOct-06$40
**13Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Vegas360UbisoftNov-06$40
**14Brain Age: Train Your BrainDSNintendoApr-06$40
**15Need For Speed: CarbonPS2Electronic ArtsNov-06$39
816ThrillvillePS2LucasartsNov-06$39
**17Tony Hawk's Project 8PS2ActivisionNov-06$43
**18Madden NFL 07360Electronic ArtsAug-06$57
**19NBA Live 07PS2Electronic ArtsSep-06$30
**20Mario KartDSNintendoNov-05$35

PC
Last MonthCurrent RankTitlePublisherAverage Price
21The Sims 2 Pets Electronic Arts$28
32World of WarcraftVivendi$22
83The Sims 2Electronic Arts$39
44Medieval II: Total WarSega$47
125The Sims 2 Glamour Life Stuff Electronic Arts$18
76Flight Simulator X DeluxeMicrosoft$65
117The Sims 2: Happy Holiday StuffElectronic Arts$16
58Battlefield 2142Electronic Arts$44
**9Deal or No DealGlobal Star Software (Take 2)$17
**10Cars Radiator Springs AdventuresTHQ$18
611Flight Simulator XMicrosoft$48
**12The Sims 2 Open For Business Electronic Arts$29
**13The Sims 2 Holiday EditionElectronic Arts$38
1314Age of Empires III: WarChiefs Microsoft$29
1915Age of Empires IIIMicrosoft$48
1416Paws & Claws Pet VetValusoft (THQ)$18
**17Lord of the Rings: Battle For Middle Earth II: Rise of The Witch-King Electronic Arts$29
**18The Sims 2 Nightlife Electronic Arts$30
119Neverwinter Nights 2Atari$48
**20Zoo Tycoon: Complete CollectionMicrosoft$20

PLAYSTATION 2
Last MonthCurrent RankTitlePublisherRelease DateAverage Price
21Guitar Hero 2ActivisionNov-06$79
42Madden NFL 07Electronic ArtsAug-06$44
33WWE Smackdown! vs. Raw 2007THQNov-06$49
**4Call of Duty 3ActivisionNov-06$41
15Final Fantasy XIISquare Enix IncNov-06$49
56Need For Speed: CarbonElectronic ArtsNov-06$45
**7ThrillvilleLucasartsNov-06$39
**8Tony Hawk's Project 8ActivisionNov-06$43
**9NBA Live 07Electronic ArtsSep-06$30
110Lego Star Wars II: The Original TrilogyLucasartsSep-06$40

PLAYSTATION 3
Last MonthCurrent RankTitlePublisherRelease DateAverage Price
11Resistance: Fall of ManSony Computer Ent. Nov-06$60
22Madden NFL 07Electronic ArtsNov-06$60
63Need For Speed: CarbonElectronic ArtsNov-06$57
34Call of Duty 3ActivisionNov-06$60
**5Fight Night Round 3Electronic ArtsDec-06$60
46Marvel: Ultimate AllianceActivisionNov-06$56
97NBA 07Sony Computer Ent. Nov-06$60
78Tony Hawk's Project 8ActivisionNov-06$57
109Tiger Woods PGA Tour 07Electronic ArtsNov-06$60
810NBA 2K7Take-Two InteractiveNov-06$60

XBOX
Last MonthCurrent RankTitlePublisherRelease DateAverage Price
21Madden NFL 07Electronic ArtsAug-06$39
62Halo 2 MicrosoftNov-04$29
43Call of Duty 3ActivisionNov-06$41
14Need For Speed: CarbonElectronic ArtsNov-06$39
**5ThrillvilleLucasartsNov-06$39
**6Lego Star Wars II: The Original TrilogyLucasartsSep-06$40
77NBA Live 07Electronic ArtsSep-06$30
**8Tony Hawk's Project 8ActivisionNov-06$43
59Scarface: The World Is YoursVivendiOct-06$46
**10CarsTHQJun-06$29

XBOX 360
Last MonthCurrent RankTitlePublisherRelease DateAverage Price
11Gears of WarMicrosoftNov-06$61
22Call of Duty 3ActivisionNov-06$57
63Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: VegasUbisoftNov-06$58
104Madden NFL 07Electronic ArtsAug-06$59
45Need For Speed: CarbonElectronic ArtsNov-06$62
86Tony Hawk's Project 8ActivisionNov-06$57
57WWE Smackdown! vs. Raw 2007THQNov-06$58
**8Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Advanced WarfighterUbisoftMar-06$26
99Marvel: Ultimate AllianceActivisionOct-06$55
**10NBA Live 07Electronic ArtsSep-06$40

WII
Last MonthCurrent RankTitlePublisherRelease DateAverage Price
11Legend of Zelda: Twilight PrincessNintendoNov-06$49
62Madden NFL 07Electronic ArtsNov-06$50
43Rayman Raving RabbidsUbisoftNov-06$50
24Red SteelUbisoftNov-06$50
35Super Monkey Ball: Banana BlitzSegaNov-06$49
86Marvel: Ultimate AllianceActivisionNov-06$49
57Call of Duty 3ActivisionNov-06$50
98Excite TruckNintendoNov-06$50
79Trauma Center: Second OpinionAtlusNov-06$50
**10Tony Hawk's Downhill JamActivisionNov-06$50

GAMECUBE
Last MonthCurrent RankTitlePublisherRelease DateAverage Price
**1Legend of Zelda: Twilight PrincessNintendoNov-06$48
12Lego Star Wars II: The Original TrilogyLucasartsSep-06$40
53CarsTHQJun-06$29
64Lego Star WarsEidosOct-05$19
105Mario Kart: Double Dash!!NintendoNov-03$30
46Madden NFL 07Electronic ArtsAug-06$39
**7Donkey Kong: Jungle BeatNintendoMar-05$20
98Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year DoorNintendoOct-04$19
**9Super Smash Bros. MeleeNintendoDec-01$30
710Super Mario StrikersNintendoDec-05$30

GAME BOY ADVANCE
Last MonthCurrent RankTitlePublisherRelease DateAverage Price
31Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Red Rescue TeamNintendoSep-06$31
62CarsTHQJun-06$28
23Pokemon FireRed (with Adaptor)NintendoSep-04$20
94Super Mario World: Super Mario Advance 2NintendoFeb-02$21
**5Hot Wheels Stunt Track Challenge/World RaceDestination Software Inc.Jun-06$16
56Pokemon LeafGreen (with Adaptor)NintendoSep-04$20
**7Mario Kart Super CircuitNintendoAug-01$21
**8Pokemon EmeraldNintendoApr-05$35
**9Super Mario AdvanceNintendoJun-01$20
**10Star Wars: Flight of The FalconTHQNov-03$15

DS
Last MonthCurrent RankTitlePublisherRelease DateAverage Price
41New Super Mario BrosNintendoMay-06$33
52Yoshi's Island 2NintendoNov-06$30
13Nintendogs: Dalmatian & FriendsNintendoOct-06$30
74Brain Age: Train Your BrainNintendoApr-06$20
**5Mario KartNintendoNov-05$35
26Pokemon RangerNintendoNov-06$31
67Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Blue Rescue TeamNintendoSep-06$30
**8Hannah MontanaBuena Vista GamesOct-06$28
**9Big Brain AcademyNintendoJun-06$20
**10Kirby Squeak SquadNintendoDec-06$31

PSP
Last MonthCurrent RankTitlePublisherRelease DateAverage Price
21Madden NFL 07Electronic ArtsAug-06$39
42SOCOM: U.S. Navy Seals FireSony Computer Ent. Nov-06$39
13Grand Theft Auto: Vice City StoriesTake 2 InteractiveNov-06$46
34Need For Speed Carbon: Own The CityElectronic ArtsNov-06$40
105Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City StoriesTake 2 InteractiveOct-05$19
**6Metal Gear Solid: Portable OpsKonami Digital Ent.Dec-06$40
**7WWE Smackdown! vs. Raw 2007THQDec-06$50
**8NBA Live 07Electronic ArtsSep-06$39
**9Need Speed: Most Wanted 5-1-0Electronic ArtsNov-05$20
**10Sonic RivalsSegaNov-06$39

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