ChartSpot: February 2005

Gran Turismo 4 takes pole position in the console race, while World of Warcraft lords over the PC realm--again.

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It may have been the year's shortest month, but February saw plenty of high-profile new games hit the market. According to numbers released by industry-research group NPD Funworld, nine games debuted among the top 20 best-selling console games of the month. Leading the pack was Gran Turismo 4, the long-delayed, much-anticipated racing game for the PlayStation 2. Right behind it was the PS2 edition of another newcomer, NBA Street V3, the Xbox version of which came in just four slots down at number six.

A more traditional athletic offering from Electronic Arts, MVP Baseball 2005, also did double duty in the top 20, landing in fourth (PS2) and 16th (Xbox). Nintendo saw only two debuts make the list, Star Fox: Assault for the GameCube and WarioWare: Touched! for the DS. The last new titl on the console charts was Xenosaga Episode II: Jenseits von Gut und Bose for the PlayStation 2.

February saw a very different story with the PC charts, which saw only two all-new entries. The first, LucasArts' Star Wars Knights of The Old Republic II: The Sith Lords, came in second, while the EverQuest: Dragons of Norrath expansion pack arrived in 17th place. But other than seeing a few old titles reentering the top 20, the PC charts saw perennial favorites like Word of Warcraft (1), Half-Life 2 (3), and the Sims 2 (4) either staying put or undergoing a slight reshuffling.

ALL CONSOLES
Last MonthRankTitlePlatformPublisher
**1Gran Turismo 4PS2Sony
**2NBA Street V3PS2Electronic Arts
23Grand Theft Auto: San AndreasPS2Take-Two Interactive
**4MVP Baseball 2005PS2Electronic Arts
35Zelda: The Minish CapGBANintendo
**6NBA Street V3XboxElectronic Arts
57MercenariesPS2LucasArts
18Resident Evil 4GCCapcom
**9Champions: Return To ArmsPS2Sony Online Entertainment
810Madden NFL 2005PS2Electronic Arts
1011Super Mario 64 DSDSNintendo
412MercenariesXboxLucasArts
**13Xenosaga Episode IIPS2Namco
1214NBA Live 2005PS2Electronic Arts
**15Star Fox: AssaultGCNintendo
**16WarioWare: Touched!DSNintendo
**17MVP Baseball 2005XboxElectronic Arts
718Halo 2XboxMicrosoft
1619World Championship PokerPS2Crave Entertainment
620Need for Speed Underground 2PS2Electronic Arts

PC
Last MonthCurrent RankTitlePublisherAverage Price
11World of WarcraftVU Games$50
**2Star Wars Knights of The Old Republic II: The Sith LordsLucasArts$46
23Half-Life 2VU Games$52
34The Sims 2Electronic Arts$47
55The Sims DeluxeElectronic Arts$19
116Halo: Combat EvolvedMicrosoft$28
87Call of DutyActivision$27
68RollerCoaster Tycoon 3Atari$38
49Lord of the Rings: Battle for Middle EarthElectronic Arts$48
1310SeaWorld Adventure Parks TycoonActivision$16
711Lemony Snicket: A Series of Unfortunate EventsActivision$25
1012Zoo Tycoon 2Microsoft$37
1213Rome: Total WarActivision$44
**14Galaxy of Games 350eGames$10
2015 Flight Simulator 2004: Century of FlightMicrosoft$29
1716Sid Meier's Pirates!Atari$48
**17EverQuest: Dragons of NorrathSony Online Entertainment$29
**18Zoo Tycoon: Complete CollectionMicrosoft$30
**19World Poker ChampionshipValusoft (THQ)$20
1920Doom 3Activision$38

PLAYSTATION 2
Last MonthCurrent RankTitlePublisherRelease Date
**1Gran Turismo 4Sony Feb '05
**2NBA Street V3Electronic ArtsFeb '05
13Grand Theft Auto: San AndreasTake-Two InteractiveOct '04
**4MVP Baseball 2005Electronic ArtsFeb '05
25MercenariesLucasArtsJan '05
**6Champions: Return To ArmsSony Online Ent.Feb '05
47Madden NFL 2005Electronic ArtsAug '04
**8Xenosaga Episode IINamcoFeb '05
69NBA Live 2005Electronic ArtsSep '04
910World Championship PokerCrave EntertainmentNov '04

XBOX
Last MonthRankTitlePublisherRelease Date
**1NBA Street V3Electronic ArtsFeb '05
12MercenariesLucasArtsJan '05
**3MVP Baseball 2005Electronic ArtsFeb '05
24Halo 2Microsoft Nov '04
35Need for Speed Underground 2Electronic ArtsNov '04
46The PunisherTHQJan '05
**7World Championship PokerCrave EntertainmentNov '04
**8Oddworld: Stranger's WrathElectronic ArtsJan '05
**9Major League 2K52K SportsFeb '05
910Madden NFL 2005Electronic ArtsAug '04

GAMECUBE
Last MonthRankTitlePublisherRelease Date
11Resident Evil 4Capcom Jan '05
**2Star Fox: AssaultNintendo Feb '05
**3NBA Street V3Electronic ArtsFeb '05
34Super Mario SunshineNintendo Aug '02
25Mario Party 6 Nintendo Dec '04
56Super Smash Bro MeleeNintendo Dec '01
87Sonic Mega CollectionSega Nov '02
48The Legend of Zelda: The Wind WakerNintendo Mar '03
69Need for Speed UndergroundElectronic ArtsNov '03
**10Mario Golf: ToadstoolNintendo Jul '03

PORTABLE
Last MonthRankTitlePlatformPublisherRelease Date
11The Legend of Zelda: The Minish CapGBANintendo Jan '05
32Super Mario 64 DSDSNintendo Nov '04
**3WarioWare: Touched!DSNintendo Feb '05
24Kingdom Hearts: Chain of MemoriesGBASquare EnixDec '04
75Pokémon FireRedGBANintendo Sep '04
46The IncrediblesGBATHQNov '04
67The SpongeBob Squarepants MovieGBATHQOct '04
**8Yu-Gi-Oh! Tournament 2005GBAKonami Feb '05
89Pokémon LeafGreenGBANintendo Sep '04
**10Namco MuseumGBANamcoJun '01

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