ChartSpot: January 2006

Increased Xbox 360 supply pushes Call of Duty 2 on top as Liberty City Stories edges out Mario Kart for portable crown; WOW continues PC-chart dominance.


As more and more units of the still-rare Xbox 360 make their way into gamers' hands, the effects are being seen on the console charts. The most popular game for the console, Call of Duty 2, rocketed from 18th place on the charts in December 2005 to the top slot in January 2006, according to industry trade group NPD Funworld. The next-gen console version of the acclaimed PC game sold more than 136,000 copies during the month, taking in over $8.1 million in revenue.

But as impressive as Call of Duty 2's showing was, it wasn't that far ahead of the competition. Second-place finisher Madden NFL 06 was less than 25,000 units behind the World War II shooter and was itself nearly tied by another PlayStation 2 sports game from Electronic Arts, MVP 06 NCAA Baseball.

The fourth and fifth slots saw the top two titles on Nintendo and Sony's portables go head to head. In the end, Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories for the PSP barely edged out Mario Kart DS. However, both handhelds had three games apiece in the top 20, with Animal Crossing: Wild World (2nd) and Nintendogs: Dachshund & Friends (16th) selling more combined units than SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs Fireteam Bravo (14th) and Need for Speed: Most Wanted 5-1-0 (18th).

As usual, the PC charts saw the same group of popular games playing musical chairs. World of Warcraft was the month's number-one game, earning over $2.9 million with just under 65,000 units sold. That was far ahead of the top 10, which was made up of recurring PC chart guest stars The Sims 2 (2nd), Age of Empires III (3rd), Civilization IV (4th), Call of Duty 2 (5th), The Sims 2 Nightlife (6th), Roller Coaster Tycoon 3 (8th), and Battlefield 2: Special Forces (10th), as well as new entrants Battlefield 2 (7th, up from 15th) and Zoo Tycoon 2 (9th, up from 13th).

Last MonthCurrent RankTitlePlatformPublisherRelease DateAverage Price
181Call of Duty 2360ActivisionNov-05$59
12Madden NFL 06PS2Electronic ArtsAug-05$36
**3MVP 06 NCAA BaseballPS2Electronic ArtsJan-06$30
94Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City StoriesPSPTake-Two Interactive Oct-05$48
65Mario Kart DSDSNintendoNov-05$34
196Animal Crossing: Wild WorldDSNintendoDec-05$35
37Need For Speed: Most WantedPS2Electronic ArtsNov-05$46
**8Dead or Alive 4360TecmoDec-05$59
29Star Wars: Battlefront IIPS2LucasArtsNov-05$48
**10Grand Theft Auto: San AndreasPS2Take-Two Interactive Oct-05$22
411WWE Smackdown! vs. Raw 2006PS2THQ Nov-05$50
**1325 To LifePS2EidosJan-06$39
**14SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs Fireteam BravoPSPSony Nov-05$40
1215NBA Live 06PS2Electronic ArtsSep-05$36
**16Nintendogs: Dachshund & FriendsDSNintendoAug-05$29
**17Madden NFL 06360Electronic ArtsNov-05$58
**18Need For Speed: Most Wanted 5-1-0PSPElectronic ArtsNov-05$48
519Call of Duty 2: Big Red OnePS2ActivisionNov-05$48
**20MVP 06 NCAA BaseballXboxElectronic ArtsJan-06$30

Last MonthCurrent RankTitlePublisherAverage Price
41World of WarcraftVivendi Universal$45
52The Sims 2Electronic Arts$40
13Age of Empires IIIMicrosoft$48
34Civilization IVTake-Two Interactive$48
25Call of Duty 2Activision$47
66The Sims 2 NightlifeElectronic Arts$31
137Battlefield 2Electronic Arts$47
78Roller Coaster Tycoon 3Atari$28
159Zoo Tycoon 2Microsoft$24
810Battlefield 2: Special ForcesElectronic Arts$31
1011Harry Potter & the Goblet of FireElectronic Arts$25
**12Guild WarsNCsoft$46
1713The Sims Complete CollectionElectronic Arts$39
914The MoviesActivision$42
1215The Sims 2: UniversityElectronic Arts$31
2016Zoo Tycoon: Complete CollectionMicrosoft$25
1817The Sims DeluxeElectronic Arts$20
1618F.E.A.R.Vivendi Universal$41
**19Dungeon Siege 2Microsoft$38
**20Black & White 2Electronic Arts$33

Last MonthCurrent RankTitlePublisherRelease DateAverage Price
11Madden NFL 06Electronic ArtsAug-05$36
**2MVP 06 NCAA BaseballElectronic ArtsJan-06$30
33Need For Speed: Most WantedElectronic ArtsNov-05$46
24Star Wars: Battlefront IILucasArtsNov-05$48
**5Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas Take-Two Interactive Oct-05$22
46WWE Smackdown! vs. Raw 2006THQ Nov-05$50
**825 To LifeEidosJan-06$39
99NBA Live 06Electronic ArtsSep-05$36
510Call of Duty 2: Big Red OneActivisionNov-05$48

Last MonthCurrent RankTitlePublisherRelease DateAverage Price
**1MVP 06 NCAA BaseballElectronic ArtsJan-06$30
72FableMicrosoft Sep-04$20
23Madden NFL 06Electronic ArtsAug-05$36
44Need For Speed: Most WantedElectronic ArtsNov-05$45
**5Grand Theft Auto: San AndreasTake-Two InteractiveSep-05$23
**6Halo 2MicrosoftNov-04$26
17Star Wars: Battlefront IILucasArtsNov-05$47
38Call of Duty 2: Big Red OneActivisionNov-05$47
**1025 To LifeEidosJan-06$39

XBOX 360
Last MonthCurrent RankTitlePublisherRelease DateAverage Price
11Call of Duty 2ActivisionNov-05$59
**2Dead or Alive 4TecmoDec-05$59
23Madden NFL 06Electronic ArtsNov-05$58
34Perfect Dark ZeroMicrosoft Nov-05$49
45Need For Speed: Most WantedElectronic ArtsNov-05$59
56Project Gotham 3Microsoft Nov-05$49
77Condemned: Criminal OriginsSegaNov-05$60
108NBA 2k6Take-Two Interactive Nov-05$58
**9Tiger Woods PGA Tour 06Electronic ArtsNov-05$59
810Quake 4ActivisionNov-05$58

Last MonthCurrent RankTitlePublisherRelease DateAverage Price
**1Super Mario StrikersNintendoDec-05$50
**2Mario Kart: Double Dash !!NintendoNov-03$29
13Mario Party 7NintendoNov-05$49
104Super Smash Brothers MeleeNintendoDec-01$30
55Super Mario SunshineNintendoAug-02$20
46Lego Star WarsEidosOct-05$30
**7Mega Man X CollectionCapcom UsaJan-06$30
38Shadow the HedgehogSegaNov-05$48
**9Animal CrossingNintendoSep-02$20
910Madden NFL 06Electronic ArtsAug-05$36

Last MonthCurrent RankTitlePublisherRelease DateAverage Price
**1Yu-Gi-Oh! Gx Duel AcademyKonami Digital Ent.Jan-06$30
52Pokemon EmeraldNintendoApr-05$32
83Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Brothers 3NintendoOct-03$31
24Donkey Kong Country 3NintendoNov-05$29
**5Final Fantasy Iv AdvanceNintendoDec-05$30
**6Lego Star WarsEidosMar-05$27
17Chronicles of NarniaBuena Vista Games Nov-05$30
108Madagascar: Operation PenguinActivisionOct-05$20
**9Disney's Kim Possible 3Buena Vista GamesJul-05$20
**10That's So Raven 2Buena Vista GamesJul-05$20

Last MonthCurrent RankTitlePublisherRelease DateAverage Price
11Mario KartNintendoNov-05$34
32Animal Crossing: Wild WorldNintendoDec-05$35
43Nintendogs: Dachshund & FriendsNintendoAug-05$29
24Mario & Luigi: Partners In TimeNintendoDec-05$35
65Nintendogs: Chihuahua & FriendsNintendoAug-05$30
56Nintendogs: Labrador & FriendsNintendoAug-05$30
87Super Mario 64 DSNintendoNov-04$30
98Zoo TycoonTHQOct-05$30
79Sonic RushSegaNov-05$30
1010The Sims 2Electronic ArtsOct-05$30

Last MonthCurrent RankTitlePublisherRelease DateAverage Price
11Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City StoriesTake-Two InteractiveOct-05$48
32SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs Fireteam BravoSonyNov-05$40
43Need For Speed: Most WantedElectronic ArtsNov-05$48
24Madden NFL 06Electronic ArtsSep-05$47
55Star Wars: Battlefront IILucasArtsNov-05$47
106WWE Smackdown! vs. Raw 2006THQ Dec-05$46
**7King Kong: Peter Jackson'sUbisoftDec-05$49
68NBA Live 06Electronic ArtsOct-05$50
**9Midway Arcade Treasure: Extended PlayMidwayDec-05$30
**10The Sims 2Electronic ArtsDec-05$48

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