ChartSpot: July 2004

NCAA Football 2005 edges out ESPN 2K5 on the console charts while City of Heroes remains on top of the PC game heap.


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While superheroes sat atop both the console and PC charts in June, July saw Spider-Man 2 tackled by two football games. EA Sports' NCAA Football 2005 for the PlayStation 2 was the best-selling game of the month, edging out the PS2 version of ESPN NFL 2K5 from Sega and Take-Two despite the latter game's discount price. However, the Xbox version of ESPN NFL 2K5 came in at fourth place, versus a fifth-place finish for the first Xbox Live-enabled NCAA.

Though it was pushed out of the top slot, Spider-Man 2 for the PS2 didn't fall far, slipping to the number three position. The same couldn't be said for Driver 3--the PlayStation 2 version of Atari's critically bashed game fell five slots to number nine, while the Xbox edition of the game disappeared entirely from the charts. Full Spectrum Warrior saw an even more dramatic decline, falling off the top 20 from a second-place finish in June.

Though Doom 3 will certainly dominate the PC charts in August, July saw City of Heroes on top--again. NCsoft's superhero massively multiplayer online role-playing game has been the best-selling PC game since May and will likely receive another boost when its expansion, City of Villains, arrives next year. The list also saw many other returnees: Rise of Nations, Battlefield Vietnam, Far Cry, and Halo all remained in the top 10, joined by three resurgent Sims titles, Age of Mythology, and Flight Simulator 2004. The sole new entry in the top 20 games was Hoyle Casino 2004 at number 20.

Besides NCAA Football 2005 and ESPN NFL 2K5, the console charts saw little in the way of debut titles. Dragonball Z: Budokai 2 was the only other new game in the PlayStation 2 top 10, while the Xbox list just saw the addition of Sudeki and MechAssault (yes, that MechAssault).

The two Nintendo charts saw the highest-ranking debuts. Spider-Man 2 and Yu-Gi-Oh! Reshef finished a respective first and second on the Game Boy Advance charts, while Tales of Symphonia took the silver in the GameCube race.

Last MonthRankTitlePlatformPublisherRelease DateAverage Price
**1NCAA Football 2005 PS2 Electronic Arts Jul'04$49
**2ESPN NFL 2K5 PS2 Take-Two Interactive Jul'04$19
13Spider-Man 2PS2 Activision Jun'04$49
**4ESPN NFL 2K5 Xbox Take-Two Interactive Jul'04$19
**5NCAA Football 2005 Xbox Electronic Arts Jul'04$49
56Spider-Man 2Xbox Activision Jun'04$49
**7Spider-Man 2GBA Activision Jun'04$28
**8Spider-Man 2GC Activision Jun'04$48
49Driver 3 PS2 Atari Jun'04$49
**10Tales of Symphonia GC Namco Jul'04$50
**11Yu-Gi-Oh! Reshef GBA Konami of America Jun'04$30
1212Halo: Combat Evolved Xbox Microsoft Nov'01$28
1013Mario vs. Donkey KongGBA Nintendo of America May'04$31
914Super Mario ClassicGBA Nintendo of America Jun'04$19
**15Dragonball Z: SupersonicGBA Atari Jun'04$29
**16Pokémon Ruby GBA Nintendo of America Mar'03$33
1317MVP Baseball 2004PS2 Electronic Arts Mar'04$48
1418Driver 3 Xbox Atari Jun'04$49
**19Mega Man Anniversary PS2 Capcom USA Jun'04$30
**20Mega Man Anniversary GC Capcom USA Jun'04$30

Last MonthCurrent RankTitlePublisherAverage Price
11City of HeroesNCsoft$48
32Rise of NationsMicrosoft$36
103The Sims DeluxeElectronic Arts$20
54Far CryUbisoft$38
135The Sims: Superstar Electronic Arts$21
116The Sims Mega DeluxeElectronic Arts$36
127Age of MythologyMicrosoft$33
48Battlefield VietnamElectronic Arts$38
189Flight Simulator 2004: Century of FlightMicrosoft$32
710Halo: Combat EvolvedMicrosoft$32
811Call of DutyActivision$39
1912Zoo Tycoon: Complete CollectionMicrosoft$30
613Joint Operations: Typhoon RisingNovaLogic$38
14014Spider-Man 2Activision$29
2015Warcraft III Battle ChestVivendi Universal$41
916Unreal Tournament 2004Atari$39
1417Counter Strike: Condition ZeroVivendi Universal$37
2118The Sims: Makin' Magic Electronic Arts$32
2219Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne Vivendi Universal$23
**20Hoyle Casino 2004Vivendi Universal$23

Last MonthCurrent RankTitlePublisherRelease DateAverage Price
**1NCAA Football 2005 Electronic Arts Jul'04$49
**2ESPN NFL 2K5 Take-Two Interactive Jul'04$19
13Spider-Man 2Activision Jun'04$49
24Driver 3 Atari Jun'04$49
55MVP Baseball 2004Electronic Arts Mar'04$48
106Mega Man Anniversary Capcom USA Jun'04$30
67Red Dead RevolverTake-Two Interactive May'04$44
**8Dragonball Z: Budokai 2Atari Dec'03$20
99Splinter Cell Pandora TomorrowUbisoft Jun'04$48
310Shrek 2Activision May'04$43

Last MonthRankTitlePublisherRelease DateAverage Price
**1ESPN NFL 2K5 Take-Two Interactive Jul'04$19
**2NCAA Football 2005 Electronic Arts Jul'04$49
23Spider-Man 2Activision Jun'04$49
44Halo: Combat Evolved Microsoft Nov'01$28
55Driver 3 Atari Jun'04$49
16Full Spectrum WarriorTHQ Jun'04$45
**7Sudeki Microsoft Jul'04$50
**8Mech Assault Microsoft Nov'02$16
109MVP Baseball 2004Electronic Arts Mar'04$48
610Red Dead RevolverTake-Two Interactive May'04$45

Last MonthRankTitlePublisherRelease DateAverage Price
51Spider-Man 2Activision Jun'04$48
**2Tales of Symphonia Namco Jul'04$50
33Mega Man Anniversary Capcom USA Jun'04$30
14Legend of Zelda: Four Swords AdventuresNintendo of America Jun'04$50
75Super Smash Bro MeleeNintendo of America Dec'01$29
66Sonic Mega CollectionSega of America Nov'02$20
87Soul Calibur IINamco Aug'03$19
**8NCAA Football 2005 Electronic Arts Jul'04$50
109Pokémon ColosseumNintendo of America Mar'04$47
**10Mario Kart: Double Dash!!Nintendo of America Nov'03$49

Last MonthRankTitlePlatformPublisherRelease DateAverage Price
**1Spider-Man 2GBA Activision Jun'04$28
**2Yu-Gi-Oh! Reshef GBA Konami of America Jun'04$30
23Mario vs. Donkey KongGBA Nintendo of America May'04$31
14Super Mario ClassicGBA Nintendo of America Jun'04$19
**5Dragonball Z: SupersonicGBA Atari Jun'04$29
96Pokémon Ruby GBA Nintendo of America Mar'03$33
**7Teenage Mutant TurtlesGBA Konami of America Oct'03$13
68Sonic Advance 3GBA THQ May'04$30
**9Pokémon Sapphire GBA Nintendo of America Mar'03$33
810Mario Bros 3: Mario 4GBA Nintendo of America Oct'03$30

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