ChartSpot: June 2006

New Super Mario Bros. staves off drive-bys from Liberty City Stories and Cars; World of Warcraft and Half-Life 2: Episode One top PC list.

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When Take-Two Interactive announced it was bringing Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories to the PlayStation 2, many were skeptical. After all, the game would be the first title ever to be ported to a console from the PlayStation Portable. Furthermore, its stock plot and reuse of Grand Theft Auto III's setting had been cited as sore points by critics.

Sure enough, reviewers weren't exactly thrilled with the PS2 LCS. But the current GTA drought and the game's $20 price tag overcame the lukewarm press, making the game the second-bestselling title of June 2006, according to sales-volume rankings from NPD Funworld. It was just one of 12 PS2 games in the June top 20 and was joined by its sibling Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, which parked itself in 18th place.

But while Liberty City Stories came close to the top, the number-one slot remained in Nintendo's hands. For the second month in a row, New Super Mario Bros. was the top non-PC game in the land, further demonstrating the success of the Nintendo DS. The portable's popularity was underlined by the fact that the number-three game, Brain Age: Train Your Brain in Minutes a Day, also has not fallen in the rankings since May.

The top Xbox 360 game for June was Hitman: Blood Money, debuting in fifth place. It led the trio of next-gen games on the top 20, which also included Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion (16th) and Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter (20th). No original Xbox games cracked the top 20 in June.

Meanwhile, in the PC top 20, another newcomer also nearly took the top slot, with Half-Life 2: Episode One taking the silver. The second-place finish was even more impressive given the fact that the NPD rankings are based only on volume of boxed copies sold at retail and don't count Valve Software's direct online sales of the game via its Steam download service.

However, the top PC prize belonged to Blizzard Entertainment and Vivendi Games' megapopular massively multiplayer online role-playing game World of Warcraft. A fixture on the chart since its fall 2004 release, it joined a series of returnees in the top 20, such as The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion (seventh) and last month's top finisher, Guild Wars Factions. Naturally, the Sims franchise was well represented, taking the third (The Sims 2: Family Fun Stuff), fifth (The Sims 2: Open for Business), and sixth (The Sims 2) slots.

ALL CONSOLES
Last MonthCurrent RankTitlePlatformPublisherRelease DateAverage Price
11New Super Mario Bros.DSNintendoMay-06$35
**2Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City StoriesPS2Take-TwoJun-06$20
33Brain Age: Train Your Brain in Minutes a DayDSNintendoApr-06$18
**4CarsPS2THQ Jun-06$39
**5Hitman: Blood MoneyXbox 360EidosMay-06$60
**6CarsGBATHQ Jun-06$29
147FIFA World Cup 2006PS2Electronic ArtsApr-06$30
**8Big Brain AcademyDSNintendoJun-06$19
**9Hitman: Blood MoneyPS2Eidos May-06$39
**10CarsGCTHQ Jun-06$39
411God of WarPS2Sony Mar-05$20
812Guitar Hero BundlePS2Red OctaneNov-05$69
1013Kingdom Hearts IIPS2Square Enix Inc Mar-06$48
**14NFL Head CoachPS2Electronic ArtsJun-06$40
1215Over the HedgePS2ActivisionMay-06$37
516Elder Scrolls IV: OblivionXbox 360Take-TwoMar-06$60
717MLB '06: The ShowPS2Sony Mar-06$39
918Grand Theft Auto: San AndreasPS2Take-TwoOct-04$20
1119X-Men: The Official GamePS2ActivisionMay-06$37
620Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced WarfighterXbox 360UbisoftMar-06$60

PC
Last MonthCurrent RankTitlePublisherAverage Price
31World of WarcraftVivendi$36
** 2Half-Life 2: Episode OneElectronic Arts$18
23The Sims 2: Family Fun Stuff Electronic Arts$20
** 4Cars: Radiator Springs AdventuresTHQ$18
55The Sims 2: Open for Business Electronic Arts$31
66The Sims 2Electronic Arts$40
47Elder Scrolls IV: OblivionTake-Two$49
18Guild Wars FactionsNCsoft$48
189Heroes of Might & Magic VUbisoft$50
1110Age of Empires IIIMicrosoft$49
1411Zoo Tycoon 2Microsoft$26
712Rise of Nations: Rise of LegendsMicrosoft$49
1613Zoo Tycoon: Complete CollectionMicrosoft$26
814Star Wars: Empire At WarLucasArts$49
** 15Hitman: Blood MoneyEidos$39
1216Civilization IVTake-Two$50
1017Battlefield 2Electronic Arts$42
1718Warcraft III Battle ChestVivendi$39
1319The Sims 2 Nightlife Electronic Arts$31
2020Sim City 4 DeluxeElectronic Arts$22

PLAYSTATION 2
Last MonthCurrent RankTitlePublisherRelease DateAverage Price
**1Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City StoriesTake-TwoJun-06$20
**2CarsTHQ Jun-06$39
93FIFA World Cup 2006Electronic ArtsApr-06$30
**4Hitman: Blood MoneyEidos May-06$39
25God of WarSony Mar-05$20
46Guitar Hero BundleRed OctaneNov-05$69
17Kingdom Hearts IISquare Enix Inc Mar-06$48
**8NFL Head CoachElectronic ArtsJun-06$40
89Over the HedgeActivisionMay-06$37
310MLB '06: the ShowSony Mar-06$39

XBOX
Last MonthCurrent RankTitlePublisherRelease DateAverage Price
**1CarsTHQ Jun-06$39
72FIFA World Cup 2006Electronic ArtsApr-06$30
**3Hitman: Blood MoneyEidos May-06$40
34Halo 2Microsoft Nov-04$29
25Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas Version 2.0Take-TwoSep-05$21
46FableMicrosoft Sep-04$21
**7NFL Head CoachElectronic ArtsJun-06$40
**8Jaws UnleashedMajescoMay-06$29
59X-Men: The Official GameActivisionMay-06$37
110Major League Baseball 2k6Take-TwoApr-06$39

XBOX 360
Last MonthCurrent RankTitlePublisherRelease DateAverage Price
**1Hitman: Blood MoneyEidos May-06$60
12Elder Scrolls IV: OblivionTake-TwoMar-06$60
23Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Advanced WarfighterUbisoftMar-06$60
104FIFA World Cup 2006Electronic ArtsApr-06$59
35Fight Night Round 3Electronic ArtsFeb-06$60
76Table TennisTake-TwoMay-06$40
**7Moto GP 06THQ Jun-06$60
88Call of Duty 2ActivisionNov-05$57
49Battlefield 2: Modern CombatElectronic ArtsApr-06$60
**10Burnout RevengeElectronic ArtsMar-06$39

GAMECUBE
Last MonthCurrent RankTitlePublisherRelease DateAverage Price
**1CarsTHQ Jun-06$39
12Over the HedgeActivisionMay-06$36
33Naruto: Clash of NinjaD3publisherMar-06$40
44Paper Mario: the Thousand Year DoorNintendoOct-04$21
85Dance Dance Revolution Mario Mix W/MatKonami Digital Ent.Oct-05$49
76Super Smash Bro MeleeNintendoDec-01$30
57Mario Kart: Double Dash !!NintendoNov-03$30
**8Teen TitansMajescoMay-06$20
109Super Mario SunshineNintendoAug-02$20
910Lego Star WarsEidos Oct-05$29

GBA
Last MonthCurrent RankTitlePublisherRelease DateAverage Price
**1CarsTHQ Jun-06$29
12Super Mario AdvanceNintendoJun-01$20
23Over the HedgeActivisionMay-06$28
44Pokemon EmeraldNintendoApr-05$35
65Mario & Luigi SagaNintendoNov-03$20
56Yoshi's Island : Mario 3NintendoSep-02$20
87DogzUbisoftNov-05$30
**8Mega Man Battle Network 6: Cybeast GregarCapcomJun-06$30
109Mario Bros. 3: Mario 4NintendoOct-03$31
310Kingdom Hearts: Chain of MemoriesSquare Enix Inc Dec-04$20

DS
Last MonthCurrent RankTitlePublisherRelease DateAverage Price
11New Super Mario Bros.NintendoMay-06$35
22Brain Age: Train Your Brain In Minutes a DayNintendoApr-06$18
**3Big Brain AcademyNintendoJun-06$19
**4CarsTHQ Jun-06$29
55Mario KartNintendoNov-05$35
46Animal Crossing: Wild WorldNintendoDec-05$34
37Metroid Prime: HuntersNintendoMar-06$34
88TetrisNintendoMar-06$30
99Over the HedgeActivisionMay-06$28
1010Nintendogs: Dachshund & FriendsNintendoAug-05$31

PSP
Last MonthCurrent RankTitlePublisherRelease DateAverage Price
**1CarsTHQ Jun-06$39
32Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City StoriesTake-TwoOct-05$40
63Monster Hunter: FreedomCapcomMay-06$40
14MLB '06: the ShowSony Mar-06$40
45Field CommanderSony Online Ent.May-06$40
26DaxterSony Mar-06$40
**7FIFA World Cup 2006Electronic ArtsMay-06$40
**8Need for Speed: Most WantedElectronic ArtsNov-05$40
**9NBA Live 06Electronic ArtsOct-05$30
910SOCOM: Fireteam BravoSony Nov-05$40

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