ChartSpot: March 2007

God of War II sees heavenly sales, GRAW2 and Guitar Hero II rock the 360 top 10, MotorStorm revs up PS3 sales.


Though it saw a decline in PC game sales, the five weeks of the industry-tracking NPD Group's "March" reporting period--which lasted from March 4 to April 7--saw the good times roll on other platforms. Leading the pack of non-PC titles was God of War II, Sony Computer Entertainment America's glowingly reviewed sequel to its 2005 action game hit. The game sold 833,000 copies in three weeks and is well on its way to rival sales of the original God of War, which landed in 13th place for the "month."

As far as the platforms formerly known as next-generation consoles, the Xbox 360 came out on top, with five games in the NPD Group's top 20 games of the month. Foremost among them was Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2, which sold 394,000 copies from its March 6 release until the end of the month. Right behind it was Guitar Hero II, which moved 291,000 in the four days after its Xbox 360 debut. Also making the top 10 were the 360 MLB 2K7 (165,000 copies sold) and Def Jam Icon (148,000 copies sold).

The 360's rivals were also represented in the top 20. MotorStorm, the racing game touted so often by Sony Computer Entertainment's Phil Harrison that its very mention became a drinking game among 21-and-over gamers, had a solid debut, selling 199,000 units. No doubt boosted by the fact it came with a Wii Remote, Wii Play sold 273,000 copies during Julius Caesar's least favorite month.

NPD's March reporting period also marked a milestone in the console cycle. Namely, it is the first month that NPD stopped providing rankings for Xbox and GameCube. NPD reps assured GameSpot that the industry research firm is still monitoring sales of games on both platforms, but felt the time was right to desist updating the games press on said data, given that both platforms are no longer produced.

On the PC charts, the song remained largely the same. As is all too often the case, World of Warcraft and the Sims 2 exchanged places in the top slot. The latter's Seasons expansion pack was the month's most popular PC game, with the former's first expansion pack, the Burning Crusade, close behind it. However, there was a new kid on the block. The regular edition of Electronic Arts' Command & Conquer 3 debuted in fourth place on the PC charts, with the deluxe Kane edition following two slots behind it.

Last MonthCurrent RankTitlePlatformPublisherRelease DateAverage Price
**1God of War IIPS2SCEA Mar-07$50
**2Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2360UbisoftMar-07$59
**3Guitar Hero II (with Guitar)360ActivisionMar-07$88
24Wii Play (with Wii Remote)WIINintendoFeb-07$50
36Diddy Kong RacingNDSNintendoFeb-07$30
**7SpectrobesNDSDisney Interactive StudiosMar-07$29
78Major League Baseball 2K7360Take-Two InteractiveFeb-07$60
169MLB '07: The ShowPS2SCEAFeb-07$40
**10Def Jam Icon360Electronic ArtsMar-07$60
511Guitar Hero II (with guitar)PS2ActivisionNov-06$79
1112New Super Mario BrosNDSNintendoMay-06$32
1913God of WarPS2SCEAMar-05$19
**14Grand Theft Auto: Vice City StoriesPS2Take-Two InteractiveMar-07$20
**15Tiger Woods PGA Tour 07WIIElectronic ArtsMar-07$50
1317Sonic and the Secret RingsWIISegaFeb-07$49
1419Mario KartNDSNintendoNov-05$33
420Legend of Zelda: Twilight PrincessWIINintendoNov-06$50

Last MonthCurrent RankTitlePublisherAverage Price
31The Sims 2 Seasons Electronic Arts$27
12World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade Vivendi$38
23World of WarcraftVivendi$24
**4Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium WarsElectronic Arts$48
55The Sims 2Electronic Arts$38
**6Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars Kane EditionElectronic Arts$59
**7Stalker: Shadow of ChernobylTHQ$39
48Supreme CommanderTHQ$48
**9Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion Shivering Isles Take-Two Interactive$29
7103333 XP Games JCViva Media$10
**11The Sims 2 Celebration Stuff Electronic Arts$18
812The Sims 2 Pets Electronic Arts$29
**13Titan Quest: Immortal Throne THQ$30
1114Age of Empires IIIMicrosoft$48
915Battlefield 2142Electronic Arts$42
1316The Sims 2 Nightlife Electronic Arts$31
1217Paws & Claws Pet VetValusoft (THQ)$17
618The Sims: Life StoriesElectronic Arts$39
1719Sim City 4 DeluxeElectronic Arts$24
1620Halo: Combat EvolvedMicrosoft$20

Last MonthCurrent RankTitlePublisherRelease DateAverage Price
**1God of War IISCEAMar-07$50
22MLB '07: The ShowSCEAFeb-07$40
13Guitar Hero II (with guitar)ActivisionNov-06$79
44God of WarSCEAMar-05$19
**5Grand Theft Auto: Vice City StoriesTake-Two InteractiveMar-07$20
**7Major League Baseball 2K7Take-Two InteractiveFeb-07$29
98Grand Theft Auto: San AndreasTake-Two InteractiveOct-04$20
79NCAA March Madness 07Electronic ArtsJan-07$30
610Fight Night Round 3Electronic ArtsFeb-06$19

Last MonthCurrent RankTitlePublisherRelease DateAverage Price
**2Elder Scrolls IV: OblivionBethesda SoftworksMar-07$59
**3Def Jam IconElectronic ArtsMar-07$59
14Resistance: Fall of ManSCEANov-06$60
35Major League Baseball 2K7Take-Two InteractiveFeb-07$60
**6NBA Street HomecourtElectronic ArtsMar-07$60
27Virtua Fighter 5SegaFeb-07$60
**8The Godfather: The Don's EditionElectronic ArtsMar-07$60
**9Formula One Championship EditionSCEAFeb-07$60
**10Armored Core 4SegaMar-07$60

XBOX 360
Last MonthCurrent RankTitlePublisherRelease DateAverage Price
**1Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2UbisoftMar-07$59
**2Guitar Hero II (with guitar)ActivisionMar-07$88
33Major League Baseball 2K7Take-Two InteractiveFeb-07$60
**4Def Jam IconElectronic ArtsMar-07$60
26Gears of WarMicrosoftNov-06$64
67Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: VegasUbisoftNov-06$62
**8Armored Core 4SegaMar-07$60
510NBA Street HomecourtElectronic ArtsFeb-07$60

Last MonthCurrent RankTitlePublisherRelease DateAverage Price
11Wii Play (with remote)NintendoFeb-07$50
**2Tiger Woods PGA Tour 07Electronic ArtsMar-07$50
43Sonic and the Secret RingsSegaFeb-07$49
24Legend of Zelda: Twilight PrincessNintendoNov-06$50
35WarioWare: Smooth MovesNintendoJan-07$50
**6Cooking Mama: Cook OffMajescoMar-07$50
57Rayman Raving RabbidsUbisoftNov-06$48
**8SSX BlurElectronic ArtsFeb-07$50
710Red SteelUbisoftNov-06$38

Last MonthCurrent RankTitlePublisherRelease DateAverage Price
21Pokemon FireRedNintendoSep-04$20
52Pokemon LeafGreenNintendoSep-04$20
33Super Mario World: Super Mario Advance 2NintendoFeb-02$20
44Mario Kart: CircuitNintendoAug-01$20
85Pokemon EmeraldNintendoApr-05$35
76Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Red Rescue TeamNintendoSep-06$31
67Super Mario AdvanceNintendoJun-01$20
**8My Little Pony: Crystal Princess Runaway RainbowTHQSep-06$15
**10Nicktoons: Battle for Volcano IslandTHQOct-06$20

Last MonthCurrent RankTitlePublisherRelease DateAverage Price
11Diddy Kong RacingNintendoFeb-07$30
**2SpectrobesDisney Interactive StudiosMar-07$29
23New Super Mario BrosNintendoMay-06$32
34Mario KartNintendoNov-05$33
55Kirby Squeak SquadNintendoDec-06$30
**6Wario: Master of DisguiseNintendoMar-07$30
67Nintendogs: Dalmatian & FriendsNintendoOct-06$30
48Brain Age: Train Your Brain In Minutes a DayNintendoApr-06$20
79Yoshi's Island 2NintendoNov-06$29
**10Cooking MamaMajescoSep-06$19

Last MonthCurrent RankTitlePublisherRelease DateAverage Price
**1MLB '07: The ShowSCEAFeb-07$40
12Ratchet & Clank: Size MattersSCEAFeb-07$40
23Grand Theft Auto: Vice City StoriesTake-Two InteractiveNov-06$30
**4300: March to GloryWarner InteractiveFeb-07$30
45Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City StoriesTake-Two InteractiveOct-05$20
56NBA Live 07Electronic ArtsSep-06$30
97Medal of Honor: HeroesElectronic ArtsOct-06$29
78Midnight Club 3: DUB EditionTake-Two InteractiveJun-05$20
**9Call of Duty: Roads to VictoryActivisionMar-07$40
**10Major League Baseball 2K7Take-Two InteractiveFeb-07$30

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