ChartSpot: May 2005

Star Wars lords over the console charts, as Guild Wars stays on top of the PC top 10.


The box-office success of the last Star Wars film, Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, was felt in the game industry in May. According to sales rankings released by NPD Funworld, the blockbuster's game namesake debuted in second (PlayStation 2), third (Xbox), and seventh (Game Boy Advance) on the console/handheld charts. Meanwhile, console editions of Lego Star Wars slipped only slightly, with the PS2 version falling two spots (sixth to eighth) and the Xbox version falling one spot (10th to 11th). The GBA edition of Sith, the sole handheld version of the game, actually rose two slots from 12th to 14th.

For the third month in a row, not a single GameCube title cracked the top 20 non-PC games sold, according to NPD. However, Nintendo did take the number one spot with Pokemon Emerald, where the wildly popular Game Boy Advance game made its debut. Other newcomers to the chart were Forza Motorsport (Xbox--fourth), Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones (GBA--16th), Hot Shots Golf: Open Tee (PSP--18th), Need For Speed Underground Rivals (PSP--19th), and Area 51 for the Xbox (13th) and PS2 (17th).

But while the console/handheld charts saw many new entries, May was much like April on the PC charts. NCsoft's online role-player Guild Wars remained ensconced at number one, followed again by Blizzard Entertainment's World of Warcraft. The Sims 2 and its University expansion pack landed at fifth and third, respectively, while Stronghold 2 stayed at sixth. The only new entrant to the top 10 PC games was Empire Earth 2, which conquered and held the number five slot following its April 26 release.

Last MonthRankTitlePlatformPublisherRelease DateAverage Price
**1Pokemon EmeraldGBANintendoApr-05$34
**2Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of The SithPS2LucasArtsMay-05$49
**3Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of The SithXboxLucasArtsMay-05$49
**4Forza MotorsportXboxMicrosoftMay-05$50
25Midnight Club 3: DUB EditionPS2RockstarApr-05$49
86Lego Star WarsPS2EidosMar-05$39
**7Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of The SithGBAUbisoftMay-05$29
48God of WarPS2SCEAMar-05$50
79MVP Baseball 2005PS2Electronic ArtsFeb-05$30
610Midnight Club 3: DUB EditionXboxRockstarApr-05$49
1011Lego Star WarsXboxEidosApr-05$40
1412Lego Star WarsGBAEidosMar-05$29
**13Area 51XboxMidwayApr-05$50
114Doom 3XboxActivisionApr-05$52
1215Major League Baseball 2K5PS2RockstarFeb-05$20
**16Fire Emblem: The Sacred StonesGBAMajescoMay-05$32
**17Area 51PS2MidwayApr-05$50
**18Hot Shots Golf: Open TeePSPSCEAMay-05$39
**19Need For Speed Underground RivalsPSPElectronic ArtsMay-05$50
320Jade EmpireXboxMicrosoftApr-05$49

Current RankTitlePublisherRelease DateAverage Price
1Guild WarsNCsoftApr-05$49
2World of WarcraftVU GamesNov-05$49
3The Sims 2: UniversityElectronic ArtsFeb-05$31
4Empire Earth 2VU GamesApr-05$48
5The Sims 2Electronic ArtsSep-04$48
6Stronghold 22K GamesApr-05$39
7Half-Life 2VU GamesNov-04$52
8The Sims DeluxeElectronic ArtsSep-02$20
9Seaworld Adventure Parks TycoonActivisionSep-03$15
10Lego Star WarsEidosMar-05$30

Last MonthCurrent RankTitlePublisherRelease DateAverage Price
**1Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of The SithLucasArtsMay-05$49
12Midnight Club 3: DUB EditionRockstarApr-05$49
43Lego Star WarsEidosMar-05$39
24God of WarSCEAMar-05$50
35MVP Baseball 2005Electronic ArtsFeb-05$30
66Major League Baseball 2K5RockstarFeb-05$20
**7Area 51MidwayApr-05$50
58Gran Turismo 4SCEAFeb-05$50
**9Fight Night Round 2Electronic ArtsMar-05$48
**10Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2005Electronic ArtsSep-04$30

Last MonthRankTitlePublisherRelease DateAverage Price
**1Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of The SithLucasArtsMay-05$49
**2Forza MotorsportMicrosoftMay-05$50
43Midnight Club 3: DUB EditionRockstarApr-05$49
64Lego Star WarsEidosApr-05$40
**5Area 51MidwayApr-05$50
16Doom 3ActivisionApr-05$52
27Jade EmpireMicrosoftApr-05$49
38Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Chaos TheoryUbisoftMar-05$46
79MVP Baseball 2005Electronic ArtsFeb-05$30
910Major League Baseball 2K5RockstarFeb-05$20

Last MonthRankTitlePublisherRelease DateAverage Price
41Pokemon ColosseumNintendoMar-04$19
22Super Mario SunshineNintendoAug-02$18
13Donkey Kong: Jungle BeatNintendoMar-05$55
64Super Smash Brothers MeleeNintendoDec-01$30
75Legend of Zelda: The Wind WakerNintendoMar-03$18
86MVP Baseball 2005Electronic ArtsFeb-05$30
97Animal CrossingNintendoSep-02$19
**8Kirby Air RideNintendoOct-03$19
109Mario Party 6NintendoDec-04$50
510Star Fox: AssaultNintendoFeb-05$50

RankTitlePublisherRelease DateAverage Price
1Pokemon EmeraldNintendoApr-05$34
2Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of The SithUbisoftMay-05$29
3Lego Star WarsEidosMar-05$29
4Fire Emblem: The Sacred StonesMajescoMay-05$32
5Mario Party AdvanceNintendoMar-05$31
6Legend of Zelda: The Minish CapNintendoJan-05$31
7The IncrediblesThqNov-04$30
8Disney PrincessThqMar-03$14
9 Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3NintendoOct-03$31
10WarioWare Inc.: Mega MicroGame$NintendoMay-03$31

RankTitlePublisherRelease DateAverage Price
1Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of The SithUbisoftMay-05$38
2Super Mario 64 DSNintendoNov-04$31
3Warioware: Touched!NintendoFeb-05$35
4Yoshi! Touch & GoNintendoMar-05$31
5Need For Speed Underground 2Electronic ArtsMay-05$40
6Pokemon DashNintendoMar-05$31
7Rayman DSUbisoftMar-05$30
8Pac PixNamcoApr-05$30
10World Championship PokerCrave EntertainmentApr-05$30

RankTitlePublisherRelease dateAverage Price
1Hot Shots Golf: Open TeeSCEAMay-05$39
2Need for Speed Underground RivalsElectronic ArtsMar-05$50
3Untold legends: Brotherhood of the BladeSony Online Ent.mar-05$40
4Twisted Metal: Head OnSCEAMar-05$40
5Ridge RacerNamcoMar-05$40
6MVP BaseballElectronic ArtsMay-05$49
7NBA Street Showdown Electronic ArtsApr-05$50
9Wipeout PureSCEAMar-05$39
10ATV Offroad Fury: Blazin' Trails SCEA Apr-05$39

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