ChartSpot: November 2005

Star Wars: Battlefront II and Call of Duty 2 conquer the console and PC charts while Mario Kart DS overtakes Grand Theft Auto in the portable race.


After a slight hiccup, NPD has released the game-sale charts for November 2005. With the Xbox 360 hitting North American stores on November 22, the month saw the second platform launch of the year, following the March debut of the PSP. Although the next-generation console was in notoriously short supply, one title for the platform proved exceptionally popular. The 360 version of Call of Duty 2 was the third-best-selling console game in November, coming in just behind the Xbox and PlayStation 2 versions of Star Wars: Battlefront II.

However, Activision's shooter had little company from other 360 titles. Only two other games for the next-gen platform made the top 20--Electronic Arts' Madden NFL 06 (8th) and Need for Speed Most Wanted (19th). However, when combined, sales of the limited and standard editions of Microsoft Game Studios' Perfect Dark Zero actually exceeded sales of Need for Speed Most Wanted, as shown on the Xbox 360 top 10. (Why the figures were not combined in the overall top 20 was not explained by NPD.)

Other current-generation titles debuting in the console top 20 were Mario Kart DS (4th), WWE SmackDown! vs. Raw 2 (PS2, 5th), Mario Party 7 (GameCube, 10th), Call of Duty 2: Big Red One (PS2, 11th), 50 Cent: Bulletproof (PS2, 12th), Ratchet: Deadlocked (PS2, 14th), the PS2 version of Need For Speed: Most Wanted (18th), and the PSP version of Star Wars: Battlefront II (20th).

Of greater interest were the titles that weren't among the top 20 console games for November. Despite extensive marketing campaigns, two of Activision's highest-profile holiday releases, True Crime: New York City and Gun, were shut out of the list. Also, no version of Ubisoft's laboriously titled film tie-in, Peter Jackson's King Kong: The Official Game of the Movie, cracked the top 20.

On the PC charts, the PC versions of Call of Duty 2 and Star Wars: Battlefront II also did well, finishing a respective first and fourth. The Battlefield 2 Special Forces expansion pack saw a decent debut at tenth, five places ahead of another underperforming Activision releases, The Movies. In between were two new entrants from EA: Harry Potter & the Goblet of Fire (11th) and The Sims 2 Holiday Edition (12th).

Last MonthRankTitlePlatformPublisherRelease DateAverage Price
**1Star Wars: Battlefront IIXboxLucasArtsNov-05$49
**2Star Wars: Battlefront IIPS2LucasArtsNov-05$48
**3Call of Duty 2Xbox 360ActivisionNov-05$58
34Madden NFL 06PS2Electronic ArtsAug-05$46
**5Mario Kart DSDSNintendo Nov-05$33
**6WWE SmackDown! vs. Raw 2PS2THQNov-05$49
47Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City StoriesPSPRockstar GamesOct-05$48
**8Madden NFL 06Xbox 360Electronic ArtsNov-05$58
119Tony Hawk's American WastelandPS2ActivisionOct-05$45
**10Mario Party 7GCNintendo Nov-05$49
**11Call of Duty 2: Big Red OnePS2ActivisionNov-05$48
**1250 Cent: BulletproofPS2Vivendi UniversalNov-05$50
1613Blitz: The LeaguePS2MidwayOct-05$40
**14Ratchet: DeadlockedPS2Sony Computer Ent. Oct-05$39
215NBA Live 06PS2Electronic ArtsSep-05$43
1216Soul Calibur IIIPS2NamcoOct-05$49
517Dragon Ball Z: Budokai TenkaichiPS2AtariOct-05$49
**18Need For Speed: Most WantedPS2Electronic ArtsNov-05$46
**19Need For Speed: Most WantedXbox 360Electronic ArtsNov-05$59
**20Star Wars: Battlefront IIPSPLucasArtsNov-05$49

Last MonthCurrent RankTitlePublisherAverage Price
71Call of Duty 2Activision$43
12Age of Empires IIIMicrosoft$48
33Civilization IV2K Games$49
**4Star Wars: Battlefront IILucasArts$49
65World of WarcraftVivendi Universal$39
26The Sims 2 Nightlife Electronic Arts$31
57Roller Coaster Tycoon 3Atari$24
128The Sims 2Electronic Arts$42
139City of VillainsNCsoft$49
**10Battlefield 2 Special ForcesElectronic Arts$30
**11Harry Potter & the Goblet of FireElectronic Arts$27
**12The Sims 2 Holiday EditionElectronic Arts$36
1113Battlefield 2Electronic Arts$47
814Quake 4Activision$43
**15The MoviesActivision$49
**16The Sims 2 UniversityElectronic Arts$31
917F.E.A.R.Vivendi Universal$47
**18The Sims Complete CollectionElectronic Arts$34
1819The Sims DeluxeElectronic Arts$19
1520Doom 3Activision$22

Last MonthRankTitlePublisherRelease DateAverage Price
**1Star Wars: Battlefront IILucasArtsNov-05$48
32Madden NFL 06Electronic ArtsAug-05$46
**3WWE SmackDown! vs. Raw 2THQNov-05$49
94Tony Hawk's American WastelandActivisionOct-05$45
**5Call of Duty 2: Big Red OneActivisionNov-05$48
**650 Cent: BulletproofVivendi UniversalNov-05$50
**7Blitz: The LeagueMidwayOct-05$40
**8Ratchet: DeadlockedSony Computer Ent. Oct-05$39
29NBA Live 06Electronic ArtsSep-05$43
1010Soul Calibur IIINamcoOct-05$49

Last MonthRankTitlePublisherRelease DateAverage Price
**1Star Wars: Battlefront IILucasArtsNov-05$49
**2Call of Duty 2: Big Red OneActivisionNov-05$48
43Blitz: The LeagueMidwayOct-05$40
34Madden NFL 06Electronic ArtsAug-05$46
**5Need For Speed: Most WantedElectronic ArtsNov-05$47
68Battlefield 2: Modern CombatElectronic ArtsOct-05$47
**9The Matrix: Path of NeoAtariNov-05$49
710Tony Hawk's American WastelandActivisionOct-05$46

XBOX 360
Last MonthRankTitlePublisherRelease DateAverage Price
**1Call of Duty 2ActivisionNov-05$58
**2Madden NFL 06Electronic ArtsNov-05$58
**3Perfect Dark Zero [Limited and Standard Editions]MicrosoftNov-05$59
**4Need For Speed: Most WantedElectronic ArtsNov-05$59
**5Project Gotham 3MicrosoftNov-05$48
**6Kameo: Elements of PowerMicrosoftNov-05$49
**7Condemned: Criminal OriginsSega Nov-05$59
**8Quake 4ActivisionNov-05$59
**9NBA Live 06Electronic ArtsNov-05$58

Last MonthRankTitlePublisherRelease DateAverage Price
**1Mario Party 7NintendoNov-05$49
42Dance Dance Revolution Mario Mix KonamiOct-05$49
13Pokemon XD: Gale of DarknessNintendo Sep-05$46
**4Lego Star WarsEidosOct-05$29
**5Shadow the HedgehogSega Nov-05$49
**6Harry Potter & the Goblet of FireElectronic ArtsNov-05$37
27Mario Superstar BaseballNintendo Sep-05$49
78Super Mario SunshineNintendo Aug-02$19
**9Tony Hawk's American WastelandActivisionOct-05$45
910Madden NFL 06Electronic ArtsAug-05$46

RankTitlePublisherRelease DateAverage Price
61Disney PrincessTHQMar-03$12
12Pokemon EmeraldNintendo Apr-05$31
**3Ms. Pac-Man Maze MadNamcoSep-04$9
**4SpongeBob/Nicktoons Two-PackTHQSep-05$24
**5Crash Bandicoot 2: N-TrancedVivendi UniversalJan-03$8
**6Simpsons: Road RageTHQJun-03$12
**7Shrek 2ActivisionMay-04$14
**8Disney's Finding NemoTHQMay-03$11
29Bratz: Rock AngelzTHQOct-05$29
**10Harry Potter & the Goblet of FireElectronic ArtsNov-05$29

RankTitlePublisherRelease DateAverage Price
91Castlevania: Dawn of SorrowKonamiOct-05$35
22Nintendogs: Dachshund & FriendsNintendo Aug-05$31
33Nintendogs: Labrador & FriendsNintendo Aug-05$31
44Nintendogs: Chihuahua & FriendsNintendo Aug-05$31
**5Trauma Center: Under the KnifeAtlusOct-05$30
**6Advance Wars: Dual StrikeNintendo Aug-05$35
57Super Mario 64 DSNintendo Nov-04$30
**8Lost in BlueKonamiSep-05$30
69Zoo TycoonTHQOct-05$30

RankTitlePublisherRelease DateAverage Price
11Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City StoriesRockstar GamesOct-05$48
**2Star Wars: Battlefront IILucasArtsNov-05$49
**3SOCOM: U.S. Navy Seals Fireteam BravoSony Computer Ent. Nov-05$39
24Madden NFL 06Electronic ArtsSep-05$47
**5Need For Speed: Most WantedElectronic ArtsNov-05$49
46NBA Live 06Electronic ArtsOct-05$47
77X-Men Legends II: Rise of ApocalypseActivisionOct-05$47
58Burnout LegendsElectronic ArtsSep-05$47
99Namco Museum Battle CollectionNamcoAug-05$39
1010Midnight Club 3: Dub EditionRockstar GamesJun-05$46

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