ChartSpot: October 2004

The month before Halo 2 hits, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas is top dog, with Mortal Kombat: Deception and Tony Hawk's Underground 2 nipping at its heels.


When NPD released the October charts to the public, it came as little or no surprise that the top game was Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. Even though it wasn't released until October 26, Take-Two's gangsta adventure was one of the most preordered games of the year, and remains atop the best-seller charts today.

However, San Andreas wasn't the only sequel making a splash last month. ESPN NBA 2K5, Mortal Kombat: Deception, Tony Hawk's Underground 2, and Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door all debuted in the top 10 console titles, with NBA Live 2005 not far behind at number 12. On the flip side, Pokemon FireRed fell 10 points from the top slot, followed by Fable, which slid from 2nd to 15th.

During the month before Half-Life 2's long-awaited release, The Sims 2 ruled the PC charts. The regular version of the game got the gold for the second month in a row, while the Special Edition took home the bronze. Sandwiched between the two in second place was the month's biggest-selling newcomer, Star Wars Galaxies: Jump To Lightspeed. The PC edition of Leisure Suit Larry: Magna Cum Laude debuted surprisingly strong at number seven, even though its PlayStation 2 and Xbox cousins didn't crack their individual console top 10 best-seller lists.

Last MonthRankTitlePlatformPublisherRelease DateAverage Price
**1Grand Theft Auto: San AndreasPS2Take-TwoOct'04$49
82NBA Live 2005PS2Electronic ArtsSep'04$39
**3Mortal Kombat: DeceptionPS2MidwayOct'04$51
**4ESPN NBA 2K5PS2Take-TwoSep'04$19
**5Tony Hawk's Underground 2PS2ActivisionOct'04$47
**6Mortal Kombat: DeceptionXboxMidwayOct'04$52
**7ESPN NBA 2K5XboxTake-TwoSep'04$19
**8Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year DoorGCNintendoOct'04$47
49Madden NFL 2005PS2Electronic ArtsAug'04$44
**10X-Men: LegendsPS2ActivisionSep'04$47
111Pokemon FireRedGBANintendoSep'04$33
**12NBA Live 2005XboxElectronic ArtsSep'04$39
313Pokemon LeafGreen GBANintendoSep'04$32
614Star Wars: BattlefrontPS2LucasArtsSep'04$48
516Star Wars: BattlefrontXboxLucasArtsSep'04$49
**17Tony Hawk's Underground 2XboxActivisionOct'04$48
**18X-Men: LegendsXboxActivisionSep'04$48
1019Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2005PS2Electronic ArtsSep'04$48
920ESPN NFL 2K5PS2Take-TwoJul'04$20

Last MonthCurrent RankTitlePublisherAverage Price
11The Sims 2Electronic Arts$48
**2Star Wars Galaxies: Jump to Lightspeed LucasArts$29
23The Sims 2 Special EditionElectronic Arts$50
54Rome: Total WarActivision$46
45Star Wars: BattlefrontLucasArts$48
36Call of Duty: United Offensive Activision$29
**7Leisure Suit Larry: Magna Cum LaudeVU Games$29
88Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of WarTHQ$47
69Doom 3Activision$46
1110Call of DutyActivision$27
911The Sims DeluxeElectronic Arts$20
9212Myst IV: RevelationUbisoft$36
**13Tribes: VengeanceVU Games$46
1414Star Wars: Knights of the Old RepublicLucasArts$19
1315World Poker ChampionshipValusoft (THQ)$19
1716Tournament Poker: No Limit Texas Hold'emEagle Games$18
2317Flight Simulator 2004: A Century of FlightMicrosoft$35
2018Halo: Combat EvolvedMicrosoft$33
1519The Sims: Makin' Magic Electronic Arts$19
**20Roller Coaster Tycoon 3Atari$39

Last MonthRankTitlePublisherRelease DateAverage Price
**1Grand Theft Auto: San AndreasTake-TwoOct'04$49
42NBA Live 2005Electronic ArtsSep'04$39
**3Mortal Kombat: DeceptionMidwayOct'04$51
**4ESPN NBA 2K5Take-TwoSep'04$19
**5Tony Hawk's Underground 2ActivisionOct'04$47
16Madden NFL 2005Electronic ArtsAug'04$44
**7X-Men: LegendsActivisionSep'04$47
28Star Wars: BattlefrontLucasArtsSep'04$48
69Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2005Electronic ArtsSep'04$48
510ESPN NFL 2K5Take-TwoJul'04$20

Last MonthRankTitlePublisherRelease DateAverage Price
**1Mortal Kombat: DeceptionMidwayOct'04$52
102ESPN NBA 2K5Take-TwoSep'04$19
93NBA Live 2005Electronic ArtsSep'04$39
25Star Wars: BattlefrontLucasArtsSep'04$49
**6Tony Hawk's Underground 2ActivisionOct'04$48
**7X-Men: LegendsActivisionSep'04$48
88Halo: Combat EvolvedMicrosoft Nov'01$30
59Madden NFL 2005Electronic ArtsAug'04$45
610ESPN NFL 2K5Take-TwoJul'04$19

Last MonthRankTitlePublisherRelease DateAverage Price
**1Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year DoorNintendo Oct'04$47
32Donkey Konga Nintendo Sep'04$46
**3Tony Hawk's Underground 2ActivisionOct'04$47
84X-Men: LegendsActivisionSep'04$47
**5Zelda: The Wind WakerNintendo Mar'03$20
**6NBA Live 2005Electronic ArtsSep'04$38
**7Finding NemoTHQMay'03$15
18Pikmin 2Nintendo Sep'04$45
49Super Smash Bros. MeleeNintendo Dec'01$28
**10Shark TaleActivisionSep'04$44

Last MonthRankTitlePublisherRelease DateAverage Price
11Pokemon FireRedNintendo Sep'04$33
22Pokemon LeafGreen Nintendo Sep'04$32
**3Shark TaleActivisionSep'04$25
**4Mario Pinball LandNintendo Oct'04$30
**5Kirby and the Amazing MirrorNintendo Oct'04$30
36Dragon Ball Z: Buu's FuryAtariSep'04$29
**7Namco MuseumNamcoJun'01$13
**8Beyblade: Ultimate Blader JamAtariNov'03$13
**9Duel Masters: SempaiAtariJun'04$20
610Mario Bros 3: Mario 4Nintendo Oct'03$30

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