ChartSpot: October 2006

Scarface chops up the console charts, beating Double Agent and Mortal Kombat: Armageddon; The Sims 2 Pets takes a bite out of WOW.

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With the Wii and PlayStation 3 now in stores--if you can find one--October 2006 will go down as the last month the Xbox 360 was the sole next-generation console on the market. So it must have burned Microsoft, then, to have its highest-profile next-gen release for the month be beaten by a game for a rival's six-year-old platform.

Yes, October saw the 360 edition of Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Double Agent bested by Scarface: The World Is Yours for the PlayStation 2. The enthusiasm for the game's film inspiration overcame a lukewarm critical reception, helping the game sell more than half a million units on all platforms combined. The PS2 edition sold more than 366,000 units during the month, earning it a place at the top of NPD Funworld's combined console-handheld chart. The Xbox Scarface sold more than 110,000 units, enough to land it in 11th place. However, the game's little friend, the PSP spin-off Scarface: Money. Power. Respect., didn't say hello to enough gamers to make the top 20.

After second-place finisher Double Agent came the last two months' top dog, Madden NFL 07 for the PS2. Behind it was Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Red Rescue Team for the Game Boy Advance, two slots ahead of its DS sibling, Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Blue Rescue Team. Sandwiched in between was newcomer Mortal Kombat: Armageddon (PS2), showing that the venerable fighting franchise's high-flying fisticuffs remain popular.

In seventh place, the PS2 NBA Live 07 finished just ahead of newcomer FIFA Soccer 07 (PS2). Behind them, Take-Two's controversy-courting PS2 game Bully wedgied into ninth place. A more genteel title, Tiger Woods PGA Tour 07 (PS2), putted its way into 10th place.

October saw the PC charts go to the dogs--literally. In its first month on the market, EA's Sims 2 Pets expansion was the best-selling PC title in the US, keeping perennial favorite World of Warcraft in the second slot. In third was another newcomer from EA--Battlefield 2142, which takes DICE's shooter series even farther into the future than Battlefield 2's semi-contemporary setting.

Sci-fi warfare was also the subject of October's fourth most popular title, debutante Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War - Dark Crusade. Four other newcomers also cracked the top 20--Microsoft's Flight Simulator X (10th), Guild Wars Nightfall (11th), Age of Empires III: WarChiefs (15th), and Guild Wars Nightfall: Collector's Edition (16th).

ALL CONSOLES
Last MonthCurrent RankTitlePlatformPublisherRelease DateAverage Price
**1Scarface: The World Is YoursPS2Vivendi Oct-06$50
**2Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Double Agent360UbisoftOct-06$59
13Madden NFL 07PS2Electronic ArtsAug-06$50
64Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Red Rescue TeamGBANintendoSep-06$31
**5Mortal Kombat: ArmageddonPS2MidwayOct-06$40
46Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Blue Rescue TeamDSNintendoSep-06$31
117NBA Live 07PS2Electronic ArtsSep-06$40
**8FIFA Soccer 07PS2Electronic ArtsOct-06$40
**9BullyPS2Take-Two Interactive Oct-06$40
**10Tiger Woods PGA Tour 07PS2Electronic ArtsOct-06$40
**11Scarface: The World Is YoursXboxVivendi Oct-06$50
712Lego Star Wars II: The Original TrilogyPS2LucasartsSep-06$39
**13Tiger Woods PGA Tour 07360Electronic ArtsOct-06$59
**14Marvel: Ultimate Alliance360Activision Oct-06$58
**15Mario Vs Donkey Kong 2: March Of the MinisDSNintendoSep-06$30
1016New Super Mario BrothersDSNintendoMay-06$34
1717Mario Hoops 3 On 3DSNintendoSep-06$30
**18Naruto: Clash Of Ninja 2GCND3 PublisherSep-06$39
519Madden NFL 07360Electronic ArtsAug-06$50
**20Mortal Kombat: ArmageddonXboxMidwayOct-06$40

PC
Last MonthCurrent RankTitlePublisherAverage Price
** 1The Si2 PetsElectronic Arts$27
22World Of WarcraftVivendi$22
** 3Battlefield 2142Electronic Arts$48
** 4Warhammer 40,000: Dawn Of War Dark CrusadeTHQ$29
** 5Flight Simulator X DeluxeMicrosoft$65
16The Si2 Glamour Life StuffElectronic Arts$19
37Company Of HeroesTHQ$49
58Paws & Claws Pet VetValusoft (THQ)$13
49The Si2Electronic Arts$40
** 10Flight Simulator XMicrosoft$49
** 11Guild Wars NightfallNCsoft$49
1112Seaworld Adventure Parks Tycoon 2Activision$12
** 13Desperate HousewivesBuena Vista Games$18
614Civilization IVTake-Two Interactive$39
** 15Age Of Empires III: WarChiefsMicrosoft$29
** 16Guild Wars Nightfall: Collector's EditionNCsoft$69
717Lego Star Wars II: The Original TrilogyLucasArts$27
1318Age Of Empires IIIMicrosoft$48
1219Sim City 4 DeluxeElectronic Arts$23
1020The Si2 NightlifeElectronic Arts$30

PLAYSTATION 2
Last MonthCurrent RankTitlePublisherRelease DateAverage Price
**1Scarface: The World Is YoursVivendi Oct-06$50
12Madden NFL 07Electronic ArtsAug-06$45
**3Mortal Kombat: ArmageddonMidwayOct-06$40
34NBA Live 07Electronic ArtsSep-06$40
**5FIFA Soccer 07Electronic ArtsOct-06$40
**6BullyTake-Two Interactive Oct-06$40
**7Tiger Woods PGA Tour 07Electronic ArtsOct-06$40
28Lego Star Wars II: The Original TrilogyLucasartsSep-06$39
**9Justice League HeroesWarner InteractiveOct-06$39
710Guitar Hero BundleActivision Nov-05$69

XBOX
Last MonthCurrent RankTitlePublisherRelease DateAverage Price
**1Scarface: The World Is YoursVivendi Oct-06$50
**2Mortal Kombat: ArmageddonMidwayOct-06$40
13Madden NFL 07Electronic ArtsAug-06$45
**4FIFA Soccer 07Electronic ArtsOct-06$40
25Lego Star Wars II: The Original TrilogyLucasartsSep-06$39
46NBA Live 07Electronic ArtsSep-06$40
**7Tiger Woods PGA Tour 07Electronic ArtsOct-06$40
**8Destroy All Humans! 2THQOct-06$39
39Halo 2Microsoft Nov-04$29
**10Justice League HeroesWarner InteractiveOct-06$40

XBOX 360
Last MonthCurrent RankTitlePublisherRelease DateAverage Price
**1Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Double AgentUbisoftOct-06$59
**2Tiger Woods PGA Tour 07Electronic ArtsOct-06$59
**3Marvel: Ultimate AllianceActivision Oct-06$58
24Madden NFL 07Electronic ArtsAug-06$58
65NBA 2K7Take-Two Interactive Sep-06$59
16Saints RowTHQAug-06$58
**7Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Double Agent Limited EditionUbisoftOct-06$70
58Dead RisingCapcom UsaAug-06$55
89NBA Live 07Electronic ArtsSep-06$58
310Lego Star Wars II: The Original TrilogyLucasartsSep-06$48

GAMECUBE
Last MonthCurrent RankTitlePublisherRelease DateAverage Price
41Naruto: Clash Of Ninja 2D3 PublisherSep-06$39
12Lego Star Wars II: The Original TrilogyLucasartsSep-06$39
33Lego Star WarsEidos Interactive Oct-05$20
24Madden NFL 07Electronic ArtsAug-06$39
**5Avatar: The Last AirbenderTHQOct-06$38
66Paper Mario: The Thousand Year DoorNintendoOct-04$20
**7Super Mario StrikersNintendoDec-05$31
88Mario Kart: Double Dash !!NintendoNov-03$29
**9Open SeasonUbisoftSep-06$29
710Super Smash Bros. MeleeNintendoDec-01$29

GBA
Last MonthCurrent RankTitlePublisherRelease DateAverage Price
11Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Red Rescue TeamNintendoSep-06$31
**2Pokemon FireRedNintendoSep-04$20
**3Pokemon LeafGreenNintendoSep-04$20
44Pokemon EmeraldNintendoApr-05$34
35Super Mario AdvanceNintendoJun-01$19
**6Super Mario World: Super Mario Advance 2NintendoFeb-02$21
27Lego Star Wars II: The Original TrilogyLucasartsSep-06$30
**8Mario Kart: CircuitNintendoAug-01$21
**9Over the HedgeActivision May-06$23
510CarsTHQJun-06$29

DS
Last MonthCurrent RankTitlePublisherRelease DateAverage Price
11Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Blue Rescue TeamNintendoSep-06$31
**2Mario Vs Donkey Kong 2: March Of the MinisNintendoSep-06$30
33New Super Mario BrothersNintendoMay-06$34
44Mario Hoops 3 On 3NintendoSep-06$30
**5Nintendogs: Dalmatian & FriendsNintendoOct-06$27
86Mario KartNintendoNov-05$34
77Brain Age: Train Your Brain In Minutes A DayNintendoApr-06$19
68Big Brain AcademyNintendoJun-06$19
**9Over the HedgeActivision May-06$22
**10Animal Crossing: Wild WorldNintendoDec-05$34

PSP
Last MonthCurrent RankTitlePublisherRelease DateAverage Price
**1Scarface: Money. Power. Respect.Vivendi Oct-06$40
12Madden NFL 07Electronic ArtsAug-06$39
23Lego Star Wars II: The Original TrilogyLucasartsSep-06$39
**4NBA Live 07Electronic ArtsSep-06$39
35Midnight Club 3: Dub EditionTake-Two Interactive Jun-05$20
46Star Wars: Battlefront IILucasartsNov-05$20
**7Need For Speed: Most WantedElectronic ArtsNov-05$22
**8Tiger Woods PGA Tour 07Electronic ArtsOct-06$39
79Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City StoriesTake-Two Interactive Oct-05$39
810NCAAFootball 07Electronic ArtsJul-06$39

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