ChartSpot: September 2005

Madden and NBA Live double-team console charts, Mario Baseball hits a triple, and PC gamers soak up the Nightlife.


September may be the traditional end of summer, but it was prime time for Electronic Arts. Of the 10 best-selling console games in the country, six bore the label of the mammoth publisher. The PlayStation 2 version of Madden NFL 06 continued its run in the top slot, while the Xbox edition of the game slipped from second to fourth place.

The number two game of the month was the debut of another EA Sports title, NBA Live 06 for the PS2. (The Xbox version landed at number 11.) Two other EA Sports premieres, Tiger Woods PGA Tour 06 (PS2) and NASCAR 06: Total Team Control (PS2), landed at sixth and seventh, respectively.

Two other sports games became only the second and third GameCube titles to crack the top 20 console games since Resident Evil 4 back in February.(The first was Madden NFL 06 in August.) Mario Superstar Baseball scored the number three slot, an impressive debut by any standard. Not far behind was eighth-place finisher WWE Day of Reckoning 2, THQ and Yuke's latest wrestling game released exclusively for the Cube.

September also saw a shake-up at the top of the PC charts...sort of. Battlefield 2 was replaced by another EA game: The Sims 2 Nightlife. But while the majority of the top games were the usual suspects (World of Warcraft, Guild Wars, Sims 2, and more), there were several new entrants. Two EverQuest entries, EverQuest: Depths of Darkhollow (ninth) and EverQuest II: Desert of Flames (11th), made decent debuts, sandwiching fellow freshman Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War Winter Assault, which landed in 10th.

All Consoles
Last MonthRankTitlePlatformPublisherRelease DateAverage Price
11Madden NFL 06PS2Electronic ArtsAug-05$48
**2NBA Live 06PS2Electronic ArtsSep-05$49
**3Mario Superstar BaseballGCNintendoSep-05$50
24Madden NFL 06XboxElectronic ArtsAug-05$48
**5Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: LockdownXboxUbisoftSep-05$49
**6NASCAR 06: Total Team ControlPS2Electronic ArtsSep-05$49
**7Tiger Woods PGA Tour 06PS2Electronic ArtsSep-05$49
**8WWE Day of Reckoning 2GCTHQ Sep-05$50
129Nintendogs: Chihuahua & FriendsDSNintendoAug-05$30
**10Burnout RevengeXboxElectronic ArtsSep-05$50
**11NBA Live 06XboxElectronic ArtsSep-05$49
**12Madden NFL 06PSPElectronic ArtsSep-05$49
913Nintendogs: Labrador Retriever & FriendsDSNintendoAug-05$30
**14X-Men Legends II: Rise of ApocalypsePS2ActivisionSep-05$50
**15X-Men Legends II: Rise of ApocalypseXboxActivisionSep-05$50
516Nintendogs: Dachshund & FriendsDSNintendoAug-05$30
317NCAA Football 06PS2Electronic ArtsJul-05$50
**18Burnout RevengePS2Electronic ArtsSep-05$50
619Pokemon EmeraldGBANintendoApr-05$35
820Star Wars: BattlefrontPS2LucasArtsSep-04$20

Current RankLast MonthTitlePublisherAverage Price
1**The Sims 2 NightlifeElectronic Arts$34
22World of WarcraftVivendi Universal$48
33Roller Coaster Tycoon 3Atari$26
41Battlefield 2Electronic Arts$47
54Guild WarsNcsoft$48
65Dungeon Siege IIMicrosoft$47
78The Sims DeluxeElectronic Arts$18
86The Sims 2Electronic Arts$48
9**EverQuest: Depths of DarkhollowSony Online Ent.$29
10**Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War Winter AssaultTHQ$29
11** EverQuest II: Desert of FlamesSony Online Ent.$29
127The Sims 2 UniversityElectronic Arts$34
1313Mall TycoonActivision$16
14**Fable: The Lost ChaptersMicrosoft$48
159Half-Life 2Vivendi Universal$43
1611Madden NFL 06Electronic Arts$38
1712Zoo Tycoon: Complete CollectionMicrosoft$25
1820Seaworld Adventure Parks Tycoon 2Activision$19
19**Sim City 4 DeluxeElectronic Arts$29
2014Warcraft III Battle ChestVivendi Universal$39

PlayStation 2
Last MonthCurrent RankTitlePublisherRelease DateAverage Price
11Madden NFL 06Electronic ArtsAug-05$48
**2NBA Live 06Electronic ArtsSep-05$49
**3NASCAR 06: Total Team ControlElectronic ArtsSep-05$49
**4Tiger Woods PGA Tour 06Electronic ArtsSep-05$49
**5X-Men Legends II: Rise of ApocalypseActivisionSep-05$50
26NCAA Football 06Electronic ArtsJul-05$50
**7Burnout RevengeElectronic ArtsSep-05$50
38Star Wars: BattlefrontLucasArtsSep-04$20
**9Incredible Hulk: Ultimate DestructionVivendi UniversalAug-05$49
**10Mortal Kombat: Shaolin MonksMidwaySep-05$50

Last MonthRankTitlePublisherRelease DateAverage Price
11Madden NFL 06Electronic ArtsAug-05$48
**2Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: LockdownUbisoftSep-05$49
**3Burnout RevengeElectronic ArtsSep-05$50
**4NBA Live 06Electronic ArtsSep-05$49
**5X-Men Legends II: Rise of ApocalypseActivisionSep-05$50
**6Ninja GaidenTecmoMar-04$30
**7Tiger Woods PGA Tour 06Electronic ArtsSep-05$49
**8NASCAR 06: Total Team ControlElectronic ArtsSep-05$49
109Incredible Hulk: Ultimate DestructionVivendi UniversalAug-05$49
**10Mortal Kombat: Shaolin MonksMidwaySep-05$50

Last MonthRankTitlePublisherRelease DateAverage Price
**1Mario Superstar BaseballNintendoSep-05$50
**2WWE Day of Reckoning 2THQ Sep-05$50
73Sonic Gems CollectionSega Aug-05$27
14Madden NFL 06Electronic ArtsAug-05$48
45Super Mario SunshineNintendoAug-02$19
56Pokemon ColosseumNintendoMar-04$19
37Super Smash Bros. MeleeNintendoDec-01$30
108Legend of Zelda: The Wind WakerNintendoMar-03$18
**9Incredible Hulk: Ultimate DestructionVivendi UniversalAug-05$49
**10Pokemon XD: Gale of DarknessNintendoSep-05$50

Last MonthRankTitlePublisherRelease DateAverage Price
11Pokemon EmeraldNintendoApr-05$35
32Lego Star WarsEidos InteractiveMar-05$30
23Dragonball GT: transformationAtariAug-05$30
64Disney PrincessTHQMar-03$15
**5 Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3NintendoOct-03$30
47Disney's Kim Possible 3Buena Vista GamesJul-05$30
**8Danny Phantom: The Ultimate EnemyTHQ Sep-05$29
109That's So Raven 2Buena Vista Games Jul-05$30
**10Simpsons: Road RageTHQJun-03$15

Last MonthRankTitlePublisherRelease DateAverage Price
31Nintendogs: Chihuahua & FriendsNintendoAug-05$30
22Nintendogs: Labrador Retriever & FriendsNintendoAug-05$30
13Nintendogs: Dachshund & FriendsNintendoAug-05$30
44Advance Wars : Dual StrikeNintendoAug-05$35
**5Yu-Gi-Oh! Nightmare troubadourKonamiSep-05$35
66Super Mario 64 DSNintendoNov-04$30
57Kirby: Canvas CurseNintendoJun-05$35
78WarioWare: Touched!NintendoFeb-05$35
**9Lunar Dragon SongUbisoftSep-05$39
**10Ultimate Spider-ManActivisionSep-05$36

Last MonthRankTitlePublisherRelease DateAverage Price
**1Madden NFL 06Electronic ArtsSep-05$49
**2Burnout LegendsElectronic ArtsSep-05$50
**3Namco Museum Battle CollectionNamcoAug-05$40
14Midnight Club 3: DUB EditionTake 2 InteractiveJun-05$50
25Coded ArmsKonamiJul-05$40
36Death Jr.KonamiAug-05$40
**7World Series of PokerActivisionSep-05$40
**8MediEvil ResurrectionSony Sep-05$40
49Untold Legends: Brotherhood of the BladeSony Online Ent.Mar-05$40
510Need For Speed: Underground RivalsElectronic ArtsMar-05$49

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