ChartSpot: September 2006

Console champ Madden NFL 07 fends of strong challenges by Saints Row, Lego Star Wars II, and a pack of Pokemons.


Every year, the August game charts from NPD Funworld are beset by Maddenmania. This year, the trend continued into September, with the PlayStation 2 edition of Madden NFL 07 remaining the top-selling title for the second month in a row. The game fared fine on other platforms as well, finishing in fifth (Xbox 360), eighth (Xbox), and 20th (PlayStation Portable).

Madden's victory came at the expense of newcomer Saints Row, which had to be content with second place in what was essentially its debut month. Since it shipped on August 29, the GTA clone has sold over 456,000 copies, filling the void left by this year's lack of an original Grand Theft Auto console game. (The PS2 port of Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories shipped in June, and Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories is due out on PSPs this week.)

In third was another strong debut, Lego Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy for the PS2. LucasArts' sci-fi/plastic-toy crossover sold well on several other consoles, too, including the original Xbox (13th), Xbox 360 (12th), and GameCube (seventh).

The oft-neglected 'Cube wasn't the only Nintendo platform to see a strong debut in September. Despite mediocre reviews, Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Blue Rescue Team for the DS arrived in fourth place, two slots ahead of the similarly panned Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Red Rescue Team for the Game Boy Advance. Another DS newcomer, Star Fox Command, also cracked the top 10 at number nine.

The September PC rankings saw the Glamour Life Stuff expansion pack for the EA phenomenon known as the Sims 2 take the top slot. THQ's World War II real-time strategy game Company of Heroes cracked the top three its first month on the market, just below the still-popular massively multiplayer game World of Warcraft. Lego Star Wars II also did well on the PC charts, premiering in seventh place.

Last MonthCurrent RankTitlePlatformPublisherRelease DateAverage Price
11Madden NFL 07PS2Electronic ArtsAug-06$48
**2Saints Row360THQAug-06$60
**3Lego Star Wars II: The Original TrilogyPS2LucasartsSep-06$39
**4Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Blue Rescue TeamDSNintendoSep-06$31
25Madden NFL 07360Electronic ArtsAug-06$58
**6Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Red Rescue TeamGBANintendoSep-06$31
**7Lego Star Wars II: The Original TrilogyGCLucasArtsSep-06$39
48Madden NFL 07XboxElectronic ArtsAug-06$49
**9Star Fox CommandDSNintendoSep-06$32
610New Super Mario BrothersDSNintendoMay-06$35
**11NBA Live 07PS2Electronic ArtsSep-06$38
**12Lego Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy360LucasartsSep-06$49
**13Lego Star Wars II: The Original TrilogyXboxLucasartsSep-06$39
514Final Fantasy VII: Dirge of CerberusPS2Square EnixAug-06$49
**15Test Drive Unlimited360AtariSep-06$40
316Dead Rising360CapcomAug-06$60
**17Mario Hoops 3 On 3DSNintendoSep-06$32
819Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City StoriesPS2Take-Two Interactive Jun-06$20
1720Madden NFL 07PSPElectronic ArtsAug-06$40

Last MonthCurrent RankTitlePublisherAverage Price
**1The Sims 2 Glamour Life StuffElectronic Arts$18
12World of WarcraftVivendi$32
**3Company of HeroesTHQ$49
24The Sims 2Electronic Arts$40
75Paws & Claws Pet VetValusoft (THQ)$16
66Civilization IVTake-Two Interactive$42
**7Lego Star Wars II: The Original TrilogyLucasArts$29
98Cars Radiator Springs AdventuresTHQ$19
**9Seaworld Adventure Parks Tycoon 2Activision$15
510The Sims 2: Open for BusinessElectronic Arts$31
1211The Sims 2: NightlifeElectronic Arts$31
1912Sim City 4 DeluxeElectronic Arts$23
1013Age of Empires IIIMicrosoft$48
314The Sims 2: Family Fun StuffElectronic Arts$19
**15Star Wars: Empire at WarLucasArts$32
1416Warcraft III Battle ChestVivendi$38
1717Roller Coaster Tycoon 3: GoldAtari$25
418Civilization IV: WarlordsTake-Two Interactive$29
**19Zoo Tycoon: Complete CollectionMicrosoft$20
820Guild Wars FactionsNCsoft$48

Last MonthCurrent RankTitlePublisherRelease DateAverage Price
11Madden NFL 07Electronic ArtsAug-06$48
**2Lego Star Wars II: The Original TrilogyLucasartsSep-06$49
**3NBA Live 07Electronic ArtsSep-06$50
24Final Fantasy VII: Dirge of CerberusSquare EnixAug-06$40
46Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City StoriesTake-Two Interactive Jun-06$20
67Guitar Hero BundleActivision Nov-05$20
38NCAA Football 07Electronic ArtsJul-06$20
**9Xenosaga Episode IIINamco Bandai Games Aug-06$20
**10Lego Star WarsEidos InteractiveMar-05$20

Last MonthCurrent RankTitlePublisherRelease DateAverage Price
11Madden NFL 07Electronic ArtsAug-06$49
**2Lego Star Wars II: The Original TrilogyLucasartsSep-06$39
33Halo 2Microsoft Nov-04$29
**4NBA Live 07Electronic ArtsSep-06$39
45Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas Version 2.0Take-Two Interactive Sep-05$21
26NCAA Football 07Electronic ArtsJul-06$49
**7FableMicrosoft Sep-04$21
98Lego Star WarsEidos Interactive Apr-05$20
**9NASCAR 07Electronic ArtsSep-06$39
610Star Wars: Battlefront IILucasArtsNov-05$21

XBOX 360
Last MonthCurrent RankTitlePublisherRelease DateAverage Price
**1Saints RowTHQAug-06$60
12Madden NFL 07Electronic ArtsAug-06$58
**3Lego Star Wars II: The Original TrilogyLucasArtsSep-06$49
**4Test Drive UnlimitedAtariSep-06$40
25Dead RisingCapcomAug-06$60
**6NBA 2K7Take-Two Interactive Sep-06$60
**7Enchanted ArmsUbisoftSep-06$60
**8NBA Live 07Electronic ArtsSep-06$59
**9The Godfather: The GameElectronic ArtsSep-06$60
**10Nhl 07Electronic ArtsSep-06$60

Last MonthCurrent RankTitlePublisherRelease DateAverage Price
**1Lego Star Wars II: The Original TrilogyLucasArtsSep-06$39
12Madden NFL 07Electronic ArtsAug-06$40
33Lego Star WarsEidos Interactive Oct-05$20
**4Naruto: Clash of Ninja 2D3publisherSep-06$40
45Naruto: Clash of NinjaD3publisherMar-06$21
26Paper Mario: The Thousand Year DoorNintendoOct-04$20
57Super Smash Bros. MeleeNintendoDec-01$30
68Mario Kart: Double Dash !!NintendoNov-03$30
109Star Fox: AssaultNintendoFeb-05$21
810Teen TitansTHQMay-06$18

Last MonthCurrent RankTitlePublisherRelease DateAverage Price
**1Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Red Rescue TeamNintendoSep-06$31
**2Lego Star Wars II: The Original TrilogyLucasArtsSep-06$28
13Super Mario AdvanceNintendoJun-01$20
34Pokemon EmeraldNintendoApr-05$35
76 Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3NintendoOct-03$31
57 Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3NintendoSep-02$20
88Mario & Luigi SagaNintendoNov-03$20
49Pirates of The Caribbean: Dead Man's ChestBuena Vista Games Jun-06$22

Last MonthCurrent RankTitlePublisherRelease DateAverage Price
**1Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Blue Rescue TeamNintendoSep-06$31
**2Star Fox CommandNintendoSep-06$32
13New Super Mario BrothersNintendoMay-06$35
**4Mario Hoops 3 On 3NintendoSep-06$32
**5Lego Star Wars II: The Original TrilogyLucasArtsSep-06$34
36Big Brain AcademyNintendoJun-06$20
27Brain Age: Train Your Brain In Minutes A DayNintendoApr-06$20
48Mario KartNintendoNov-05$35
**9Harvest MoonNatsumeAug-06$30
**10Mega Man ZXCapcomSep-06$30

Last MonthCurrent RankTitlePublisherRelease DateAverage Price
11Madden NFL 07Electronic ArtsAug-06$40
**2Lego Star Wars II: The Original TrilogyLucasartsSep-06$39
33Midnight Club 3: Dub EditionTake-Two Interactive Jun-05$20
54Star Wars: Battlefront IILucasArtsNov-05$20
25Tekken: Dark ResurrectionNamco Bandai Games Jul-06$40
**6LocorocoSony Sep-06$40
67Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City StoriesTake-Two Interactive Oct-05$40
48NCAA Football 07Electronic ArtsJul-06$40
**9Ultimate Ghosts 'N GoblinsCapcomSep-06$40
**10Def Jam Fight For NY: The TakeoverElectronic ArtsSep-06$40

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