2001 in video gaming

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2001 has seen many sequels and prequels in video games and several new titles such as Animal Crossing, Burnout, Devil May Cry, Halo: Combat Evolved, Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy, Max Payne, Operation Flashpoint: Cold War Crisis, Pikmin, Red Faction, Serious Sam, Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon and Tropico

Events[edit]

Business[edit]

Lawsuits[edit]

  • Sega of America Inc. v. Kmart Corporation; Sega sues Kmart over an unpaid debt of over US$2 million
  • Uri Geller v. Nintendo; Geller sues Nintendo over his resemblance to a Pokémon character. The suit is dismissed.[citation needed]

Notable releases[edit]

Video game platforms
DC Dreamcast
GBA Game Boy Advance
GCN Nintendo GameCube
N64 Nintendo 64
PS1 PlayStation
PS2 PlayStation 2
Win Microsoft Windows
Xbox Xbox
GBC Game Boy Color
Notable releases of the year 2001
Release Title Windows 5th Gen 6th Gen Handheld
January 4 RuneScape PC N/A N/A N/A
January 10 Mega Man 64 PC (July 14) N64, PS1 (1998) N/A N/A
January 21 Phantasy Star Online N/A N/A DC N/A
January 31 Mega Man X5 PC (2002) PS1 N/A N/A
February 5 Paper Mario N/A N64 N/A N/A
February 7 Clive Barker's Undying PC N/A N/A N/A
February 16 Final Fantasy IX N/A PS1 (PAL & EU) N/A N/A
February 27 The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons and Oracle of Ages N/A N/A N/A GBC
March 1 Lego Island 2 The Brickster's Revenge Win'98 PS1 N/A GBC, GBA
March 5 Conker's Bad Fur Day N/A N64 N/A N/A
March 9 Sonic Shuffle N/A N/A DC N/A
March 12 Star Wars: Episode I: Battle for Naboo Windows (US) N/A N/A N/A
March 13 Onimusha: Warlords N/A N/A PS2 N/A
March 15 SpongeBob SquarePants: Legend of the Lost Spatula N/A N/A N/A GBC
March 21 Tribes 2 PC N/A N/A N/A
March 21 Serious Sam: The First Encounter PC N/A N/A N/A
March 22 Klonoa 2: Lunatea's Veil N/A N/A PS2 N/A
March 23 Star Wars: Episode I: Battle for Naboo Windows (EU) N/A N/A N/A
March 25 Black & White PC N/A N/A N/A
March 30 Star Wars: Episode I: Battle for Naboo N/A N64 (EU) N/A N/A
April 8 Dr. Mario 64 N/A N64 N/A N/A
May 7 Mario Party 3 N/A N64 N/A N/A
May 22 Red Faction N/A N/A PS2 N/A
May 30 Bejeweled PC N/A N/A N/A
June 8 Castlevania: Circle of the Moon N/A N/A N/A GBA
June 10 Super Mario Advance N/A N/A N/A GBA
June 11 F-Zero: Maximum Velocity N/A N/A N/A GBA
June 11 Super Mario Advance N/A N/A N/A GBA
June 14 Atlantis: The Lost Empire N/A PS1 N/A N/A
June 18 Twisted Metal: Black N/A N/A PS2 N/A
June 19 Sonic Adventure 2 N/A N/A DC N/A
June 21 Baldur's Gate II: Throne of Bhaal PC N/A N/A N/A
June 22 Operation Flashpoint: Cold War Crisis PC N/A N/A N/A
June 29 Final Fantasy Chronicles N/A PS1 N/A N/A
July 10 Gran Turismo 3: A-Spec N/A N/A PS2 N/A
July 19 Final Fantasy X N/A N/A PS2 (JAP) N/A
July 23 Max Payne PC N/A N/A N/A
July 28 Rune: Viking Warlord N/A N/A PS2 N/A
July 29 Pokémon Crystal N/A N/A N/A GBA
August 8 Shogun: Total War: Mongol Invasion PC N/A N/A N/A
August 19 Madden NFL 2002 N/A N/A PS2 N/A
August 21 Arcanum: Of Steamworks and Magick Obscura PC N/A N/A N/A
August 27 Mario Kart Super Circuit N/A N/A N/A GBA
August 27 Dave Mirra Freestyle BMX 2 N/A N/A PS2 N/A
August 29 Alchemy PC N/A N/A N/A
September 9 Advance Wars N/A N/A N/A GBA
September 10 Portal Runner N/A N/A PS2 N/A
September 21 SpongeBob SquarePants: SuperSponge N/A PS1 N/A GBA
September 24 Silent Hill 2 N/A N/A PS2 N/A
September 24 SpyHunter N/A N/A PS2 N/A
September 24 SpongeBob SquarePants: Operation Krabby Patty Yes N/A N/A N/A
September 30 Ico N/A N/A PS2 N/A
October 1 Time Crisis II N/A N/A PS2 N/A
October 10 Dark Age of Camelot PC N/A N/A N/A
October 15 Lady Sia N/A N/A N/A GBA
October 17 Devil May Cry N/A N/A PS2 N/A
October 21 Stronghold PC N/A N/A N/A
October 22 Grand Theft Auto III N/A N/A PS2 N/A
October 28 Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3 N/A N/A PS2, GC N/A
October 29 Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex N/A N/A PS2, Xbox, GC N/A
October 30 Aliens versus Predator 2 PC N/A N/A N/A
October 30 Civilization III PC N/A N/A N/A
October 30 Mega Man Xtreme 2 N/A N/A N/A GBC
November 1 Dragon Warrior VII N/A PS1 N/A N/A
November 5 SSX Tricky N/A N/A PS2, GC, Xbox N/A
November 9 Project Gotham Racing N/A N/A Xbox N/A
November 11 Golden Sun N/A N/A N/A GBA
November 12 Empire Earth PC N/A N/A N/A
November 14 Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty N/A N/A PS2 N/A
November 15 Dead or Alive 3 N/A N/A Xbox N/A
November 15 Halo: Combat Evolved N/A N/A Xbox N/A
November 17 Star Wars Rogue Squadron II: Rogue Leader N/A N/A GC N/A
November 18 Super Monkey Ball N/A N/A GC N/A
November 18 IL-2 Sturmovik PC N/A N/A N/A
November 19 WWF SmackDown! Just Bring It N/A N/A PS2 N/A
November 20 FreQuency N/A N/A PS2 N/A
November 20 Return to Castle Wolfenstein PC N/A N/A N/A
November 20 Frogger: The Great Quest PS2 N/A N/A N/A
November 21 Super Smash Bros. Melee N/A N/A GC (NTSC-J) N/A
December 3 Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance N/A N/A PS2 N/A
December 3 Pikmin N/A N/A GC N/A
December 3 Super Smash Bros. Melee N/A N/A GC (NTSC-U) N/A
December 3 Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy N/A N/A PS2 N/A
December 7 Evil Twin: Cyprien's Chronicles N/A N/A PS2 (PAL & EU) N/A
December 17 Luigi's Mansion N/A N/A GC N/A
December 17 Dark Rift (North America) N/A N64 N/A N/A
December 20 Final Fantasy X N/A N/A PS2 (US) N/A

Trends[edit]

Video game consoles[edit]

The dominant video game consoles in 2001 were:

Additionally, Nintendo released the Nintendo GameCube on September 14 in Japan (U.S. on November 18 and in Europe on May 3, 2002). Microsoft released the Xbox video game console in the U.S. on November 15 (in Europe on March 14, 2002).

Handheld game systems[edit]

The dominant handheld systems in 2001 were:

Additionally, Nintendo released the Game Boy Advance (GBA) in Japan on March 21 (in the U.S. on June 11 and Europe on June 22).

Video game sales[edit]

The top 10 selling console video games in 2001 in the United States ranked by units sold were:[citation needed]

Top Grossing Video Games of 2001
Rank Title Platform Publisher
1 Grand Theft Auto III PS2 Rockstar Games
2 Madden NFL 2002 PS2 Electronic Arts
3 Pokémon Crystal GBC Nintendo
4 Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty PS2 Konami
5 Super Mario Advance GBA Nintendo
6 Gran Turismo 3: A-Spec PS2 Sony
7 Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3 PS2 Activision
8 Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2 PS1 Activision
9 Pokémon Silver GBC Nintendo
10 Driver 2 PS1 Infogrames

Computer game sales[edit]

The top 10 selling computer games in 2001 in the United States ranked by units sold were:[citation needed]

Top Grossing Computer Games of 2001
Rank Title Publisher
1 The Sims Electronic Arts
2 RollerCoaster Tycoon Infogrames
3 Harry Potter & The Sorcerer's Stone Electronic Arts
4 Diablo II: Lord of Destruction Vivendi Universal
5 The Sims: House Party Electronic Arts
6 The Sims: Livin' Large Electronic Arts
7 The Sims: Hot Date Electronic Arts
8 Diablo II Vivendi Universal
9 Sim Theme Park Electronic Arts
10 Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings Microsoft