2002 in video gaming

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The year 2002 in video gaming saw the release of the sixth-generation video game consoles, predominately, the Nintendo GameCube, PlayStation 2, and Xbox. It also saw the release of many sequels and prequels in video games and several new titles such as Battlefield 1942. Dungeon Siege, Kingdom Hearts, Mafia: The City of Lost Heaven, Ratchet & Clank, Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus, SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs and Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell

Events[edit]

Notable releases[edit]

Video game platforms
GBA Game Boy Advance
GBC Game Boy Color
GCN Nintendo GameCube
PS1 PlayStation
PS2 PlayStation 2
Win Microsoft Windows
Xbox Xbox
N64 Nintendo 64
Notable releases of the year 2002
Release Title Windows 5th Gen 6th Gen Handheld Arcade
January Toy Racer N/A N/A DC (PAL) N/A N/A
January 7 Rez N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
January 9 Freedom Force Windows N/A N/A N/A N/A
January 12 NBA 2K2 N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
January 14 ESPN Winter X-Games Snowboarding 2002 N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
January 22 Medal of Honor: Allied Assault Windows N/A N/A N/A N/A
January 22 MotoGP 2 N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
January 23 PaRappa the Rapper 2 N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
January 28 Drakan: The Ancients' Gates N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
January 28 AirBlade N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
January 28 Grandia II N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
January 28 ESPN International Winter Sports 2002 N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
February 1 Serious Sam: The Second Encounter Windows N/A N/A N/A N/A
February 6 NFL Blitz 20-03 N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
February 9 Super Mario Advance 2: Super Mario World N/A N/A N/A GBA N/A
February 9 High Heat Major League Baseball 2003 N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
February 11 Maximo: Ghosts to Glory N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
February 11 Star Wars: Racer Revenge N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
February 12 State of Emergency N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
February 17 Pirates: The Legend of Black Kat N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
February 19 Gitaroo Man N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
February 22 Jet Set Radio Future N/A N/A Xbox N/A N/A
February 24 Pac-Man World 2 N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
February 24 Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2002 N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
February 25 Crash Bandicoot: The Huge Adventure N/A N/A N/A GBA N/A
February 25 ESPN NBA 2Night 2002 N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
February 26 All-Star Baseball 2003 N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
February 26 EOE: Eve of Extinction N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
March 2 Shadow Man: 2econd Coming N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
March 3 Ecco the Dolphin: Defender of the Future N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
March 4 Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3 N/A N64 Xbox GBA N/A
March 4 Fatal Frame N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
March 4 Knockout Kings 2002 N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
March 4 Herdy Gerdy N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
March 10 Star Wars: Jedi Starfighter N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
March 11 Hot Shots Golf 3 N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
March 11 Sled Storm N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
March 11 Triple Play 2002 N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
March 12 Mad Maestro! N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
March 12 Mister Mosquito N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
March 17 Virtua Fighter 4 N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
March 19 Monsters, Inc. N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
March 20 Smash Court Tennis Pro Tournament N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
March 21 World Rally Championship N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
March 21 Blood Omen 2 N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
March 25 Deus Ex: The Conspiracy N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
March 25 King's Field: The Ancient City N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
March 26 Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast Windows N/A N/A N/A N/A
March 27 Army Men: RTS N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
March 31 Dungeon Siege Windows N/A N/A N/A N/A
March 31 Savage Skies N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
April 12 Evil Twin: Cyprien's Chronicles N/A N/A DC (PAL & EU) N/A N/A
April 15 Spider-Man: The Movie N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
April 16 RedCard 20-03 N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
April 16 The Operative: No One Lives Forever N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
April 20 Vendetta Online Win, OSX, Linux N/A N/A N/A N/A
April 22 2002 FIFA World Cup N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
April 30 Resident Evil Remake N/A PS1 GCN N/A N/A
April 30 TransWorld Surf N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
May 2 The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind Windows N/A N/A N/A N/A
May 3 Sonic Adventure 2: Battle N/A N/A GCN N/A N/A
May 8 Britney's Dance Beat N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
May 9 Headhunter N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
May 16 Final Fantasy XI N/A N/A PS2 (JAP) N/A N/A
May 20 Soldier of Fortune II: Double Helix Windows N/A N/A N/A N/A
May 20 Grand Theft Auto III Windows N/A N/A N/A N/A
May 20 Scooby-Doo! Night of 100 Frights N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
May 24 Super Smash Bros. Melee N/A N/A GCN (PAL) N/A N/A
May 27 Test Drive N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
May 27 Looney Tunes: Space Race N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
May 28 Medal of Honor Frontline N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
May 28 Aggressive Inline N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
May 29 Dropship: United Peace Force N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
May 30 Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones N/A N/A N/A GBA N/A
May 31 Way of the Samurai N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
May 31 Lethal Skies Elite Pilot: Team SW N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
June 1 The House of the Dead III N/A N/A N/A N/A Arcade
June 3 Ultimate Fighting Championship: Throwdown N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
June 3 Endgame N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
June 6 The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind N/A N/A Xbox N/A N/A
June 14 Downforce N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
June 14 Global Touring Challenge: Africa N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
June 16 Neverwinter Nights Windows N/A N/A N/A N/A
June 16 Fire Blade N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
June 17 Wipeout Fusion N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
June 17 F1 2002 N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
June 17 Freekstyle N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
June 17 MX Superfly N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
June 17 Shifters N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
June 18 Legion: The Legend of Excalibur N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
June 19 Disney's Stitch: Experiment 626 N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
June 23 MLB Slugfest 20-03 N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
June 23 Stuntman N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
June 23 Mike Tyson Heavyweight Boxing N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
June 24 SkyGunner N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
June 24 Barbarian N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
June 27 Men in Black II: Alien Escape N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
June 27 Gravity Games Bike: Street Vert Dirt N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
July 3 Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos Windows N/A N/A N/A N/A
July 20 NCAA Football 2003 N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
July 29 The Mark of Kri N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
July 31 Sega Sports Tennis N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
August 12 Madden NFL 2003 N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
August 12 NFL 2K3 N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
August 12 Mat Hoffman's Pro BMX 2 N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
August 12 NFL Blitz 20-03 N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
August 12 NFL GameDay 2003 N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
August 12 Street Hoops N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
August 14 NCAA GameBreaker 2003 N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
August 19 The Thing N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
August 20 Medieval: Total War Windows N/A N/A N/A N/A
August 25 Super Monkey Ball 2 N/A N/A GCN N/A N/A
August 26 Super Mario Sunshine N/A N/A GCN N/A N/A
August 27 SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
August 27 Twisted Metal: Black Online N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
August 28 Mafia: The City of Lost Heaven Windows N/A PS2,XBOX N/A N/A
August 28 Onimusha 2: Samurai's Destiny N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
August 28 Commandos 2: Men of Courage N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
August 31 Turok: Evolution N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
August 31 Riding Spirits N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
September 2 Blade II N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
September 5 Armored Core 3 N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
September 9 Dino Stalker N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
September 10 Battlefield 1942 Windows N/A N/A N/A N/A
September 10 Mega Man Zero N/A N/A N/A GBA N/A
September 10 Ty the Tasmanian Tiger N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
September 10 The Scorpion King: Rise of the Akkadian N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
September 15 Animal Crossing N/A N/A GCN N/A N/A
September 16 Kingdom Hearts N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
September 16 NHL Hitz 20-03 N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
September 16 Kelly Slater's Pro Surfer N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
September 16 Gungrave N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
September 16 The Terminator: Dawn of Fate N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
September 17 Dynasty Tactics N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
September 23 Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
September 23 Tekken 4 N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
September 23 Summoner 2 N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
September 23 Tribes Aerial Assault N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
September 23 Dual Hearts N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A|-
September 24 Super Mario Advance 3: Yoshi's Island N/A N/A N/A GBA N/A
September 24 Super Bust-A-Move 2 N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
September 25 Robotech: Battlecry N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
September 25 NBA ShootOut 2003 N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
September 25 Superman: Shadow of Apokolips N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
September 27 RLH: Run Like Hell N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
September 28 Ferrari F355 Challenge N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
September 29 NASCAR Thunder 2003 N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
September 30 No One Lives Forever 2: A Spy In H.A.R.M.'s Way Windows N/A N/A N/A N/A
September 30 Burnout 2: Point of Impact N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
September 30 NHL 2003 N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
September 30 Grandia Xtreme N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
September 30 Conflict: Desert Storm N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
October 1 Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit 2 Windows N/A PS2, Xbox, GCN N/A N/A
October 1 Hitman 2: Silent Assassin N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
October 1 Legaia 2: Duel Saga N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
October 4 Super Mario Sunshine N/A N/A GCN (PAL) N/A N/A
October 8 Godzilla: Destroy All Monsters Melee N/A N/A GCN N/A N/A
October 8 NBA 2K3 N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
October 8 NBA Live 2003 N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
October 9 TimeSplitters 2 N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
October 9 Evolution Skateboarding N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
October 12 Sub Rebellion N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
October 15 Red Faction II N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
October 15 Wild Arms 3 N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
October 15 BloodRayne N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
October 15 X-Men: Next Dimension N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
October 16 The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
October 21 Mario Party 4 N/A N/A GCN N/A N/A
October 21 The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
October 22 Reign of Fire N/A N/A PS2, Xbox, GCN GBA N/A
October 22 Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance N/A N/A Xbox N/A N/A
October 22 V-Rally 3 N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
October 22 Contra: Shattered Soldier N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
October 22 Defender N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
October 23 Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 4 N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
October 24 Suikoden III N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
October 27 Grand Theft Auto: Vice City N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
October 27 Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2003 N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
October 28 Star Wars: The Clone Wars N/A N/A PS2, Xbox, GCN N/A N/A
October 28 DDRMAX: Dance Dance Revolution N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
October 28 Jet X2O N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
October 31 WWE SmackDown! Shut Your Mouth N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
November 1 Age of Mythology Windows N/A N/A N/A N/A
November 1 Disney's PK: Out of the Shadows N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
November 3 Spyro: Enter the Dragonfly N/A N/A PS2, GCN N/A N/A
November 4 Ratchet & Clank N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
November 4 Robot Alchemic Drive N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
November 5 NHL FaceOff 2003 N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
November 6 The Elder Scrolls III: Tribunal Windows N/A N/A N/A N/A
November 9 ATV Offroad Fury 2 N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
November 10 Resident Evil 0 N/A N/A GCN N/A N/A
November 10 NHL 2K3 N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
November 10 Shinobi N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
November 11 MechAssault N/A N/A Xbox N/A N/A
November 11 Rally Fusion: Race of Champions N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
November 11 Disney's Treasure Planet N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
November 11 Hot Wheels: Velocity X N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
November 11 The Simpsons Skateboarding N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
November 13 Wreckless: The Yakuza Missions N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
November 14 FIFA Soccer 2003 N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
November 14 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
November 15 Metroid Prime N/A N/A GCN N/A N/A
November 15 Metroid Fusion N/A N/A N/A GBA N/A
November 16 Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance N/A N/A PS2, Xbox, GCN GBA N/A
November 16 BMX XXX N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
November 17 Haven: Call of the King N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
November 18 007: Nightfire Windows N/A PS2, Xbox GBA N/A
November 18 Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance N/A N/A GCN N/A N/A
November 18 Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell N/A N/A Xbox N/A N/A
November 18 Rocky N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
November 18 Marvel vs. Capcom 2 N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
November 18 Dead to Rights N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
November 18 Ninja Assault N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
November 18 James Cameron's Dark Angel N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
November 18 Minority Report: Everybody Runs N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
November 19 Activision Anthology N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
November 19 Shox N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
November 19 Dr. Muto N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
November 19 Star Wars: Bounty Hunter N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
November 25 Rygar: The Legendary Adventure N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
November 26 Legends of Wrestling II N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
November 27 NCAA Final Four 2003 N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
November 28 Dark Chronicle N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
November 28 Space Channel 5 Part 2 N/A N/A PS2 (PAL) N/A N/A
December 1 Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
December 3 Dragon Ball Z: Budokai N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
December 6 Pro Race Driver N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
December 10 The Clone Wars N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
December 13 The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker N/A N/A GCN (JAP) N/A N/A

Trends[edit]

The market research company NPD estimated that video game hardware, software, and accessories sold about US$10.3 billion in 2002. This was a 10% increase over the 2001 figure.

Video game consoles[edit]

The dominant video game consoles in 2002 were:

Handheld game systems[edit]

The dominant handheld system in 2002 was Nintendo's Game Boy Advance.

Video game sales[edit]

The top 10 selling console video games in 2002 in the United States ranked by units sold, according to NPD, were:

Top Grossing Video Games of 2002
Rank Title Platform Publisher
1 Grand Theft Auto: Vice City PS2 Rockstar Games
2 Grand Theft Auto III PS2 Rockstar Games
3 Madden NFL 2003 PS2 Electronic Arts
4 Super Mario Advance 2 GBA Nintendo
5 Gran Turismo 3: A-Spec PS2 Sony
6 Medal of Honor: Frontline PS2 Electronic Arts
7 Spider-Man: The Movie PS2 Activision
8 Kingdom Hearts PS2 Square
9 Halo: Combat Evolved Xbox Microsoft
10 Super Mario Sunshine GameCube Nintendo