2002 in video gaming

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The year 2002 in video gaming saw the release of many games to sixth-generation video game consoles, predominately, the Nintendo GameCube, PlayStation 2, and Xbox.

Events[edit]

Notable releases[edit]

Video game platforms
DC Dreamcast
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 9 Freedom Force Windows N/A N/A N/A N/A
January 22 Medal of Honor: Allied Assault Windows N/A N/A N/A N/A
February 1 Serious Sam: The Second Encounter Windows N/A N/A N/A N/A
February 9 Super Mario Advance 2: Super Mario World N/A N/A N/A GBA N/A
February 22 Jet Set Radio Future N/A N/A Xbox N/A N/A
February 24 Pac-Man World 2 Windows N/A PS2, GCN, Xbox GBA N/A
February 25 Crash Bandicoot: The Huge Adventure N/A N/A N/A GBA N/A
March 4 Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3 N/A N64 Xbox GBA N/A
March 26 Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast Windows N/A N/A N/A N/A
March 31 Dungeon Siege Windows N/A N/A N/A N/A
April 12 Evil Twin: Cyprien's Chronicles N/A N/A DC (PAL & EU) N/A N/A
April 20 Vendetta Online Win, OSX, Linux N/A N/A N/A N/A
April 30 Resident Evil Remake N/A PS1 GCN 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 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 24 Super Smash Bros. Melee N/A N/A GCN (PAL) N/A N/A
May 30 Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones N/A N/A N/A GBA N/A
June 1 The House of the Dead III N/A N/A N/A N/A Arcade
June 6 The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind N/A N/A Xbox N/A N/A
June 16 Neverwinter Nights Windows N/A N/A N/A N/A
July 3 Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos Windows N/A N/A 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 28 Mafia: The City of Lost Heaven Windows N/A PS2,XBOX 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 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 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 24 Super Mario Advance 3: Yoshi's Island N/A N/A N/A GBA 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
October 2 Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit 2 Windows N/A PS2, Xbox, GCN 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 9 TimeSplitters 2 N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
October 21 Mario Party 4 N/A N/A GCN 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 27 Grand Theft Auto: Vice City 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 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 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 6 The Elder Scrolls III: Tribunal Windows N/A N/A N/A N/A
November 10 Resident Evil 0 N/A N/A GCN N/A N/A
November 11 MechAssault N/A N/A Xbox 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 18 007: Nightfire Windows N/A Xbox&PS2 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 20 Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance N/A N/A PS2, Xbox, GCN GBA N/A
November 28 Dark Chronicle 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