2003 in video gaming

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Events[edit]

Hardware[edit]

Business[edit]

Notable releases[edit]

Video game platforms
GBA Game Boy Advance
GCN Nintendo GameCube
PS1 PlayStation
PS2 PlayStation 2
Win Microsoft Windows
Xbox Xbox
Notable releases of the year 2003
Release Title Windows 6th Gen Handheld 5th Gen
January 7 Crash Bandicoot 2: N-Tranced N/A N/A GBA N/A
January 12 Panzer Dragoon Orta N/A Xbox N/A N/A
January 14 SimCity 4 Windows N/A N/A N/A
January 25 Devil May Cry 2 N/A PS2 N/A N/A
February 13 Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Windows N/A N/A N/A
February 17 Dark Cloud 2 N/A PS2 N/A N/A
February 21 I.G.I.-2: Covert Strike Windows N/A N/A N/A
February 25 EverQuest: The Legacy of Ykesha Windows N/A N/A N/A
February 25 Master of Orion III Windows N/A N/A N/A
February 26 Xenosaga Episode I: Der Wille zur Macht N/A PS2 N/A N/A
February 28 Praetorians Windows N/A N/A N/A
March 9 Rayman 3: Hoodlum Havoc N/A GCN GBA N/A
March 10 Zone of the Enders: The Second Runner N/A PS2 N/A N/A
March 11 Mega Man & Bass N/A N/A GBA N/A
March 17 Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire N/A N/A GBA N/A
March 18 Rayman 3: Hoodlum Havoc N/A PS2, Xbox N/A N/A
March 19 Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six 3: Raven Shield Windows N/A N/A N/A
March 24 Amplitude N/A PS2 N/A N/A
March 24 Rayman 3: Hoodlum Havoc Windows N/A N/A N/A
March 24 The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker N/A GCN (US) N/A N/A
March 25 Dynasty Warriors 4 Windows PS2 N/A N/A
March 26 Galactic Civilizations Windows N/A N/A N/A
April 8 Midnight Club II Windows PS2 N/A N/A
April 9 Burnout 2: Point of Impact N/A GCN N/A N/A
April 9 Evil Dead: Hail to the King Windows Dreamcast N/A PS1
April 17 Final Fantasy XI: Rise of the Zilart Windows (JAP) PS2 (JAP) N/A N/A
April 20 Siren N/A PS2 N/A N/A
May 1 Burnout 2: Point of Impact N/A Xbox N/A N/A
May 14 Enter The Matrix Windows N/A N/A N/A
May 20 Rise of Nations Windows N/A N/A N/A
May 20 Planetside Windows N/A N/A N/A
May 21 WarioWare Inc.: Mega Microgame$ N/A N/A GBA N/A
May 27 Hulk Windows PS2, GCN, Xbox N/A N/A
June 2 Toontown Online Windows N/A N/A N/A
June 3 Midnight Club II N/A Xbox N/A N/A
June 20 Tomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness N/A PS2 N/A N/A
June 24 Wario World N/A GCN N/A N/A
July 1 Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne Windows N/A N/A N/A
July 1 Tomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness Windows N/A N/A N/A
July 9 Star Wars Galaxies: An Empire Divided Windows N/A N/A N/A
July 17 Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic N/A Xbox N/A N/A
July 28 Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour N/A GCN N/A N/A
August 5 Chaos Legion Windows PS2 N/A N/A
August 5 Freaky Flyers N/A PS2, Xbox, GCN N/A N/A
August 6 Silent Hill 3 N/A PS2 N/A N/A
August 6 SplashDown: Rides Gone Wild N/A PS2 N/A N/A
August 13 Virtua Fighter 4: Evolution N/A PS2 N/A N/A
August 25 F-Zero GX N/A GCN N/A N/A
August 27 Otogi: Myth of Demons N/A Xbox N/A N/A
August 27 Soul Calibur II N/A PS2, Xbox, GCN N/A N/A
September 4 Battlefield 1942: Secret Weapons of WWII Windows N/A N/A N/A
September 8 Anarchy Online: The Shadowlands Windows N/A N/A N/A
September 9 EverQuest: Lost Dungeons of Norrath Windows N/A N/A N/A
September 16 Homeworld 2 Windows N/A N/A N/A
September 16 The Simpsons: Hit & Run N/A PS2, Xbox, GCN GBA N/A
September 17 Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy Windows N/A N/A N/A
September 22 Command & Conquer: Generals - Zero Hour Windows N/A N/A N/A
October 1 Freedom Fighters Windows PS2, Xbox, GCN N/A N/A
October 7 Viewtiful Joe N/A GCN N/A N/A
October 14 Jak II N/A PS2 N/A N/A
October 14 Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne Windows N/A N/A N/A
October 14 Mega Man Zero 2 N/A N/A GBA N/A
October 20 SSX 3 N/A PS2, Xbox, GCN N/A N/A
October 21 Time Crisis 3 N/A PS2 N/A N/A
October 26 Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3 N/A N/A GBA N/A
October 27 Tony Hawk's Underground N/A PS2, Xbox, GCN GBA N/A
October 27 WWE SmackDown! Here Comes the Pain N/A PS2 N/A N/A
October 28 Final Fantasy XI Windows (US) N/A N/A N/A
October 29 Call of Duty Windows N/A N/A N/A
October 29 The Suffering Windows PS2, Xbox, GCN N/A N/A
November 3 Fire Emblem N/A N/A GBA N/A
November 3 True Crime: Streets of LA N/A PS2, Xbox, GCN N/A N/A
November 4 Civilization III: Conquests Windows N/A N/A N/A
November 4 SOCOM II: U.S. Navy SEALs N/A PS2 N/A N/A
November 6 Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time N/A PS2 N/A N/A
November 10 Mario Party 5 N/A GCN N/A N/A
November 11 Beyond Good & Evil N/A PS2 N/A N/A
November 11 Ratchet & Clank: Going Commando N/A PS2 N/A N/A
November 11 SSX 3 N/A N/A GBA N/A
November 12 Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time N/A Xbox N/A N/A
November 12 Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six 3: Raven Shield N/A Xbox N/A N/A
November 13 The Simpsons: Hit & Run Windows N/A N/A N/A
November 14 Kya Dark Lineage N/A PS2 N/A N/A
November 15 Crash Nitro Kart N/A PS2, Xbox, GCN GBA, N-Gage N/A
November 17 Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga N/A N/A GBA N/A
November 17 Mario Kart: Double Dash!! N/A GCN N/A N/A
November 18 Final Fantasy X-2 N/A PS2 N/A N/A
November 18 Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time N/A GCN N/A N/A
November 18 Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic Windows N/A N/A N/A
November 18 Manhunt N/A PS2 N/A N/A
November 18 Metal Arms: Glitch in the System N/A PS2, Xbox N/A N/A
November 18 Victoria: An Empire Under the Sun Windows N/A N/A N/A
November 19 Beyond Good & Evil Windows N/A N/A N/A
November 19 Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy N/A Xbox N/A N/A
November 25 Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne N/A Xbox N/A N/A
November 30 Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Windows N/A N/A N/A
December 2 Beyond Good & Evil N/A Xbox N/A N/A
December 2 Deus Ex: Invisible War Windows Xbox N/A N/A
December 2 Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne N/A PS2 N/A N/A
December 2 Silent Hill 3 Windows N/A N/A N/A
December 11 Beyond Good & Evil N/A GCN N/A N/A

Trends[edit]

Computer games continue to lose ground to console video games with a US sales drop of 14% in 2003. (NPD) Total 2003 entertainment software sales in the United States grew slightly to $7 billion USD; console sales increased to $5.8 billion and computer games accounted for the remaining $1.2 billion. ESA (pdf)

Video game consoles[edit]

The dominant video game consoles in 2003 were:

Handheld game systems[edit]

The dominant handheld systems in 2003 were:

Additionally, two new handheld consoles were introduced in 2003, the Game Boy Advance SP (an enhanced GBA) and Nokia's N-Gage.

Video game sales[edit]

The top 10 selling console video games in 2003 in the United States ranked by units sold, according to NPD, were:

Top Grossing Video Games of 2003
Rank Title Platform Publisher
1 Madden NFL 2004 PS2 Electronic Arts
2 Pokémon Ruby GBA Nintendo
3 Pokémon Sapphire GBA Nintendo
4 Need for Speed: Underground PS2 Electronic Arts
5 The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker GameCube Nintendo
6 Grand Theft Auto: Vice City PS2 Rockstar Games
7 Mario Kart: Double Dash!! GameCube Nintendo
8 Tony Hawk's Underground PS2 Activision
9 Enter the Matrix PS2 Atari
10 Medal of Honor: Rising Sun PS2 Electronic Arts