2004 in video gaming

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2004 has seen many sequels and prequels in video games and several new titles such as Fable, Far Cry, Killzone, Mario vs. Donkey Kong, Monster Hunter, Ninja Gaiden, Red Dead Revolver and Star Wars: Battlefront

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Business[edit]

Notable releases[edit]

Video game platforms
GBA Game Boy Advance
GCN Nintendo GameCube
NDS Nintendo DS
PS1 PlayStation
PS2 PlayStation 2
PSP PlayStation Portable
Win Microsoft Windows
Xbox Xbox
Notable releases of the year 2004
Release Title PC 5th Gen 6th Gen Handheld
January 13 Fallout: Brotherhood of Steel N/A N/A PS2, Xbox N/A
February 9 Metroid: Zero Mission N/A N/A N/A GBA
February 9 EverQuest: Gates of Discord Windows N/A N/A N/A
March 2 Ninja Gaiden N/A N/A Xbox N/A
March 2 Scooby-Doo: Mystery Mayhem N/A N/A PS2, Xbox, GCN GBA
March 9 Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes N/A N/A GCN N/A
March 9 Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six 3: Athena Sword Windows N/A N/A N/A
March 14 Battlefield Vietnam Windows N/A N/A N/A
March 16 Unreal Tournament 2004 Windows N/A N/A N/A
March 19 Sacred[1] Windows (EU) N/A N/A N/A
March 23 Far Cry Windows N/A N/A N/A
March 23 Final Fantasy XI N/A N/A PS2 (US) N/A
March 23 Sonic Heroes Windows N/A PS2, Xbox, GCN N/A
March 24 Samurai Jack: The Shadow of Aku N/A N/A PS2, GCN N/A
March 25 Sacred[2] Windows (NA) N/A N/A N/A
April 12 Painkiller Windows N/A N/A N/A
April 20 Hitman: Contracts Windows N/A PS2, Xbox N/A
April 27 City of Heroes Windows N/A N/A N/A
April 27 Rise of Nations: Thrones and Patriots Windows N/A N/A N/A
May 4 Rallisport Challenge 2 N/A N/A Xbox N/A
May 6 Samurai Warriors N/A N/A PS2 N/A
May 7 Future Tactics: The Uprising N/A N/A PS2, Xbox, GCN N/A
May 24 Mario vs. Donkey Kong N/A N/A N/A GBA
May 25 Metal Slug 3 N/A N/A Xbox N/A
May 25 Thief: Deadly Shadows Windows N/A Xbox N/A
June 1 The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay N/A N/A Xbox N/A
June 1 Mario vs. Donkey Kong N/A N/A N/A GBA
June 3 Crash Bandicoot Purple: Ripto's Rampage N/A N/A N/A GBA
June 3 Spyro Orange: The Cortex Conspiracy N/A N/A N/A GBA
June 7 The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures N/A N/A GCN N/A
June 15 Joint Operations: Typhoon Rising Windows N/A N/A N/A
July 13 Tales of Symphonia N/A N/A GCN N/A
August 3 Doom 3 Windows N/A N/A N/A
August 18 Astro Boy: Omega Factor N/A N/A N/A GBA
August 30 Pikmin 2 N/A N/A GCN N/A
August 30 WWE Day of Reckoning N/A N/A GCN N/A
September 7 Burnout 3: Takedown N/A N/A PS2, Xbox N/A
September 7 Silent Hill 4: The Room Windows N/A PS2, Xbox N/A
September 9 Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen N/A N/A N/A GBA
September 13 EverQuest: Omens of War Windows N/A N/A N/A
September 14 Call of Duty: United Offensive Windows N/A N/A N/A
September 14 Fable N/A N/A Xbox N/A
September 14 Sly 2: Band of Thieves N/A N/A PS2 N/A
September 14 The Sims 2 Windows N/A N/A N/A
September 17 Crisis Zone N/A N/A PS2 N/A
September 20 Def Jam: Fight for NY N/A N/A PS2, Xbox, GCN N/A
September 20 Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War Windows N/A N/A N/A
September 21 Final Fantasy XI: Chains of Promathia Windows N/A PS2 N/A
September 21 Star Wars Battlefront Windows N/A PS2, Xbox N/A
September 22 Katamari Damacy N/A N/A PS2 N/A
September 22 Rome: Total War Windows N/A N/A N/A
September 23 Crash Twinsanity N/A N/A PS2, Xbox N/A
September 28 Myst IV: Revelation Windows N/A N/A N/A
October 1 Scaler N/A N/A PS2, Xbox, GCN N/A
October 1 Crash Twinsanity N/A N/A PS2, Xbox N/A
October 4 Tony Hawk's Underground 2 Windows N/A PS2, Xbox, GCN GBA
October 5 Tribes: Vengeance Windows N/A N/A N/A
October 5 Conflict: Vietnam Windows N/A PS2, Xbox N/A
October 5 Mega Man Zero 3 N/A N/A N/A GBA
October 11 Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door N/A N/A GCN N/A
October 12 Tak 2: The Staff of Dreams N/A N/A PS2, Xbox, GCN GBA
October 12 FIFA Football 2005 Windows PS1 PS2, GCN GBA, PSP
October 22 Sacred Plus[3] (EU) Windows N/A N/A N/A
October 25 Ace Combat 5: The Unsung War N/A N/A PS2 N/A
October 25 OutRun 2 N/A N/A Xbox N/A
October 26 Dead or Alive Ultimate N/A N/A Xbox N/A
October 26 Star Wars Galaxies: Jump to Lightspeed Windows N/A N/A N/A
October 26 Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas N/A N/A PS2 N/A
November 1 Counter-Strike: Source Windows N/A N/A N/A
November 2 Killzone N/A N/A PS2 N/A
November 2 Medal of Honor: Pacific Assault Windows N/A N/A N/A
November 2 Ratchet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal N/A N/A PS2 N/A
November 3 Spyro: A Hero's Tail N/A N/A PS2, Xbox, GCN N/A
November 4 Godzilla: Save the Earth N/A N/A PS2, Xbox N/A
November 5 Bejeweled 2 Windows N/A N/A N/A
November 8 EverQuest II Windows N/A N/A N/A
November 9 Halo 2 N/A N/A Xbox N/A
November 9 Jak 3 N/A N/A PS2 N/A
November 15 Metroid Prime 2: Echoes N/A N/A GCN N/A
November 15 Need for Speed: Underground 2 N/A N/A PS2 N/A
November 16 Dragon Ball Z: Budokai 3 N/A N/A PS2 N/A
November 16 Half-Life 2 Windows N/A N/A N/A
November 16 Joint Operations: Escalation Windows N/A N/A N/A
November 16 Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines Windows N/A N/A N/A
November 17 Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater N/A N/A PS2 N/A
November 19 Mario vs. Donkey Kong N/A N/A N/A GBA
November 21 Super Mario 64 DS N/A N/A N/A NDS
November 22 GoldenEye: Rogue Agent N/A N/A PS2, Xbox, GCN NDS
November 22 JFK: Reloaded Windows N/A N/A N/A
November 23 World of Warcraft Windows N/A N/A N/A
November 30 Prince of Persia: Warrior Within Windows N/A PS2, Xbox, GCN N/A
December 1 Painkiller: Battle out of Hell Windows N/A N/A N/A
December 1 Scrapland Windows N/A N/A N/A
December 5 Mario Party 6 N/A N/A GCN N/A
December 6 Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II The Sith Lords Windows N/A Xbox N/A
December 6 The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-earth Windows N/A N/A N/A
December 8 The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay Windows N/A N/A N/A

Trends[edit]

In 2004, the total U.S. sales of video game hardware, software and accessories was $9.9 billion compared with $10 billion in 2003. Total software sales rose 8 percent over the previous year to $6.2 billion. Additionally, sales of portable software titles exceeded $1 billion for the first time. Hardware sales were down 27 percent for the year due in part to shortages during the holiday season and price reductions from all systems.

Video game consoles[edit]

Handheld game systems[edit]

The dominant handheld systems in 2004 were:

Additionally, Nokia released an updated version of their original N-Gage, called the N-Gage QD. Nintendo released the Nintendo DS on November 21 in the United States. In Japan Sony released the PlayStation Portable on December 12.

Video game sales[edit]

Based on figures from the NPD Group.

Best-selling video games of 2004 in the United States[4]
Rank Title Console Publisher
1 Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas PS2 Rockstar Games
2 Halo 2 Xbox Microsoft Game Studios
3 Madden NFL 2005 PS2 EA Sports
4 ESPN NFL 2K5 PS2 Sega
5 Need For Speed: Underground 2 PS2 Electronic Arts
6 Pokémon Fire Red with adapter GBA Nintendo
7 NBA Live 2005 PS2 EA Sports
8 Spider-Man 2 PS2 Activision
9 Halo: Combat Evolved Xbox Microsoft Game Studios
10 ESPN NFL 2K5 Xbox Sega

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