2005 in video gaming

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Video game platforms
GBA Game Boy Advance
GCN Nintendo GameCube
Lin Linux
NDS Nintendo DS
PS2 PlayStation 2
PSP PlayStation Portable
Win Microsoft Windows
X360 Xbox 360
Xbox Xbox
Notable releases of the year 2005
Release Title PC 6th Gen 7th Gen Handheld
January 10 The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap N/A N/A N/A GBA
January 10 Software Tycoon Linux N/A N/A N/A
January 11 Resident Evil 4 N/A GCN N/A N/A
January 11 Mercenaries: Playground of Destruction N/A PS2, Xbox N/A N/A
January 25 Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath N/A Xbox N/A N/A
February 4 Postal²: Share the Pain Linux N/A N/A N/A
February 8 Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II The Sith Lords Windows N/A N/A N/A
February 8 Shadow of Rome N/A PS2 N/A N/A
February 14 Star Fox Assault N/A GCN N/A N/A
February 14 WarioWare: Touched! N/A N/A N/A NDS
February 22 Gran Turismo 4 N/A PS2 N/A N/A
February 24 Tekken 5 N/A PS2 N/A N/A
February 28 Star Wars: Republic Commando N/A Xbox N/A N/A
March 1 Devil May Cry 3: Dante's Awakening N/A PS2 N/A N/A
March 1 Star Wars: Republic Commando Windows N/A N/A N/A
March 14 Donkey Kong Jungle Beat N/A GCN N/A N/A
March 15 Act of War: Direct Action Windows N/A N/A N/A
March 21 TimeSplitters: Future Perfect N/A GCN, PS2, Xbox N/A N/A
March 22 God of War N/A PS2 N/A N/A
March 22 Lumines N/A N/A N/A PSP
March 22 The Matrix Online Windows N/A N/A N/A
March 22 Metal Gear Acid N/A N/A N/A PSP
March 29 Dynasty Warriors 5 N/A PS2 N/A N/A
March 31 Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory Windows PS2, Xbox, GCN N/A N/A
April 4 Doom 3: Resurrection of Evil Windows N/A N/A N/A
April 5 Lego Star Wars: The Video Game Windows GCN, PS2, Xbox N/A GBA
April 12 Jade Empire N/A Xbox N/A N/A
April 18 Unreal Championship 2: The Liandri Conflict N/A Xbox N/A N/A
April 19 Psychonauts N/A Xbox N/A N/A
April 21 Haunting Ground N/A PS2 N/A N/A
April 25 Crash Bandicoot N/A N/A N/A Mobile
April 26 Psychonauts Windows N/A N/A N/A
April 26 ObsCure Windows PS2, Xbox N/A N/A
April 27 Predator: Concrete Jungle N/A PS2, Xbox N/A N/A
April 28 Guild Wars Windows N/A N/A N/A
May 1 Pokémon Emerald N/A N/A N/A GBA
May 3 Pariah Windows Xbox N/A N/A
May 5 Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith N/A PS2, Xbox N/A GBA, NDS, Mobile
May 23 WarioWare: Twisted! N/A N/A N/A GBA
May 23 Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones N/A N/A N/A GBA
May 31 Advent Rising N/A Xbox N/A N/A
June 7 Medal of Honor: European Assault N/A GCN, PS2, Xbox N/A N/A
June 13 Yoshi Topsy-Turvy N/A N/A N/A GBA
June 13 Kirby: Canvas Curse N/A N/A N/A NDS
June 21 Battlefield 2 Windows N/A N/A N/A
June 21 Psychonauts N/A PS2 N/A N/A
June 21 Destroy All Humans! N/A PS2, Xbox N/A N/A
June 24 Soul Ride Linux N/A N/A N/A
June 27 Meteos N/A N/A N/A NDS
June 28 Falcon 4.0: Allied Force Windows N/A N/A N/A
July 5 Façade Windows, Mac OS X N/A N/A N/A
July 7 killer7 N/A PS2, GCN N/A N/A
August 8 Madden NFL 06 N/A PS2, GCN N/A NDS
August 9 Advent Rising Windows N/A N/A N/A
August 16 Dungeon Siege II Windows N/A N/A N/A
August 16 EyeToy: Play 2 N/A PS2 N/A N/A
August 17 Madden NFL 06 Windows N/A N/A N/A
August 22 Nintendogs N/A N/A N/A NDS
August 22 Advance Wars: Dual Strike N/A N/A N/A NDS
August 23 The Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction N/A PS2, GCN, Xbox N/A N/A
August 25 InuYasha: Feudal Combat N/A PS2 N/A N/A
September Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War: Winter Assault Windows N/A N/A N/A
September 13 Dynasty Warriors 5 N/A Xbox N/A N/A
September 13 EverQuest II: Desert of Flames Windows N/A N/A N/A
September 13 Scooby-Doo! Unmasked N/A PS2, GCN, Xbox N/A GBA, NDS
September 16 Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks N/A PS2, Xbox (US) N/A N/A
September 19 Tak: The Great Juju Challenge N/A PS2, Xbox, GCN N/A GBA, NDS
September 20 Indigo Prophecy Windows PS2, Xbox N/A N/A
September 20 Ninja Gaiden Black N/A Xbox N/A N/A
September 20 We Love Katamari N/A PS2 N/A N/A
September 20 Marvel Nemesis: Rise of the Imperfects N/A GCN, PS2, Xbox N/A DS, PSP
September 26 Sly 3: Honor Among Thieves N/A PS2 N/A N/A
September 30 Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks N/A PS2, Xbox (EU) N/A N/A
October 4 Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow N/A N/A N/A NDS
October 4 Mega Man Zero 4 N/A N/A N/A GBA
October 7 Black & White 2 Windows N/A N/A N/A
October 11 Serious Sam II Windows Xbox N/A N/A
October 17 F.E.A.R. Windows N/A N/A N/A
October 17 The Warriors N/A PS2 N/A N/A
October 18 Quake 4 Windows N/A N/A N/A
October 18 Age of Empires III Windows N/A N/A N/A
October 18 Shadow of the Colossus N/A PS2 N/A N/A
October 18 Zoo Tycoon 2: Endangered Species Windows N/A N/A N/A
October 19 Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance N/A GCN N/A N/A
October 19 Crash Tag Team Racing N/A PS2, GCN, Xbox N/A PSP
October 20 Navy Field Online Windows N/A N/A N/A
October 24 Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth Windows Xbox N/A N/A
October 25 Battlefield 2: Modern Combat N/A PS2, Xbox N/A N/A
October 25 Call of Duty 2 Windows N/A N/A N/A
October 25 Civilization IV Windows N/A N/A N/A
October 25 Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories N/A N/A N/A PSP
October 25 Resident Evil 4 N/A PS2 N/A N/A
October 25 Ratchet: Deadlocked N/A PS2 N/A N/A
October 25 Soul Calibur III N/A PS2 N/A N/A
November 1 Call of Duty 2: Big Red One N/A GCN, PS2, Xbox N/A N/A
November 1 Star Wars Battlefront 2 Windows PS2, Xbox N/A PSP
November 7 Kameo: Elements of Power N/A N/A Xbox 360 N/A
November 7 The Matrix: Path of Neo Windows PS2, Xbox N/A N/A
November 7 Mario Party 7 N/A GCN N/A N/A
November 8 Guitar Hero N/A PS2 N/A N/A
November 8 The Movies Windows N/A N/A N/A
November 14 Mario Kart DS N/A N/A N/A NDS
November 14 Shadow the Hedgehog N/A PS2, Xbox, GCN N/A N/A
November 15 Sonic Rush N/A N/A N/A NDS
November 15 Call of Duty 2 N/A N/A Xbox 360 N/A
November 15 Condemned: Criminal Origins N/A N/A Xbox 360 N/A
November 15 WWE SmackDown! vs. Raw 2006 N/A PS2 N/A N/A
November 15 True Crime: New York City Windows PS2, Xbox, GCN N/A N/A
November 15 Pac-Man World 3 Windows GCN, PS2, Xbox N/A NDS, PSP
November 16 Need for Speed: Most Wanted Windows GCN, PS2, Xbox Xbox 360 GBA, NDS, PSP
November 17 Perfect Dark Zero N/A N/A Xbox 360 N/A
November 17 Peter Jackson's King Kong: The Official Game of the Movie N/A N/A Xbox 360 N/A
November 21 Battlefield 2: Special Forces Windows N/A N/A N/A
November 22 Dragon Quest VIII N/A PS2 N/A N/A
November 22 Quake 4 N/A N/A Xbox 360 N/A
November 28 Mario and Luigi: Partners in Time N/A N/A N/A NDS
November 30 Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones Windows PS2, Xbox, GCN N/A N/A
December 5 Animal Crossing: Wild World N/A N/A N/A NDS
December 5 Super Mario Strikers N/A GCN N/A N/A
December 12 Final Fantasy IV Advance N/A N/A N/A GBA

Trends[edit]

In 2005, the total U.S. sales of video game hardware, software and accessories rose 6% over 2004 to $10.5 billion USD ($9.9 billion, 2004) breaking 2002's $10.3 billion record for the industry.

The increase is largely due to the portable game market which counterbalanced sluggish console game sales. Delays, hardware shortages, and anticipation of next-generation video game consoles have been cited as reasoning for slow sales for both console games and console hardware. Console games and hardware dropped by 12% and 3% respectively.

The portable market of the video game industry rose to $1.4 billion, the second time sales have broke the $1 billion mark in the industry's history. Mostly due to the release of the Nintendo DS and the PlayStation Portable in North America, sales for portable hardware rose 96% over 2004. Although the release of the Nintendo DS and the Sony PSP aided in spurring growth in the portable market, the Game Boy Advance still represented 62% total portable software units sold and 52% of total portable software dollar sales.[3]

Computer games continued its trend and declined by 14%, dropping from $1.1 billion in 2004 to $953 million. Although sales did decrease, NPD claims that playing games on the PC is actually increasing through a variety of different mediums including online websites and MMO subscriptions.[4]

Video game systems[edit]

Additionally, Microsoft's Xbox 360, Sony's PlayStation 3 and Nintendo's Wii were officially unveiled during or just prior to E3; however, only the Xbox 360 was released in 2005. The Xbox 360 was released in North America on November 22, Europe on December 2, and Japan on December 10.

Handheld game systems[edit]

Additionally, the Game Boy Micro was unveiled and was released in the fall of 2005.

Video game sales[edit]

Top Grossing Video Games of 2005
Rank Title Platform Publisher
1 Madden NFL 06 PS2 EA Sports
2 Pokémon Emerald GBA Nintendo
3 Gran Turismo 4 PS2 Sony Computer Entertainment America
4 Madden NFL 06 Xbox EA Sports
5 NCAA Football 06 PS2 EA Sports
6 Star Wars: Battlefront II PS2 LucasArts
7 MVP Baseball 2005 PS2 EA Sports
8 Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith PS2 LucasArts
9 NBA Live 06 PS2 EA Sports
10 Lego Star Wars: The Video Game PS2 Eidos Interactive

Computer game sales[edit]

Top Grossing Computer Games of 2005
Rank Title Publisher
1 World of Warcraft Blizzard Entertainment
2 The Sims 2: University Electronic Arts
3 The Sims 2 Electronic Arts
4 Guild Wars NCsoft
5 Roller Coaster Tycoon 3 Atari
6 Battlefield 2 Electronic Arts
7 The Sims 2: Nightlife Electronic Arts
8 Age of Empires III Microsoft
9 The Sims Deluxe Electronic Arts
10 Call of Duty 2 Activision

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gainor, Dan (2005-03-09). "'60 Minutes’ Describes Video Game as a Killer Application". businessandmedia.org. Retrieved 2009-11-23. 
  2. ^ "Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. to launch its Next Generation Computer Entertainment System in Spring 2006" (PDF) (Press release). Sony. Archived from the original on 25 May 2005. Retrieved 20 May 2005. 
  3. ^ "NPD Group's Annual 2005 U.S. Video Game Industry Retail Sales". Archived from the original on February 4, 2006. Retrieved January 17, 2006. 
  4. ^ "NPD Group's Annual 2005 U.S. PC Game Retail Sales". Archived from the original on February 4, 2006. Retrieved January 17, 2006.