2005 in video gaming

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2005 has seen many sequels and prequels in video games and several new titles such as Brothers in Arms: Road to Hill 30, F.E.A.R., Forza Motorsport, God of War, Guitar Hero and Sniper Elite

Events[edit]

Month Date(s) Event
March 6 The television show 60 Minutes tackles issues within video game controversy. This segment of 60 Minutes has been criticized by video game players for encouraging video game censorship.[1]
7-11 Game Developers Conference

Nintendo keynote speech: "The Heart of the Gamer" by Satoru Iwata, president of Nintendo.
Microsoft keynote speech: "The Future of Games: Unlocking the Opportunity" by J Allard, corporate vice president and chief XNA architect.

May 11 The global version of Maplestory is launched.
12 The Xbox 360 was officially announced on MTV in a special hosted by Elijah Wood.
16 The PlayStation 3 was unveiled by Sony during a pre-E3 press conference, at 21:25 GMT. At the same time, the press release[2] was released through the Japanese PlayStation website.
17-20 E3 (Electronic Entertainment Expo) takes place in Los Angeles, California. Four hundred exhibiting companies and 70,000 industry professionals representing 79 countries attended. Next-generation systems from Nintendo, Sony, and Microsoft were unveiled.
Unknown In defense of video games being beneficial for cognitive development, Steven Berlin Johnson published his book Everything Bad Is Good for You: How Today's Popular Culture Is Actually Making Us Smarter.
May 1 IBM held the first virtual video game on-demand conference in which game developers and manufacturers were able to come together to discuss issues with online games, including management and distribution.
July Unknown IEMA (Interactive Entertainment Merchants Association) hosts 6th annual Executive Summit.
September 16–18 Tokyo Game Show takes place at Makuhari Messe. One hundred-thirty companies are expected to show with 1,429 booths.

Nintendo keynote speech by Satoru Iwata, president of Nintendo. During Iwata's keynote speech, the Wii controller is unveiled.
Microsoft keynote speech by Robert J. Bach, chief Xbox officer and senior vice president, Home and Entertainment Division at Microsoft.

November 14 Nintendo's first mainstream online service (Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection) is launched with Mario Kart DS and Tony Hawk's American Sk8land.
22 Microsoft's Xbox 360 is released.
December 16 The Family Entertainment Protection Act (FEPA) is introduced by Senators Hillary Clinton, Joe Lieberman and Evan Bayh. The bill calls for a federal mandate enforcement of the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) ratings system for video games in order to protect children from inappropriate content.

Business[edit]

Month Date(s) Event
January 6 French publisher Titus Interactive, owner of Interplay Entertainment, is declared bankrupt after being in receivership since October 2004.
12 Video game companies and players worldwide donate money to the UNICEF South Asian Tsunami Relief Fund for rescue and reconstruction efforts upon the South Asian tsunami disaster. Electronic Arts pledges to donate $250,000 to the UNICEF South Asian Tsunami Relief Fund. CCP, the publisher of EVE Online, establishes a fund that video game players can contribute to.
17 Electronic Arts and ESPN announced a 15-year partnership that would give EA access to ESPN's broadcast, print and online content.
20 Activision announced that it acquired developer Vicarious Visions known best as a developer of Game Boy games as well as for their middleware program, Alchemy.
24 Major League Baseball and Take-Two Interactive sign exclusive seven year deal that gives Take-Two the rights among third-party publishers to develop games based on the MLB license.
25 Take-Two Interactive announced that it acquired developer Visual Concepts and their wholly owned subsidiary Kush Games from Sega for $24 million. Additionally, Take-Two also announced the start of another publishing label named 2K Games.
February Unknown Troika Games defunct after being unable to get contracts for development work.
March 2 The Entertainment Software Rating Board or ESRB added the rating of "E10+" to its ratings system. E10+ was created in order to divide E ratings for younger and older children.
7 Sammy Studios breaks away from Sega Sammy Holdings and renames itself High Moon Studios.
9 Sega acquires Creative Assembly.
23 Vivendi Universal Games buys developer Radical Entertainment. Radical is best known for developing The Simpsons: Hit & Run.
April 2 Keiji Inafune, the creator of Mega Man series, was promoted from corporate officer to senior corporate officer.
May Unknown Buena Vista Games announces that it had bought the rights to the Turok video game franchise and will be publishing new games. The rights were originally held by bankrupt Acclaim Entertainment.
July 20 After coming under heavy fire from many politicians, most notably Hillary Clinton, the Entertainment Software Rating Board re-rated Rockstar Games' Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas Adults Only 18+ (AO) due to the sexually explicit minigame mod "Hot Coffee". Additionally, Rockstar Games ceased production of the game and has announced plans to offer a new version of the game that can't be affected by the mod, and plans to patch the PC version.
27 Sony Computer Entertainment released the first major update in Japan for their video game handheld, the PlayStation Portable. Version 2.00 includes an web browser, A-B repeat mode, Wi-Fi picture sending, as well as additional audio & video support among other features.
August 8 Abandon Mobile announces its formation through a partnership between Abandon Entertainment, Inc. and GF Capital Management and Advisors, LLC.
22 Square Enix acquires Taito Corporation. That leads to Square Enix entering the arcade sector of the electronic game industry.
November 7 Take-Two Interactive acquires Firaxis Games.
30 Sony Computer Entertainment announce that PlayStation 2 breaks a record: the fastest console to reach cumulative shipment of 100 million units, beating the previous record holder, the PlayStation, by three years and nine months. The PS platform has until the present year the biggest sales of all times of video games history, with 120 million consoles shipped.
Unknown Pandemic Studios and BioWare partner to create BioWare/Pandemic Studios.
December 12 Working Designs closes down.

Notable releases[edit]

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 12 Banjo-Pilot N/A N/A N/A GBA
January 18 Street Racing Syndicate Win N/A N/A N/A|
January 18 Zoo Keeper N/A N/A N/A GBA
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 Racing Gears Advance N/A N/A N/A GBA
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 8 Shaman King: Legacy of the Spirits, Soaring Hawk N/A N/A N/A GBA
February 8 Shaman King: Legacy of the Spirits, Sprinting Wolf N/A N/A N/A GBA
February 8 Winnie the Pooh's Rumbly Tumbly Adventure N/A GCN, PS2 N/A GBA
February 14 Star Fox Assault N/A GCN N/A N/A
February 14 WarioWare: Touched! N/A N/A N/A NDS
February 15 Constantine Windows PS2, Xbox N/A N/A
February 22 FIFA Street N/A PS2, Xbox, GCN N/A N/A
February 22 Gran Turismo 4 N/A PS2 N/A N/A
February 22 MVP Baseball 2005 Windows GCN, PS2, Xbox N/A N/A
February 22 Ace Combat Advance N/A N/A N/A GBA
February 23 Klonoa 2: Dream Champ Tournament N/A N/A N/A GBA
February 23 Project Snowblind N/A PS2, Xbox N/A N/A
February 24 Judge Dredd: Dredd vs. Death N/A PS2 N/A N/A
February 24 Tekken 5 N/A PS2 N/A N/A
February 27 Judge Dredd: Dredd vs. Death N/A Xbox N/A N/A
February 28 American McGee Presents: Scrapland N/A Xbox N/A N/A
February 28 Fight Night Round 2 N/A PS2, Xbox, GCN N/A N/A
February 28 Ice Nine N/A N/A N/A GBA
February 28 Star Wars: Republic Commando N/A Xbox N/A N/A
March 1 Brothers in Arms: Road to Hill 30 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 Judge Dredd: Dredd vs. Death N/A GCN N/A N/A
March 1 Star Wars: Republic Commando Windows N/A N/A N/A
March 3 Judge Dredd: Dredd vs. Death Win N/A N/A N/A
March 8 MLB 2006 N/A PS2 N/A PSP
March 8 Rave Master N/A GCN N/A N/A
March 14 Donkey Kong Jungle Beat N/A GCN N/A N/A
March 14 Yoshi Touch & Go N/A N/A N/A NDS
March 15 Act of War: Direct Action Windows N/A N/A N/A
March 15 Brothers in Arms: Road to Hill 30 Windows PS2 N/A N/A
March 15 Musashi: Samurai Legend N/A PS2 N/A N/A
March 15 Rayman: Hoodlums' Revenge N/A N/A N/A GBA
March 16 MX vs. ATV Unleashed N/A PS2 N/A N/A
March 21 NFL Street 2 Unleashed N/A N/A N/A PSP
March 21 TimeSplitters: Future Perfect N/A GCN, PS2, Xbox N/A N/A
March 22 Dragon Ball Z: Sagas N/A PS2, Xbox, GCN 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 24 MX vs. ATV Unleashed N/A Xbox N/A N/A
March 24 Wipeout Pure N/A N/A N/A PSP
March 28 Mario Party Advance N/A N/A N/A GBA
March 29 Dynasty Warriors 5 N/A PS2 N/A N/A
March 29 Red Ninja: End of Honor N/A Xbox N/A N/A
March 30 Red Ninja: End of Honor 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 3 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 6 Archer Maclean's Mercury N/A N/A N/A PSP
April 11 Midnight Club 3: DUB Edition N/A PS2, Xbox N/A N/A
April 12 Jade Empire N/A Xbox N/A N/A
April 18 Polarium N/A N/A N/A NDS
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 20 WWE Wrestlemania 21 N/A Xbox N/A N/A
April 21 Haunting Ground N/A PS2 N/A N/A
April 24 Popeye: Rush for Spinach N/A N/A N/A GBA
April 25 Crash Bandicoot N/A N/A N/A Mobile
April 26 Guild Wars Windows N/A N/A N/A
April 26 Psychonauts Windows N/A N/A N/A
April 26 ObsCure Windows PS2, Xbox N/A N/A
April 27 Motocross Mania 3 N/A PS2, Xbox N/A N/A
April 27 Predator: Concrete Jungle N/A PS2, Xbox N/A N/A
May 1 Pokémon Emerald N/A N/A N/A GBA
May 2 Pac-Man Pinball Advance N/A N/A N/A GBA
May 3 Forza Motorsport N/A Xbox N/A N/A
May 3 Pariah Windows Xbox N/A N/A
May 3 Puyo Pop Fever N/A N/A N/A NDS
May 5 Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith N/A PS2, Xbox N/A GBA, NDS, Mobile
May 11 Cold Winter N/A PS2 N/A N/A
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 24 Madagascar Windows GCN, PS2, Xbox N/A GBA, NDS
May 31 Advent Rising N/A Xbox N/A N/A
June 2 Digimon World 4 N/A GCN, PS2, Xbox N/A N/A
June 7 Medal of Honor: European Assault N/A GCN, PS2, Xbox N/A N/A
June 13 Juiced Windows PS2, Xbox N/A N/A
June 13 Yoshi Topsy-Turvy N/A N/A N/A GBA
June 13 Mega Man Battle Network 6 N/A N/A N/A GBA
June 13 Kirby: Canvas Curse N/A N/A N/A NDS
June 14 Batman Begins N/A GCN, PS2, Xbox N/A GBA
June 21 Battlefield 2 Windows N/A N/A N/A
June 21 Bomberman N/A N/A N/A NDS
June 21 Conker: Live & Reloaded N/A Xbox N/A N/A
June 21 Destroy All Humans! N/A PS2, Xbox N/A N/A
June 22 Psychonauts N/A PS2 N/A N/A
June 24 Soul Ride Linux N/A N/A N/A
June 27 Fantastic Four Windows GCN, PS2, Xbox GBA
June 27 Meteos N/A N/A N/A NDS
June 27 Midnight Club 3: DUB Edition N/A N/A N/A PSP
June 28 Falcon 4.0: Allied Force Windows N/A N/A N/A
June 28 Riviera: The Promised Land N/A N/A N/A GBA
July 5 Façade Windows, Mac OS X N/A N/A N/A
July 6 Coded Arms N/A N/A N/A PSP
July 7 killer7 N/A PS2, GCN N/A N/A
July 11 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory N/A PS2, Xbox, GCN N/A GBA
July 19 Nanostray N/A N/A N/A NDS
July 20 Colosseum: Road to Freedom N/A PS2 N/A N/A
July 26 Harvest Moon: More Friends of Mineral Town N/A N/A N/A GBA
July 26 Disney's Kim Possible 3: Team Possible N/A N/A N/A GBA
July 26 Makai Kingdom: Chronicles of the Sacred Tome N/A PS2 N/A N/A
August 2 Shaman King: Master of Spirits 2 N/A N/A N/A GBA
August 3 Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon 2: Summit Strike N/A Xbox 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 9 Dragon Ball GT: Transformation N/A N/A N/A GBA
August 15 Geist N/A GCN N/A N/A
August 16 Death Jr. N/A N/A N/A PSP
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 16 Pac 'n Roll N/A N/A N/A NDS
August 16 Sigma Star Saga N/A N/A N/A GBA
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 23 187 Ride or Die N/A PS2, Xbox N/A N/A
August 23 Beat Down: Fists of Vengeance N/A PS2, Xbox N/A N/A
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
August 29 Dynasty Warriors Advance N/A N/A N/A GBA
August 29 Mario Superstar Baseball N/A GCN N/A N/A
August 29 WWE Day of Reckoning 2 N/A GCN N/A N/A
August 30 MotoGP 3: Ultimate Racing Technology Windows Xbox N/A N/A
August 31 World Series of Poker N/A PS2, Xbox N/A N/A
September Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War: Winter Assault Windows N/A N/A N/A
September 6 Radiata Stories N/A PS2 N/A N/A
September 6 Rebelstar: Tactical Command N/A N/A N/A GBA
September 7 One Piece: Grand Battle! Rush N/A GCN, PS2 N/A N/A
September 8 Danny Phantom: The Ultimate Enemy N/A N/A N/A GBA
September 13 Burnout Legends N/A N/A N/A PSP
September 13 Burnout Revenge N/A PS2, Xbox 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 Evil Dead: Regeneration Windows PS2, Xbox N/A N/A
September 13 GripShift N/A N/A N/A PSP
September 13 MediEvil: Resurrection N/A N/A N/A PSP
September 13 Scooby-Doo! Unmasked N/A PS2, GCN, Xbox N/A GBA, NDS
September 13 World Series of Poker Windows N/A N/A N/A
September 14 World Series of Poker N/A GCN N/A N/A
September 15 Fire Pro Wrestling Returns N/A PS2 N/A N/A
September 15 World Series of Poker N/A N/A N/A PSP
September 16 Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks N/A PS2, Xbox (US) N/A N/A
September 19 DK King of Swing N/A N/A N/A GBA
September 19 Frantix N/A N/A N/A PSP
September 19 Tak: The Great Juju Challenge N/A PS2, Xbox, GCN N/A GBA, NDS
September 20 Genji: Dawn of the Samurai N/A PS2 N/A N/A
September 20 Gretzky NHL 2006 N/A PS2 N/A N/A
September 20 Indigo Prophecy Windows PS2, Xbox N/A N/A
September 20 Kingdom Under Fire:Heroes N/A Xbox N/A N/A
September 20 Legend of Kay N/A PS2 N/A N/A
September 20 Myst V: End of Ages Windows N/A 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 NDS, PSP
September 20 X-Men Legends II: Rise of Apocalypse Windows GCN, PS2, Xbox N/A N/A
September 22 Ultimate Spider-Man Windows GCN, PS2, Xbox GBA, NDS
September 26 Another Code: Two Memories N/A N/A N/A NDS
September 26 Fahrenheit N/A PS2, Xbox N/A N/A
September 26 Sly 3: Honor Among Thieves N/A PS2 N/A N/A
September 27 Capcom Classics Collection N/A PS2, Xbox N/A N/A
September 27 Far Cry Instincts N/A Xbox N/A N/A
September 27 Frogger: Ancient Shadow N/A PS2, Xbox, GCN N/A N/A
September 27 Lost in Blue N/A N/A N/A NDS
September 27 Lunar: Dragon Song N/A N/A N/A NDS
September 28 Dance Dance Revolution Extreme 2 N/A PS2 N/A N/A
September 29 Battalion Wars N/A GCN N/A N/A
September 29 Frogger: Helmet Chaos N/A N/A N/A NDS, PSP
September 30 Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks N/A PS2, Xbox (EU) N/A N/A
October 2 Fahrenheit Windows N/A N/A N/A
October 3 Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness N/A GCN N/A N/A
October 4 Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow N/A N/A N/A NDS
October 4 FIFA 06 Windows PS2, Xbox, GCN N/A NDS, Mobile
October 4 Mega Man Zero 4 N/A N/A N/A GBA
October 4 Street Racing Syndicate N/A N/A N/A GBA
October 4 Trauma Center: Under the Knife N/A N/A N/A NDS
October 5 Doom 3: Resurrection of Evil N/A Xbox N/A N/A
October 7 Black & White 2 Windows N/A N/A N/A
October 7 Virtua Tennis: World Tour N/A N/A N/A PSP
October 7 Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit N/A PS2, Xbox N/A N/A
October 10 The Nightmare Before Christmas: Oogie's Revenge N/A PS2, Xbox N/A N/A
October 10 The Nightmare Before Christmas: The Pumpkin King N/A N/A N/A GBA
October 10 L.A. Rush N/A PS2, Xbox N/A N/A
October 11 FIFA 06 N/A N/A N/A PSP, GBA
October 11 Codename: Kids Next Door – Operation: V.I.D.E.O.G.A.M.E. N/A GCN, PS2, Xbox N/A N/A
October 11 Hello Kitty: Happy Party Pals N/A N/A N/A GBA
October 11 Zoo Tycoon DS N/A N/A N/A NDS
October 11 Serious Sam II Windows Xbox N/A N/A
October 12 Devil Kings N/A PS2 N/A N/A
October 12 Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney N/A N/A N/A NDS
October 16 Teen Titans N/A N/A N/A GBA
October 17 Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy N/A 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 Dig Dug: Digging Strike N/A N/A N/A NDS
October 18 Jak X: Combat Racing N/A PS2 N/A N/A
October 18 Shadow of the Colossus N/A PS2 N/A N/A
October 18 The Con N/A N/A N/A PSP
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 N/A
October 19 X-Men Legends II: Rise of Apocalypse N/A N/A N/A PSP
October 19 Zatch Bell! Mamodo Battles N/A GCN, PS2 N/A N/A
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 24 Dance Dance Revolution Mario Mix N/A GCN N/A N/A
October 24 Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories N/A N/A N/A PSP
October 24 Metroid Prime Pinball N/A N/A N/A NDS
October 25 Atomic Betty N/A N/A N/A GBA
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 Gunstar Super Heroes N/A N/A N/A GBA]
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 Shrek SuperSlam Windows GCN, PS2, Xbox N/A GBA, NDS
October 25 Soul Calibur III N/A PS2 N/A N/A
October 26 Brothers in Arms: Earned in Blood Windows PS2, Xbox N/A N/A
October 26 Ghost In The Shell:Stand Alone Complex N/A N/A N/A PSP
October 26 Nicktoons Unite N/A N/A N/A GBA
November 1 007: From Russia with Love N/A PS2, Xbox, GCN N/A N/A
November 1 Call of Duty 2: Big Red One N/A GCN, PS2, Xbox N/A N/A
November 1 Castlevania: Curse of Darkness N/A PS2, Xbox N/A N/A
November 1 Mega Man Battle Network 5: Double Team DS N/A N/A N/A NDS
November 1 Shamu's Deep Sea Adventures N/A PS2, Xbox N/A N/A
November 1 Star Wars Battlefront 2 Windows PS2, Xbox N/A PSP
November 1 The Incredibles: Rise of the Underminer Windows PS2, Xbox, GCN N/A NDS, GBA
November 3 Ed, Edd n Eddy: The Mis-Edventures Windows PS2, Xbox, GCN N/A GBA
November 7 Kameo: Elements of Power N/A N/A Xbox 360 N/A
November 7 Madagascar: Operation Penguin N/A N/A N/A GBA
November 7 Mario Party 7 N/A GCN N/A N/A
November 7 The Matrix: Path of Neo Windows PS2, Xbox N/A N/A
November 8 EyeToy: Kinetic N/A PS2 N/A N/A
November 8 Fatal Frame III: The Tormented N/A PS2 N/A N/A
November 8 Guitar Hero N/A PS2 N/A N/A
November 8 Gun N/A PS2, Xbox, GCN N/A N/A
November 8 Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire Windows PS2, Xbox, GCN N/A NDS, GBA
November 8 Shamu's Deep Sea Adventures N/A GCN N/A GBA, NDS
November 8 The Lord of the Rings: Tactics N/A N/A N/A PSP
November 8 The Movies Windows N/A N/A N/A
November 8 Viewtiful Joe: Double Trouble N/A N/A N/A NDS
November 8 Viewtiful Joe: Red Hot Rumble N/A GCN N/A N/A
November 10 Crash Tag Team Racing N/A N/A N/A PSP
November 14 The Chronicles Of Narnia:The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe Windows PS2, Xbox, GCN N/A NDS, GBA
November 14 Mario Kart DS N/A N/A N/A NDS
November 15 Shadow the Hedgehog N/A PS2, Xbox, GCN N/A N/A
November 15 Condemned: Criminal Origins N/A N/A Xbox 360 N/A
November 15 Dance Dance Revolution Ultramix 3 N/A Xbox N/A N/A
November 15 EyeToy: Operation Spy N/A PS2 N/A N/A
November 15 Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire N/A N/A N/A PSP
November 15 Infected N/A N/A N/A PSP
November 15 Kingdom of Paradise N/A N/A N/A PSP
November 15 Neopets: The Darkest Faerie N/A PS2 N/A N/A
November 15 Pac-Man World 3 Windows GCN, PS2, Xbox N/A NDS, PSP
November 15 Sonic Rush N/A N/A N/A NDS#
November 15 Totally Spies! N/A N/A N/A GBA
November 15 True Crime: New York City Windows PS2, Xbox, GCN N/A N/A
November 15 WWE SmackDown! vs. Raw 2006 N/A PS2 N/A N/A
November 16 Cabela's Dangerous Hunts 2 N/A PS2, Xbox, GCN N/A N/A
November 16 Devilish: Ball Bounder N/A N/A N/A NDS
November 16 FIFA 06: Road To FIFA World Cup N/A N/A Xbox 360 N/A
November 16 Need for Speed: Most Wanted Windows GCN, PS2, Xbox Xbox 360 GBA, NDS, PSP
November 17 50 Cent: Bulletproof N/A PS2, Xbox N/A N/A
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 21 College Hoops 2K6 N/A Xbox N/A N/A
November 21 Kong: The 8th Wonder of the World N/A N/A N/A GBA
November 22 Amped 3 N/A N/A Xbox 360 N/A
November 22 Call of Duty 2 N/A N/A Xbox 360 N/A
November 22 Dragon Quest VIII N/A PS2 N/A N/A
November 22 Mutant Storm Reloaded N/A N/A XBLA N/A
November 22 Ridge Racer 6 N/A N/A X360 N/A
November 22 SBK: Snowboard Kids N/A N/A N/A NDS
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 29 Burnout Legends N/A N/A N/A NDS
November 30 College Hoops 2K6 N/A PS2 N/A N/A
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 Mario Tennis: Power Tour N/A N/A N/A GBA
December 5 Super Mario Strikers N/A GCN N/A N/A
December 5 Tokobot N/A N/A N/A PSP
December 6 Battles of Prince of Persia N/A N/A N/A NDS
December 6 Bust-a-Move DS N/A N/A N/A NDS
December 12 Final Fantasy IV Advance N/A N/A N/A GBA
December 12 Gauntlet: Seven Sorrows N/A PS2, Xbox N/A N/A
December 13 Midway Arcade Treasures: Extended Play N/A N/A N/A PSP
December 29 Dead or Alive 4 N/A N/A Xbox 360 N/A

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

Highest critically reviewed games (Metacritic)[edit]

Number Video Game Publisher Platform Release Date Average score Number of reviews Refs
1 Resident Evil 4 Capcom GameCube January 11 96 82 reviews [5]
2 God of War Sony Computer Entertainment Playstation 2 March 22 94 75 reviews [6]
3 Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Chaos Theory Ubisoft Xbox 360 March 28 94 70 reviews [7]
4 Sid Meier's Civilization IV 2K Games PC October 25 94 50 reviews [8]
5 Forza Motorsport Microsoft Game Studios Xbox May 3 92 73 reviews [9]
6 Shadow of the Colossus Sony Computer Entertainment Playstation 2 October 18 91 77 reviews [10]
7 Guitar Hero RedOctane Playstation 2 November 7 91 65 reviews [11]
8 Mario Kart DS Nintendo Nintendo DS November 14 91 64 reviews [12]
9 Battlefield 2 Electronic Arts PC June 21 91 55 reviews [13]
10 World Soccer Winning Eleven 8 International Konami Playstation 2 February 1 91 26 reviews [14]

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 (PDF) 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. 
  5. ^ "Reviews for Resident Evil 4". Metacritic. Retrieved 2015-01-13. 
  6. ^ "Reviews for God of War". Metacritic. Retrieved 2015-01-13. 
  7. ^ "Reviews for Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Chaos Theory". Metacritic. Retrieved 2015-01-13. 
  8. ^ "Reviews for Civilization IV". Metacritic. Retrieved 2015-01-13. 
  9. ^ "Reviews for Forza Motorsport". Metacritic. Retrieved 2015-01-13. 
  10. ^ "Reviews for Shadow of Colossus". Metacritic. Retrieved 2015-01-13. 
  11. ^ "Reviews for Guiatar Hero". Metacritic. Retrieved 2015-01-13. 
  12. ^ "Reviews for Mario Kart DS". Metacritic. Retrieved 2015-01-13. 
  13. ^ "Reviews for Tom Battlefield 2". Metacritic. Retrieved 2015-01-13. 
  14. ^ "Reviews for World Soccer Winning Eleven 8 International". Metacritic. Retrieved 2015-01-13.