2006 in video gaming

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2006 has seen many sequels and prequels in video games and several new titles such as Bully, Company of Heroes, Dead Rising, Gears of War, Just Cause, Lost Planet: Extreme Condition, Prey, Resistance: Fall of Man and Saints Row,

Events[edit]

2006 in video gaming by month
Month Date(s) Event
January 26 Nintendo announces its newly redesigned handheld, the Nintendo DS Lite. The new model is lighter, smaller, has configurable brightness and features an improved user interface.[1][2]
Konami Corp. announces the list of titles it expects to ship in 2006, ranging from Beatmania to Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence, and covering multiple platforms.[3]
Public schools in West Virginia will add Dance Dance Revolution by Konami to their curriculum, in an effort to combat obesity.[4][5]
27 Players of the Horde clan from World of Warcraft start the "Gamers Against No Kash" charity, to pay the subscription fees for valuable players strapped for cash.[6]
Microsoft of Japan made a statement to Japanese game magazine Famitsu regarding the Xbox 360 launch. "It was a lot more difficult than we had imagined. We couldn't prepare the launch titles that we had promised, and it made an impact," said Microsoft of Japan Xbox chief of operations Yoshihiro Maruyama. At the launch of the first Xbox in Japan, more units were sold in three days than have been sold of the Xbox 360 in one month.[7]
The PlayStation Portable 2.01-2.50 firmware versions, previously considered unhackable, are hacked by Fanjita.[8]
The Los Angeles attorney's office sues Rockstar Games and Take-Two Interactive over the Hot Coffee mod.[9]
30 A mandatory update for Xbox Live on the Xbox 360 was released. Microsoft claimed the update was for bugfixes and improvements. Members of the modding community claim that "the true purpose of this update was to halt the progress of the modding community".[10]
Nintendo released a statement regarding the Red Tulip phenomenon on Animal Crossing: Wild World, stating "We have isolated the problem and determined that there was a temporary error with the upload tool when this letter was posted". Earlier, there had been speculation that the tulips were a result of black hat hackers.[11]
31 Sony is reportedly building a Xbox Live-killer for the PlayStation 3.[12]
StarForce, a DRM maker for computer games, threatens to sue popular weblog Boing Boing for criticising its products.[13][14]
Blizzard Entertainment responds to the LGBT debate happening in World of Warcraft. The company stated: "To promote a positive game environment for everyone and help prevent such harassment from taking place as best we can, we prohibit mention of topics related to sensitive real-world subjects in open chat within the game, and we do our best to take action whenever we see such topics being broadcast."[15]
Sony announces that ten servers will be merged with ten others on Everquest 2. Players are cautiously optimistic.[16][17]
February 6 After Tiger Telematics' bankruptcy, the Gizmondo handheld console is discontinued, only selling nearly 25,000 units.[18]
May 10-12 The 12th annual E3 is held in Los Angeles, California, USA.[19]
November 7 Left Behind Games releases Left Behind: Eternal Forces amid much controversy.
11 Sony releases the PlayStation 3
19 Nintendo releases the Wii.

Business[edit]

Month Date(s) Event
January 5 Vivendi Universal Games acquires High Moon Studios (formerly Sammy Studios, Inc), which gained independence from Sammy in 2005.[20]
9 Take-Two Interactive acquires Irrational Games.[21]
26 Sony reports that strong sales of the PlayStation Portable helped the company make a profit of ¥70 billion, the first time in 11 years that the company has managed to avoid an annual loss.[22][23]
Microsoft announces $293 million losses in its Home and Entertainment division, record revenues overall.[24]
Nintendo reports declining Nintendo GameCube and Game Boy Advance sales but increased profits: ¥92.2 billion.[25]
27 The Nintendo DS returns to the top of the weekly Japanese charts, with 64,515 units sold compared to 38,271 for the PlayStation Portable. The PlayStation 2 is third with 26,135 units sold, while the Xbox 360 continues to sell poorly (just 3,616, less than the GameCube). The five best-selling games were Brain Training for Adults 2, Animal Crossing: Wild World, Super Mario Strikers, Brain Training for Adults and Mario Kart DS, all published by Nintendo.[26]
Microsoft lowers its estimate of Xbox 360 sales in its first 90 days from 2.75-3.0 million units to 2.5 million due to supply shortage. The yearly estimate (4.5 to 5.5 million) is unchanged since Microsoft plans to increase its console production with the help of a new manufacturer, Celestica.[27] Meanwhile, Microsoft postpones the Australian 360 launch from March 2 to March 23, 2006 due to a "short term manufacturing challenge".[28]
30 Shares of Take-Two Interactive, the controversial creator of the Grand Theft Auto series, rose Monday after news that the company was in takeover talks with an unnamed buyer.[29][30][31]
31 CNET reports that Cisco Systems might be interested in buying Nintendo.[32][33]
February Unknown Tiger Telematics, the manufacturer of the Gizmondo handheld console, files for bankruptcy.[34]
May Unknown IEMA (Interactive Entertainment Merchants Association) successfully merged with VSDA (Video Software Dealers Association) to form combined organization EMA (Entertainment Merchants Association)
July Unknown ECA (Entertainment Consumers Association) formed.
October Unknown ECA (Entertainment Consumers Association) soft-launched.

Notable releases[edit]

Video game platforms
GBA Game Boy Advance
GCN Nintendo GameCube
Lin Linux
Mac Mac OS / OS X
NDS Nintendo DS
PS2 PlayStation 2
PS3 PlayStation 3
PSP PlayStation Portable
Wii Wii
Win Microsoft Windows
X360 Xbox 360
Xbox Xbox
Notable releases of the year 2006
Release Title PC 6th Gen 7th Gen Handheld
January 9 Electroplankton N/A N/A N/A NDS
January 10 Nicktoons Unite N/A N/A N/A NDS
PQ: Practical Intelligence Quotient N/A N/A N/A PSP
January 17 25 To Life Win PS2, Xbox N/A N/A
January 18 Samurai Showdown V N/A Xbox N/A N/A
January 23 True Swing Golf N/A N/A N/A NDS
January 25 Marble Blast Ultra N/A N/A XBLA N/A
February 6 Drill Dozer N/A N/A N/A GBA
February 7 Street Fighter Alpha 3 MAX N/A N/A N/A PSP
The Rub Rabbits! N/A N/A N/A NDS
February 9 Siren 2 (Japan) N/A PS2 N/A N/A
February 14 Age of Empires: The Age of Kings N/A N/A N/A NDS
Empire Earth II: The Art of Supremacy Windows N/A N/A N/A
Exit N/A N/A N/A PSP
Full Auto N/A N/A X360 N/A
Grandia III N/A PS2 N/A N/A
State of Emergency 2 N/A PS2 N/A N/A
February 18 Star Wars: Empire at War Windows N/A N/A N/A
February 21 EverQuest II: Kingdom of Sky Windows N/A N/A N/A
Sonic Riders N/A PS2, Xbox, GCN N/A N/A
February 27 Galactic Civilizations II: Dread Lords Windows N/A N/A N/A
February 28 Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach Windows N/A N/A N/A
Black N/A PS2, Xbox N/A N/A
Generation of Chaos N/A N/A N/A PSP
Tokyo Xtreme Racer N/A N/A N/A PSP
March 2 The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-earth II Windows N/A N/A N/A
The Sims 2: Open for Business Windows N/A N/A N/A
March 7 Dragon Ball Z: Shin Budokai N/A N/A N/A PSP
March 8 Onimusha: Dawn of Dreams N/A PS2 N/A N/A
March 9 Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter N/A Xbox X360 N/A
March 13 The Outfit X360
March 14 Driver: Parallel Lines N/A PS2, Xbox N/A N/A
Neopets: Petpet Adventures: The Wand of Wishing N/A N/A N/A PSP
March 15 Battlefield 2: Euro Force Windows N/A N/A N/A
March 17 24: The Game N/A PS2 N/A N/A
March 20 Metroid Prime Hunters N/A N/A N/A NDS
Tetris DS N/A N/A N/A NDS
The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion Windows N/A Xbox 360 N/A
March 21 Metal Gear Acid 2 N/A N/A N/A PSP
Suikoden V N/A PS2 N/A N/A
Tao's Adventure: Curse of the Demon Seal N/A N/A N/A NDS
The Godfather: The Game Windows PS2, Xbox N/A N/A
March 22 Viewtiful Joe: Red Hot Rumble N/A N/A N/A PSP
Worms: Open Warfare N/A N/A N/A NDS, PSP
March 23 Blazing Angels: Squadrons of WWII N/A Xbox X360 N/A
March 26 Act of War: High Treason Windows N/A N/A N/A
March 28 Blazing Angels: Squadrons of WWII Win N/A N/A N/A
Far Cry Instincts: Predator N/A N/A X360 N/A
Harvest Moon: Magical Melody N/A GCN N/A N/A
Kingdom Hearts II N/A PS2 N/A N/A
Rumble Roses XX N/A N/A X360 N/A
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter N/A PS2 N/A N/A
Untold Legends: The Warrior's Code N/A N/A N/A PSP
March 31 Animal Crossing: Wild World (Europe) N/A N/A N/A NDS
April 4 Bust-a-Move Deluxe N/A N/A N/A PSP
Tourist Trophy N/A PS2 N/A N/A
April 11 Tomb Raider: Legend Windows PS2, Xbox Xbox 360 N/A
Battlefield 2: Modern Combat N/A N/A Xbox 360 N/A
April 13 Auto Assault Windows N/A N/A N/A
April 17 Brain Age: Train Your Brain in Minutes a Day N/A N/A N/A NDS
Dreamfall: The Longest Journey Windows N/A N/A N/A
April 18 Dreamfall: The Longest Journey N/A Xbox N/A N/A
Final Fantasy XI N/A N/A Xbox 360 N/A
Final Fantasy XI: Treasures of Aht Urhgan Windows PS2 N/A N/A
Blades of Thunder II N/A N/A N/A NDS
April 20 Mother 3 (Japan) N/A N/A N/A GBA
April 24 Black & White 2 - Battle of the Gods Windows N/A N/A N/A
April 25 Ace Combat Zero: The Belkan War N/A PS2 N/A N/A
Atelier Iris 2: The Azoth of Destiny N/A PS2 N/A N/A
Guilty Gear Dust Strikers N/A N/A N/A NDS
LostMagic N/A N/A N/A NDS
OutRun 2006: Coast 2 Coast N/A PS2, Xbox N/A PSP
WinBack 2: Project Poseidon N/A PS2, Xbox N/A N/A
April 27 KOF: Maximum Impact 2 (Japan) [35] N/A PS2 N/A N/A
April 28 Guild Wars: Factions Windows N/A N/A N/A
May 3 Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter Windows N/A N/A N/A
May 9 Rise of Nations: Rise of Legends Windows N/A N/A N/A
May 10 SiN Episodes: Emergence Windows N/A N/A N/A
May 15 New Super Mario Bros. N/A N/A N/A NDS
May 16 Heroes of Might and Magic V Windows N/A N/A N/A
X-Men: The Official Game Windows PS2, Xbox, GCN Xbox 360 GBA, NDS
Zoo Tycoon 2: African Adventure Windows N/A N/A N/A
May 23 Jaws: Unleashed N/A PS2, Xbox N/A N/A
Lemmings N/A N/A N/A PSP
Rockstar Games: Table Tennis N/A N/A Xbox 360 N/A
May 30 Hitman: Blood Money Windows PS2, Xbox Xbox 360 N/A
X2: The Threat Linux N/A N/A N/A
June 1 Half-Life 2: Episode One Windows N/A N/A N/A
June 5 Magnetica N/A N/A N/A NDS
June 6 Battlefield 2: Armored Fury Windows N/A N/A N/A
Cars Windows PS2, Xbox, GCN N/A NDS, PSP
Gradius Collection N/A N/A N/A PSP
Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories N/A PS2 N/A N/A
The Movies: Stunts & Effects Windows N/A N/A N/A
June 12 Rise and Fall: Civilizations at War Windows N/A N/A N/A
June 13 Armored Core: Last Raven (USA) N/A PS2 N/A N/A
June 14 Point Blank DS NDS
June 15 Gorky 17 Linux N/A N/A N/A
Rugrats Go Wild N/A N/A N/A GBA
Urban Chaos: Riot Response N/A PS2, Xbox N/A N/A
June 20 Break 'Em All N/A N/A N/A NDS
The Legend of Heroes II: Prophecy of the Moonlight Witch N/A N/A N/A PSP
June 21 Tomb Raider: Legend N/A N/A N/A PSP
June 26 Titan Quest Windows N/A N/A N/A
June 27 Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi: The Genie and the Amp N/A N/A N/A NDS
Over G Fighters N/A N/A X360 N/A
June 28 Juiced: Eliminator N/A N/A N/A PSP
MTX Mototrax N/A N/A N/A PSP
June 29 Panzer Command Windows N/A N/A N/A
July 5 The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-earth II N/A N/A Xbox 360 N/A
July 11 Chromehounds N/A N/A Xbox 360 N/A
Prey Windows N/A Xbox 360 N/A
July 18 Blade Dancer: Lineage of Light N/A N/A N/A PSP
Miami Vice: The Game N/A N/A N/A PSP
Valkyrie Profile: Lenneth N/A N/A N/A PSP
July 20 AFL Premiership 2006 (AUS) N/A PS2 N/A N/A
July 24 CivCity: Rome Windows N/A N/A N/A
Civilization IV: Warlords Windows N/A N/A N/A
July 26 Summon Night: Swordcraft Story {{NA} N/A N/A GBA
August 1 Flatout 2 (USA) Windows N/A N/A N/A
Dungeon Siege II: Broken World Windows N/A N/A N/A
Super Monkey Ball Adventure N/A GCN, PS2 N/A N/A
August 4 Cold War Linux N/A N/A N/A
August 8 Dead Rising N/A N/A Xbox 360 N/A
August 15 Dirge of Cerberus: Final Fantasy VII N/A PS2 N/A N/A
Ninety-Nine Nights N/A N/A Xbox 360 N/A
August 21 Freedom Wings N/A N/A N/A NDS
Tenchu: Dark Secret N/A N/A N/A NDS
August 22 Pac-Man World Rally Windows PS2, GCN N/A PSP
August 28 Star Fox Command N/A N/A N/A NDS
August 29 Disgaea 2: Cursed Memories N/A PS2 N/A N/A
Enchanted Arms N/A N/A Xbox 360 N/A
Saints Row N/A N/A Xbox 360 N/A
Super Monkey Ball Adventure N/A N/A N/A PSP
Ultimate Ghosts 'n Goblins N/A N/A N/A PSP
Xenosaga Episode III: Also sprach Zarathustra N/A PS2 N/A N/A
September 5 LocoRoco N/A N/A N/A PSP
Spy Hunter: Nowhere to Run N/A PS2, Xbox N/A N/A
September 12 Joint Task Force Windows N/A N/A N/A
LEGO Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy Windows PS2, Xbox, GCN Xbox 360 NDS, PSP
MechAssault: Phantom Way N/A N/A N/A NDS
Rengoku II: The Stairway to Heaven N/A N/A N/A PSP
September 13 Company of Heroes Windows N/A N/A N/A
September 14 The Cheetah Girls N/A N/A N/A GBA
September 18 Danny Phantom: Urban Jungle N/A N/A N/A GBA, NDS
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Blue Rescue Team N/A N/A N/A NDS
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Red Rescue Team N/A N/A N/A GBA, NDS
September 19 Okami N/A PS2 N/A N/A
The Godfather: The Game N/A N/A Xbox 360 PSP
EverQuest: The Serpent's Spine Windows N/A N/A N/A
Zatch Bell! Mamodo Fury N/A PS2 N/A N/A
September 22 Just Cause Windows PS2, Xbox X360 N/A
Jaws: Unleashed[36] Windows (EU) N/A N/A N/A
September 25 Alex Rider: Stormbreaker N/A N/A N/A GBA, NDS
Baten Kaitos Origins (North America) N/A GCN N/A N/A
The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy N/A GCN, PS2 N/A N/A
Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2: March of the Minis N/A N/A N/A NDS
September 26 Caesar IV Windows N/A N/A N/A
The Fast and the Furious N/A PS2 N/A N/A
Spectral Souls: Resurrection of the Ethereal Empires N/A N/A N/A PSP
Valkyrie Profile 2: Silmeria N/A PS2 N/A N/A
September 28 Pokémon Diamond and Pearl (Japan) N/A N/A N/A NDS
Kingdom Hearts II (Australia, Europe) N/A PS2 N/A N/A
September 29 DEFCON: Everybody Dies (Europe) Windows N/A N/A N/A
October 2 Family Guy Video Game! N/A PS2, Xbox N/A N/A
Unfabulous N/A N/A N/A GBA
October 3 Gangs of London N/A N/A N/A PSP
October 6 Heroes of Annihilated Empires Windows N/A N/A N/A
Stacked with Daniel Negreanu N/A N/A N/A PSP
October 8 Scarface: The World Is Yours Windows PS2, Xbox N/A N/A
October 9 Mortal Kombat: Armageddon N/A PS2, Xbox N/A N/A
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War: Dark Crusade Windows N/A N/A N/A
October 10 Crash Boom Bang! N/A N/A N/A NDS
God Hand N/A PS2 N/A N/A
Tales of the Abyss N/A PS2 N/A N/A
The Legend of Spyro: A New Beginning N/A GCN, PS2, Xbox N/A GBA
October 12 American Dragon: Jake Long – Attack of the Dark Dragon N/A N/A N/A NDS
American Dragon: Jake Long – Rise of the Huntsclan N/A N/A N/A GBA
October 13 Gothic 3 Windows N/A N/A N/A
October 16 The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy N/A N/A N/A GBA
October 17 Age of Empires III: The War Chiefs Windows N/A N/A N/A
Battlefield 2142 Windows N/A N/A N/A
Bully N/A PS2 N/A N/A
Family Guy Video Game! N/A N/A N/A PSP
Justice League Heroes N/A PS2, Xbox N/A NDS
Justice League Heroes: The Flash N/A N/A N/A GBA
Sid Meier's Railroads! (North America) Windows N/A N/A N/A
Summon Night: Swordcraft Story 2 N/A N/A N/A GBA
The Legend of Spyro: A New Beginning N/A N/A N/A NDS
The Sims 2: Pets Windows N/A N/A N/A
Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Double Agent N/A N/A Xbox 360 N/A
Zoo Tycoon 2: Marine Mania Windows N/A N/A N/A
Zoo Tycoon 2: Zookeeper Collection Windows N/A N/A N/A
October 18 Football Manager 2007 Windows, Mac N/A N/A N/A
Lumines N/A N/A XBLA N/A
Jaws: Unleashed[36] Windows (US) N/A N/A N/A
October 19 Contact N/A N/A N/A NDS
Destroy All Humans! 2 N/A PS2, Xbox N/A N/A
Disney's Kim Possible: What's the Switch? N/A PS2 N/A N/A
October 22 Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 XBLA
October 23 Magical Starsign N/A N/A N/A NDS
Work Time Fun N/A N/A N/A PSP
October 24 Dark Messiah of Might and Magic Windows N/A N/A N/A
F.E.A.R. Extraction Point Windows N/A N/A N/A
Juka and the Monophonic Menace N/A N/A N/A GBA
Marvel: Ultimate Alliance Windows PS2, Xbox Xbox 360 GBA
Nacho Libre N/A N/A N/A NDS
Phantasy Star Universe Windows PS2 X360 N/A
Reservoir Dogs Windows PS2, Xbox N/A N/A
Scurge: Hive N/A N/A N/A GBA, NDS
Star Wars: Empire at War: Forces of Corruption Windows N/A N/A N/A
Tokobot N/A PS2 N/A N/A
Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Double Agent N/A PS2, Xbox, GCN N/A N/A
Touch Detective N/A N/A N/A NDS
October 26 ATV Offroad Fury Pro N/A N/A N/A PSP
Guild Wars Nightfall Windows N/A N/A N/A
Jaws: Unleashed[36] Windows (AU) N/A N/A N/A
Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots N/A N/A N/A GBA
October 30 Dungeon Siege: Thorne of Agony N/A N/A N/A PSP
Pokémon Ranger (North America) N/A N/A N/A NDS
October 31 Death Jr. II: Root of Evil N/A N/A N/A PSP
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories N/A N/A N/A PSP
Final Fantasy XII (United States) N/A PS2 N/A N/A
Killzone: Liberation N/A N/A N/A PSP
Konductra N/A N/A N/A NDS
Need for Speed: Carbon Windows PS2, Xbox, GCN Xbox 360, PS3 N/A
Neverwinter Nights 2 Windows N/A N/A N/A
Power Stone Collection N/A N/A N/A PSP
November 3 Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends N/A N/A N/A GBA
November 6 Elite Beat Agents N/A N/A N/A NDS
Final Fantasy V N/A N/A N/A GBA
Lumines II N/A N/A N/A PSP
November 7 Call of Duty 3 N/A PS2, Xbox PS3, Xbox 360 N/A
Every Extend Extra N/A N/A N/A PSP
Guitar Hero II N/A PS2 N/A N/A
Gears of War N/A N/A Xbox 360 N/A
SOCOM U.S. Navy SEALs: Combined Assault N/A PS2 N/A N/A
The Sopranos: Road to Respect N/A PS2 N/A N/A
Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Double Agent Windows N/A N/A N/A
Tony Hawk's Project 8 N/A PS2, Xbox Xbox 360 N/A
November 8 Bomberman Land Touch! N/A N/A N/A NDS
November 9 Kim Possible: Kimmunicator N/A N/A N/A NDS
November 13 EverQuest II: Echoes of Faydwer Windows N/A N/A N/A
Medieval 2: Total War Windows N/A N/A N/A
Yoshi's Island DS N/A N/A N/A NDS
November 14 Bionicle Heroes Win GCN, PS2 X360 GBA, NDS
Eragon Windows PS2, Xbox X360 GBA, NDS, PSP
Final Fantasy III N/A N/A N/A NDS
Gitaroo Man Lives! N/A N/A N/A PSP
Gunpey N/A N/A N/A PSP
Heroes of Might and Magic V: Hammers of Fate Windows N/A N/A N/A
Left Behind: Eternal Forces Windows N/A N/A N/A
Sonic the Hedgehog N/A N/A Xbox 360, PS3 N/A
Sonic the Hedgehog Genesis N/A N/A N/A GBA
Tomb Raider: Legend N/A GCN N/A GBA, NDS
Xiaolin Showdown N/A PS2 N/A PSP
Warhammer: Mark of Chaos Windows N/A N/A N/A
WWE SmackDown! vs. RAW 2007 N/A PS2 Xbox 360 N/A
November 15 Untold Legends: Dark Kingdom N/A N/A PS3 N/A
Xiaolin Showdown N/A Xbox N/A N/A
November 16 The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy N/A N/A Wii N/A
November 17 Blast Factor PS3
Call of Duty 3 N/A N/A PS3 N/A
Cash Guns Chaos DLX N/A N/A PS3 N/A
Marvel: Ultimate Alliance N/A N/A PS3 N/A
Resistance: Fall of Man N/A N/A PS3 N/A
Ridge Racer 7 N/A N/A PS3 N/A
Tony Hawk's Project 8 N/A N/A PS3 N/A
Totally Spies! 2: Undercover N/A N/A N/A GBA
November 19 Call of Duty 3 (America) N/A N/A Wii N/A
Excite Truck (America) N/A N/A Wii N/A
Marvel: Ultimate Alliance (America) N/A N/A Wii N/A
PocketBike Racer N/A Xbox X360 N/A
Red Steel (America) N/A N/A Wii N/A
Rayman Raving Rabbids (America) N/A N/A Wii N/A
Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz (America) N/A N/A Wii N/A
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess (America) N/A N/A Wii N/A
Trauma Center: Second Opinion (America) N/A N/A Wii N/A
Wii Sports (America) N/A N/A Wii N/A
November 20 Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Vegas N/A N/A Xbox 360 N/A
November 21 The Elder Scrolls IV: Knights of the Nine Windows N/A N/A N/A
Rapala Tournament Fishing N/A N/A X360 N/A
Yggdra Union: We'll Never Fight Alone N/A N/A N/A GBA
November 22 Justice League Heroes N/A N/A N/A PSP
Rapala Tournament Fishing N/A N/A Wii N/A
Superman Returns N/A PS2, Xbox Xbox 360 NDS
Tony Hawk's Project 8 N/A N/A N/A PSP
November 27 Totally Spies! 2: Undercover N/A N/A N/A NDS
November 28 The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-earth II: The Rise of the Witch-king Windows N/A N/A N/A
Online Chess Kingdoms N/A N/A N/A PSP
Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Double Agent N/A N/A Wii N/A
Xiaolin Showdown N/A N/A N/A NDS
November 30 Final Fantasy VI Advance (Japan) N/A N/A N/A GBA
December 4 Cartoon Network Racing N/A PS2 N/A NDS
Kirby: Squeak Squad N/A N/A N/A NDS
December 5 Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops N/A N/A N/A PSP
Star Trek: Legacy Windows N/A N/A N/A
WWE SmackDown! vs. RAW 2007 N/A N/A N/A PSP
Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin N/A N/A N/A NDS
December 7 Star Wars: Lethal Alliance N/A N/A N/A PSP
December 12 Blazing Angels: Squadrons of WWII N/A N/A PS3 N/A
Fullmetal Alchemist: Dual Sympathy N/A N/A N/A NDS
Zatch Bell! Mamodo Fury N/A GCN N/A N/A
December 13 The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess N/A GCN N/A N/A
December 14 Star Wars: Lethal Alliance N/A N/A N/A NDS
December 20 Novadrome N/A N/A XBLA N/A
December 29 Ape Escape: Million Monkeys N/A PS2 N/A N/A

Hardware and software sales[edit]

United States[edit]

Best-selling video games of 2006 in the US [37]

Place Title Console Units sold
1 Madden NFL 07 PS2 1.8 million
2 New Super Mario Bros. NDS 1.5 million
3 Kingdom Hearts II PS2 1.5 million
4 Gears of War X360 1 million
5 Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter X360 913,000
6 Final Fantasy XII PS2 895,000
7 Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories PS2 860,000
8 NCAA Football 07 PS2 849,000
9 Madden NFL 07 X360 826,000
10 Brain Age: Train Your Brain in Minutes a Day! NDS 792,000
  • Based on figures from the NPD Group via IGN;[38] the games' publishers are listed in brackets:

Best-selling video games of 2006 by platform[38]

Place Nintendo DS[39] Nintendo GameCube[40] PC[41]
1 New Super Mario Bros.
(Nintendo)
Sonic Riders
(Sega)
World of Warcraft
(Blizzard Entertainment)
2 Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Blue Rescue Team
(Nintendo)
Naruto: Clash of Ninja
(D3 Publisher)
The Sims 2: Open for Business
(Electronic Arts)
3 Brain Age: Train Your Brain in Minutes a Day!
(Nintendo)
Lego Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy
(LucasArts)
The Sims 2
(Electronic Arts)
4 Metroid Prime Hunters
(Nintendo)
Cars
(THQ)
The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
(Bethesda Softworks)
5 Super Princess Peach
(Nintendo)
Madden NFL 07
(Electronic Arts)
Star Wars: Empire at War
(LucasArts)
6 Big Brain Academy
(Nintendo)
Naruto: Clash of Ninja 2
(D3 Publisher)
Age of Empires III
(Microsoft)
7 Tetris DS
(Nintendo)
Rampage: Total Destruction
(Midway Games)
Civilization IV
(2K Games)
8 Nintendogs: Dalmatian & Friends
(Nintendo)
Over the Hedge
(Activision)
The Sims 2: Nightlife
(Electronic Arts)
9 Mario Hoops 3-on-3
(Nintendo)
Harvest Moon: Magical Melody
(Natsume)
Guild Wars Factions
(NCsoft)
10 Pokémon Ranger
(Nintendo)
Teen Titans
(Majesco)
Zoo Tycoon 2
(Microsoft)
Place PlayStation 2[42] PlayStation 3[43] Xbox[44]
1 Madden NFL 07
(Electronic Arts)
Resistance: Fall of Man
(Sony Computer Entertainment)
Madden NFL 07
(Electronic Arts)
2 Kingdom Hearts II
(Square Enix)
Madden NFL 07
(Electronic Arts)
Black
(Electronic Arts)
3 Guitar Hero
(RedOctane)
Call of Duty 3
(Activision)
NCAA Football 07
(Electronic Arts)
4 Final Fantasy XII
(Square Enix)
Marvel: Ultimate Alliance
(Activision)
MVP 06: NCAA Baseball
(Electronic Arts)
5 NCAA Football 07
(Electronic Arts)
Ridge Racer 7
(Namco Bandai)
The Godfather: The Game
(Electronic Arts)
6 Guitar Hero II
(RedOctane)
Need for Speed: Carbon
(Electronic Arts)
Fight Night Round 3
(Electronic Arts)
7 MLB 06: The Show
(Sony Computer Entertainment)
Tony Hawk's Project 8
(Activision)
Major League Baseball 2K6
(2K Sports)
8 Scarface: The World Is Yours
(Vivendi)
NBA 2K7
(Sony Computer Entertainment)
Lego Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy
(LucasArts)
9 Lego Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy
(LucasArts)
NBA 07
(Sony Computer Entertainment)
Scarface: The World Is Yours
(Vivendi Games)
10 Fight Night Round 3
(Electronic Arts)
Untold Legends: Dark Kingdom
(Sony Online Entertainment)
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter
(Ubisoft)
Place Xbox 360[38] Wii[45]
1 Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter
(Ubisoft)
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
(Nintendo)
2 Madden NFL 07
(Electronic Arts)
Red Steel
(Ubisoft)
3 Gears of War
(Microsoft)
Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz
(Sega)
4 The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
(Bethesda Softworks / 2K Games)
Rayman Raving Rabbids
(Ubisoft)
5 Fight Night Round 3
(Electronic Arts)
Call of Duty 3
(Activision)
6 Saints Row
(THQ)
Madden NFL 07
(Electronic Arts)
7 Dead Rising
(Capcom)
Trauma Center: Second Opinion
(Atlus)
8 NCAA Football 07
(Electronic Arts)
Marvel: Ultimate Alliance
(Activision)
9 Call of Duty 3
(Activision)
Excite Truck
(Nintendo)
10 Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Double Agent
(Ubisoft)
Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 2
(Majesco)

Japan[edit]

Best-selling video games of 2006 in Japan [46]

Place Title Console Units sold
1 Pokémon Diamond and Pearl NDS 4,302,815
2 New Super Mario Bros. NDS 3,818,214
3 Brain Training 2 NDS 3,748,638
4 Animal Crossing: Wild World NDS 2,485,264
5 Final Fantasy XII PS2 2,322,329
6 Brain Training NDS 1,991,116
7 English Training NDS 1,529,618
8 Mario Kart DS NDS 1,115,082
9 Winning Eleven 10 PS2 1,050,236
10 Tetris DS NDS 985,246

Europe[edit]

Video game console sales of 2006 in Europe[47][48]

Place Console Units sold
1 Nintendo DS 6.4 million
2 PlayStation 2 6 million
3 PlayStation Portable 4 million
4 Xbox 360 2 million
5 Wii 0.7 million

Highest critically reviewed games (Metacritic)[edit]

Number Video Game Publisher Platform Release Date Average score Number of reviews Refs
1 The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess Nintendo GameCube December 11 96 13 reviews [49]
2 Out of the Park Baseball 2007 Sports Interactive PC March 23 96 5 reviews [50]
3 The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion 2K Games Xbox 360 March 20 94 90 reviews [51]
4 Gears of War Microsoft Game Studios Xbox 360 November 7 94 88 reviews [52]
5 Okami Capcom Playstation 2 September 19 93 69 reviews [53]
6 Company of Heroes THQ PC September 13 93 55 reviews [54]
7 Guitar Hero II RedOctane Playstation 2 November 7 92 69 reviews [55]
8 Final Fantasy XII Square Enix Playstation 2 October 31 92 64 reviews [56]
9 Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter Ubisoft Xbox 360 March 9 90 78 reviews [57]
10 GTR 2 10tacle Studios PC September 29 90 26 reviews [58]

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