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
  • January 26, 2006 — 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]
  • January 26, 2006 — 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]
  • January 26, 2006 — Public schools in West Virginia will add Dance Dance Revolution by Konami to their curriculum, in an effort to combat obesity.[4][5]
  • January 27, 2006 — 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]
  • January 27, 2006 — 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]
  • January 27, 2006 — The PlayStation Portable 2.01-2.50 firmware versions, previously considered unhackable, are hacked by Fanjita.[8]
  • January 27, 2006 — The Los Angeles attorney's office sues Rockstar Games and Take-Two Interactive over the Hot Coffee mod.[9]
  • January 30, 2006 — 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]
  • January 30, 2006 — 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]
  • January 31, 2006 — Sony is reportedly building a Xbox Live-killer for the PlayStation 3.[12]
  • January 31, 2006 — StarForce, a DRM maker for computer games, threatens to sue popular weblog Boing Boing for criticising its products.[13][14]
  • January 31, 2006 — 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]
  • January 31, 2006 — Sony announces that ten servers will be merged with ten others on Everquest 2. Players are cautiously optimistic.[16][17]
  • February 6, 2006 - After Tiger Telematics' bankruptcy, the Gizmondo handheld console is discontinued, only selling nearly 25,000 units.[18]
  • November 7, 2006—Left Behind Games releases Left Behind: Eternal Forces amid much controversy.
  • November 11, 2006—Sony releases the PlayStation 3.
  • November 19, 2006—Nintendo releases the Wii.

Business[edit]

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
February 9 Siren 2 (Japan) N/A PS2 N/A N/A
February 14 Empire Earth II: The Art of Supremacy Windows N/A 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
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 9 Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter N/A Xbox X360 N/A
March 14 Driver: Parallel Lines N/A PS2, Xbox N/A N/A
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 The Godfather: The Game Windows PS2, Xbox N/A N/A
March 26 Act of War: High Treason Windows N/A N/A N/A
March 28 Kingdom Hearts II N/A PS2 N/A N/A
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter N/A PS2 N/A N/A
March 31 Animal Crossing: Wild World (Europe) N/A N/A N/A NDS
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
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
OutRun 2006: Coast 2 Coast N/A PS2, Xbox N/A PSP
April 27 KOF: Maximum Impact 2 (Japan) [34] 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
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 6 Battlefield 2: Armored Fury Windows N/A N/A N/A
Cars Windows PS2, Xbox, GCN N/A NDS, 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 15 Gorky 17 Linux N/A N/A N/A
June 21 Tomb Raider: Legend N/A N/A N/A PSP
June 26 Titan Quest Windows N/A N/A N/A
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 20 AFL Premiership 2006 (AUS) N/A PS2 N/A N/A
Crash Boom Bang! N/A N/A N/A NDS
July 24 CivCity: Rome Windows N/A N/A N/A
Civilization IV: Warlords Windows N/A N/A N/A
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 (USA) N/A GCN, PS2 N/A PSP
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 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 Enchanted Arms N/A N/A Xbox 360 N/A
Saints Row N/A N/A Xbox 360 N/A
Xenosaga Episode III: Also sprach Zarathustra N/A PS2 N/A N/A
September 5 LocoRoco N/A N/A N/A PSP
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
September 13 Company of Heroes Windows N/A N/A N/A
September 18 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
September 22 Just Cause Windows PS2, Xbox X360 N/A
Jaws: Unleashed[35] Windows (EU) N/A N/A N/A
September 25 Baten Kaitos Origins (North America) N/A GCN 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
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 6 Heroes of Annihilated Empires Windows N/A N/A N/A
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 13 Gothic 3 Windows N/A N/A N/A
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
Sid Meier's Railroads! (North America) Windows N/A N/A N/A
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
Jaws: Unleashed[36] Windows (US) N/A N/A N/A
October 19 Destroy All Humans! 2 N/A PS2, Xbox N/A N/A
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
Marvel: Ultimate Alliance Windows PS2, Xbox Xbox 360 GBA
Star Wars: Empire at War: Forces of Corruption Windows N/A N/A N/A
Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Double Agent N/A PS2, Xbox, GCN N/A N/A
October 26 Guild Wars Nightfall Windows N/A N/A N/A
Jaws: Unleashed[37] Windows (AU) N/A N/A N/A
October 30 Pokémon Ranger (North America) N/A N/A N/A NDS
October 31 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
Need for Speed: Carbon Windows PS2, Xbox, GCN Xbox 360, PS3 N/A
Neverwinter Nights 2 Windows N/A N/A N/A
November 6 Lumines II N/A N/A N/A PSP
November 7 Call of Duty 3 N/A PS2, Xbox Xbox 360 N/A
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
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 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 Final Fantasy III N/A N/A N/A NDS
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 Xiaolin Showdown N/A Xbox N/A N/A
November 17 Call of Duty 3 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
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
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
Superman Returns: The Videogame N/A PS2, GCN Xbox 360 NDS
November 21 The Elder Scrolls IV: Knights of the Nine Windows N/A N/A N/A
November 22 Superman Returns N/A PS2, Xbox Xbox 360 NDS
Tony Hawk's Project 8 N/A N/A N/A PSP
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
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 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 13 The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess N/A GCN N/A 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 [38]

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;[39] the games' publishers are listed in brackets:

Best-selling video games of 2006 by platform[39]

Place Nintendo DS[40] Nintendo GameCube[41] PC[42]
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[43] PlayStation 3[44] Xbox[45]
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[39] Wii[46]
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 [47]

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[48][49]

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

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