2001 in video gaming

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2001 has seen many sequels and prequels in video games. New intellectual properties include Animal Crossing, Burnout, Devil May Cry, Halo: Combat Evolved, Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy, Max Payne, Operation Flashpoint: Cold War Crisis, Pikmin, Red Faction, Serious Sam, Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon and Tropico

Events[edit]

Business[edit]

Lawsuits[edit]

  • Sega of America Inc. v. Kmart Corporation; Sega sues Kmart over an unpaid debt of over US$2 million
  • Uri Geller v. Nintendo; Geller sues Nintendo over his resemblance to a Pokémon character. The suit is dismissed.[citation needed]

Notable releases[edit]

Video game platforms
DC Dreamcast
GBA Game Boy Advance
GCN Nintendo GameCube
N64 Nintendo 64
PS1 PlayStation
PS2 PlayStation 2
Win Microsoft Windows
Xbox Xbox
GBC Game Boy Color
Notable releases of the year 2001
Release Title Windows 5th Gen 6th Gen Handheld
January 4 RuneScape PC N/A N/A N/A
January 10 Mega Man 64 N/A N64 N/A N/A
January 29 Phantasy Star Online N/A N/A DC N/A
January 30 Rayman 2: The Great Escape N/A N/A PS2 N/A
January 31 Mega Man X5 PC (2002) PS1 N/A N/A
February 5 Paper Mario N/A N64 N/A N/A
February 6 Action Man: Search for Base X N/A N/A N/A GBC
February 7 Clive Barker's Undying PC N/A N/A N/A
February 7 Spider-Man: Mysterio's Menace N/A N/A N/A GBA
February 16 Final Fantasy IX N/A PS1 (EU) N/A N/A
February 27 The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons and Oracle of Ages N/A N/A N/A GBC
March 1 Lego Island 2 The Brickster's Revenge Win'98 PS1 N/A GBC, GBA
March 5 Conker's Bad Fur Day N/A N64 N/A N/A
March 9 Sonic Shuffle N/A N/A DC N/A
March 12 Star Wars: Episode I: Battle for Naboo Windows (US) N/A N/A N/A
March 13 Onimusha: Warlords N/A N/A PS2 N/A
March 13 Unreal Tournament N/A N/A DC N/A
March 14 Aidyn Chronicles: The First Mage N/A N64 N/A N/A
March 15 SpongeBob SquarePants: Legend of the Lost Spatula N/A N/A N/A GBC
March 21 Daytona USA N/A N/A DC N/A
March 21 Tribes 2 PC N/A N/A N/A
March 21 Serious Sam: The First Encounter PC N/A N/A N/A
March 22 Klonoa 2: Lunatea's Veil N/A N/A PS2 N/A
March 23 Star Wars: Episode I: Battle for Naboo Windows (EU) N/A N/A N/A
March 25 Black & White PC N/A N/A N/A
March 26 The Simpsons: Night of the Living Treehouse of Horror N/A N/A N/A GBC
March 30 Indiana Jones and the Infernal Machine N/A N/A N/A GBC
March 30 Star Wars: Episode I: Battle for Naboo N/A N64 (EU) N/A N/A
April 8 Dr. Mario 64 N/A N64 N/A N/A
April 11 Kirby Tilt 'n' Tumble N/A N/A N/A GBC
April 30 The Adventures of Cookie & Cream N/A N/A PS2 N/A
May 7 Mario Party 3 N/A N64 N/A N/A
May 16 Giga Wing 2 N/A N/A DC N/A
May 16 Project Justice N/A N/A DC N/A
May 18 Atlantis The Lost Empire: Trial by Fire Win N/A N/A N/A
May 22 Red Faction N/A N/A PS2 N/A
May 30 Bejeweled PC N/A N/A N/A
June 8 Castlevania: Circle of the Moon N/A N/A N/A GBA
June 10 Super Mario Advance N/A N/A N/A GBA
June 11 F-Zero: Maximum Velocity N/A N/A N/A GBA
June 11 Konami Krazy Racers N/A N/A N/A GBA
June 11 Super Mario Advance N/A N/A N/A GBA
June 14 Atlantis: The Lost Empire N/A PS1 N/A N/A
June 18 Twisted Metal: Black N/A N/A PS2 N/A
June 19 Sonic Adventure 2 N/A N/A DC N/A
June 20 Time Crisis: Project Titan N/A PS1 N/A N/A
June 21 Baldur's Gate II: Throne of Bhaal PC N/A N/A N/A
June 22 Operation Flashpoint: Cold War Crisis PC N/A N/A N/A
June 27 Anachronox Win N/A N/A N/A
June 29 Bomberman Tournament N/A N/A N/A GBA
June 29 Final Fantasy Chronicles N/A PS1 N/A N/A
July 10 Gran Turismo 3: A-Spec N/A N/A PS2 N/A
July 16 Jurassic Park III: The DNA Factor N/A N/A N/A GBA
July 14 Mega Man Legends PC N/A N/A N/A
July 19 Final Fantasy X N/A N/A PS2 (JAP) N/A
July 23 Extermination N/A N/A PS2 N/A
July 23 Max Payne PC N/A N/A N/A
July 28 Rune: Viking Warlord N/A N/A PS2 N/A
July 29 Pokémon Crystal N/A N/A N/A GBA
August 7 WWF Betrayal N/A N/A N/A GBA
August 8 Shogun: Total War: Mongol Invasion PC N/A N/A N/A
August 19 Madden NFL 2002 N/A N/A PS2 N/A
August 21 Arcanum: Of Steamworks and Magick Obscura PC N/A N/A N/A
August 27 Mario Kart: Super Circuit N/A N/A N/A GBA
August 27 Dave Mirra Freestyle BMX 2 N/A N/A PS2 N/A
August 29 Alchemy PC N/A N/A N/A
September 9 Advance Wars N/A N/A N/A GBA
September 10 Jurassic Park III: Park Builder N/A N/A N/A GBA
September 10 Portal Runner N/A N/A PS2 N/A
September 11 Klonoa: Empire of Dreams N/A N/A N/A GBA
September 13 Heavy Metal: Geomatrix N/A N/A DC N/A
September 13 Ooga Booga N/A N/A DC N/A
September 21 SpongeBob SquarePants: SuperSponge N/A PS1 N/A GBA
September 24 Monster Rancher 3 N/A N/A PS2 N/A
September 24 Phantasy Star Online Version 2 N/A N/A DC N/A
September 24 Silent Hill 2 N/A N/A PS2 N/A
September 24 SpyHunter N/A N/A PS2 N/A
September 24 SpongeBob SquarePants: Operation Krabby Patty PC N/A N/A N/A
September 25 X-Men: Reign of Apocalypse N/A N/A N/A GBA
September 26 Dexter's Laboratory: Deesaster Strikes! N/A N/A N/A GBA
September 26 Final Fight One N/A N/A N/A GBA
September 30 Ico N/A N/A PS2 N/A
October 1 Scooby-Doo and the Cyber Chase N/A N/A N/A GBA
October 1 Time Crisis II N/A N/A PS2 N/A
October 2 Lego Island 2: The Brickster's Revenge N/A N/A N/A GBA
October 4 Scooby-Doo and the Cyber Chase N/A PS1 N/A N/A
October 10 Dark Age of Camelot PC N/A N/A N/A
October 15 Lady Sia N/A N/A N/A GBA
October 17 Devil May Cry N/A N/A PS2 N/A
October 18 E.T.: Digital Companion N/A N/A N/A GBC
October 21 Stronghold PC N/A N/A N/A
October 22 Grand Theft Auto III N/A N/A PS2 N/A
October 28 Doom N/A N/A N/A GBA
October 28 Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3 N/A N/A PS2, GC N/A
October 29 Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex N/A N/A PS2, Xbox, GC N/A
October 29 Spyro: Season of Ice N/A N/A N/A GBA
October 30 Aliens versus Predator 2 PC N/A N/A N/A
October 30 Boxing Fever N/A N/A N/A GBA
October 30 Civilization III PC N/A N/A N/A
October 30 Mega Man Xtreme 2 N/A N/A N/A GBC
October 30 Super Street Fighter II Turbo Revival N/A N/A N/A GBA
October 31 Soul Reaver 2 N/A N/A PS2 N/A
November 1 Ace Combat 04: Shattered Skies N/A N/A PS2 N/A
November 1 Burnout N/A N/A PS2 N/A
November 1 Dragon Warrior VII N/A PS1 N/A N/A
November 1 FIFA Football 2002 N/A PS1 PS2 N/A
November 5 SSX Tricky N/A N/A PS2, GC, Xbox N/A
November 7 Jackie Chan Adventures: Legend of the Dark Hand N/A N/A N/A GBA
November 9 Project Gotham Racing N/A N/A Xbox N/A
November 11 Golden Sun N/A N/A N/A GBA
November 12 Empire Earth PC N/A N/A N/A
November 12 Gradius Advance N/A N/A N/A GBA
November 13 007: Agent Under Fire N/A N/A PS2 N/A
November 14 Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty N/A N/A PS2 N/A
November 15 Dead or Alive 3 N/A N/A Xbox N/A
November 15 Halo: Combat Evolved N/A N/A Xbox N/A
November 15 Oddworld: Munch's Oddysee N/A N/A Xbox N/A
November 17 Star Wars Rogue Squadron II: Rogue Leader N/A N/A GC N/A
November 18 Super Monkey Ball N/A N/A GC N/A
November 18 IL-2 Sturmovik PC N/A N/A N/A
November 18 WWF Road to Wrestlemania N/A N/A N/A GBA
November 19 Wario Land 4 N/A N/A N/A GBA
November 19 WWF SmackDown! Just Bring It N/A N/A PS2 N/A
November 20 FreQuency N/A N/A PS2 N/A
November 20 Return to Castle Wolfenstein PC N/A N/A N/A
November 20 Frogger: The Great Quest PS2 N/A N/A N/A
November 21 Super Smash Bros. Melee N/A N/A GCN (NTSC-J) N/A
November 22 Mr. Driller G N/A PS1 (NTSC-J) N/A N/A
November 23 Gothic PC N/A N/A N/A
November 24 Frogger's Adventures: Temple of the Frog N/A N/A N/A GBA
November 26 Jurassic Park III: Island Attack N/A N/A N/A GBA
November 26 Star Wars: Starfighter N/A N/A Xbox N/A
November 26 Twisted Metal: Small Brawl N/A PS1 N/A N/A
November 29 Rampage Puzzle Attack N/A N/A N/A GBA
November 30 Dokapon: Monster Hunter N/A N/A N/A GBA
December 1 Breath of Fire N/A N/A N/A GBA
December 3 Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance N/A N/A PS2 N/A
December 3 Pikmin N/A N/A GC N/A
December 3 Super Smash Bros. Melee N/A N/A GC (NTSC-U) N/A
December 3 Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy N/A N/A PS2 N/A
December 7 Cel Damage N/A N/A GCN N/A
December 7 Evil Twin: Cyprien's Chronicles N/A N/A PS2 (PAL & EU) N/A
December 12 Shadow Hearts N/A N/A PS2 N/A
December 17 Luigi's Mansion N/A N/A GC N/A
December 17 Dark Rift (North America) N/A N64 N/A N/A
December 18 Universal Studios Theme Parks Adventure N/A N/A GCN N/A
December 20 Final Fantasy X N/A N/A PS2 (US) N/A
December 20 Giants: Citizen Kabuto N/A N/A PS2 N/A
December 21 Silent Hill 2: Director's Cut N/A N/A Xbox N/A
December 21 Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 N/A N/A N/A GBA

Trends[edit]

Video game consoles[edit]

The dominant video game consoles in 2001 were:

Additionally, Nintendo released the Nintendo GameCube on September 14 in Japan (U.S. on November 18 and in Europe on May 3, 2002). Microsoft released the Xbox video game console in the U.S. on November 15 (in Europe on March 14, 2002).

Handheld game systems[edit]

The dominant handheld systems in 2001 were:

Additionally, Nintendo released the Game Boy Advance (GBA) in Japan on March 21 (in the U.S. on June 11 and Europe on June 22).

Video game sales[edit]

According to the NPD Group, Grand Theft Auto III was the top selling console video game in 2001 in the United States with just under two million sold; the top 10 selling console video games in 2001 in the United States ranked by units sold were:[2]

Top Grossing Video Games of 2001
Rank Title Platform Publisher
1 Grand Theft Auto III PS2 Rockstar Games
2 Madden NFL 2002 PS2 Electronic Arts
3 Pokémon Crystal GBC Nintendo
4 Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty PS2 Konami
5 Super Mario Advance GBA Nintendo
6 Gran Turismo 3: A-Spec PS2 Sony
7 Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3 PS2 Activision
8 Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2 PS1 Activision
9 Pokémon Silver GBC Nintendo
10 Driver 2 PS1 Infogrames

Personal computer game sales[edit]

According to the NPD Group, the top 10 selling personal computer games in 2001 in the United States ranked by units sold were:[2]

Top Grossing Computer Games of 2001
Rank Title Publisher
1 The Sims Electronic Arts
2 RollerCoaster Tycoon Infogrames
3 Harry Potter & The Sorcerer's Stone Electronic Arts
4 Diablo II: Lord of Destruction Vivendi Universal
5 The Sims: House Party Electronic Arts
6 The Sims: Livin' Large Electronic Arts
7 The Sims: Hot Date Electronic Arts
8 Diablo II Vivendi Universal
9 Sim Theme Park Electronic Arts
10 Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings Microsoft

Highest critically reviewed games (Metacritic)[edit]

Number Video Game Publisher Platform Release Date Average score Number of reviews Refs
1 Halo: Combat Evolved Microsoft Game Studios Xbox November 14 97 68 reviews [3]
2 Grand Theft Auto III Rockstar Games Playstation 2 October 22 97 56 reviews [4]
3 Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3 Activision Playstation 2 October 28 97 34 reviews [5]
4 Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty Konami Playstation 2 November 12 96 42 reviews [6]
5 Gran Turismo 3: A-Spec Sony Computer Entertainment Playstation 2 July 9 95 55 reviews [7]
6 Devil May Cry Capcom Playstation 2 October 16 94 37 reviews [8]
7 Madden NFL 2002 EA Sports Playstation 2 August 19 94 23 reviews [9]
8 Mario Kart Super Circuit Nintendo Game Boy Advance August 26 93 24 reviews [10]
9 Paper Mario Nintendo Nintendo 64 February 5 93 15 reviews [11]
10 NBA 2K2 Sega Dreamcast October 24 93 12 reviews [12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Attendance and Stats". IGN. Retrieved 21 May 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "NPD REPORTS ANNUAL 2001 U.S. INTERACTIVE ENTERTAINMENT SALES SHATTER INDUSTRY RECORD" (Press release). Port Washington, New York: NPD Group. 2002-02-07. Archived from the original on 2004-08-14. Retrieved 2015-01-27. 
  3. ^ "Reviews for Halo: Combat Evolved". Metacritic. Retrieved 2015-01-13. 
  4. ^ "Reviews for Grand Theft Auto III". Metacritic. Retrieved 2015-01-13. 
  5. ^ "Reviews for Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3". Metacritic. Retrieved 2015-01-13. 
  6. ^ "Reviews for Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty". Metacritic. Retrieved 2015-01-13. 
  7. ^ "Reviews Gran Turismo 3: A-Spec". Metacritic. Retrieved 2015-01-13. 
  8. ^ "Reviews for Devil May Cry". Metacritic. Retrieved 2015-01-13. 
  9. ^ "Reviews for Madden NFL 2002". Metacritic. Retrieved 2015-01-13. 
  10. ^ "Reviews for Mario Kart Super Circuit". Metacritic. Retrieved 2015-01-13. 
  11. ^ "Reviews for Paper Mario". Metacritic. Retrieved 2015-01-13. 
  12. ^ "Reviews for NBA 2K2". Metacritic. Retrieved 2015-01-13.