2003 in video gaming

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2003 has seen many sequels and prequels in video games and several new titles such as Beyond Good & Evil, Call of Duty, PlanetSide, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic and True Crime: Streets of LA.

Events[edit]

Hardware[edit]

Business[edit]

Notable releases[edit]

Video game platforms
GBA Game Boy Advance
GCN Nintendo GameCube
PS1 PlayStation
PS2 PlayStation 2
Win Microsoft Windows
Xbox Xbox
Notable releases of the year 2003
Release Title Windows 6th Gen Handheld 5th Gen
January 3 Super Bubble Pop N/A GCN GBA N/A
January 7 Crash Bandicoot 2: N-Tranced N/A N/A GBA N/A
January 12 Panzer Dragoon Orta N/A Xbox N/A N/A
January 14 SimCity 4 Windows N/A N/A N/A
January 19 The Getaway N/A PS2 N/A N/A
January 20 Battle Engine Aquila N/A PS2, Xbox N/A N/A
January 25 Devil May Cry 2 N/A PS2 N/A N/A
January 26 HSX: Hypersonic.Xtreme N/A PS2 N/A N/A
February 13 Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Windows N/A N/A N/A
February 17 Dark Cloud 2 N/A PS2 N/A N/A
February 21 I.G.I.-2: Covert Strike Windows N/A N/A N/A
February 25 EverQuest: The Legacy of Ykesha Windows N/A N/A N/A
February 25 Master of Orion III Windows N/A N/A N/A
February 26 Xenosaga Episode I: Der Wille zur Macht N/A PS2 N/A N/A
February 28 Praetorians Windows N/A N/A N/A
March 3 Tenchu: Wrath of Heaven N/A PS2 N/A N/A
March 4 Murakumo: Renegade Mech Pursuit N/A Xbox N/A N/A
March 9 Rayman 3: Hoodlum Havoc N/A GCN GBA N/A
March 9 Sonic Advance 2 N/A N/A GBA N/A
March 10 Jurassic Park: Operation Genesis Win N/A N/A N/A
March 10 World Series Baseball 2K3 N/A PS2, Xbox N/A N/A
March 10 Zone of the Enders: The Second Runner N/A PS2 N/A N/A
March 11 Mega Man & Bass N/A N/A GBA N/A
March 17 Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire N/A N/A GBA N/A
March 17 WWE Crush Hour N/A GCN, PS2 N/A N/A
March 18 Rayman 3: Hoodlum Havoc N/A PS2, Xbox N/A N/A
March 19 Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six 3: Raven Shield Windows N/A N/A N/A
March 20 Pride FC: Fighting Championships N/A PS2 N/A N/A
March 24 Amplitude N/A PS2 N/A N/A
March 24 Rayman 3: Hoodlum Havoc Windows N/A N/A N/A
March 24 The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker N/A GCN (US) N/A N/A
March 25 Dynasty Warriors 4 Windows PS2 N/A N/A
March 25 Jurassic Park: Operation Genesis N/A PS2 N/A N/A
March 25 Primal N/A PS2 N/A N/A
March 25 Samurai Jack: The Amulet of Time N/A N/A N/A GBA
March 25 Ed, Edd n Eddy: Jawbreakers! N/A N/A N/A GBA
March 26 Galactic Civilizations Windows N/A N/A N/A
March 26 Jurassic Park: Operation Genesis N/A Xbox N/A N/A
March 30 Marvel vs. Capcom 2: New Age of Heroes N/A Xbox N/A N/A
April 8 Midnight Club II Windows PS2 N/A N/A
April 9 Burnout 2: Point of Impact N/A GCN N/A N/A
April 9 Evil Dead: Hail to the King Windows Dreamcast N/A PS1
April 14 Golden Sun: The Lost Age N/A N/A GBA N/A
April 17 Final Fantasy XI: Rise of the Zilart Windows (JAP) PS2 (JAP) N/A N/A
April 17 Pinobee: Wings of Adventure N/A N/A N/A PS1
April 20 Siren N/A PS2 N/A N/A
April 22 Ninja Five-O N/A N/A GBA N/A
May 1 Burnout 2: Point of Impact N/A Xbox N/A N/A
May 6 Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow N/A N/A GBA N/A
May 12 Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Win N/A N/A N/A
May 12 Iridion II N/A N/A GBA N/A
May 14 Enter The Matrix Windows N/A N/A N/A
May 20 Rise of Nations Windows N/A N/A N/A
May 20 Planetside Windows N/A N/A N/A
May 21 WarioWare Inc.: Mega Microgame$ N/A N/A GBA N/A
May 27 Brute Force N/A Xbox N/A N/A
May 27 Hulk Windows PS2, GCN, Xbox N/A N/A
June 2 Toontown Online Windows N/A N/A N/A
June 3 Midnight Club II N/A Xbox N/A N/A
June 9 Donkey Kong Country N/A N/A N/A GBA
June 17 Mega Man Network Transmission N/A GCN N/A N/A
June 17 Space Channel 5: Ulala's Cosmic Attack N/A N/A N/A GBA
June 18 Sonic Adventure DX: Director's Cut N/A GCN N/A N/A
June 19 Drome Racers N/A N/A N/A GBA
June 20 Tomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness N/A PS2 N/A N/A
June 23 Advance Wars 2: Black Hole Rising N/A N/A N/A GBA
June 24 Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Wrath of the Darkhul King N/A N/A N/A GBA
June 24 Wario World N/A GCN N/A N/A
July 1 Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne Windows N/A N/A N/A
July 1 Tomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness Windows N/A N/A N/A
July 9 Charlie's Angels N/A GCN, PS2 N/A N/A
July 9 Star Wars Galaxies: An Empire Divided Windows N/A N/A N/A
July 17 Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic N/A Xbox N/A N/A
July 17 The Italian Job N/A GCN N/A N/A
July 23 Dinotopia: The Sunstone Odyssey N/A Xbox N/A N/A
July 28 Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour N/A GCN N/A N/A
July 31 Butt-Ugly Martians: Zoom or Doom N/A PS2 N/A N/A
August 5 Chaos Legion Windows PS2 N/A N/A
August 5 Freaky Flyers N/A PS2, Xbox, GCN N/A N/A
August 6 Silent Hill 3 N/A PS2 N/A N/A
August 6 SplashDown: Rides Gone Wild N/A PS2 N/A N/A
August 12 Futurama N/A PS2, Xbox N/A N/A
August 13 Virtua Fighter 4: Evolution N/A PS2 N/A N/A
August 25 F-Zero GX N/A GCN N/A N/A
August 27 Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Chaos Bleeds N/A PS2, Xbox N/A N/A
August 27 Otogi: Myth of Demons N/A Xbox N/A N/A
August 27 Rescue Heroes: Billy Blazes N/A N/A N/A GBA
August 27 Soul Calibur II N/A PS2, Xbox, GCN N/A N/A
August 28 Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Chaos Bleeds N/A GCN N/A N/A
September 4 Battlefield 1942: Secret Weapons of WWII Windows N/A N/A N/A
September 8 Anarchy Online: The Shadowlands Windows N/A N/A N/A
September 8 Final Fantasy Tactics Advance N/A N/A N/A GBA
September 9 EverQuest: Lost Dungeons of Norrath Windows N/A N/A N/A
September 9 P.N.03 N/A GCN N/A N/A
September 10 Banjo-Kazooie: Grunty's Revenge N/A N/A GBA N/A
September 16 Boktai: The Sun Is in Your Hand N/A N/A GBA N/A
September 16 Homeworld 2 Windows N/A N/A N/A
September 16 The Simpsons: Hit & Run N/A PS2, Xbox, GCN GBA N/A
September 17 Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy Windows N/A N/A N/A
September 22 Command & Conquer: Generals - Zero Hour Windows N/A N/A N/A
October 1 Freedom Fighters Windows PS2, Xbox, GCN N/A N/A
October 7 Sonic Advance N/A N/A N-Gage N/A
October 7 Viewtiful Joe N/A GCN N/A N/A
October 14 Cyber Troopers Virtual-On MARZ N/A PS2 N/A N/A
October 14 Jak II N/A PS2 N/A N/A
October 14 Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne Windows N/A N/A N/A
October 14 Mega Man Zero 2 N/A N/A GBA N/A
October 14 The Haunted Mansion N/A GCN, PS2, Xbox N/A N/A
October 20 SSX 3 N/A PS2, Xbox, GCN N/A N/A
October 21 Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge N/A Xbox N/A N/A
October 21 Time Crisis 3 N/A PS2 N/A N/A
October 24 The Hobbit N/A N/A GBA N/A
October 26 Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3 N/A N/A GBA N/A
October 27 Spyro: Attack of the Rhynocs N/A N/A GBA N/A
October 27 Tony Hawk's Underground N/A PS2, Xbox, GCN GBA N/A
October 27 WWE SmackDown! Here Comes the Pain N/A PS2 N/A N/A
October 28 Amped 2 N/A Xbox N/A N/A
October 28 Final Fantasy XI Windows (US) N/A N/A N/A
October 28 SWAT: Global Strike Team N/A PS2, Xbox N/A N/A
October 29 Call of Duty Windows N/A N/A N/A
October 29 The Suffering Windows PS2, Xbox, GCN N/A N/A
October 31 Grand Theft Auto: Vice City N/A Xbox N/A N/A
November 3 Fire Emblem N/A N/A GBA N/A
November 3 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Win N/A N/A N/A
November 3 True Crime: Streets of LA N/A PS2, Xbox, GCN N/A N/A
November 4 Civilization III: Conquests Windows N/A N/A N/A
November 4 SOCOM II: U.S. Navy SEALs N/A PS2 N/A N/A
November 5 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King N/A GCN, PS2, Xbox N/A GBA
November 6 Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time N/A PS2 N/A N/A
November 10 Mario Party 5 N/A GCN N/A N/A
November 10 Sphinx and the Cursed Mummy N/A GCN, PS2, Xbox (console) N/A N/A
November 11 Beyond Good & Evil N/A PS2 N/A N/A
November 11 Muppets Party Cruise N/A GCN N/A N/A
November 11 Ratchet & Clank: Going Commando N/A PS2 N/A N/A
November 11 SSX 3 N/A N/A GBA N/A
November 11 The Hobbit Win GCN, PS2, Xbox N/A N/A
November 11 Uru: Ages Beyond Myst Windows N/A N/A N/A
November 12 Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time N/A Xbox N/A N/A
November 12 Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six 3: Raven Shield N/A Xbox N/A N/A
November 13 Muppets Party Cruise N/A PS2 N/A N/A
November 13 The Simpsons: Hit & Run Windows N/A N/A N/A
November 15 Crash Nitro Kart N/A PS2, Xbox, GCN GBA, N-Gage N/A
November 17 Harvest Moon: Friends of Mineral Town N/A N/A GBA N/A
November 17 Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga N/A N/A GBA N/A
November 17 Mario Kart: Double Dash!! N/A GCN N/A N/A
November 18 Kya Dark Lineage N/A PS2 N/A N/A
November 18 Final Fantasy X-2 N/A PS2 N/A N/A
November 18 The Fairly OddParents: Breakin' da Rules Win GCN, PS2, Xbox GBA N/A
November 18 Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time N/A GCN N/A N/A
November 18 Space Channel 5 Special Edition N/A PS2 N/A N/A
November 18 Spy Muppets: License to Croak N/A N/A GBA N/A
November 18 Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic Windows N/A N/A N/A
November 18 Manhunt N/A PS2 N/A N/A
November 18 Metal Arms: Glitch in the System N/A PS2, Xbox N/A N/A
November 18 Tonka: Rescue Patrol N/A GCN N/A N/A
November 18 Victoria: An Empire Under the Sun Windows N/A N/A N/A
November 18 Whiplash N/A PS2, Xbox N/A N/A
November 19 Beyond Good & Evil Windows N/A N/A N/A
November 19 Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy N/A Xbox N/A N/A
November 25 Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne N/A Xbox N/A N/A
November 30 Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Windows N/A N/A N/A
December 1 1080° Avalanche N/A GCN N/A N/A
December 2 Beyond Good & Evil N/A Xbox N/A N/A
December 2 Deus Ex: Invisible War Windows Xbox N/A N/A
December 2 Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne N/A PS2 N/A N/A
December 2 Mission: Impossible – Operation Surma N/A Xbox GBA N/A
December 2 Silent Hill 3 Windows N/A N/A N/A
December 3 Gotcha Force N/A GCN N/A N/A
December 8 Mission: Impossible – Operation Surma N/A PS2 N/A N/A
December 11 Beyond Good & Evil N/A GCN N/A N/A
December 14 Medabots Infinity N/A GCN N/A N/A

Trends[edit]

Computer games continue to lose ground to console video games with a US sales drop of 14% in 2003. (NPD) Total 2003 entertainment software sales in the United States grew slightly to $7 billion USD; console sales increased to $5.8 billion and computer games accounted for the remaining $1.2 billion. ESA (pdf)

Video game consoles[edit]

The dominant video game consoles in 2003 were:

Handheld game systems[edit]

The dominant handheld systems in 2003 were:

Additionally, two new handheld consoles were introduced in 2003, the Game Boy Advance SP (an enhanced GBA) and Nokia's N-Gage.

Video game sales[edit]

The top 10 selling console video games in 2003 in the United States ranked by units sold, according to NPD, were:

Top Grossing Video Games of 2003
Rank Title Platform Publisher
1 Madden NFL 2004 PS2 Electronic Arts
2 Pokémon Ruby GBA Nintendo
3 Pokémon Sapphire GBA Nintendo
4 Need for Speed: Underground PS2 Electronic Arts
5 The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker GameCube Nintendo
6 Grand Theft Auto: Vice City PS2 Rockstar Games
7 Mario Kart: Double Dash!! GameCube Nintendo
8 Tony Hawk's Underground PS2 Activision
9 Enter the Matrix PS2 Atari
10 Medal of Honor: Rising Sun PS2 Electronic Arts

Highest critically reviewed games (Metacritic)[edit]

Number Video Game Publisher Platform Release Date Average score Number of reviews Refs
1 The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker Nintendo GameCube March 24 96 80 reviews [2]
2 Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic LucasArts Xbox July 17 94 72 reviews [3]
3 Madden NFL 2004 EA Sports Playstation 2 August 12 94 29 reviews [4]
4 Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3 Nintendo Game Boy Advance October 21 94 26 reviews [5]
5 NCAA Football 2004 EA Sports Playstation 2 July 16 94 15 reviews [6]
6 Viewtiful Joe Capcom GameCube October 7 93 52 reviews [7]
7 SoulCalibur II Namco GameCube August 27 93 45 reviews [8]
8 SSX 3 EA Sports Playstation 2 October 20 93 41 reviews [9]
9 Virtua Fighter 4: Evolution Sega Playstation 2 August 13 93 30 reviews [10]
10 World Soccer Winning Eleven 6 International Konami Playstation 2 March 11 93 24 reviews [11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Attendance and Stats". IGN. Retrieved 21 May 2015. 
  2. ^ "Reviews for The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker". Metacritic. Retrieved 2015-01-13. 
  3. ^ "Reviews for Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic". Metacritic. Retrieved 2015-01-13. 
  4. ^ "Reviews for Madden NFL 2004". Metacritic. Retrieved 2015-01-13. 
  5. ^ "Reviews for BSuper Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3". Metacritic. Retrieved 2015-01-13. 
  6. ^ "Reviews NCAA Football". Metacritic. Retrieved 2015-01-13. 
  7. ^ "Reviews for Viewtiful Joe". Metacritic. Retrieved 2015-01-13. 
  8. ^ "Reviews for SoulCalibur II". Metacritic. Retrieved 2015-01-13. 
  9. ^ "Reviews for SSX 3". Metacritic. Retrieved 2015-01-13. 
  10. ^ "Reviews for Virtua Fighter 4: Evolution". Metacritic. Retrieved 2015-01-13. 
  11. ^ "Reviews for World Soccer Winning Eleven 6 International". Metacritic. Retrieved 2015-01-13.