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EA's ``Madden NFL 2006'' Top Game Across All Platforms, According to IGN's GamerMetrics.

BRISBANE, Calif. -- "Call of Duty" Ranks Number 1 for Xbox 360 for Holidays, "Ninja Gaiden Black" for Xbox, "Shadow of the Colossus" for PS2, "Resident Evil 4" for GameCube, "Civilization IV" for the PC

IGN Entertainment's GamerMetrics customer intelligence measurement tool listed EA's "Madden NFL 2006" as the top game of the season across all platforms. According to GamerMetrics, fans were most interested in "Call of Duty" for Microsoft's new platform, Xbox 360, while the earlier Xbox players' favorite was "Ninja Gaiden Black" this year. PS2 gamers named "Shadow of the Colossus" to top their wishlists, spooky "Resident Evil 4" came in first for Nintendo's GameCube and PC gamers were wowed by "Civilization IV."

The leading Internet media and services company serving the gamer demographic compiled information from its massive audience to determine which games topped fall wish lists for all game devices including handhelds. According to IGN's research "Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories" appealed most to the PSP users, "Mario Kart DS" beat "Nintendogs" on the Nintendo DS and "Pokemon Emerald" was highest on lists of the younger GBA audience.

GamerMetrics data is based more than 25 million users' activity on IGN.com, GameSpy.com, TeamXbox.com and fileplanet.com, supported by a pool of more than half a million users telling the leading gamer resource which titles they have, want and are watching.
Top 5 games in each category for the Holidays were:

Overall Category

 1 Madden NFL 06 X360, PS2, Xbox, GCN, Sports
 PC, PSP, DS, GBA

 2 Need for Speed Most X360, PS2, Xbox, GCN, Racing
 Wanted PC, PSP, DS, GBA

 3 NBA Live 06 X360, PS2, Xbox, GCN, Sports
 PC, PSP

 4 Call of Duty 2 X360, PC First-Person
 Shooter

 5 Perfect Dark Zero X360 First-Person
 Shooter


Xbox 360

 1 Call of Duty 2 X360 First-Person
 Shooter

 2 Perfect Dark Zero X360 First-Person
 Shooter

 3 Project Gotham Racing 3 X360 Racing

 4 Kameo: Elements of Power X360 Third-Person
 Adventure

 5 Madden NFL 06 X360 Sports


Xbox

 1 Ninja Gaiden Black Xbox Third-Person
 Action

 2 Far Cry Instincts Xbox First-Person
 Shooter

 3 Star Wars Battlefront II Xbox Shooter

 4 Burnout Revenge Xbox Racing

 5 X-Men Legends II: Rise of Xbox Third-Person
 Apocalypse Action RPG


PlayStation 2

 1 Shadow of the Colossus PS2 Third-Person
 Adventure

 2 Dragon Ball Z Budokai: PS2 Fighting
 Tenkaichi

 3 Resident Evil 4 PS2 Third-Person
 Action
 Adventure

 4 WWE SmackDown vs. RAW 2006 PS2 Wrestling

 5 Soulcalibur III PS2 Fighting


Nintendo GameCube

 1 Resident Evil 4 GCN Third-Person
 Action
 Adventure

 2 Fire Emblem: Path of GCN Strategy RPG
 Radiance

 3 Battalion Wars GCN Third-Person
 Action

 4 WWE Day of Reckoning 2 GCN Wrestling

 5 Dance Dance Revolution GCN Music
 Mario Mix


PC

 1 Civilization IV PC Turn-Based
 Strategy

 2 F.E.A.R. PC First-Person
 Shooter

 3 Call of Duty 2 PC First-Person
 Shooter

 4 Age of Empires III PC Real-Time
 Strategy

 5 Battlefield 2 PC First-Person
 Shooter


PlayStation Portable

 1 Grand Theft Auto: Liberty PSP Third-Person
 City Stories Action

 2 WWE SmackDown! vs. RAW PSP Wrestling
 2006

 3 Burnout Legends PSP Racing

 4 Madden NFL 06 PSP Sports

 5 Star Wars Battlefront II PSP Third-Person
 Action


Nintendo DS

 1 Mario Kart DS DS Racing

 2 Nintendogs DS Virtual Pet

 3 Castlevania: Dawn of DS Action
 Sorrow Adventure

 4 Animal Crossing: Wild DS Adventure
 World

 5 Advance Wars: Dual Strike DS Turn-Based
 Strategy


Nintendo GBA

 1 Pokemon Emerald GBA Turn-Based
 RPG

 2 The Legend of Zelda: The GBA Action
 Minish Cap Adventure

 3 Final Fantasy IV GBA RPG

 4 Fire Emblem: The Sacred GBA Turn-Based
 Stones Strategy RPG

 5 Gunstar Super Heroes GBA Action



Taking the heartbeat of the business directly with gamers, IGN is a resource for anyone who needs to understand the year ahead in the games market. The GamerMetrics tool tracks and reports on more than 42 million game content page views for 33,000 game titles and more than 500,000 game file downloads from FilePlanet.

ABOUT IGN ENTERTAINMENT

IGN Entertainment, a unit of Fox Interactive Media, Inc., is a leading Internet media and services provider focused on the videogame and entertainment enthusiast markets. Collectively, IGN's properties reached more than 33 million unique users worldwide in the month of October 2005, according to Internet audience measurement firm comScore Media Metrix(a). IGN's network of videogame-related properties (IGN.com, GameSpy, FilePlanet, TeamXbox, Direct2Drive and others), is the web's number one videogame information destination and attracts one of the largest concentrated audiences of young males on the Internet. IGN also owns and operates the popular movie-related website, Rotten Tomatoes and one of the leading male lifestyle websites, AskMen.com. In addition, IGN provides technology for online game play in videogames. IGN is headquartered in the San Francisco Bay Area, with offices throughout the U.S. and in Montreal.

(a) comScore Media Metrix, October 2005 Worldwide data. Worldwide data cited herein represent an aggregate of 32 countries reported by comScore Media Metrix on a monthly basis.

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