Square Enix's first Final Fantasy outing on the GameCube has given Nintendo's diminutive console another major hit in the USA, with Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles taking the top spot in February's US software chart.
The strength of the Final Fantasy brand helped to drive the multiplayer-focused title to the top of the sales rankings for the full month, ahead of major releases such as EA's James Bond 007: Everything or Nothing.
The British super-spy's latest videogame outing debuted with a number five placing on the PS2, with the Xbox version popping up at number ten - a respectable enough performance even if it doesn't match the title's chart-topping run in the UK.
The second highest new entry in the chart was also a Nintendo published title, in fact, with Metroid Zero Mission on the GBA coming in at number three - just behind last month's number one, EA Sports' NFL Street.
Other notable new entries in the chart are Sony's Jet Li: Rise To Honor (PS2), which debuted at number six and launches in Europe next month, and another Sony title, Champions of Norrath: Realms of Everquest (PS2) is at number seven, while Sega's Sonic Heroes - another number one title in the UK - is a new entry at number 11 on PS2, and down 11 places to number 13 on Cube.
The highest ranked Xbox title in the chart is, once again, Halo - which is down one place to number eight in the ranking, assisted no doubt by its now-discounted price point. Altogether the top 20 features 11 PS2 titles, and three each from the GameCube, Game Boy Advance and Xbox.
|1.||GC||Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles||Nintendo / Square Enix|
|2.||PS2||NFL Street||EA Sports|
|3.||GBA||Metroid Zero Mission||Nintendo|
|4.||PS2||Need for Speed Underground||EA Games|
|5.||PS2||James Bond 007: Everything or Nothing||EA Games|
|6.||PS2||Jet Li: Rise to Honor||SCEA|
|7.||PS2||Champions of Norrath: Realms of Everquest||Sony Online Entertainment|
|10.||XBX||James Bond 007: Everything or Nothing||EA Games|
|12.||GC||Mario Kart: Double Dash||Nintendo|
|14.||GBA||Super Mario Bros. 3: Mario Advance 4||Nintendo|
|15.||PS2||Madden NFL 2004||EA Sports|
|17.||PS2||True Crime: Streets of LA||Activision|
|18.||PS2||Baldurs Gate: Dark Alliance 2||Interplay|
|19.||XBX||NFL Street||EA Sports|
|20.||GBA||YU-GI-OH! Tournament 2004||Konami|
Chart reproduced courtesy of NPD Funworld.