2002 in video games

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The year 2002 in video games saw the release of many sequels and prequels in video games such as The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind, and several new titles and franchises such as Battlefield 1942, Dungeon Siege, Kingdom Hearts, Mafia: The City of Lost Heaven, Ratchet & Clank, Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus, SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs, Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell, Metroid Prime and Super Mario Sunshine.

List of years in video games

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Video game platforms
GBA Game Boy Advance
GBC Game Boy Color
GCN GameCube
PS1 PlayStation
PS2 PlayStation 2
Win Microsoft Windows
Xbox Xbox
N64 Nintendo 64
DC Dreamcast
Notable releases of the year 2002
Release Title Windows 5th Gen 6th Gen Handheld Arcade
January 1 Lilo & Stitch Pinball Win N/A N/A N/A N/A
January 7 Rez N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
January 12 NBA 2K2 N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
January 12 NBA Courtside 2002 N/A N/A GCN N/A N/A
January 14 ESPN Winter X-Games Snowboarding 2002 N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
January 15 Mobile Suit Gundam: Zeonic Front N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
January 18 Dark Arena N/A N/A N/A GBA N/A
January 19 Salt Lake 2002 N/A N/A N/A GBA N/A
January 22 Forever Kingdom N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
January 22 Medal of Honor: Allied Assault Win N/A N/A N/A N/A
January 22 MotoGP 2 N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
January 23 PaRappa the Rapper 2 N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
January 24 Salt Lake 2002 Win N/A N/A N/A N/A
January 28 Drakan: The Ancients' Gates N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
January 28 AirBlade N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
January 28 Grandia II N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
January 28 ESPN International Winter Sports 2002 N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
January 29 Salt Lake 2002 N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
February 1 Serious Sam: The Second Encounter Windows N/A N/A N/A N/A
February 4 Sonic Advance N/A N/A N/A GBA N/A
February 4 Wreckless: The Yakuza Missions N/A N/A Xbox N/A N/A
February 6 NFL Blitz 20-02 N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
February 9 Super Mario Advance 2: Super Mario World N/A N/A N/A GBA N/A
February 9 High Heat Major League Baseball 2003 N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
February 11 Maximo: Ghosts to Glory N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
February 11 Sonic Adventure 2: Battle N/A N/A GCN N/A N/A
February 11 Star Wars: Racer Revenge N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
February 12 State of Emergency N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
February 12 Zone of the Enders: The Fist of Mars N/A N/A N/A GBA N/A
February 14 NHL 2K2 N/A N/A Dreamcast N/A N/A
February 17 Pirates: The Legend of Black Kat N/A N/A PS2, Xbox N/A N/A
February 17 UFC: Tapout N/A N/A Xbox N/A N/A
February 19 Gitaroo Man N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
February 19 Woody Woodpecker: Escape from Buzz Buzzard Park N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
February 22 Jet Set Radio Future N/A N/A Xbox N/A N/A
February 24 Circus Maximus: Chariot Wars N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
February 24 Pac-Man World 2 N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
February 24 Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2002 N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
February 25 Crash Bandicoot: The Huge Adventure N/A N/A N/A GBA N/A
February 25 ESPN NBA 2Night 2002 N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
February 26 All-Star Baseball 2003 N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
February 26 EOE: Eve of Extinction N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
March 2 Shadow Man: 2econd Coming N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
March 3 Ecco the Dolphin: Defender of the Future N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
March 4 Fatal Frame N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
March 4 Knockout Kings 2002 N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
March 4 Herdy Gerdy N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
March 4 Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3 N/A N/A Xbox GBA N/A
March 5 High Heat Major League Baseball 2003 N/A N/A N/A GBA N/A
March 10 Grandia II Win N/A N/A N/A N/A
March 10 Star Wars: Jedi Starfighter N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
March 11 Hot Shots Golf 3 N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
March 11 Sled Storm N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
March 11 Triple Play 2002 N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
March 12 Mad Maestro! N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
March 12 Mister Mosquito N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
March 12 007: Agent Under Fire N/A N/A GCN N/A N/A
March 13 Star Wars: Jedi Starfighter N/A N/A Xbox N/A N/A
March 17 Broken Sword: The Shadow of the Templars N/A N/A N/A GBA N/A
March 17 Virtua Fighter 4 N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
March 18 Sega Soccer Slam N/A N/A GCN N/A N/A
March 19 Bloody Roar 3 N/A N/A GCN N/A N/A
March 19 Monsters, Inc. N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
March 20 Baseball Advance N/A N/A N/A GBA N/A
March 20 Smash Court Tennis Pro Tournament N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
March 21 World Rally Championship N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
March 21 Blood Omen 2 N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
March 25 007: Agent Under Fire N/A N/A Xbox N/A N/A
March 25 Britney's Dance Beat N/A N/A N/A GBA N/A
March 25 Deus Ex: The Conspiracy N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
March 25 Hooters Road Trip N/A PS1 N/A N/A N/A
March 25 King's Field: The Ancient City N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
March 26 Freedom Force Windows N/A N/A N/A N/A
March 26 Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast Windows N/A N/A N/A N/A
March 27 Army Men: RTS N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
March 27 ESPN MLS ExtraTime 2002 N/A N/A Xbox N/A N/A
March 31 Dungeon Siege Windows N/A N/A N/A N/A
March 31 Savage Skies N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
March 31 The Scorpion King: Sword of Osiris N/A N/A N/A GBA N/A
April 12 Evil Twin: Cyprien's Chronicles N/A N/A DC (PAL & EU) N/A N/A
April 15 Blender Bros. N/A N/A N/A GBA N/A
April 15 Breath of Fire II N/A N/A N/A GBA N/A
April 15 Spider-Man: The Movie N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
April 16 RedCard 20-03 N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
April 16 The Operative: No One Lives Forever N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
April 16 Spider-Man: The Movie N/A N/A N/A GBA N/A
April 20 Vendetta Online Win, OSX, Linux N/A N/A N/A N/A
April 22 2002 FIFA World Cup N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
April 30 2002 FIFA World Cup N/A N/A GCN N/A N/A
April 30 Dinotopia: The Timestone Paradise N/A N/A N/A GBA N/A
April 30 Resident Evil Remake N/A N/A GCN N/A N/A
April 30 TransWorld Surf N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
May 1 The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind Windows N/A N/A N/A N/A
May 7 Tactics Ogre: The Knight of Lodis N/A N/A N/A GBA N/A
May 8 Britney's Dance Beat N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
May 9 Headhunter N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
May 14 Dragon Ball Z: The Legacy of Goku N/A N/A N/A GBA N/A
May 16 Final Fantasy XI N/A N/A PS2 (JAP) N/A N/A
May 20 Soldier of Fortune II: Double Helix Windows N/A N/A N/A N/A
May 20 Scooby-Doo! Night of 100 Frights N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
May 21 Grand Theft Auto III Windows N/A N/A N/A N/A
May 24 Super Smash Bros. Melee N/A N/A GCN (PAL) N/A N/A
May 27 Test Drive N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
May 27 Looney Tunes: Space Race N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
May 27 Lost Kingdoms N/A N/A GCN N/A N/A
May 28 Aggressive Inline N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
May 29 Dropship: United Peace Force N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
May 29 Hey Arnold! The Movie N/A N/A N/A GBA N/A
May 29 Medal of Honor: Frontline N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
May 29 Muppet Pinball Mayhem N/A N/A N/A GBA N/A
May 30 Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones N/A N/A N/A GBA N/A
May 31 Earthworm Jim 2 N/A N/A N/A GBA N/A
May 31 Way of the Samurai N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
May 31 WTA Tour Tennis N/A N/A N/A GBA N/A
May 31 Lethal Skies Elite Pilot: Team SW N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
June 1 The House of the Dead III N/A N/A N/A N/A Arcade
June 3 Dead to Rights N/A N/A Xbox N/A N/A
June 3 Ultimate Fighting Championship: Throwdown N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
June 3 Endgame N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
June 5 Digimon World 3 N/A PS1 N/A N/A N/A
June 6 The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind N/A N/A Xbox N/A N/A
June 7 Disney's Lilo & Stitch N/A N/A N/A GBA N/A
June 10 Outlaw Golf N/A N/A Xbox N/A N/A
June 12 Mega Man Battle Network 2 N/A N/A N/A GBA N/A
June 14 Disney's Lilo & Stitch N/A PS1 N/A N/A N/A
June 14 NickToons Racing N/A N/A N/A GBA N/A
June 14 Downforce N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
June 14 Global Touring Challenge: Africa N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
June 14 Lilo & Stitch: Trouble in Paradise Win N/A N/A N/A N/A
June 16 Neverwinter Nights Windows N/A N/A N/A N/A
June 16 The Pinball of the Dead N/A N/A N/A GBA N/A
June 16 Fire Blade N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
June 17 Wipeout Fusion N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
June 17 F1 2002 N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
June 17 Freekstyle N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
June 17 Lego Soccer Mania N/A N/A PS2 GBA N/A
June 17 MX Superfly N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
June 17 Shifters N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
June 18 Legion: The Legend of Excalibur N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
June 19 Britney's Dance Beat Windows N/A N/A N/A N/A
June 19 Disney's Stitch: Experiment 626 N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
June 22 Shantae N/A N/A N/A GBC N/A
June 23 MLB Slugfest 20-03 N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
June 23 Stuntman N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
June 23 Mike Tyson Heavyweight Boxing N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
June 24 SkyGunner N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
June 24 Barbarian N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
June 27 Men in Black II: Alien Escape N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
June 27 Gravity Games Bike: Street Vert Dirt N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
July 2 Bruce Lee: Quest of the Dragon N/A N/A Xbox N/A N/A
July 3 Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos Windows N/A N/A N/A N/A
July 20 NCAA Football 2003 N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
July 22 Smuggler's Run N/A N/A N/A GBA N/A
July 29 The Mark of Kri N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
July 29 UFC: Throwdown N/A N/A GCN N/A N/A
July 30 Car Battler Joe N/A N/A N/A GBA N/A
July 30 Virtua Tennis 2 N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
July 31 Sega Sports Tennis N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
August 12 Beach Spikers N/A N/A GCN N/A N/A
August 12 Duke Nukem Advance N/A N/A N/A GBA N/A
August 12 Madden NFL 2003 N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
August 12 NFL 2K3 N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
August 12 Mat Hoffman's Pro BMX 2 N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
August 12 NFL Blitz 20-03 N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
August 12 NFL GameDay 2003 N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
August 12 Street Hoops N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
August 14 NCAA GameBreaker 2003 N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
August 18 Buffy the Vampire Slayer N/A N/A Xbox N/A N/A
August 20 The Thing Win N/A N/A N/A N/A
August 20 Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3 N/A N64 N/A N/A N/A
August 20 Medieval: Total War Windows N/A N/A N/A N/A
August 22 Sega Soccer Slam N/A N/A Xbox N/A N/A
August 23 TOCA Race Driver N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
August 25 Super Monkey Ball 2 N/A N/A GCN N/A N/A
August 26 Super Mario Sunshine N/A N/A GCN N/A N/A
August 27 SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
August 27 Twisted Metal: Black Online N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
August 28 Mafia: The City of Lost Heaven Win N/A N/A N/A N/A
August 28 Onimusha 2: Samurai's Destiny N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
August 28 Commandos 2: Men of Courage N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
August 31 Turok: Evolution N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
August 31 Riding Spirits N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
September 2 Blade II N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
September 3 The Thing N/A N/A Xbox N/A N/A
September 4 Gravity Games Bike: Street Vert Dirt N/A N/A Xbox N/A N/A
September 5 Armored Core 3 N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
September 9 Dino Stalker N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
September 10 Battlefield 1942 Windows N/A N/A N/A N/A
September 10 Mega Man Zero N/A N/A N/A GBA N/A
September 10 Ty the Tasmanian Tiger N/A N/A GCN, PS2, Xbox N/A N/A
September 10 The Scorpion King: Rise of the Akkadian N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
September 10 The Thing N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
September 14 Disney's Tarzan: Return to the Jungle N/A N/A N/A GBA N/A
September 14 Monsters, Inc. Scream Arena N/A N/A GCN N/A N/A
September 14 Turbo Turtle Adventure N/A N/A N/A GBA N/A
September 15 Animal Crossing N/A N/A GCN N/A N/A
September 16 Boulder Dash EX N/A N/A N/A GBA N/A
September 16 Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance N/A N/A N/A GBA N/A
September 16 Colin McRae Rally 2.0 N/A N/A N/A GBA N/A
September 16 NHL Hitz 20-03 N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
September 16 Kelly Slater's Pro Surfer N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
September 16 Gungrave N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
September 16 The Terminator: Dawn of Fate N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
September 17 Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex N/A N/A GCN N/A N/A
September 17 Dynasty Tactics N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
September 17 Kingdom Hearts N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
September 17 Taz: Wanted N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
September 18 NASCAR Thunder 2003 N/A PS1 PS2, Xbox N/A N/A
September 18 Taz: Wanted N/A N/A Xbox N/A N/A
September 20 Rocket Power: Beach Bandits N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
September 22 Divine Divinity Win N/A N/A N/A N/A
September 23 Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
September 23 Tekken 4 N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
September 23 Summoner 2 N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
September 23 Tribes Aerial Assault N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
September 23 Dual Hearts N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A|-
September 24 Rocket Power: Beach Bandits N/A N/A GCN N/A N/A
September 24 NASCAR Thunder 2003 N/A N/A GCN N/A N/A
September 24 Super Mario Advance 3: Yoshi's Island N/A N/A N/A GBA N/A
September 24 Super Bust-A-Move 2 N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
September 24 The Lord of the Rings:The Fellowship of the Ring N/A N/A Xbox GBA N/A
September 25 Jimmy Neutron vs. Jimmy Negatron N/A N/A N/A GBA N/A
September 25 Robotech: Battlecry N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
September 25 NBA ShootOut 2003 N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
September 25 Spyro 2: Season of Flame N/A N/A N/A GBA N/A
September 25 Superman: Shadow of Apokolips N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
September 27 RLH: Run Like Hell N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
September 28 Ferrari F355 Challenge N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
September 29 Monster Force N/A N/A N/A GBA N/A
September 30 No One Lives Forever 2: A Spy In H.A.R.M.'s Way Windows N/A N/A N/A N/A
September 30 Burnout 2: Point of Impact N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
September 30 NHL 2003 N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
September 30 Grandia Xtreme N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
September 30 Conflict: Desert Storm N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
September 30 Mystic Heroes N/A N/A GCN N/A N/A
October 1 Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit 2 Windows N/A PS2, Xbox, GCN N/A N/A
October 1 Hitman 2: Silent Assassin Win N/A PS2, Xbox N/A N/A
October 1 Legaia 2: Duel Saga N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
October 1 Taz: Wanted Win N/A N/A N/A N/A
October 4 Super Mario Sunshine N/A N/A GCN (PAL) N/A N/A
October 4 Taz: Wanted N/A N/A GCN N/A N/A
October 7 David Beckham Soccer N/A N/A N/A GBA N/A
October 7 Dual Blades N/A N/A N/A GBA N/A
October 8 Godzilla: Destroy All Monsters Melee N/A N/A GCN N/A N/A
October 8 NBA 2K3 N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
October 8 NBA Live 2003 N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
October 8 Virtua Tennis N/A N/A N/A GBA N/A
October 9 TimeSplitters 2 N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
October 9 Evolution Skateboarding N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
October 10 Shrek: Hassle at the Castle N/A N/A N/A GBA N/A
October 12 Sub Rebellion N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
October 15 Casper: Spirit Dimensions N/A N/A GCN N/A N/A
October 15 Red Faction II N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
October 15 Wild Arms 3 N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
October 15 BloodRayne N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
October 15 X-Men: Next Dimension N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
October 15 The Lord of the Rings:The Fellowship of the Ring N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
October 15 RollerCoaster Tycoon 2 Win N/A N/A N/A N/A
October 17 Disney Golf N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
October 18 Shrek: Treasure Hunt N/A PS1 N/A N/A N/A
October 21 Mario Party 4 N/A N/A GCN N/A N/A
October 21 The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
October 22 Reign of Fire N/A N/A PS2, Xbox, GCN N/A N/A
October 22 Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance N/A N/A Xbox N/A N/A
October 22 Deathrow N/A N/A Xbox N/A N/A
October 22 V-Rally 3 N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
October 22 Contra: Shattered Soldier N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
October 22 Defender N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
October 22 Sneakers N/A N/A Xbox N/A N/A
October 22 The Lord of the Rings:The Fellowship of the Ring Win N/A N/A N/A N/A
October 23 Fire Pro Wrestling 2 N/A N/A N/A GBA N/A
October 23 Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 4 N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
October 24 Suikoden III N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
October 25 Austin Powers Pinball N/A PS1 N/A N/A N/A
October 27 Grand Theft Auto: Vice City N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
October 27 Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2003 N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
October 27 Toxic Grind N/A N/A Xbox N/A N/A
October 28 Doom II: Hell on Earth N/A N/A N/A GBA N/A
October 28 Hamtaro: Ham-Hams Unite! N/A N/A N/A GBC N/A
October 28 Star Wars: The Clone Wars N/A N/A PS2, Xbox, GCN N/A N/A
October 28 DDRMAX: Dance Dance Revolution N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
October 28 Jet X2O N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
October 28 Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 4 N/A N/A N/A GBA N/A
October 29 Dexter's Laboratory: Chess Challenge N/A N/A N/A GBA N/A
October 29 Phantasy Star Online Episode I & II N/A N/A GCN N/A N/A
October 31 Reign of Fire N/A N/A N/A GBA N/A
October 31 WWE SmackDown! Shut Your Mouth N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
November 1 Age of Mythology Windows N/A N/A N/A N/A
November 1 Bionicle: Matoran Adventures N/A N/A N/A GBA N/A
November 1 Disney's PK: Out of the Shadows N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
November 3 Contra Advance: The Alien Wars EX N/A N/A N/A GBA N/A
November 3 Spyro: Enter the Dragonfly N/A N/A PS2, GCN N/A N/A
November 4 Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance N/A N/A Xbox N/A N/A
November 4 Phantom Crash N/A N/A Xbox N/A N/A
November 4 Ratchet & Clank N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
November 4 Robot Alchemic Drive N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
November 4 The Fairly OddParents: Enter the Cleft N/A N/A N/A GBA N/A
November 5 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Windows PS1 PS2, Xbox, GCN GBC, GBA N/A
November 5 NHL FaceOff 2003 N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
November 5 Zapper: One Wicked Cricket Windows N/A PS2, Xbox, GCN GBA N/A
November 6 The Elder Scrolls III: Tribunal Windows N/A N/A N/A N/A
November 7 Medal of Honor: Frontline N/A N/A Xbox, GCN N/A N/A
November 8 The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers N/A N/A N/A GBA N/A
November 8 Rugrats: I Gotta Go Party N/A N/A N/A GBA N/A
November 9 ATV Offroad Fury 2 N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
November 10 NHL 2K3 N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
November 10 Shinobi N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
November 10 Sonic Mega Collection N/A N/A GCN N/A N/A
November 11 Godzilla: Domination! N/A N/A N/A GBA N/A
November 11 Kakuto Chojin: Back Alley Brutal N/A N/A Xbox N/A N/A
November 11 MechAssault N/A N/A Xbox N/A N/A
November 11 Rally Fusion: Race of Champions N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
November 11 Disney's Treasure Planet N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
November 11 Hot Wheels: Velocity X N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
November 11 The Simpsons Skateboarding N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
November 12 Resident Evil 0 N/A N/A GCN N/A N/A
November 12 Tomb Raider: The Prophecy N/A N/A N/A GBA N/A
November 12 Whirl Tour N/A N/A GCN N/A N/A
November 13 Wreckless: The Yakuza Missions N/A N/A GCN, PS2 N/A N/A
November 14 FIFA Soccer 2003 N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
November 14 Star Wars: The New Droid Army N/A N/A N/A GBA N/A
November 15 Disney Sports Skateboarding N/A N/A N/A GBA N/A
November 15 Metroid Prime N/A N/A GCN N/A N/A
November 15 Metroid Fusion N/A N/A N/A GBA N/A
November 16 BMX XXX N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
November 16 Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
November 17 Haven: Call of the King N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
November 17 Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance N/A N/A GCN N/A N/A
November 18 Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance N/A N/A GCN N/A N/A
November 18 Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell N/A N/A Xbox N/A N/A
November 18 Rocky N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
November 18 Marvel vs. Capcom 2 N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
November 18 Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance N/A N/A Xbox N/A N/A
November 18 Dead to Rights N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
November 18 Ninja Assault N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
November 18 James Cameron's Dark Angel N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
November 19 Activision Anthology N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
November 19 FIFA Football 2003 N/A N/A GBA N/A N/A
November 19 Minority Report: Everybody Runs N/A N/A GCN, PS2, Xbox N/A N/A
November 19 007: Nightfire N/A N/A PS2, GCN N/A N/A
November 19 Shox N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
November 19 Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast N/A N/A GCN, Xbox N/A N/A
November 19 Super Monkey Ball Jr. N/A N/A N/A GBA N/A
November 19 Dr. Muto N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
November 19 Star Wars: Bounty Hunter N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
November 20 007: Nightfire N/A N/A Xbox N/A N/A
November 20 Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance N/A N/A N/A GBA N/A
November 21 Karnaaj Rally N/A N/A N/A GBA N/A
November 21 Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire (Japan) N/A N/A N/A GBA N/A
November 21 Steel Battalion N/A N/A Xbox N/A N/A
November 22 Fatal Frame N/A N/A Xbox N/A N/A
November 22 Disney's Kim Possible: Revenge of Monkey Fist N/A N/A N/A GBA N/A
November 24 BMX XXX N/A N/A GCN N/A N/A
November 24 Phantasy Star Collection N/A N/A N/A GBA N/A
November 25 Gauntlet: Dark Legacy N/A N/A N/A GBA N/A
November 25 Legends of Wrestling II N/A N/A N/A GBA N/A
November 25 Rygar: The Legendary Adventure N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
November 26 Legends of Wrestling II N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
November 26 Dave Mirra Freestyle BMX 3 N/A N/A N/A GBA N/A
November 27 Gremlins: Stripe vs Gizmo N/A N/A N/A GBA N/A
November 27 NCAA Final Four 2003 N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
November 28 Dark Chronicle N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
November 28 007: Nightfire Win N/A N/A N/A N/A
November 28 Space Channel 5 Part 2 N/A N/A PS2 (PAL) N/A N/A
December 1 Street Fighter Alpha 3 N/A N/A N/A GBA N/A
December 1 Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
December 3 Dragon Ball Z: Budokai N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
December 3 The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past N/A N/A N/A GBA N/A
December 6 Nickelodeon Party Blast N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
December 6 Pro Race Driver N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
December 7 Star Wars: Bounty Hunter N/A N/A GCN N/A N/A
December 10 Lunar Legend N/A N/A N/A GBA N/A
December 10 The Clone Wars N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
December 13 The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker N/A N/A GCN (JAP) N/A N/A
December 15 The Invincible Iron Man N/A N/A N/A GBA N/A
December 19 Sonic Advance 2 N/A N/A N/A GBA N/A
December 30 The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers N/A N/A Xbox N/A N/A
December 31 The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers N/A N/A GCN N/A N/A

TrendsEdit

The market research company NPD estimated that video game hardware, software, and accessories sold about US$10.3 billion in 2002. This was a 10% increase over the 2001 figure.

Video game consolesEdit

The dominant video game consoles in 2002 were:

Handheld game systemsEdit

The dominant handheld systems in 2002 were Nintendo's Game Boy Advance and Nintendo's Game Boy Color.

Video game salesEdit

The top 10 selling console video games in 2002 in the United States ranked by units sold, according to NPD, were:

Top Grossing Video Games of 2002
Rank Title Platform Publisher
1 Grand Theft Auto: Vice City PS2 Rockstar Games
2 Grand Theft Auto III PS2 Rockstar Games
3 Madden NFL 2003 PS2 Electronic Arts
4 Super Mario Advance 2 GBA Nintendo
5 Gran Turismo 3: A-Spec PS2 Sony
6 Super Mario Advance 3 GBA Nintendo
7 Spider-Man PS2 Activision
8 Kingdom Hearts PS2 Square
9 Halo: Combat Evolved Xbox Microsoft
10 Super Mario Sunshine GameCube Nintendo

Critically acclaimed titlesEdit

Metacritic (MC) and GameRankings (GR) are aggregators of video game journalism reviews.

2002 games and expansions scoring at least 88/100 (MC) or 87.5% (GR)[2][3]
Game Publisher Release Date Platform(s) MC score GR score
Metroid Prime Nintendo November 17, 2002 GameCube 97/100 96.33%
The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker Nintendo December 13, 2002 GameCube 96/100[4] 94.43%[5]
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Rockstar Games October 29, 2002 PlayStation 2 95/100 94.43%
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past and Four Swords Nintendo December 2, 2002 Game Boy Advance 95/100 91.74%
Madden NFL 2003 EA Sports August 12, 2002 PlayStation 2 95/100 91.2%
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 4 Activision October 23, 2002 PlayStation 2 94/100 92.53%
Virtua Fighter 4 Sega January 31, 2002 PlayStation 2 94/100 91.33%
Grand Theft Auto III Rockstar Games May 21, 2002 Microsoft Windows 93/100 93.54%
Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos Blizzard Entertainment July 3, 2002 Microsoft Windows 92/100 93.02%
Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Ubisoft November 17, 2002 Xbox 93/100 92.49%
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3 Activision March 4, 2002 Xbox 93/100 90.69%
Pro Evolution Soccer 2 Konami April 25, 2002 PlayStation 2 93/100[4] 90.54%[5]
NFL 2K3 Sega August 21, 2002 PlayStation 2 93/100 88.1%
Super Mario Sunshine Nintendo August 26, 2002 GameCube 92/100 91.5%
Metroid Fusion Nintendo November 18, 2002 Game Boy Advance 92/100 91.21%
Eternal Darkness Nintendo June 23, 2002 GameCube 92/100 90.58%
Madden NFL 2003 EA Sports August 12, 2002 GameCube 92/100 90.47%
Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2003 EA Sports October 31, 2002 Microsoft Windows 92/100 89.83%
Madden NFL 2003 EA Sports August 12, 2002 Xbox 92/100 89.57%
NFL 2K3 Sega August 21, 2002 GameCube 92/100 89.45%
TimeSplitters 2 Eidos Interactive October 8, 2002 PlayStation 2 90/100 91.67%
NCAA Football 2003 EA Sports July 20, 2002 PlayStation 2 91/100 91.36%
Medal of Honor: Allied Assault Electronic Arts January 22, 2002 Microsoft Windows 91/100 91.05%
No One Lives Forever 2: A Spy in H.A.R.M.'s Way Sierra Entertainment September 30, 2002 Microsoft Windows 91/100 91.03%
NCAA Football 2003 EA Sports July 20, 2002 GameCube 91/100 90.57%
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time / Master Quest Nintendo December 13, 2002 GameCube 91/100[4] 89.77%[5]
Resident Evil Capcom March 22, 2002 GameCube 91/100 89.75%
Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3 Nintendo September 24, 2002 Game Boy Advance 91/100 89.55%
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 4 Activision October 23, 2002 GameCube 91/100 89.39%
Neverwinter Nights Infogrames June 18, 2002 Microsoft Windows 91/100 88.98%
Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2003 EA Sports October 27, 2002 GameCube 90/100 90.55%
NBA 2K2 Sega March 20, 2002 GameCube 90/100 90.53%
Panzer Dragoon Orta Sega December 19, 2002 Xbox 90/100[4] 90.36%[5]
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3 Activision March 28, 2002 Microsoft Windows 90/100 90.29%
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 4 Activision October 23, 2002 Xbox 90/100 88.79%
NCAA Football 2003 EA Sports July 20, 2002 Xbox 90/100 88.79%
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3 Activision March 4, 2002 Game Boy Advance 90/100 88.33%
Freedom Force Electronic Arts March 26, 2002 Microsoft Windows 90/100 87.88%
NBA 2K2 Sega February 27, 2002 Xbox 90/100 86.91%
NFL 2K3 Sega August 21, 2002 Xbox N/A 89.79%
Ratchet & Clank Sony Computer Entertainment November 4, 2002 PlayStation 2 88/100 89.74%
Mafia Gathering of Developers August 27, 2002 Microsoft Windows 88/100 89.51%
TimeSplitters 2 Eidos Interactive October 16, 2002 GameCube 88/100 89.31%
The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind Bethesda Softworks May 1, 2002 Microsoft Windows 89/100 89.01%
NBA 2K2 Sega January 12, 2002 PlayStation 2 89/100 88.89%
Battlefield 1942 Electronic Arts September 10, 2002 Microsoft Windows 89/100 88.67%
Age of Mythology Microsoft Game Studios October 30, 2002 Microsoft Windows 89/100 88.67%
Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 2 Electronic Arts October 2, 2002 PlayStation 2 89/100 88.01%
Madden NFL 2003 EA Sports August 12, 2002 Microsoft Windows 89/100 87.64%
Combat Mission II: Barbarossa to Berlin Battlefront.com September 20, 2002 Microsoft Windows 89/100 87.18%
NHL 2K3 Sega November 19, 2002 Xbox 89/100 86.86%
Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast Activision March 26, 2002 Windows 89/100 86.8%
NASCAR Racing 2002 Season Sierra Entertainment February 14, 2002 Microsoft Windows 89/100 86.7%
NHL 2K3 Sega December 11, 2002 GameCube 89/100 86.12%
NBA 2K3 Sega October 8, 2002 PlayStation 2 89/100 85.81%
NHL 2K3 Sega November 10, 2002 PlayStation 2 89/100 85.81%
Medieval: Total War Activision August 19, 2002 Microsoft Windows 88/100 88.49%
Dark Chronicle Sony Computer Entertainment November 28, 2002 PlayStation 2 87/100[4] 88.46%[5]
Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2003 EA Sports October 27, 2002 Xbox 88/100 88.28%
Burnout 2: Point of Impact Acclaim Entertainment September 30, 2002 PlayStation 2 86/100 88.22%
TimeSplitters 2 Eidos Interactive October 16, 2002 Xbox 88/100 88.12%
Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2003 EA Sports October 27, 2002 PlayStation 2 88/100 87.9%
F1 2002 EA Sports June 13, 2002 Microsoft Windows 88/100 86.93%
Medal of Honor: Frontline Electronic Arts May 29, 2002 PlayStation 2 88/100 86.67%
Aggressive Inline Acclaim Entertainment July 31, 2002 GameCube 88/100 86.47%
FIFA Football 2003 Electronic Arts November 1, 2002 Xbox 88/100 86.33%
Jet Set Radio Future Sega February 22, 2002 Xbox 88/100 85.97%
NBA Street EA Sports February 5, 2002 GameCube 88/100 84.96%
FIFA Football 2003 Electronic Arts October 25, 2002 PlayStation 2 88/100 82.9%
Unreal Tournament 2003 Infogrames September 30, 2002 Microsoft Windows 86/100 87.98%
RalliSport Challenge Microsoft Game Studios March 4, 2002 Xbox 87/100 87.87%
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 4 Activision October 28, 2002 Game Boy Advance 85/100 87.5%

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Attendance and Stats". IGN. Retrieved May 21, 2015.
  2. ^ "Best Video Games for 2002". Metacritic. Retrieved August 9, 2019.
  3. ^ "Highest-Ranking Games of 2002 (with at least 10 reviews)". GameRankings. Retrieved August 9, 2019.
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  5. ^ a b c d e "Highest-Ranking Games of 2003 (with at least 10 reviews)". GameRankings. Retrieved August 12, 2019.