2006 saw the release of many sequels and prequels in video games, prominently including '' New Super Mario Bros.'', '' Sonic the Hedgehog'', and '' The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess'', alongside many prominent new releases including ''
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'', '' Company of Heroes'', '' Dead Rising'', '' Gears of War'', '' Just Cause'', '' Lost Planet: Extreme Condition'', ''
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'', ''
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'', '' Resistance: Fall of Man'', '' Saints Row'', and ''
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''. Two new
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were released during the year:
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's Wii and
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. The year's best-selling game console was the
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, while the year's best-selling video game was ''New Super Mario Bros.'' for the DS. The year's most critically acclaimed title was ''The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess'' for Nintendo's
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and Wii consoles.



Critically acclaimed titles

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

Financial performance

Best-selling game consoles



North America

Best-selling video games


United States

United Kingdom

Notable releases

See also

* 2006 in games


{{History of video games Video games by year