Here in the West, the poor PSP has been dying a slow and painful death largely due to having several good games, but a library so laughably small in comparison with competitors, with killer apps that would barely fill a single hand, that no-one really plays it any more.
Not so in Japan, where it would seem that it outsold every other console in the last fiscal year, resulting in the first year where Sony have won out in both the portable and home console markets in the East.
According to sales data from Famitsu's publisher Enterbrain, reported by Andriasang, the PSP edged out the DS by just over 100,000 units.
Check out the full table below (life to date sales bracketed):
- PlayStation Portable: 2,640,499 (16,867,853)
- Nintendo DS: 2,523,142 (32,598,870)
- PlayStation 3: 1,407,126 (6,341,950)
- Wii: 1,397,498 (11,534,590)
- Nintendo 3DS: 801,423
- Xbox 360: 195,563 (1,448,665)
There are undoubtedly more games released for the handheld on the other side of the world, although a few developers have started the laborious process of trying to get some of the best titles across to European shores, finally. That said, Nintendo still dominated the software market, with the top five looking something like this:
- Pokemon Black & White (Pokemon, DS, released 18/9/2010): 5,149,022
- Monster Hunter Portable 3rd (Capcom, PSP, 1/12/2010): 4,372,182
- Wii Party (Nintendo, Wii, 8/7/2010): 1,826,857
- Dragon Quest Monsters Joker 2 (Square Enix, DS, 28/4/2010): 1,283,423
- Super Mario Galaxy 2 (Nintendo, Wii, 27/5/2010): 956,853
The market was down 14% on last year's figures. [Thanks, Andriasang]