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PSP Emerges As The Top Console In Japan In 2010

Matt Gardner
Japan, Market report, News, PSP, Sales

PSP Emerges As The Top Console In Japan In 2010

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):

  1. PlayStation Portable: 2,640,499 (16,867,853)
  2. Nintendo DS: 2,523,142 (32,598,870)
  3. PlayStation 3: 1,407,126 (6,341,950)
  4. Wii: 1,397,498 (11,534,590)
  5. Nintendo 3DS: 801,423
  6. 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:

  1. Pokemon Black & White (Pokemon, DS, released 18/9/2010): 5,149,022
  2. Monster Hunter Portable 3rd (Capcom, PSP, 1/12/2010): 4,372,182
  3. Wii Party (Nintendo, Wii, 8/7/2010): 1,826,857
  4. Dragon Quest Monsters Joker 2 (Square Enix, DS, 28/4/2010): 1,283,423
  5. Super Mario Galaxy 2 (Nintendo, Wii, 27/5/2010): 956,853

The market was down 14% on last year's figures. [Thanks, Andriasang]

Add a comment6 comments
Gunn  Apr. 3, 2011 at 18:11

I find for the occasional gamer the PSP has plenty titles to keep you entertained, and Square Enix have been particularly good of late, just picked up Tactics Ogre last week and also plan to get 3rd Birthday and Dissidia 012 shortly.

Jerec  Apr. 4, 2011 at 10:56

It saddens me about the West not embracing the PSP, its such a versatile machine and works amazingly well, ok UMD was shite and was slow to load at times but when it went digital it fixed that. Nice size screen to watch TV/Films on, you can listen to music, surf, add a camera and even get a translator for when you are travelling.

I for one has always and will always loved my PSP.

Jonathan Lester  Apr. 4, 2011 at 12:05

As a day-one buyer, I feel your pain - but there's no denying that Sony could (and should) have done more to ensure a steady stream of third party titles as well as the infrequent occasional gem. By the looks of things, they've learned their lesson by aggressively courting big-name studios for the NGP.

re the translator: Talkman is awesome. Gimmicky, silly, but actually pretty powerful.

Matt Gardner  Apr. 4, 2011 at 12:09

Hopefully the NGP will have a better marketing campaign than the PSP's. All of them.

Jerec  Apr. 4, 2011 at 12:34

Yeah the NGP does look the shizzle, but again it will come down to marketing, I see 10 Xbox ads to 1 from Sony for the Playstation, that is not enough to get kids into this stuff, and what with prices still in the Xbox court, a parent will see more Xbox ads and a cheaper price and I'm sure if it was left to them to decide, would always chose Xbox over Sony. Same with DS and PSP.

dtovey89  Apr. 19, 2011 at 15:07

In my opinion the PSP is a great little console. It could have been marketed more successfully had Sony made some changes though.

Cartridges/carts (similar to the DS/3DS) would have still allowed physical media (there are 2GB+ carts so this could have been adapted) whilst reducing loading times, disc noises and laser degeneration (there would be no laser hah).

A more consistent flow of games would have been ideal too. I too thought the PSP had died a death in the 2008-2009 years, however, the recent influx of games have poured new life into this beauty. If the majority of the recent games were developed and released around the height of the consoles life (2007 I'd say) then it would have had a much better lifetime.

Also, the PSP Go was a massive flop. It might have started off as a good idea but not having every PSP game on the PSN store was a huge mistake. Also, pricing digital downloads higher than the cost of physical media was a big no-no. Looking at the most recent dealspwn PSP article it seems that Japanese stores have finally abandoned the PSP Go.

I don't think it would have been that difficult to implement bluetooth capabilities and 16GB internal memory into the 3000 series. Combining this the use of carts over UMD discs and consistent flow of decent games then Sony would have a killer handheld.

Finally, bringing out more PSX classics and a tad earlier would have been a lot better!

However, despite all of my judgements the PSP is still my all time favourite console :)


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