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Special PSP Bundle Coming to Japan - Straw Hat Pirates Edition

Sony and Namco Bandai Games have announced a One Piece themed PSP bundle to release on December 20 in Japan.

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tayz1388d ago

lol i wonder if anybody will buy this... PSP is pretty much dead.

ChronoJoe1388d ago

Huh?

PSP games still top sales charts in Japan... wtf are you on about?

LiquidSword931387d ago

Why the hell is the psp still popular in japan? Jesus they're weird people when it comes to game consoles. What abt the vita?

ChronoJoe1387d ago (Edited 1387d ago )

Cause PSP has lots of JRPGs and stuff targeted specifically at the Japanese market. Developers like Xseed produce loads of Japanese-orientated games exclusively for the PSP.

If those developers eventually transition to Vita succesfully, the Vita should become much more popular in Japan, logically, but for the moment for the most part they're sticking with the PSP because it has a larger install base and it's cheaper to produce games for.

Knushwood Butt1387d ago

Maybe you want to take a look at the latest Japan sales chart, which has a PSP (Gundam) in the number one slot, at over 200K for the first week.

3 of the top 10 games are PSP titles.

The PSP recently got a price cut in Japan, and the software sales are still strong.

So yeah, I think people will buy this.

Muffins12231388d ago

Why aren't they trying to do this with a ps vita?

Knushwood Butt1386d ago

Because the PSP is more profitable for Sony than the Vita.

Gish1387d ago

Why would anyone pay 1/2 the price for one electronic when you could save longer for the most advanced?

ChunkyLover531387d ago

Or you could work overtime or get a second job!

ronin4life1387d ago

The most advanced that can't play its predecessors games.
At least not without a few overpriced mem cards... guess you can just keep saving...

Gish1387d ago (Edited 1387d ago )

While i also gripe on the price of mem cards, if someone picks a 7 (no clue how old) year old tech over a current tech because of that small of a price point, you are an idiot.

If you are that strapped for cash, you should probably not be spending anything on a luxury item.

tiffac0081387d ago

How does Sony expect to sell the Vita in Japan if the PSP is still getting this much support? -_-

ChronoJoe1387d ago (Edited 1387d ago )

Why would they care? PSP is still their product, and they probably sell PSP units are a larger profit than they do Vita at the moment.

PSP consumers should naturally move over to the Vita with time, it doesn't need to happen immediately so long as consumers are supporting one of Sony's products.

Shame the same can't be said for the rest of the world. The PSP is popular in Japan so the Vita probably will be with time, but Sony have no such luck in Europe and with poorly produced Western-orientated games like Call of Duty Black Ops and Resistance, I'm unsure how they intend to capture those markets.

tiffac0081387d ago (Edited 1387d ago )

I dunno, feels like they are taking a big risk with all this waiting game. Why not just make these games also be available on the Vita as well? and if they are available by digital, they sure ain't advertising it as such.

I just don't see why the Vita should wait on these games in favor of the PSP when the Vita is the future of Sony's handheld gaming.

I'm sure Sony is happy with getting some extra revenue from the PSP but it may detrimental for the Vita's future.

@Deadpool616.

LOL! on the Pita. XD

Deadpool6161387d ago

By making an edible edition of the Vita and call it Pita? Seriously though...I don't have a clue.

I guess Sony expects both to sell well. They lost a ton of money on the pspgo, so their decision making in the handheld market isn't so keen.

ChronoJoe1387d ago

Actually the PSP go wasn't that large an investment and one can argue that whilst it didn't sell well, sales were diverted to other PSP models... so whilst the PGP GO didn't sell too well, it didn't didn't have opportunity to have a sizable (negative) financial impact.