A PSLS analysis piece on Japan's most recent hardware sales report, which has the PSP selling almost 50,000 systems, more than double the second-place 3DS.
Got to see, I love my PSP :) Currently plowing through this FF4 remake with the sequel bundled in. ~Love~
The only problem Sony have with the PSP is it can not keep up with the high demand. That's the reason it gets knocked of number 1 from time to time. Playing Dino Crisis 2 on my PSP. What in the world is happening to the 3DS in Japan? Edit: RIP PSP Go RIP DS Lite RIP Game Gear RIP Gameboy Micro RIP Virtual Boy Hello NGP!!! Super Robot Wars Z 2 is the best looking in the series so far! Frontier Gate from Konami/Tri Ace looks sick! FF Type -O sick!
If it wasn't for software piracy, the PSP would have even more games. But despite that issue, it's still a pretty great and solid system with multimedia and networking capabilities, plus lots of great games. (PSP Go aside) The PSP in general has been a success. And that's hard to deny. I have this model :) http://upload.wikimedia.org...
Crisis Core edition--sexy! I love my Go. I'm convinced the system could have done really well if Sony'd just supported it a minimum. Do these 2 things, and the Go would fly off the shelves: 1- Encourage devs to offer their entire library for DD (by encourage, I mean FORCE). 2- LOWER THE PRICE. The original phat and slim saw numerous price drops, which spurred sales every time, yet the Go always remained at an unjustifiable price point. Bonus: 3- Offer more discounted DD games. It's inexcusable for us to have to pay more for a digital version of a game than for a hard copy with case + manual + possible packaged-in extras. Just a tiny bit of support and the Go would have been extremely successful, I'm sure, because I love mine.
Love my Go too. Still hooked on Tactics Ogre.
All I ask for is backwards compatibility with the entire PSP DD library.
the psp has 5 different versions. the 3ds has 1 and is a £100 more. course its gonna be doing better. i think if we add up all the ds versions v's all psp versions it would be a different story. just been honest.
Did you actually read the article....?
Nintendo made its point of bringing as many 3rd Party games at the 3DS launch so they can make profit with out no Mario or Link chomping chunks from their sales .... but I think it could have been better for all if Nintendo's heavy guns were firing up during launch - the 3DS could have made a greater impact & greater numbers. Anyways, first party titles are on the way just before the NGP transforms and roll out! Then things will get pretty interesting because Nintendo is dead set for regaining the core gamers the PSP has it grip on! :P Peace.
currently playing 3rd birthday the game is really good i love the gameplay.
That's a pretty big jump compared to last week. But really, Sony will need every single bit of sales for the PSP. They need to sell as much as possible before they release the NGP.
Yeah, they really do, gotta get all ready for the NGP release, I myself have two PSP's, love em, been playing Grandia a whole lot since the PSN went down, SO EPICC. Edit: Just realized that I also have two Nintendo DS' as well. Gaming on all fronts :)
Every Japanese person must have about 5 PSP's each by now.
Got 3 in this house!
Seriously. And at least three of each of the previous models of the DS. I wonder if 3DS sales will pick up around the holidays, or if they are going to have to consider a price cut. Who knows.
And Go's dead? Cross-purposes or what?!
Someone made an excellent point, Sony are still selling PS2's right? They are doing ok. In Japan sony will release the NGP first probably this year, so they will starve the market, fewer PSP's no PSP Go's and then when the NGP launches they hope to get more users. PSPGo a failure? Yeah PSPGo online side which'll then go toward NGP's backwards compatibility? Success.
i love my psp ... but im going to love my NGP more
Good news for Sony. I'm patiently waiting for the NGP.
I hope people remember 3 things 1) the psp is 100+ dollars cheaper and has a regular library of releases that happens when your on the market for a long time 2) the ps2 outsold the ps3 for a long time in japan when the ps3 was brand new. And the gba outsold the ds when it first game out. 3) the psp dominated the ds in every region for like 2 years......... make your own judgement If the sales continue like this during the holiday when nintendo really starts trying (animal crossing, paper mario, kid icarus, mario 3ds, mario kart,star fox, OOT)and the first batch of third party titles like tales of the abyss 3ds, resident evil, cave story, megaten overclock (Japan-REXX, dragon quest rocket slime 3,chocobo, and level 5 games, and E3 and tgs revealed games) come out. . Then Ill admit theres an issue
In Japan GBA was pretty much dead within a couple months of the DS release. I can't be bothered to check every week but if GBA outsold DS at any point it was probably a one-off event due to shortages. All your other points are valid though.
To be fair, while the GBA did die soon after the release of the NDS, the NDS did play GBA games. As for VampiricDragon, you are rignt when you say that the PSP is cheaper than the 3DS and has a healthy flow of games (in Japan anyway), and you are also right about the PSP outselling the DS (I know it does in Japan, don't know for EU and NA though). Software will decide which handheld is the most successful this time around, just like it did last gen. The NGP looks great on paper, and most likely will be a great system on its own, but great hardware with no great games isn't worth much. I know Sony have announced or at least hinted at many first and third party games being developed for the NGP, but Nintendo did the same last year, and we know how lackluster ther launch was. By now, it's pretty much been confirmed that Nintendo and its partners will start releasing some quality software (Zelda:OoT and Kid Ikarus, etc) by the end of the year, it will be interesting to see if this headstart will allow Nintendo to have a significant software advantage over the NGP when it arrives to the market. Will Sony have all their big games ready for release, or will we have plenty of games to wait for and very few to actually play.
You again. Face the facts man, Nintendo bluffed Sony called it, thats just the way things go sometimes.
What? I don't see how your metaphor applies to this article. How did Sony call Nintendo's bluff? By releasing the PSP years before the 3DS so that it would be $100 cheaper by now? If that was their strategy, that was some amazing foresight. I assume you're actually talking about the NGP vs. the 3DS, but it's way too early to be declaring victory in that fight. One system is young and the other hasn't been released yet. Can we at least wait to start comparing sales until both systems are actually out?
its de end of the world as we know it
PSP is JRPG lovers wet dream, hence the results
The 3ds will be eventually. If you look theres more jrpgs in development for the 3ds than the ds had at the same point. But yes the psp is a jrpg beast
Nintendo should release the Kraken! on the 3DS already :P
I guess everything's OK in japan now.
Sega need to release Yakuza Black Panther over to the West, I need my Yakuza fix on the PSP. I'll get a 3DS when a newer model comes out, same with the NGP. I still have my original DS and PSP 3000, both are good.
Did Black Panther get good reviews? I love the Yakuza series. I have 2,3, and 4 and I've been thinking about importing Kenzan.
I think it did, Sega used the AKI engine (Def Jam Fight For New York and WCW/NWO revenge) for the PSP game. I got Kenzan from Play Asia. I recommend using a FAQ when playing Kenzan if you don't understand Japanese. The game is good but I stopped playing it because I couldn't enjoy doing the sub stories like in Yakuza 3 and 4. But the combat (sword based) is pretty good. There is English subbed cutscene for Kenzan on youtube, the story is good.
I dl the demo from PSN japan months ago, and i said Yakuza: Black Panther is a beast! i luv how SEGA gave a lot of variation in combat with diffrent styles of fighting. The main protagonist, Ukyo Tatsuya isn't like Kiryu or any other playable in Yakuza series. Oh, also the cut-scenes with graphic novel style? man, that's a nice touch and i luv it! Hope SEGA announced the localization on E3 ^^
The 3DS is a mistake. This is just my opinion, but I simply view it as a DSI-3D. I know that may be inaccurate, and I know the NGP will be pricey also. I also know that handheld anything prices are high, but I don't see the value in the 3DS - just my opinion.
"This is just my opinion, but I simply view it as a DSI-3D." Your opinion is wrong then isnt it? Your point on the price is pretty valid but it is very much improved from the dsi.
@ kingdavid There is no such thing as a wrong opinion, you do realize that right?
Lol @ people who say this. There is actually such a thing as a wrong opinion if its based on false facts which his is. A 3ds is much more than a dsi 3D. And thats fact. If he did his research on it he would realist that. For example, my opinion is that the ps3 has the worst graphics out of the three consoles because it has the worst GPU. Obviously the ps3 doesnt have the worst GPU and my opinion is influenced as such.
i agree it is a little pricy. in fact its the most expensive portable Ninty have ever release so far. But at the same time I would say the launch price is just about right too. Why do I say so? PSP was launched at $199.99 5 years ago. Think about the $200 you have today in 2011 you can definitely do less than what you can 5 years back. Because everything thing keeps going up which include your daily expenses. So yes I do agree the launch price is steep but at the same time it is not unreasonable. The only thing makes it a little lackluster is the launch line up atm. Honestly if there is some kick ass game in the launch list that everyone is craving for it would still sell like hotcakes given it's current price point. Also expect NGP to be priced even MUCH higher than 3DS launch price. Sony has a track record of selling stuffs much higher when compared to any equivilent out there.. It's norm for Sony. Maybe you should save the complain till that time. Trust me it will be worst than this. Lastly calling 3DS a DSi-3D is merely a joke imo. 3DS definitely much more than that even without the 3D. 3DS has the power merely 6:1 compared to PSP. If it is just a DSi-3D. Then PSP would be worst than DSi. Except for SSFIV3D which maybe one of the best (if not the best) looking 3DS title at launch. Remember most are quite evidence to be rush out product due to time line issue. But as you can see from other upcoming titles that are going to get release at later time, they all look unbelievable. No PSP games look anywhere near those good looking titles, not to mention the original DSi. So I find your statement of 3DS = DSi-3D a little too harsh without knowing the fact.
I think the NGP will sell like crack if it launches with the right software, especially seeing as Monster Hunter was demoed for the system when it was revealed. PSP still has a lot of life in it. I mean I still have a fair few titles I need to pick up for it that have launched/will launch soon. It's had a great run.
Indeed quality software is crucial to good sales. Case in point 3ds has a mediocre to average launch line up = mediocre to average 3ds sales. Its not rocket science nintendo! In saying that though, when the big hitters come like mario and must have games I think more people will pick it up in bucketloads. EDIT: @Disagrees, what was wrong with what I said? Care to elaborate?
Huge Agree and disagree. Yes the 3ds had an average launch lineup (like most launches) And for the first month the 3ds has had unheard of sales during a non holiday. Its outsold the ds,psp, 360,ps3, wii any system you want for this first month during a launch. Its outpacing the ds. Thats just fact. @ below you just made something up They never said sales were underwhelming. What they said was it was dissapointing they were 400k under a really high 4 million benchmark. What they said about the actual sales were they were good and "smooth". Read there financial report next time and not some sensationalized article and you will get the real statements taken in context And why shouldnt it? the psp is 100 dollars cheaper and has a regular release schedule thats developed over 6 years. . The 3ds has been out an average of less than 2 months. Your revisionist history has the ds and psp selling 20 million at launch with 100 games............. It didnt happen that way. The ds and psp had game droughts that lasted a good year.
So the need for nintendo to adjust their marketing plan (by adjusting sales pitch) for the 3DS and even stating sales were slightly underwhelming is unjustified? lets face it, PSP shouldnt be outselling the 3DS right now. If the 3DS had a quality line up, you'd see them opposite way round.
But you are still left with an expensive handheld that has no target audience. Nintendo don't have a clue how to market it: they just know that they want everyone to buy it. They got lucky with the Wii for a while, and it sold to a very wide range of users, but that didn't last long, and look at the Wii now..
If Sony market the NGP, then it would sell well worldwide. There is not much marketing for the PSP atm. @Kingdavid. Yeah I enjoyed MGS: PW and Ghost of Sparta plus the PSP games are cheaper than the DS games in the west. I do want Yakuza released in the west for the PSP and NGP. You don't see marketing for these games over here compared to the DS.
But very good games right now. Nothing on the ds or 3ds atm. Its little wonder why the PSP is selling so well. Its a great little chance for sony to capitalize.
Does anyone know if the NGP will support Memory Stick Pro Duo?. I know it will use those NVG cards, but it has two card slots doesnt it?. I hope it supports them because i dont want to download my PSP and PS1 games again.
Yeah I hope that Sony uses them in the NGP too. I have 3 PS1 games and 2 PSP games from the store. No one has clarified the memory storage for NGP whether its internal or external.
lol, 25,000 unit difference. Shouldn't the japanese be spending their money on rebuilding their homes?
You speak as if the whole country got wiped, thats a relatively small amount compare to the countrie's population. On a side note i am starting to feel Nintendo rushed the release of this platform in an effort to grab as much market share as possible before people ended up with having to make a decision in the latter part of the year. Which in part is a wise move, however... As a result you have the weaker than expected launch line up. If the new cafe project's controllers are designed to dub as a handheld in any way(assuming it also incorporates some type of medium as well, which i doubt), then through that they have a back up should the 3DS fail which is highly doubtful. Depending on the price the NGP enter the market strong or weak. 3DS will ultimately get its sales up, but price plays a big role in how it performs down the stretch, same goes for the NGP. I suppose i am not saying much you wouldn't know by now. Only time will tell though,e3 can't come sooner.
Video games are a great source of psychological comfort. Same reason the movie industry gets a HUGE boost after a disaster in first-world countries. People need something to take their minds off the fact that, oh yeah, their whole lives just got rocked. It's healthy.
It's the games, obviously. PSP has 50 million RPGs out while 3DS didn't have that great of a launch.
The 3DS library will build up after a year, most Japanese devs are working on them atm. The same would probably happen to the NGP at launch, won't have RPGs straight away.
The 3DS should be making the most out of its head start over the NGP, but it isn't. I've got a feeling that the NGP will have a very strong launch line-up, with possibly even Uncharted finished in time.... This handheld gen will be neck & neck. But I'll get both over time, so I don't care who wins!
To disagreers: A 6 year old handheld that is going to be replaced by it's successor in 6 months is beating the 3DS by 50,000 units in its home territory. That speaks for itself.
Makes sense, and I know this is kind of off topic, but just to ignite fan wars...I hated how all the neighbors and relatives were buying into the original ds when they were missing out on the psp. my acquaintance even admitted that he'd wished that he would've looked into other systems and not just instinctively bought the ds. in my opinion,(not counting the 3ds and ngp seeing as they're not at the end of their cycle and don't yet have the games that they might) think that the psp system is the best portable system ever made when you take out nostalgia and time and just measure overall quality. as in if all the portable systems that ever were, launched when the psp, and ds did then the psp would be the one to choose. it's got the best games hands down, no you can't disagree unless you have played the best games on both systems. not to mention the fact that that it plays psone games for $5.99-$10.99, that alone makes it the best portable system in my opinion. the 3ds's best games as of what has been announced consist of it's remakes which the psp did anyways to nearly every one of the psone games that you would want to buy, well not remakes but ports. save metal gear solid 3 and probrably mario 3ds, the psp's games smash the 3ds's as of late. but that will probrably change later on. I think that alot of people saw the ngp and are holding out for that, and that's why the 3ds isn't selling like predicted. THE END
I never bought a PSP at launch, and instead got into the DS, DS Lite, another DS Lite, and then.... completely sold up all my DS stuff as the software turned to garbage. All I was playing were remakes of old Final Fantasy games. I loved Final Fantasy III on DS, but then I found that the only other game I wanted was the Final Fantasy IV remake. Instead, I got a PSP, realised it catered to what I wanted soooo much better than the DS, and have never looked back. Still use my PSP almost every day. Never regret selling my DS stuff, although I do somewhat regret not doing it sooner...
Once Nintendo releases a statement that they mixed Miyamoto's waste into the plastic housing of the 3DS during manufacturing every nintendo fanboy on the face of the planet will buy five of them, just so they can proudly have a piece of the "great" Miyamoto.
hahaha you got a disagree for laughing haha hehe... Oh shit!!
3ds costs too much, graphics are crap, and no games. re-ports and a new "super mario" that's just a rip off of the old ones won't do it. simple as that
uh ders no info on the new mario but u call it a rip off? wait 3ds has bad grafics? anser this lol do u think mario galaxy has bad grafics wb ssf 4? and resedent evil 5? cus they look the same on the ps3... sooo ur a fool
Next Time anyone says the PSP is dead just point them to this link. A lot of great games for a great system. The NGP will only be better.
lol, kind of unfair to compare an established to a new one. the 3ds isn't even a year old. of coarse the psp is going to beat it. the psp is cheaper and has a ton of games for it already, plus its heavy hitters too. the 3ds on the other hand doesn't even have an internet browser yet, (a bit of a pain to pay so much for an unfinished product) no an "good" games either. just some revamped ports. its a start in the right direction, getting more "hardcore" games, but they have already been released on the HD consoles, like SSF4. Things should pick up by the end of the year, but by then, people will be talking about Cafe instead.
For me Type-0 in my list on this year after Uncharted 3 , Final Fantasy Type-0 , White Knight 2 , White Knight dogama (on PSP) , FFXIII-2 , INfamous 2 , BattleField 3
Not surprised about 3DS. The 3D effect is very weak, hurts my ryes after 30 seconds. Awkward joystick location and not groundbreaking graphics, low-ish res. Wii type games. Bit of a dissapointment. At least I heard street fighter was good on it.
3ds all the way PSPs fails to convince me who ever disagrees admits to sleeping with bill gates <.< >.>
I don't understand, who would buy a PSP? When the PSP2 comes out the PSP won't be supported anymore besides maybe sports games. With the 3DS you are guaranteed years of new software.
Just imagine PSP and PS2 is older then any of these systems and they still sell to this day. Does anyone still buy a Gamecube or Xbox? Nope.