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PSP is on top of its game in Japan

It was unlikely the PSP would trump its awesome sales of nearly 160,000 units last week. Nevertheless, the PSP is once again on top, selling 60,467 units. Unfortunately, Sony's high-def console the PlayStation 3 was dead last, selling an abysmal 3,931 units. Look on the bright side though: during this week, Sony's current-gen hardware outsold all its competitors current-gen hardware combined.

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Hardware and software sales for the week of October 20th - October 26th:
  • PSP -- 60,467
  • Wii -- 24,292
  • DS Lite -- 22,965
  • Xbox 360 -- 7,844
  • PS2 -- 6,962
  • PS3 -- 3,931

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Microscopic look at PSP-3000 reveals reasons behind interlacing

Logic Sunrise took a microscope to both the PSP-2000 and 3000 to see why the 3000 has interlacing issues. At 40X magnification, it's clear that the two screens have very different pixels. Can you see what some of the major differences are?

The 3000 series has pixels aligned horizontally, not vertically. In addition, the blues of the 3000 are much darker. These two in tandem may be behind the interlacing "feature" of the 3000 screen.

[Via Gizmodo]

PSP mod allows the use of a SNES controller

Once upon a time there was a girl who had limited use of one of her hands. Not to worry, she is still able to game after mastering the use of a Super Nintendo controller. However, she also enjoys the PSP but is understandably reluctant to learn how to play it with one hand. What's a gal to do?

Fortunately, a clever bloke was commissioned to create a mod for her so she can use the SNES controller to play games on her PSP. Here's how it happened: he added a small socket originally intended for a cell phone, put together a custom cable and plug for the socket, then wired it to be used with the vintage controller. The mod even acts as a stand and keeps the PSP at an angle. A video of this in action, after the break:

[Via Engadget]

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European PSN update for October 30th

Today's PSN update could be better and it could be worse. Just be happy Sony have seen fit to update the store two weeks in a row. Who knows, maybe we'll see an update every week. Was that a pig that just flew past my window? Anyway, two full games are available to grab today, along with the Loco Roco 2 TGS trailer, which is definitely worth a download. Here's the release list in handy-dandy bullet point form.
  • Def Jam Fight For NY: The Takeover full game (£15.99/€19.99)
  • Cool Boarders 2 full PS1 game (£3.99/€4.99)
  • Loco Roco 2 TGS trailer (free)

PSP Brite is impervious to hackers

Sony's latest hardware revision, the PSP-3000 aka PSP Brite, is doing well in standing up against pirates, hackers and their tools. According to PSP World, previous exploits which allow access to kernel memory and firmware are now patched up -- no way getting in there now.

Infamous hackers like Dark Alex have yet to find a way through the PSP Brite's new specs. Other hackers are getting frustrated; take Royginald from the Philippines who has swapped in the PSP Slim's CPU into a PSP Brite while keeping the screen and case intact. All that to run custom firmware and homebrew which doesn't even run properly because of signal output differences. We wonder if Sony has finally found a solution to its custom firmware woes.

Europe gets LocoRoco 2 and Buzz! Brain Bender in November

The semi-official PlayStation blog ThreeSpeech has let out a list of Sony Europe's first party titles scheduled for release in November. Apparently, both LocoRoco 2 and Buzz! Brain Bender are SCEE's PSP offerings for the month; however, their respective dates come with an attached to-be-confirmed note -- so things could change.

LocoRoco 2 is slated for November 21, while the new Buzz! game is set a week later on the 28th. November 21 is a rather early date for LocoRoco 2 considering that Japan will be getting the title on December 4. We suppose Europeans love the smug-looking blobs more than they do in Asia. Meanwhile, North America will still have to settle with 2009 for a release date.

Kefka looks scarier than ever in new Dissidia art

One didn't think that Kefka, the insane clown-like villain with the distinctive laugh from Final Fantasy VI, could get any creepier. But he just totally did in the latest Dissida art of him, as revealed by Shonen Jump -- look at the way he's ogling at poor Terra/Tina. She ain't no damsel in distress though; her EX mode named "Trance" is looking pretty powerful. Take a look at the full scan over at PSPHyper.

PSP Fanboy review: Neverland Card Battles

Neverland Card Battles merges the strategy-RPG genre with the core gameplay mechanics of a trading card game. It's a card game first, an SRPG second, and this is clearly evident after having played and finished the title this past week. We know that a good number of our readers have read our preview from last month and have kept interest in the title. With the game releasing today, we know you all want to know: what's the final verdict? Read on after the break to find out.

Gallery: Neverland Card Battles

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PlayStation Store for PC reopens with Media Manager 3

The new PlayStation Store for PC has opened, and it looks good. Once again, it's limited to Windows PCs. This time, it'll require the installation of the free Media Manager 3.0 software. After a brief installation and registration process, you'll be able to access the PlayStation Store directly from the interface. Anyone that has used the PS3 version of the PlayStation Store will be quite familiar with the layout of the Store.

Other features of the Media Manager include the ability to transfer music and photos to your system through a simple drag-and-drop interface. You'll even be able to rip music off of audio CDs directly onto your system. You'll also be able to back up for save and game data. Overall, we'll say the new Media Manager software is great -- especially with its current price tag.

Update: A new video walkthrough is available, after the cut.

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4GB PSP Entertainment Pack will no longer see release

When the PSP Brite was introduced, SCEA had plans for two bundles. The first, which is available in stores now, is the Ratchet & Clank Entertainment Pack, which includes a silver PSP-3000, 1GB Memory Stick, a copy of Ratchet & Clank and echochrome download for $199. The other option, which was originally supposed to be available in November was the 4GB Memory Entertainment Pack, which included a black PSP-3000, 4GB Memory Stick and a download of Everyday Shooter for $199.

According to the, the 4GB Memory Entertainment Pack has been canceled before release. "SCEA has seen significant interest in the Ratchet & Clank Size Matters PSP Entertainment Pack in North America, which includes the updated PSP-3000. As a result, we will be streamlining our PSP hardware lineup and will no longer be offering the previously announced 4GB Memory PSP Entertainment Pack."

Sounds like a bad PR spin to us, but we'll manage. The Ratchet bundle looks like a good deal -- and as the post notes, a 4GB Memory Stick can be found on the cheap at many retailers.

Super Stardust Portable introduces 'Impact Mode'

Looks like the upcoming PSP version of Super Stardust is shaping up quite nicely. This new trailer showcases how well the handheld is able to translate the popular PS3 arcade shooter. Although the polygon count and framerate take a dip, SSP still looks the role (and if you read our hands-on, you know that it plays the part too).

The trailer also teases a new "Impact Mode," which piques our interest. What is it? We're not exactly too sure, but it looks like it makes crashing into things a very good thing. We approve.

Check out the trailer, after the cut.

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Video capture in the works for future PSP firmware

With PSP firmware 5.00 out of the way, what are Sony's engineers in Japan working on now? Looks like video capture is the "next big thing" for the PSP. PS3 has the ability to record gameplay footage and upload it directly to YouTube. Not many games support this, but do a search for PixelJunk Eden on YouTube, and you'll find tons of direct-feed user-generated videos.

It'll be exciting to see PSP games support this in the future. We're intrigued by the possibility of recording our own game footage -- but is the PSP really powerful enough to handle 3D gaming and video recording at the same time? Guess we'll find out soon enough.

[Via IGN]

Win a signed copy of Neverland Card Battles

Click for high-resolution image.

Yep. It's another SRPG on the PSP, coming at you tomorrow. To celebrate the release of Neverland Card Battles, Yukes is going to give two PSP Fanboy readers a chance to get a copy of the game, signed by Lead Producer Yoshiteru Sato (founding member of Idea Factory, head of Compile Heart). To win you must:
  • Leave a comment with the name of one other Dominator in the game, other than Galahad and Egma. To find out the answer, you can visit the Neverland Card Battles official website here.
  • You must be 18 years or older and a resident of the US or Canada (excluding Quebec).
  • Limit 1 entry per person.
  • This entry period ends at 7:00pm ET on Thursday, October 30th. We'll randomly select two winners with the correct answer to receive Neverland Card Battles, valued at $40. Please check your e-mail!
  • For a list of complete rules, click here.

We talk about PSP-3000 in Play Magazine

Did you read Play issue #171? If you did, you would've noticed a certain someone from a certain PSP fan blog talking about the recently released PSP-3000 (aka PSP Brite). The blogger in question talks about whether or not Sony upgraded the PSP system too quickly, and why the lack of a second analog stick is no big deal. "A lot of people [said] that Sony should 'fix' the PSP by adding a second analogue stick," says Yoon. "But that would fundamentally change the system, and potentially lock out owners of older models from upcoming games. As it stands, PSP owners, from the 1000 to the 3000 series, are all able to play upcoming games."

To download the featured article, click here (requires Acrobat Reader).

Worldwide PSP releases for the week of October 26

It's another solid week and one where North America finally outshines Japan. There seems to be a little something for everyone: fighting, strategy, platformers and other action titles.

NA Games:
EU Games:
Asian Games:
On a closing note, Manhunt 2? Finally.

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