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PSP audience is 'important and new' for MGS director Kojima

Hideo Kojima, revered director of the Metal Gear series, recently talked about the PSP in an interview with IGN. He noted the success Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops has had, especially with the younger demographic. He notes that teens in Japan love the PSP: "middle school students, from 13 to 15, are really fanatical with the machine itself -- look at Monster Hunter Portable, for instance."

The rampant fervor of the teenage PSP audience is what helped drive the Monster Hunter series into millions of units sold. This is obviously an audience that Kojima would love to capture: "I would like to continue with this, to aim at those middle school students because they are so interested with MPO right now. I would continue to try to reach them."

He gives an anecdote about his son. "He has always criticized it: 'Oh, Metal Gear is such a s****y game.' Until the point I released Portable Ops." From the sounds of it, Kojima certainly wouldn't want to disappoint his son, and it appears that a new PSP game from Kojima Productions is inevitable: "My son is really into Portable Ops as well: the use of the WiFi, the ability to play anywhere, bring it to school, etc ... It might not be the Metal Gear series, but I would like to consider this audience because it's very important and new."

New Metal Gear Solid videos look not-so-new

It's not a full sequel, so it's understandable that the visuals and presentation of Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops Plus look a bit ... underwhelming. It features the same great taste of the original, but we'd love to see the PSP's full 333MHz unlocked for a franchise that's known for pushing tech boundaries. Thanks to recent releases like Syphon Filter, we've been quite spoiled at what the PSP can (and should) be able to do. Thankfully, the game looks like a lot of fun.

Check out all the videos at IGN.

Worldwide PSP releases for the week of October 28

This week's big releases are the uber violent and highly criticized Manhunt 2 and finally Nippon Ichi's Disgaea: Afternoon of Darkness. Unfortunately for our European and Asian brothers, there's not much in the way of new software this week.

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While there isn't a lot to go around in any region, don't be sad because Silent Hill Origins and Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops + will hit in a few weeks.

Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops Plus goes gold

It's official. Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops+ is getting primed for US release. This expansion pack of the original MGS:PO will arrive in the States on November 13th for $19.99.

"Infinity Mission" is the new single player campaign (a Sony e-mail misprinted Infinity War as the name of the entire game). Just like the original Portable Ops, players will be able to recruit new comrades and gain new weapons through the single player campaign. Additional multiplayer modes, such as Shooting Range and Training Mode, will ll test the skills of each player. In addition, Portable Ops+ will use the save data from the original game so that you can continue with the squad you had originally created.

Additional online maps in Plus include an updated version of the original Metal Gear Solid's REX Hangar. Additional characters, like Raiden and Old Snake, are also hidden in the game. Stay tuned for more.

Gallery: Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops Plus

New Metal Gear Solid Portable Ops Plus screenshots

Portable Ops Plus is bringing Raiden, Snake and Old Snake to a PSP near you. Although Konami USA hasn't officially confirmed a release for the game yet, we've discovered it on a number of retailers. This expansion pack, which requires the original Portable Ops game, will be coming out November 13th for $20.

Check out our new gallery right here:

Gallery: Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops Plus

Final Fantasy and Metal Gear tag team Japanese sales chart

The relaunch of PSP has landed PSP the top position of the Japanese software sales charts again for the second week in a row. Certainly, this is quite an impressive feat, considering Nintendo's juggernaut control over the region. Once again, it comes as no surprise that Final Fantasy VII: Crisis Core topped the charts, with an additional 109,000 units sold according to Gamasutra. A PSP newcomer ranks second in the charts: Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops Plus, which sold 93,000 units. Considering Plus is an expansion pack for the original Portable Ops, we're impressed.

We hope this PSP sales renaissance continues because the handheld certainly deserves more recognition than its garnered amongst hardcore gamers. We'll have to see whether or not Crisis Core will have the lasting power to stay at the top of the charts.

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