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September NPD reveals players choose Madden over originality

Madden was the only PSP game to break into the top-20 NPD list last month, and it holds that title once again, for the month of September, although barely (it placed 20th). Unfortunately, some of the more original entries for the platform didn't fare as well as this year's incarnation of Madden. I guess people like a safe-bet over trying something new:

Last Month Current Rank Title Publisher Release Date Average Price
1 1 Madden NFL 07 Electronic Arts Aug-06 $40
** 2 Lego Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy Lucasarts Sep-06 $39
3 3 Midnight Club 3: Dub Edition Take-Two Interactive Jun-05 $20
5 4 Star Wars: Battlefront II LucasArts Nov-05 $20
2 5 Tekken: Dark Resurrection Namco Bandai Games Jul-06 $40
** 6 Locoroco Sony Sep-06 $40
6 7 Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories Take-Two Interactive Oct-05 $40
4 8 NCAA Football 07 Electronic Arts Jul-06 $40
** 9 Ultimate Ghosts 'N Goblins Capcom Sep-06 $40
** 10 Def Jam Fight For NY: The Takeover Electronic Arts Sep-06 $40

Loco Roco
only debuted at number 6, for all PSP games. Maybe that's why Sony's been pushing out so many demos of this game? So that it can increase its somewhat disappointing sales? While it's unfortunate that PSP owners aren't buying original PSP-exclusive software, one has to ask if maybe the price of games are too high? Notice how well the budget Greatest Hits lineup continues to sell, even though many of these titles have been out for a year? Hmm.

[Via Gamespot]

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1. Seriously, $50-60 for a sports game? There's nothing interestingly new in sports games.

Posted at 3:51PM on Nov 1st 2006 by Stuart

2. Why do people keep buying Star Wars Battlefront 2 for the PSP? Seriously, what good reason is there to? It's the crippled retard brother of the console/PC versions.

Posted at 1:27AM on Nov 2nd 2006 by carterman

3. Hey, hey, hey! Battlefront II was certainly okay on the PSP. I do feel that the lack of infrastructure, and some minor glitches here and there did hold the game back. HOWEVER, it was still quite a portable thrill!

As for the main topic in question; there's a massive group of people who simply love sports -that- much, so long as they're -watching- the games, or playing console renditions.

Posted at 9:04PM on Nov 2nd 2006 by Kade Storm

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