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April NPD: hardware sales rising, no bestselling software

PSP hardware continues to sell incredibly well, outpacing both the PS3 and Xbox 360 on a monthly basis. April's NPD figures have come in, and PSP sold 192,696 units last month. That's an increase of 5.6% from April 2007, although a significant plummet from March 2008. Considering the lack of high-profile new releases, a drop in hardware makes a lot of sense.

Software sales were at a million units for the month, a respectable figure. However, God of War and Crisis Core quickly dropped out of the bestsellers list, after a brief appearance last month. These two titles are unsurprisingly the top sellers on the PSP platform this month.

Check out the numbers, after the break.

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March NPD numbers look good for PSP

While PSP isn't dominating the American sales charts like it does in Japan, it still put up a respectable showing, besting all the other console offerings of Microsoft and Sony. The PSP sold nearly 300k units, as its userbase continues to grow.

PSP software also managed to break into the top 10 sales for the month -- a true rarity for the system. With such impressive first month sales, it's clear that both Crisis Core and Chains of Olympus will outsell every PSP game released last year.

Check out the numbers, after the cut.

[Via Joystiq]

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NPD: PSP sales up 38% from last year

February's NPD figures were released last night, and it looks like Sony's handheld has done respectably well. PS sold through 243,115 PSP hardware units in February. Sony reminds us that this represents a "year-over-year increase of 38%."

Once again, it shows the lasting sales effects of the redesigned PSP. Since the introduction of the PSP-2000, Sony's handheld has been performing remarkably well. Add to that the launch of Patapon and Wipeout Pulse and it should be no surprise that PSP sales were strong in February.

As good as February's numbers were, we can't wait to see March's figures. With the release of both God of War: Chains of Olympus and Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII on the handheld, we're bound to see a significant bump in hardware sales.

NPD figures reveal: PSP sales up 9%

Perhaps PSP was too advanced for its time. PSP has seen a sales resurgence as of late thanks to a myriad of factors: a more affordable price, better library of games, and redesigned slimmer hardware. Not only is the system dominating in Japan, it's doing very well in America as well.

Compare January 2008 and January 2007. PSP sold 230k units in North America -- that's a 9% increase over last year. According to a Sony release, "with its new partnership with Skype™ and great upcoming new games, such as God of War: Chains of Olympus, Patapon and Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII, further sales growth is expected in 2008." We'd have to agree with that prediction.

With such a fantastic first month, it looks as though 2008 is going to be the best year for PSP yet.

PSP sells 1.1 million in December, says NPD data

Welcome to the NPD results for December of 2007. If you look to your left, you'll see Sony waving and smiling at you, describing their success for the last month of last year. To your right, a pie chart, graph, and wall of text describing the sales figures. We'll condense them into this brochure for you, so you can have a quick reference as we continue our safari.

The PSP performed well in December -- 1.1 million units were shoveled from retailers to consumers. We don't expect this to slow down at all; we've got some huge titles coming our way and the introduction of Skype is icing on the cake (for those of you who want to talk to friends for free from other countries). The PS3 sold 798k units and the PS2 sold 1.2 million units. Total revenue from hardware sales was $714 million, surpassing the competition, supposedly. Sounds like a good month to us.

PSP sales increase 31% over last year

Sony recently released a statement about NPD sales figures. According to their data, PSP is gaining a lot of momentum, selling 31% more systems this month than last year during the same time. For the month of June, PSP sold an impressive 290,108 units at retail in America, now officially making it the biggest selling PlayStation product that Sony currently sells.

Compare that figure to PS3, which sold 98,469 units last month. The PS2 got close: it sold an impressive 270,763 systems last month. However, it's clear that PSP is gaining a lot more momentum. With the redesign coming in September, we're bound to see sales increase even further later this year.

March NPD reveals improving PSP sales--is it enough?

Sony issued a statement today, reminding gamers that the PlayStation brand continues to get stronger. According to NPD data, "March 2007 showed a 24% increase in retail dollars generated year-over-year for the PlayStation brand in North America with total sales of $447 million." The three-pillar strategy seems to be quite successful for Sony: sales from PS3, PSP, PS2 (and God of War II), are all adding green to Sony's wallet. PSP hardware has gained some momentum in March: up 2% over February with sales of 179,796 units. More importantly, software sales have experienced a 13% jump.

With a price drop at the beginning of April, next month's figures should prove even better for Sony. However, one has to question if the price drop will be enough. Nintendo DS sold through over half a million units in the same period--easily more than twice that of PSP. Sony may not be number one, but as long as it maintains steady growth and profitability, does it really matter? And most importantly, does it matter to gamers?

Why are software sales so low in the US?

Looking at data provided by reveals an unnerving trend: the distressingly low sales of PSP software. One only has to look at Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops, which sold 136,500 copies during its first month of sales in the US. While this certainly isn't a low amount, it nearly equals the number of copies sold in Japan ... in its first day of sales. Considering how the PSP has far more systems in distribution in America than Japan, shouldn't this game have sold better?

The PSP system sold pretty well in December, reaching approximately a million units sold. However, the amount of software sold is dwarved by the Nintendo DS. Nintendo's portable sold through more than 5 million software sales. The PSP failed to break 1 million. The five-fold difference in sales doesn't accurately represent the hardware discrepancy: the PSP isn't trailing so drastically, in terms of hardware numbers.

So, why such low PSP software sales during the holiday season? Do you blame homebrew? Or, do you blame PSP's ability to do much more than gaming: certainly, there are people that are buying the system for its other capabilities, such as its video and music playback. Did you buy a PSP game in December?

PSP dead? No, look at December NPD sales

I'll let the numbers speak for themselves:

Nintendo DS: 1.6 million
PlayStation 2: 1.4 million
Xbox 360: 1.1 million
PlayStation Portable: 0.95 million
Game Boy Advance: 0.85 million
Wii: 0.60 million
PlayStation 3: 0.49 million

This is failing? Although the PSP doesn't sell as well as the Nintendo DS, it's still quite a viable platform. With games like Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops available exclusively on the system, why wouldn't people want to pick one up?

[Via IGN]

Scarface shows PSP software sales are lacking

According to Gamespot, the Scarface video game topped the PSP's US sales charts in October by selling over 37,000 copies. This is distressing for two reasons. Firstly, the game sucks. Secondly, 37,000 copies sounds much too low a number to be the top selling game on any console. For comparison purposes, the new Pokemon game on the Game Boy Advance sold more than 150,000 copies (with the DS version selling more than 140,000).

According to PCVS Console, PSP software did not manage to break into the top 30 sales at all this month. This is especially distressing considering the slew of great new releases that were released in October. Will this discourage publishers from supporting the PSP? Should Sony fanboys worry that even the supposedly-dead Gamecube ranked more titles in the top 30?

NPD's October hardware sales numbers released

NPD's October hardware sales numbers releasedWe're all fully aware of the PSP's situation in Japan, but I think many people don't know how well the PSP sells in North America. Well, NPD has just released the October hardware numbers, and I have some good news and some bad news for you PSP Fanboys.

Bad news - in October, there were 130,000 PSPs sold compared to the DS' 360,000 units.

Good news - the deficit between the DS and PSP is a lot smaller than it is in Japan.

While it still seems like a large gap, the DS, at times, outsold the PSP by that margin in a week's time in Japan. Plus, the PSP is now selling better in America than it is in Japan by an average of 50,000 units.

However, with Peter Dille's recent comments, do these numbers really matter anymore since Sony is targeting a different audience? Or do you think Sony's just telling us and themselves that to make them feel better?

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]

NPD releases top 20 U.S. games for August

NPD releases U.S. top 20 selling games for AugustWhile the DS has been killing just about everything in Japan, it doesn't appear to be as dominant according to NPD's August sales chart. And with news that the PSP's Tales of Phantasia Full Voice Edition taking the top spot in Japan, could the tide of war be changing?

1. Madden NFL 07 (PS2)
Madden NFL 07 (360)
3. Dead Rising (360)
Madden NFL 07 (Xbox)
5. Final Fantasy VII: Dirge of Cerberus (PS2)
6. New Super Mario Bros. (DS)
7. NCAA Football 07 (PS2)
8. Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories (PS2)
9. Brain Age: Train Your Brain in Minutes a Day (DS)
10. Ninety-Nine Nights (360)
NCAA Football 07 (360)
12. Naruto: Ultimate Ninja (PS2)
13. Big Brain Academy (DS)
14. Guitar Hero bundle (PS2)
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (PS2)
16. Star Wars: Battlefront II (PS2)
17. Madden NFL 07 (PSP)
18. God of War (PS2)
19. Mario Kart (DS)
20. NCAA Football 07 (Xbox)

(* NPD does not release sales numbers)

Okay, so the PSP only has Madden in the top 20. The PSP is going to enjoy an extremely strong surge in the quality of its library in the coming months with the pending releases of Bounty Hounds, Killzone: Liberation,
Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII, Lumines II and Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops, just to name a few. Stand strong, my fellow fanboys because the future is bright.

(Via PSP Advanced)

Top 50 handheld games of the century

Next Gen has painstakingly gone through NPD sales data to give you the best selling handheld games of all time (in the US). They went through the number of units sold, and two PSP games made their way to this elite list of heavy-hitting games. Sure, the rest of the list is dominated by DS and Game Boy games, but Sony has done what the Game Gear, Neo Geo Pocket, n-Gage, etc. have failed to do: make a portable that can survive against the Nintendo goliath. The two games that represented the PSP should come as no surprise:
  • 48. Madden NFL 06
    (est. sales of 590,000)
  • 16. Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories
    (est. sales of 980,000)
Make sure you read through Next Gen's report to see the entire list.

[Via DS Fanboy]

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