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Worldwide PSP releases for the week of Feb. 17 [Update]

So it looks like us gamers in the United States will be stuck playing our Patapon demo for another week while those in Europe get to enjoy the full greatness of the game.

North America Games
Europe Games
Asia Games
In other regions, if you're a fan of either Dynasty Warriors or Samurai Warriors, you may want to check out Musou Orochi. It combines both games and characters into a singular action epic.

[Editor's Note: We incorrectly listed flOw as releasing this week. Although the official PlayStation website lists it as releasing this week, it is supposed to release March 6th. We'll try to get a clarification from SCEA soon.]

Worldwide PSP releases for the week of Feb. 10

We're gonna go ahead and state the obvious - this is a very good week to be a PSP owner in every major region throughout the world.

North America Games
Europe Games
Asia Games
The heavy hitters throughout are, of course, Wipeout Pulse, Castlevania: Dracula X Chronicles and Downstream Panic!, but Europe and Asia get a few more games to help round out the week. Despite assurances from the Sony's official PSP site that Dungeon Explorer: Warrior of the Ancient Arts will also be releasing in North America this week, both Gamestop and Amazon list the title to release on Feb. 26. Oh well, it's not like there's not enough for us to play this week, right?

Worldwide PSP release for the week of November 18

The next few weeks are going to be pretty boring for U.S. PSP owners as it's looking like we'll have to wait until early December before we get any meaningful releases. However, the outlook isn't quite as bleak for our friends across the pond as they're getting a few games this week.

US Games
  • No new releases
EU Games
Asia Games
While it's certainly a bummer not to have any new games, we can always fall back on recent releases like Silent Hill Origins and Warhammer 40K: Squad Command to get us through these dark times.

SCEA admits PSP needs a few killer apps to motor sales

In the tell-us-something-we-don't-already-know department, SCEA's chief financial officer Robert Wiesenthal admitted software potential has been lackluster, and is considered to be slowing PSP hardware sales. "Clearly on the software side, any real killer title will galvanize the sales," he said. This mirrors similar thoughts from Hiroshi Kamide, director of the research department at KBC Securities Japan, who believes the PSP hardware is stellar while the compelling reason to own one is not. "Most of the software is knock-offs of PlayStation 2 titles and that won't do Sony any favours," he says. We tend to agree, which could explain why some of us are so smitten with the refreshing game play in one of the PSP's newest releases, Crush.

Compelling reasons to own a PSP are definitely coming. For those that haven't yet seen our coverage of the recent Sony Gamers Day (SGD '07), we implore you to take a peek behind the curtain of planned content. This summer should prove even more rewarding for RPG fanatics with the Final Fantasy I and II remakes, Dungeons & Dragons: Tactics, Jeanne d'Arc and much more. It would seem developers have been already working on a solution to a problem Sony is, just now, admitting to. Better late than never, we suppose. So lets get that ball of content rolling!

SGD '07: Sony releases latest sales statistics

Sony has just unveiled its latest metrics data for PlayStation hardware and software sales worldwide. Of particular note to avid observers of the handheld console wars is NPD's data on "portable hardware dollars market share" for the calendar year 2006. According to the data (seen above), Sony's PSP system actually beats Nintendo DS by a fraction of a percentage. This makes sense, considering PSP's significantly higher asking price. Although DS clearly has far more units in households, this kind of data proves that Sony isn't out of the game.

See even more statistics, after the cut.

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Sony unveils its official Q2 lineup


More than 100 first and third party games will be arriving on PS3, PSP and PS2 in Q2 of this year, according to a recent press release. "Our second-quarter line-up of PS3, PSP and PlayStation 2 software titles demonstrates a continued commitment from both SCEA and third-party developers to the PlayStation family of products," said Peter Dille, senior vice president of marketing, SCEA. "We are excited by the content being developed by our partners, but are also looking forward to launching PlayStation-branded exclusive games created by our own worldwide studios this quarter and throughout the rest of 2007." According to Sony, the "key titles" for their handheld in the next few months include:

  • Alien Syndrome
  • Crazy Taxi: Fare Wars
  • Dungeon Maker: Hunting Ground
  • Harvest Moon Boy & Girl
  • Ridge Racer 2
  • Test Drive Unlimited
  • Tom Clancy's Ranbow Six Vegas
  • Valhalla Knights
PSP Fanboy readers should be familiar with most of these titles. However, these are but a handful of titles that we can expect in the Spring. Continue on to see even more titles, with a few of our picks.

Continue reading Sony unveils its official Q2 lineup

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 Media Manager 2 reviewed

PSP Media Manager 2 reviewed
Sony really dropped the ball early on in the PSP's life when there was no official media software available. However, Sony finally came through when they released the PSP's Media Manager, but like many other available software programs, it had problems, too. Well, Sony is giving it another shot with Media Manager 2, and CNET has had a chance to take it for spin.

  • The new interface is "pretty stylish and sleekly designed."
  • Features XMB crossbar.
  • Better access to system's multimedia capabilities.
  • Ability to transfer word documents and view them in HTML.
  • Most of the functionality is available in other freeware programs.
  • Somewhat high system requirements.
  • Can't transfer copy-protected DVD's or audio files.
  • Won't encode at 368x208 size.
Overall, CNET gave Media Manager 2 a 6.3 and said if you have a decent understanding of how to run a computer, you'll be better off with a third-party software, such as PSP Video 9. While it looks like Sony didn't do much better with its latest media software incarnation, its release really begs the question "Do we really need it at this point?"

I manage to do all my file transfers and video encoding through freeware just fine, so I see no reason why anyone should spend the $17 to download the software or especially the $25 for the boxed version. But if you really feel the need to pick this up, you can buy it here.

Australian PSP software chart, Oct. 2-8: They like violence

Australian PSP software chart, Oct. 2-8: They like violenceUnfortunately, my beloved Aussies let me down this week by not buying enough PSP games like they did last week; none made it into the top 10. However, they still bought enough to have a top-10 PSP list.

1. Tekken: Dark Resurrection
2. GTA: Liberty Cities
3. Gangs of London
4. Star Wars: Battlefront II
5. Syphon Filter: Dark Mirror
6. Daxter
7. WWE SmackDown! vs. RAW
8. NBA Live 2006
9. NFS: Most Wanted
10. Burnout Legends

Well, it seems like the Aussies love their violence as the top-five games are all about hunting down and killing your opponent in violent fashion. You gotta love it!

Japanese software sales chart, Sept. 11-18: Sony strikes back

Japanese software sales chart, Sept. 11-18: Sony strikes backFor far too long Nintendo and its evil DS has dominated the Japanese sales charts, and at times, has taken nearly all spots in the top 10. But in the newest sales numbers, Sony shows they are still in the thick of things in Japan by taking four of the top seven slots, two of which are the top two.

1. Minna no Tennis (PS2) - 226,976/ *NEW
2. Rurouni Kenshin: Enjou! Kyoto Rinne (PS2) - 75,007/ *NEW
3. Final Fantasy III (DS) - 57,057 / 655,533
4. New Super Mario Bros. (DS) - 53,089 / 3,080,126
5. God Hand - 48,280 / *NEW
6. More Brain Age (DS) - 34,959 / 3,186,871
7. Ridge Racers 2 (PSP) - 28,232 / *NEW
8. Atama Scan (DS) - 27,890 / *NEW
9. Animal Crossing Wild World (DS) - 24,792 / 3,230,554
10. Cooking Navigator (DS) - 20,766 / 465,958

How refreshing is it to see a PSP title in the top 10 for the second week in a row? Very, my friends. Very.

(Via the NeoGAF forums)

PSP Top 10 for June 2006

What is wrong with you people? I hope that you all acknowledge the error of your ways and buy some good games... fast.

Last Month Current Rank Title Publisher Release Date Average Price
** 1 Cars THQ Jun-06 $39
3 2 Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories Take-Two Oct-05 $40
6 3 Monster Hunter: Freedom Capcom May-06 $40
1 4 MLB '06: the Show Sony Mar-06 $40
4 5 Field Commander Sony Online Ent. May-06 $40
2 6 Daxter Sony Mar-06 $40
** 7 FIFA World Cup 2006 Electronic Arts May-06 $40
** 8 Need for Speed: Most Wanted Electronic Arts Nov-05 $40
** 9 NBA Live 06 Electronic Arts Oct-05 $30
9 10 SOCOM: Fireteam Bravo Sony Nov-05 $40
With Tekken and Valkyrie Profile out this month, I expect some big changes to this list. If Cars is number one again, then you go to bed without cookies!

[Via Gamespot]

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