The PSP Had A Very Good Year (In Japan)

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Sony's six-year-old PSP may feel in need of an update, but the portable PlayStation managed to still be the bestselling platform in Japan this year, where Monster Hunter (and its clones) made 2010 great for the PSP.

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That's according to a report from ASCII Media Works, publisher of Dengeki game magazines, which pegs the PSP as the number one platform in Japan for 2010. It was something of a close race, though, with the Nintendo DS in all of its flavors lagging just behind. The better news for Sony was that PSP sales were up (way up) in 2010 over 2009. The inverse was true for Nintendo, which saw big declines in DS sales year-over-year in Japan.

This is how the hardware battle went down in Japan, with 2009 sales figures in parenthesis.

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  • PSP - 2,729,718 (2,125,519)
  • Nintendo DS - 2,719,544 (3,773,898)
  • Wii - 1,592,563 (1,747,961)
  • PlayStation 3 - 1,542,258 (1,668,938)
  • Xbox 360 - 231,258 (349,663)
  • PlayStation 2 - 83,030 (197,146)

ASCII also does its version of the top ten bestselling video games in Japan, with Pokemon Black/White (DS), Monster Hunter Portable 3rd (PSP) and New Super Mario Bros. Wii (Wii) taking first, second and third place respectively. It's a more accurate representation of the top ten, thanks to Monster Hunter 3rd's inclusion, than Media Create's list.

2010年で最も売れたゲームはポケモン黒・白! [ASCII via 1UP]

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DISCUSSION

Wait, so the PSP isn't dead? Where did that notion come from in the first place? Turns out American media lied to us (again), color me surprised.

Edit: this year in PSP how many did you play? How many did you finish? What else could you ask for?

P3P

Ghost of Sparta

MGS:Peace Walker

Kingdom Hearts BBS

Ys Seven

Ys Oath in Felghana

Blazblue

Cladun

Lunar SSH

Fat Princess

Socom FTB3

What did I do to deserve this my Lord 2

Monsters (Probably) Stole My Princess

Harvest Moon

Silent Hill Shattered Memories

Modnation

Dante's Inferno (probably its best version)

Disgaea

Shadow of Destiny

That's a better list than any other console this gen.