PSP Drops To $130, New Budget Game Releases Announced

By Ishaan . February 25, 2011 . 12:30pm

If you’ve refrained from buying a PSP so far, this year might be a good opportunity to pick one up; Sony are dropping the system’s price to $130 in the U.S. starting Feb 27th. What’s more, a few of the better-known PSP games have dropped in price, too.


Here’s the list of games that are seeing a price-drop alongside the system this weekend:


New PSP “Greatest Hits” Titles ($19.99)


New PSP “Favorites” Titles ($9.99)

  • BelmontHeir

    Monster Hunter for $10 is such a freakin’ steal. Anybody with any interest in the franchise should snatch it up immediately. :)

    • Draparde

      yeah! i traded in mine awhile ago, but i might get it back now that its $10 xD

      • BelmontHeir

        lol, definitely get it back. I traded in my copy of MH Freedom because it’s basically the same game as Unite except twice as hard, not nearly as fun, and missing a bunch of extra content. :D

    • Is it worth picking up Freedom Unite at this point in time? I thought that the next PSP Monster Hunter was already out in Japan. If that’s the case, wouldn’t it be better to wait and pick that one up once it’s brought overseas?

      • BelmontHeir

        They’re both worth getting! Sure, they might play similarly but they’re totally different games. Unite is an enhanced remake of the original Monster Hunter Freedom, whereas Monster Hunter Portable 3rd (the one that’s out in Japan) is an enhanced remake of Monster Hunter Tri for the Wii. Unfortunately, there’s no guarantee as of yet that Portable 3rd will make it to American shores. :(

        • Ive been kind of skeptical about monster hunter, is it really that good?if so what about it?
          im slightly interested in it.

          • Cloud_ST

            It’s really hard,but as a experience is long and satisfying,and although you grind for better armors and weapons,facing the monsters is more of a “learn from your mistakes and beat him that way”,having finished it,I totally recommend it.

          • Do you have to use the “claw” style of playing in order to actually play the game well?

          • Cloud_ST

            @Shane Guidaboni I think I did play like that,you kinda get used to it after a while but you can use L(or R I don’t remember exactly) to center the camera while you move,that is useful.

          • I just picked Tri up lately and I’m enjoying it. If you have any form of OCD it the crafting and item collecting will steal your life. (In a good way!)

            It’s also really appealing in that it gives you a sense of progression without having experience levels. I can now kill things faster and more efficiently with my lance than when I first equipped one- and it’s not just because I have a better lance.

    • MarkMario

      Monster Hunter, Meh ._.

  • Draparde

    This is awesome, im in need of a new psp anyway, mine wants to be picky with reading UMDs now :/

  • Tom_Phoenix

    Damn it, Sony! I bought a PSP just recently and you choose NOW of all times to make a price cut! -_-

  • Kaoro

    How is the ghosting on the 3000? I have a 2000 and it’s pretty noticeable.

    This post reminds me that we haven’t got an Agito/Type-0 announcement for NA yet. Weird. I would love a summer simultaneous launch with Japan :).

    • Skua

      Ghosting has been eliminated on the 3000, but in return, there’s noticeable interlacing (scanlines).

      Whether one is better than the other depends on your tolerance for the respective quirk (although the 3000 is definitely brighter and clearer too).

      • jello44

        Honestly, I don’t even notice the interlacing. (except in those pictures)

        Maybe my eyes just suck that bad.

    • 3000 is like butter baby!

  • lightningrook

    I’ve always been kinda leery about the MH franchise and the Freedom Unite demo didn’t exactly impress me, but for $10 I just might have to give it another shot. Then again, God Eater comes out in a little more than two weeks meaning if I did get MH:FU it’d probably be a while before I actually got around to playing it :/

    Also, Peace Walker for $20 is pretty sweet as well.

    • Cloud_ST

      You should if you can!,the demo is kinda like “I give you a good armor and a good weapon to go against a top tier monster,good luck” and that sucks for your first time in this game xD,starting from the beginning is a lot better.

  • Wow with PSPs now more low cost than ever, people have no excuse not to get them. And dont even bring up the ill known statement of “psp ain’t got no games” cause it does. I surely hope people pick up the fantastic Crisis Core and while they are at it…be sure to pick up Persona 3 Portable and Persona 1 Portable, my two favorite non Naruto/Disgaea/Yugioh games on the PSP.

    • ToSeektheChosen

      Yea, 2008 and 2010 was a great year for the PSP.

  • Well, if I decide to pick one up, that’s a good price. Probably won’t this year, though.

  • thaKingRocka

    No joke, Killzone: Liberation was one of my favorite PSP titles. I didn’t like 1 or 2, and the demo for 3 seems rather unimpressive to me, but Liberation’s completely different approach worked for me. I think it’s definitely worth 10 bucks.

  • puchinri

    Perfect. I’ll be picking up a PSP very soon then (and MH). ♥
    Too bad Persona nor Lunar got a price cut.

    Also, has anyone played the Wipeout PSP titles and Wipeout HD? I hear Wipeout HD is just (parts of?) the PSP games enchanced, and I do like playing on the console, but which is more worth the buy?

    • What do you mean? P1P was cut to 9.99 and P3P to 19.99 I thought.

      • puchinri

        Really? That wasn’t just for one of those Amazon sales or something? P1 is about $20 used on Gamestop, but P3P is still fairly expensive new and used.

    • malek86

      Wipeout HD has the same tracks and ships as the PSp games, however it has more gameplay modes, and the handling is different as well (though somewhat similar to Pulse).

      • puchinri

        I see, thanks~.

    • Wipeout Pure and Wipeout Pulse are two of the best racing games on any system imo. HD is a combination of both, yea, and is based more on Pulse’s controls.

      On the PSP, Pure and Pulse control a little differently. Pure is the more “traditional” Wipeout, with slightly looser/floaty controls. Meanwhile, Pulse has tighter controls, a MUCH better UI/layout, and the singleplayer campaign beats Pure’s senseless.

      Honestly, I think they’re both worth looking into because on the PSP, they each have a different feel. They’re also very “pick-up-and-play,” so you can do a couple races and turn the system off.

      • puchinri

        The HD demo (in all its shortness) was fun, but I thought it might be more fun to have the two separate experiences, and it seems that is so.

        I’ll look into them after I get the other games then~. Thank you for the input.

    • I hate racing games and I love Wipeout HD. I think because of the ability to destroy other cars. It makes it so much more than the usual boring, drive-in-a-circle that most racing games are.

      They released a DLC pack that added new tracks and new modes. I am not sure if those tracks are in the PSP version, though. I can’t tell you about the PSP version, but HD is completely worth it and it’s even more worth it to download the DLC.

      Not to mention, if you care about trophies, you’ll be there for the rest of your life trying to platinum the game. There’s so much to do and so many feats it asks you to perform, I was addicted to the game for a few months and then again when the DLC came out.

  • Hraesvelgr

    Interesting. I’ve always just borrowed my brother’s and even though I own enough PSP games at this point to actually warrant buying my own, it has always been a bit more expensive than I’d like it to be. This might actually change my mind.

  • Yes! Just perfect. Now, all I need to do is buy the games I’ll play for keeps + imports like @NamcoBandai’s #TaikoNoTatsujin.

  • is it too much to cancel my 3DS pre-order and get this? I mean, 15 minute play time? No RPG love at launch? 3DS lite probably coming down the road? #whatshouldIdo

    • The 3DS has a comprable battery life to the PSP and even surpasses it when playing old DS games. Besides, the battery life on my PSP has been more than enough most all of the time. The exception being when I fly from Oregon to Maine, although I can usually charge it in the airport during a layover. The battery on the 3DS should not be a reason for not purchasing it. The lack of RPGs could be a valid one. I will just play Pokemon white on my 3DS when I get the RPG itch, and then enjoy Pilotwings resort the rest of the time.

  • PrinceHeir

    im definitely gonna buy one just for a spare since sony might stop producing them once NGP get’s released and it’s in the market in 2-3 years but then again they still sell PS2. having a back up is always good :D

  • steaminferno

    Perfect, I was planning to buy a PSP in a few months and Crisis Core is one of the games I planned to buy.

  • Dissidia’s been $19.99… at GameStop and other locations. Since last summer at the earliest.

  • Great price, wish it were accompanied by more games I’m interested in. I either have these now-budget priced games or they are not my kind of game :|

  • Caligula

    I… I… I just bought a new PSP like two weeks ago after my old one broke. And now they drop the price.

    This hurts deep down inside ;_;

  • No9

    Gamestop in Canada has been trying to get rid of the Resistance: Retribution game for awhile now (they’re selling it for 5).

  • Joanna

    Well I picked up a PSP recently and I was pleasantly surprised when I noticed the price drop (since I’m behind in gaming news). What is odd though is I haven’t seen Crisis Core: FFVII available anywhere….is this “favourites” line coming out soon, or is it just back catalogue CC:FFVII that are getting that price drop?

    I’m torn about Dissidia since duodecim is suppose to have the first game in it…but at 20$ I may just pick it up. I will definitely be getting LBP and I am looking into Peace Walker, MH, and Ratchet and Clank.

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