A Flood Of Expensive, Branded PSP Memory Sticks Will Invade Japan This Summer

By Ishaan . May 28, 2011 . 1:26pm

This summer, Japan will see a flood of expensive, branded memory sticks released by Kadokawa Shoten and Hori. What’s so special about them? Nothing, really, other than the fact that they’re branded with popular licenses and some of them come with content like PSP themes.


One of these is this Haruhi memory stick on the right from Kadokawa Shoten, which is due out on June 23rd. This will go for 3,980 yen (about $49.00) and will come with this custom PSP theme:




Next up is Steins;Gate memory stick, also from Kadokawa Shoten. Like the Haruhi stick, this will also go for 3,980 yen on June 23rd and will come with a custom theme:



Hori are trying something different with a Taiko no Tatsujin memory stick. Theirs comes with a custom PSP theme and the song “Fantasy of the Wind”. In a twist, it’s actually cheaper at 3,480 yen ($43.00) and is due out on July 14th.


Prefer anime instead? Don’t worry, here’s a A Certain Scientific Railgun stick, also for 3,480 yen. This one’s due out a little later, in August.


Finally, Capcom have their own branded PSP sticks coming, too, and naturally, they’re based on Monster Hunter. Monster Hunter Diary G is releasing on August 25th, and this stick will be released day and date with the game for 3,129 yen ($39.00).


All of these are Mark2 sticks. Incidentally, you can grab a regular Sony ProDuo 4GB Mark2 memory stick at Rakuten for just a little over 2,000 yen (that’s $25.00). Amazon has them going for even lower.

  • malek86

    That’s a big premium price for a sticker and a theme.

  • SolidusSnake

    Too much, PSP memory sticks are already overpriced.

    Yet on the other hand it’s smart, since the otaku are guaranteed to pay ridiculous prices for anything with a picture of their “waifu” on it.

    • Exkaiser

      They’re only 4GB, too… You could get a 32 GB MicroSD for just a bit more than that.

      • SolidusSnake

        Yep, not nearly enough bang for your buck.

  • Id buy out of novelty considering theyre the same price as 16GB pro duos….

  • KotaroInugami

    I rather just have the themes. I mean I liked the idea when I first read it, but considering I rarely have need to remove my memory stick, whats the point if I’m not gonna see it?

  • The taiko drumming one is too cute for words.

  • Code

    This would be like having a specially branded HDD, you never see it once you pop it in, so what’s the point omo;

    • Exkaiser

      True, true.

      A specially-branded EHD might be neat, though.

      • malek86

        It would probably be cheaper (and more satisfying) to mod it yourself. You could do some crazy stuff too. Granted, it’s not that easy.

  • These sticks make me want to stick it in.

  • railgun sounds good


  • Zonic505

    As cool as this is (especially since since you get a free theme), it really should’ve been 8 or 16GB, considering the price. Plus, how often will you actually look at the memory stick? It’s not like you can see it while it’s inserted like the memory card or an USB stick.

  • Angeru_Lito

    Haruhi´s eyes , can´t unsee.. emptiness… eating my soul … Ahhh

  • PrinceHeir

    sooo awesome O__O

  • Covnam

    The themes will probably find their way online soon after release too, so there’s even less reason to waste money on these. I feel sorry for whoever gets taken advantage of and buys this.

    • kupomogli

      I’d like to Monster Hunter theme.  I really like the Felynes.

  • But still it looks pretty cool with a custom look on the stick other than just saying brand or what size.

  • hush404

    4Gb? Pssh, why so small?

    I’ve got one of those adapter thing that jacks 2 16gb SDmicros into one MS to give 32gb (its more like 30 after formatting) and at times find myself deleting stuff to keep space for new titles :S

    • But they dont have cool drawings on them, have they?

      • TanyaRei

        Stickers are easy to make

        • Still, it won’t be official, and it might look crappy, is like putting a dragonball patch on a shirt by pressing with the iron, it will have a not official/maybe crappy feeling on it

          • TanyaRei


      • hush404

        lol, no they do not have kewl drawings on them. That said, I’m with TanyaRei – Stickers are easily applied if need be.

        • It’s not the same!, it will not feel “official” O_o

          • hush404

            Official? The stick sits in your PSP, hidden from view… I really don’t see the importance for an official looking design on your mem stick.

          • malek86

            “Official” is, for the most part, a word made up by companies to get money from people.

          • I find that it works so well sadly.

    • TanyaRei

      I have the same thing
      unless by some miracle psp2 uses normal memory sticks, itll never leave my psp

  • omg omg omg, i need that steins;gate theme omg

  • TanyaRei

    Shame psp2 wont use them…

  • superdry

    I bought the Project Diva memory stick and was I a sucker.  The description did say it would come with extra stuff…just didn’t know what.  I thought maybe it would come with bonus stuff to use in the game, but, alas, only a theme.

  • Tom_Phoenix

    This just reminds me of how much I hate having to buy seperate accessories just to be able to SAVE my games. Would including a rudimentary 128 Mb Memory Stick with a PSP really be too much to ask for?

    But then again, this is Sony we are talking about. The company that will use a proprietary format just to be able to squeeze every penny from you.

    • malek86

      Didn’t the PSP come with a 32Mb stick? I don’t remember.

      • Tom_Phoenix

        Certain Value Packs and Limited Edition releases come with a memory stick. However, those are rare and not available in all regions. Not to mention that, even when it includes a memory stick (a 32Mb one), the Value Pack is so overpriced for what it offers that you might as well not bother and buy a memory stick seperatly.

        As standard, though? No, the PSP does not come with a memory stick. Which shouldn’t suprise anyone, since PlayStation consoles were also almost never sold together with memory cards, but it is annoying all the same.

        • malek86

          Now that you make me remember, yeah, my standard PSP-2000 didn’t come with a memory stick. I didn’t buy it separately though, because I just used a 512Mb M2 that I had lying around, due to previously owning a Sony Ericsson phone.

          I eventually changed it to a 4Gb when I found a pretty good offer (25€ for the MS and Wipeout Pulse included). Now I’m looking for a 8Gb one, but only if I can find it for less than 15€. Considering their prices, that’s gonna be very difficult. I’m not really hurting for memory either, so maybe I’ll just keep the 4Gb one.

          The next PSP better use normal SD.

        • Zefux

          I used to play my PS1 without a memory card…

          And I still remembered how I restarted all my games (RPG, Racing etc) until I finally got enough cash for a memcard.

          Yes, I was only 10 years old back then :D.

          • Tom_Phoenix

            Yeah, I played my brother’s PS1 without a memory card as well. I remember beating Tommorow Never Dies in one sitting and watching my brother beat Metal Gear Solid (although he technically didn’t do it in one sitting, since we left the PlayStation on over night =P). I also remember playing Gran Turismo and being pissed off that I couldn’t save my Career mode.

            Those were fun times. But it doesn’t change the fact that not being able to save was still an enormous pain.

  • OH MAI GAH A Certain Scientific Railgun memory stick *-*

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