A Popular PSP Game Was Among September’s Best-Selling U.S. Titles



    The PSP is a system that one doesn’t usually expect to see performing well in terms of software sold outside of Japan. Given the relatively slow hardware sales and ease of piracy on the device — although, Sony have taken countermeasures against this of late — the wide assumption is that PSP market is a hotbed of illegally-obtained software.


    Even Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker, which released earlier in the year, failed to chart in the NPD top-ten. That’s why seeing Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep at #6 for the month of September is an impressive sight.


    The difference, however, is that the NPD Group doesn’t provide data on digitally-downloaded games. While Peace Walker was also made available for download on the PlayStation Network, Birth by Sleep remains a physical retail release only.


    In case you’re wondering, the last PSP game before Birth by Sleep to chart in the NPD top-ten was also a Square Enix title. It was Dissidia: Final Fantasy, which charted at #7 with 130,000 units in August 2009.


    Other interesting candidates include Capcom’s Dead Rising 2 at #3 and Metroid: Other M at #9. The NPD Group doesn’t provide sales numbers to the public any more, however, so it’s impossible to tell how each of these games sold.


    01.Halo: Reach360Microsoft
    02.Madden NFL 11PS3, 360, Wii, PSP, PS2Electronic Arts
    03.Dead Rising 2PS3, 360, PCCapcom
    04.NHL 11PS3, 360Electronic Arts
    05.Fifa Soccer 11PS3, 360, DS, PSP, PS2Warner Bros.
    06.Kingdom Hearts: Birth by SleepPSPSquare Enix
    07.Mafia IIPS3, 360, PCTake Two
    08.Spider-Man: Shattered DimensionsPS3, 360, Wii, DSActivision Blizzard
    09.Metroid: Other MWiiNintendo
    10.Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2PS3, 360, PCActivision Blizzard
    Ishaan Sahdev
    Ishaan specializes in game design/sales analysis. He's the former managing editor of Siliconera and a contributing writer at GamesIndustry.biz. He also used to moonlight as a professional manga editor. These days, his day job has nothing to do with games, but the two inform each other nonetheless.

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