Top 10 Selling PSP Games

by William D'Angelo, posted on 11 November 2013 / 51,443 Views

Welcome to the ‘Top 10’ weekly feature. Each week we will be taking a look at the top 10 selling games in a particular genre, platform, most recent month, even sprinkling in the top 10 selling games from a past year. All sales specified will be worldwide, unless stated otherwise. If there is a particular top 10 you want to see leave a comment and it may be featured in a future top 10. As a note all sales figures are retail only.

This week we will be looking at the top 10 selling PSP games. Last week we looked at the top 10 selling DS games and the week before that the top 10 selling games in 2009.

Looking at the top 10 bestselling PSP games, two games came out in 2005, two in 2006, two in 2007, two in 2008, one in 2009, and one in 2010. Five of the games were released between February and June, while the other five were released between September and December.

The top 10 bestselling PSP games have sold a combined 43.21 million units. Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories and Monster Hunter Freedom Unite sold more than five million units. The top five titles sold more than four million units and the entire top 10 sold more than three million units.

When you break it down by franchise there are two Grand Theft Auto titles and two Monster Hunter titles. The two Grand Theft Auto titles, Liberty City Stories and Vice City Stories, sold a combined 12.36 million units 28.6 percent of the total games sold in the top 10. The two Monster Hunter titles, Freedom Unite and Freedom 3, sold a combined 10.26 million units 23.7 percent of the total games sold in the top 10.

When you break it down by publisher there are four first party titles, and six third party titles. This is a big difference from the PSP which had the entire top 10 selling games published by Nintendo. The four games published by Sony, Daxter, Ratchet & Clank: Size Matter. God of War: Chains of Olympus, and Gran Turismo, sold a combined 13.92 million units or 32.2 percent of the total games sold in the top 10.

Of the six third party titles three were published by Take-Two, two by Capcom and one by Square Enix. The three Take-Two titles, Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories, and Midnight Club 3: DUB Edition, sold a combined 15.95 million units or 36.9 percent of the total games sold in the top 10. The two Capcom titles, Monster Hinter Freedom Unite and Monster Hunter Freedom 3, sold a combined 10.26 million units 23.7 percent of the total games sold in the top 10.

The top 10 selling PSP games as a graph really shows established how important Grand Theft Auto and Monster Hunter were important to the success of the PSP.

Here are the sales figures outside the top 10: The top 17 titles sold more than two million units and the top 50 titles sold more than one million units. The top 137 titles sold more than 500,000 units and the top 345 titles sold more than 200,000 units.

Sony has sold 80,112,535 million PSP’s to date. There have also been 277,358,126 games sold for the PSP.

Sony accounts for 16.7 percent of the total games sold for the PSP. Sony has sold 46.31 million games for the PSP to date. This is the most by any publisher. Electronic Arts has sold 37.25 million games for the PSP, Capcom 23.61 million games, Namco Bandai 18.27 million games, Konami 17.90 million games, Take-Two 16.95 million games, Sega 15.23 million games, Square Enix 14.41 million games, and THQ 12.68 million games.

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Salnax (on 11 November 2013)

Actually, for a system that supposedly died off in much of the world after 2008, the PSP received "big" games throughout its life. And these games were a decent mixture of genres and styles. Nicely done... for a non-Nintendo handheld.

Meret (on 11 November 2013)

Yeah, not bad.

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fps_d0minat0r (on 11 November 2013)

GTA: Los Santos Stories for PS VITA anyone?

MANUELF (on 11 November 2013)

Is a possibility but an exclusive is impossible without Sonys aid

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GdaTyler (on 11 November 2013)

I love the Vita with all my heart, but I can't see that happening. Bioshock Vita still hasn't been greenlighted. This developer discrimination of Vita is pissing me off. Sometimes you have to take risks or nothing'll happen.

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SlayerRondo (on 06 December 2013)

A sadly underrated platform

MANUELF (on 11 November 2013)

Actually the attach rate on the PSP is very bad, no game reached a 10% attach rate on it