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Top 10 Best-Selling PSP Games

Top 10 Best-Selling PSP Games - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 16 October 2015 / 79,019 Views

Today we take a look at the top 10 best-selling games for yet another platform. Up to this point we have looked at the original PlayStation, the Nintendo 64, the PlayStation 2, the original Xbox, the GameCube, and the Nintendo DS. This week we are taking a look at Sony's first handheld, the PSP. 

The PSP is the ninth best-selling video game platform in history and the fourth best-selling handheld in gaming history. It is also the best-selling handheld not released by Nintendo. It sold 80.82 million units in its lifetime.

It sold a very similar amount in all three major regions, shifting 21.41 million units in North America, 24.14 million units in Europe, and a massive 20.01 million units in Japan. It also sold a combined 15.26 million units across the rest of the world.

With its strong install base the PSP also managed to shift a fair amount of games, despite being plagued by piracy throughout its lifespan. 56 games for the console managed to sell over 1 million units and 20 games sold more than two million units. Below we've compiled the 10 best-selling PSP games.

10th. Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII - 3.15 Million


9th. God of War: Chains of Olympus - 3.16 Million


8th. Gran Turismo - 3.23 Million


7th. Midnight Club 3: DUB Edition - 3.64 Million


6th. Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters - 3.73 Million


5th. Daxter - 4.16 Million


4th. Monster Hunter Freedom 3 - 4.87 Million


3rd. Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories - 5.03 Million


2nd. Monster Hunter Freedom Unite - 5.47 Million


1st. Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories -  7.67 Million



A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at or on Twitter @TrunksWD.

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CosmicSex (on 16 October 2015)

GTA prints money.

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Ganoncrotch (on 16 October 2015)

Have to remember as well this software chart is just based on physical and most if not all of these titles are available on the 12.5million Vita systems out there now, I have 6 of the 10 bought on my Vita, the 2 GTA stories games work incredibly well with the ability to bind the right analog stick to the d-pad directions.

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jason1637 (on 17 October 2015)

I played 9 and 10

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S.Peelman (on 17 October 2015)

And none of those franchises are on Vita, or maybe one or two are, not sure, but anyway the point is it's pretty baffling why PSP's biggest successes weren't even tried on Vita. The loss Monster Hunter would have been a big blow either way, but at least the situation in the west could have been better. Also, PSP basically tied the GBA and it's top software sales were pretty good, so quite impressive performance overall.

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KingdomHeartsFan (on 16 October 2015)

Good to see Crisis Core made the list, one of my favorite FF games.

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Jranation (on 16 October 2015)

Sadly most of the franchises there didn't stayed or came to support its successor

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Zackasaurus-rex (on 16 October 2015)

Birth by Sleep is easily the PSP's best game, followed by Crisis Core.

I surely do love my PSP...

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Rob5VGC (on 16 October 2015)

Looks totally right. A shame Birth by Sleep could not make the top 10.

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Dr.Vita (on 18 October 2015)

PSP was a beast!!!

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malistix1985 (on 16 October 2015)

I have all 10 of these games :D

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Maximus2013 (on 16 October 2015)

PSP has a massive library of epic games to play. Monster Hunter GoW, GTA, Killzone, Final Fantasy etc...I owned the DS for Pokemon and Mario but PSP was for everything else...

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AlfredoTurkey (on 17 October 2015)

One of the reasons why the DS beat it so soundly is because Sony didn't realize that in order to sell dedicated handhelds, you have to offer a gaming experience that consoles can't. In the US, consoles are king. So why in the world would anyone need a PS2 and PSP? If my PS2 can play GT4, why do I need a PSP to play a dumbed down version of it? If my PS2 can play GTA3, why in the world would I need to buy a PSP just to play GTA LCS, which is again, an inferior imitation? It just didn't make any sense. Plus, the handheld market and home console market are mostly separated by age. Handhelds sell mostly to the under 12 demographic. Which, as you know, is the Pokemon demographic. The PSP couldn't compete in the kiddy market and in the west, that hurt it as well.

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Azhraell AlfredoTurkey (on 18 October 2015)

Hey man, it did fine for being their first handheld. It's not like even nintendo can beat or get close to the DS

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JRPGfan (on 17 October 2015)

kinda a lame top10 list.... alot of good rpgs deserve to be there, I feel, but sadly arnt.

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Seventizz JRPGfan (on 18 October 2015)

Not many of us care about JRPGs. It's a very limited market outside of Japan.

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tripenfall (on 16 October 2015)

Ultimate Ghosts 'n Goblins was my all time favourite

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Mystro-Sama (on 16 October 2015)

No Ghost of Sparta? That game was my shit.

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Chazore (on 16 October 2015)

Where was Dissidia and Twisted Metal?, those two were like gems to me back then.

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Arminillo (on 16 October 2015)

that MH3U on the Freedom Unite picture

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Kallumsmarties (on 19 October 2015)

I think Sony made a huge mistake by not making sure Monster Hunter stayed on their consoles and now they paid the price and lost the franchise to Nintendo. Can't blame Nintendo for taking it either, now it's doing their handheld a whole world of good.

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fluky-nintendy (on 16 October 2015)

I'm sorry but these top ten cumpilations seem more like a "best of Vgchartz" to me. Is the site going to shut down soon or become a forum only thang?

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COKTOE fluky-nintendy (on 16 October 2015)

Cumpilations? I just watched a Jessica Bangkok cumpilation this morning. Was ok.

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Azuren (on 16 October 2015)

Absolutely disgusted in people for Birth by Sleep not making that list. And Freedom 3 isn't a thing. "Portable 3rd" never came stateside

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Seventizz Azuren (on 18 October 2015)

Never heard of it - not sure I care either.

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Kallumsmarties Azuren (on 19 October 2015)

Doesn't matter whether it came stateside or not, still one of the top 10 best-selling PSP games. Probably sold extremely well in Japan.

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