As you are all aware, both me, CaptainMurdo and nofi have PSP Go’s and are pretty smitten by our shiny new toys. Well, this weekend will see thousands of Japanese getting their sticky mitts on Sony’s latest portable and experience that new gadget feeling.
Japan is an incredibly important market for the PSP, where it comprehensively sells more than in the EU and US. It even managed to be the top selling console in Japan at several times last year (probably due to the amount of Japanese-centric RPG’s available over there). In a strange move, Sony’s home market has had to wait until now (a month later than the EU and US) for the Go to be on sale. Perhaps this could be a little consolation for the wait we had to endure for the PS3.
The expected launch title list of games in Japan does hold a few surprises. While they have expected titles like MotorStorm Arctic Edge, Dissidia Final Fantasy, PixelJunk Monsters Deluxe and the brilliant LocoRoco: Midnight Carnival (read the review here) there are a couple of rather tasty demos to pick up.
First of all (if you have a Japanese PSN account) there will be a demo for Metal Gear Solid Peace Walker. This is sure to go down a storm with PSP owners and Metal Gear fans alike. Alongside that slice of Metal Gear goodness, there will be a demo for the PSP Valkyria Chronicles. Again, another high anticipated title and I for one will be downloading this having only recently experienced the delights of its PS3 counterpart.
As well as those demos, there will be the release of Echochrono. A follow up to Echochrome, it sees players going through each level more than once and using their ghosts to progress through the game (a similar concept to the time pads used in the upcoming Ratchet & Clank: A Crack In Time). I’m looking forward to this game and hopefully there will be an EU release in the near future.
The wrap things up, there is a PSP version of Square Enix’s Crystal Defenders, Persona 3 Portable, Elemental Monsters TD Portable and a demo for Phantasy Star Portable 2. All in all it is a real mixed bag on genres and game types, with some really exciting releases and personally I think it was a better line-up than the EU launch. Time will tell if the Japanese market takes to the Go as well as they did the original PSP.