At least until smartphones came along, the only real threat to Nintendo’s handheld dominance came from Sony and their PSP consoles, which were made by Sony.
This is how the PSP looked like. Sony’s PlayStation Portable came out at the end of 2004 in Japan, and a few months later, it went on sale around the world. It had a sleek design, a beautiful screen, and great audiovisual abilities that made it stand out from Nintendo’s more kid-friendly consoles.
However, even though the DS sold more, the PSP sold more than 80 million units in its lifetime. A big part of what made it so popular was that it had a lot of great games. These games could easily hold their own against the best games on home consoles.
Take a look at our Best PSP Games list to see how many good games there are on the console. It’s a great list with games that no gamer should miss. Which ones sold the best, though? Check out the top 10 best-selling PSP games of all time to see what we can learn.
The Jak & Daxter games were made by Naughty Dog, which has a lot of games on the list of the best-selling PS3 games. Since the first game came out in 2001, the games have been very popular.
Jak and Daxter, the elf-like human and his ottsel (a hybrid of an otter and a weasel) companion, always had a lot of fun together. The games have always been great 3D platformers with run-and-gun elements and a lot of character.
This original PSP game, as you can see from the title, is all about the second character. Daxter, on the other hand, is looking for his friend.
Jak was imprisoned during a time that’s mostly skipped over at the start of the PS2 game Jak II. This leaves a lot of room for Daxter’s solo PSP game to fill in the rest of the story.
This game, which is a “spin-off,” has sold more than 2.3 million copies, so it’s clear that not having Jak didn’t hurt its popularity. It’s widely thought to be one of the best games on the PSP.
Monster Hunter Freedom 2 (2007)
There have been 78 million copies of Capcom’s Monster Hunter games sold since the first one was released on PlayStation 2 in 2004.
Monster Hunter Freedom 2 was the first handheld game in the series. Capcom used the PS2 game Monster Hunter 2 to give PSP gamers a new campaign and a lot of new things to do.
Importantly, ad-hoc multiplayer meant that teaming up with friends brought the game an accessible social aspect that was more difficult to achieve on the PS2 at the time.
Monster Hunter Freedom 2 also had a lot of longevity because it could be downloaded with even more content and quests. This is why it sold 2.4 million copies on the PSP.
Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII (2007)
A game called Final Fantasy VII on the PlayStation 1 changed the way people thought about JRPGs. It’s also one of the best JRPGs of all time.
Crisis Core is a prequel to Final Fantasy VII. It starts a few years before the events of the PS1 game and ends just before the story of the game starts to get interesting.
Though Square Enix had a hard job following up Final Fantasy VII, Crisis Core is one of the best prequels of all time. We even put it at the top of our list of the best PSP RPGs because it’s so good!
With 3.1 million copies sold on the PSP, it’s clear that people who own Sony’s handheld couldn’t get enough of this new storyline for Final Fantasy VII.
God of War: Chains of Olympus (2008)
A third-person perspective, cinematic hack and slash fight, as well as gargantuan beasts for Kratos to kill, have always been big parts of the God of War games.
No, but could that sense of scale and satisfyingly big action work in a handheld console?
The answer, of course, is “Yes.” Playstation 2 gamers were given an adventure just like the big brothers on the PS2. It was as epic, cinematic, and action-packed as its big brothers.
PSPs have always been popular because many well-known games were able to work well on a small screen. God of War: Chains of Olympus is another great example of this, and it’s a great game.
The game was a critical and commercial hit, which is a good sign of how good it is. It sold 3.2 million units on the PlayStation Portable.
Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters (2007)
When it comes to PlayStation-based games that are third-person action adventures with a buddy comedy, Ratchet & Clank is one of the most well-known.
One of the things that make Ratchet and Clank’s intergalactic adventures unique is that they have ridiculously over-the-top weapons and gadgets that players can use.
Going Commando and Up Your Arsenal are two of the best Ratchet and Clank games. Size Matters, of course, is no different. Because this was the first Ratchet & Clank game you could take with you, it also refers to this being the first game.
Despite the reference to the game making it to the small screen, it did also arrive on the PS2 a year later; with that version omitted the portable original’s multiplayer options, the PSP original is still the best one to get hold of.
3.73 million copies of the PSP version were sold, which put it right in the middle of the list of the best-selling PSP games.
Monster Hunter Freedom Unite (2009)
There are a lot of Monster Hunter games that have sold well on the PSP, so this shows how popular the series has become.
This game is on our list of the best multiplayer games for the PSP. It’s a lot of fun to play with your friends.
It’s possible to play the whole game with up to four people at the same time, which means that more than 500 hours of monster hunting can be played together!
That Monster Hunter Freedom Unite sold 3.8 million copies isn’t certain. It wasn’t just one of the best PSP games or one of the best multiplayer PSP games, but it was one of the best reasons to own a PSP all at once.
If you have a PSP, you can still play Monster Hunter Freedom Unite with your PSP-owning friends. Even though many online features have been disabled on PSP games for a long time now, the local multiplayer options for the game still work, so it’s still worth picking up and playing with your friends.
Tekken: Dark Resurrection – 2.2 Million Copies Sold
Since 1994, Tekken has been one of the most important fighting game series. Tekken is one of the best fighting game series out there because it has well-known characters, great music, and 3D graphics that make it stand out from the rest of the games.
There is no surprise that Tekken did well on the PSP because of its history. When the game was released, it was called Tekken 5. Tekken: Dark Resurrection is an updated version of the game that was made for the PSP.
The game featured three new characters that weren’t in Tekken 5: Armor King, Lily, and Dragunov; with Lily and Dragunov making their debuts in the franchise. In the end, Tekken: Dark Resurrection was a big hit. It sold 2.2 million copies, and it would also be on the PlayStation 3.
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories – 4.5 Million Copies Sold
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories is a prequel to Vice City, and it’s called Vice City Stories. The story is about the Vance brothers as they try to make a name for themselves in Vice City. As they find out, that’s not as easy as it sounds. People who are famous have also been in the game. Danny Trejo, Luis Guzman, and Gary Busey are some of them.
Vice City Stories sold 4.5 million copies. The success of Grand Theft Auto can’t be overstated. This game would add to that success.
Game fans were happy with the game, even though it was smaller than the other Grand Theft Auto games. Even though it was smaller, it still had a lot of fun and crazy things that people expect from a Grand Theft Auto game.
Gran Turismo – 4.6 Million Copies Sold
There were a lot of racing games on the PSP, like Need for Speed, Midnight Club, Dirt, and more. Gran Turismo was another racing game that was on the PSP.
As there were over 800 cars in the game, some features had to be cut back in order to fit everything else in. There were brands like Ferrari, Alfa Romeo, and Bugatti on this list.
Most people buy Gran Turismo on the console even though there are a lot of PSP games that are about racing. It sold 4.6 million copies and became one of the best games for the PSP.
A new Gran Turismo game is coming out in the future, but only for the PlayStation 5.