Sony’s PSP, which has been consistently selling well despite any super popular title pushing it along, had been making splashes earlier this month at CES for things such as Skype and GPS functionality coming to the handheld. All of this while many industry folks have been screaming from the rooftops for Sony to focus on fun games, much like Nintendo does with the DS, instead of beefing up the already powerful handheld.
Maybe Sony has finally decided to listen to everyone else for a change.
Patapon, the rhythm based, sidescroller from Sony’s Japan Studio, for the PSP is being priced to move at an MSRP of $19.99. If there was anything that Sony should steal from Nintendo’s playbook, it should be the fact that small, fun $20, or less, games are a very good thing and maybe, if this game is a success, that may become the norm as opposed to the rare exception.
Not to say that Patapon will be the best game ever made but I, and I’m sure I’m not alone here, am much more willing to take a chance on a fun looking game at $20, which is impulse buy territory, than at $40, the usual price point for PSP titles and also the price point for quite a few home console titles.
Sony, thank you, at least once, for realizing that it’s about the games.