It feels like the success of the PSP has been somewhat forgotten. Maybe it's because the PS Vita has been out for several years now and sadly never found itself in the hands of enough gamers. However, that shouldn't detract from the amazing history of the PSP.
Sony's first handheld was released in 2004 in Japan, then a year later in North America, and a few months later in Europe. Without overstating it, the PSP was a runaway success. Sony has a history of supporting its devices long after they've been succeeded, or at least had their day in the sun, and the PSP was no exception. There are still some PSP games coming out in Japan.
The PlayStation Portable sold somewhere around 82 million units. 82 MILLION UNITS. To put that into perspective, the PS3 and Xbox 360 clocked in at around 84, the NES at 63 million, the SNES 49 million, the Xbox 24 million, and the Wii U 10 million. The PSP was a massive success for Sony, and rightfully so.
One of the major reasons why it was a success is actually something Sony didn't plan for and actively tried to counteract: emulation. The PSP is an incredibly easy system to emulate games on and so once this fact was realized and shared, millions of people began buying the handheld so that they could play Nintendo games, as well as PS One classics.
That's not to take away from the genuinely phenomenal library of games on the PSP. And, as we all know, games are the primary reason anyone buys a console. If you were to pick up a PSP today, which I don't recommend (cause PS Vita is 10X better), you would have about 1000 games to play. And quite a few UMD movies to watch as well.
Anyway, let's get on with the show. Hit next and find out what 10 games made the list, as well as some honorable mentions, and learn what made them so special!