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LittleBigPlanet picks up another sales award, gets Platinum status in UK

Feb 4th 2009 - 6:42 PM

Platinum salesLittleBigPlanet has today been awarded a Platinum Sales status by industry group ELSPA, meaning the title has now sold over 300,000 units in the UK. 

300,000 units in the UK alone, for a new IP launching during the busy Christmas period - is really great news. It comes just a few weeks after it was revealed that sales in North American had reached 610,000.

Christmas is always a competitive time of year to launch a game.  Recent sales figures for multi-platform titles Mirrors Edge and Dead Space - both also new IP’s, show they’ve shifted just over 1 million units last year. LittleBigPlanet has surged past 1.3 million unique users playing online and is rumoured to be at the 2 million sales mark worldwide. An impressive feat for a new IP, exclusive to a single platform.

Via EDGE Online


MGS4 LittleBigPlanet pack is top downloaded add-on in January

Jan 30th 2009 - 11:30 AM

Well, it’s not surprising really. LittleBigPlanet players snapped up the MGS4 DLC goodies like nobody’s business during January, firmly placing both the premium level pack and the costume pack at numbers 1 and 2 respectively for January’s top downloads from the PS Store.

Awesome Sauce
Awesome sauce. Everywhere.

It’s also interesting that the list, revealed in the latest episode of U.S downloadable PSN gaming show Pulse, features 6 items in the top 10 that are related to LittleBigPlanet. The game is seriously hammering the nail of DLC and additional content - the flag-bearer, if you will.

Top 10 PSN DLC items January 2009
LittleBigPlanet: All your DLC belong to us.

Via PS3 Fanboy


LittleBigPlanet Sells 611,000 copies in America

Jan 22nd 2009 - 9:31 AM

Sales update! Figures for PS3 exclusives, including LittleBigPlanet, have been reported by Gamasutra.

Between launch and the end of 2008, LittleBigPlanet has sold 611,000 copies stateside. This news comes after Kaz Hirai recently stated that “more than 1.3 million unique users are playing this title”.

This figure is being reported as low, though LittleBigPlanet did launch at an extremely competitive time of year.

Accurate sales figures for Europe, presumed to be the games biggest market, have not yet been released though we’d love to see some.


Kaz Hirai misquoted on LBP ‘sales figures’

Jan 14th 2009 - 2:27 AM

Multiple gaming news sites reported last week that at CES 2009, Kaz Hirai stated that LittleBigPlanet had sold 1.3 million copies worldwide.

Well, that’s not entirely the case. In the actual keynote video itself, Kaz came on stage and gave a breakdown of PSN’s success to date. Moving on to use LittleBigPlanet as an example of how PSN is creating new communities, he said:

So today, more than 1.3 million unique users are playing this title.

No doubt then, that LittleBigPlanet has sold 1.3 million copies, but no doubt either that the actual number of copies sold is likely to be somewhat higher than 1.3 million. The number given was in reference to PSN and implies that there are 1.3 million unique users on PSN playing the game. Not a sales figure.

We were a bit confused when the ‘sales figure’ was first announced as there was no accompanying press release, but mainstream press took the ball and ran with it anyways.

Questionable video gaming sales chart site, VGchartz.com currently has LittleBigPlanet total number of worldwide sales at 1.86 million.

You can watch the keynote yourself, in the full video. Kaz Hirai arrives at around 40 minutes in to the video and the quote above can be heard at around 42 minutes 30 seconds.


LittleBigPlanet sales go mental over Christmas season

Jan 6th 2009 - 12:25 PM

The latest sales reports on VGCharts.com for LittleBigPlanet show that most of the world went LBP mad over the Christmas Season, bringing the highest sales for the game since it launched.

We put our stats hat on, and then slipped in to our spreadsheet brassier to take a look at the juicy figures:

Sales figures for LBP over the Christmas Season

A whopping 1.65 million copies sold then, according to VGChartz.com.

But hold the phone a minute - there is a huge 4 weeks worth of information missing there! Stats for the final, big week of Christmas spending are unavailable for Japan, and more importantly, the last three weeks of Christmas in the biggest selling regions: Europe and remaining territories.

We weren’t satisfied with those figures and wanted to estimate the sorts of results that might be coming in over the next coming weeks.
So, the following graph shows missing sales data estimates for Europe and Japan. The estimates are based on the average percentage increase in sales, week on week, from both USA and Japan, with the final week being based on just the USA (as that is the only data available).

Estimated LBP sales for Christmas season

This forecast puts LBP well in to the 2 million sales mark, with 2.48 million copies sold worldwide.

OK, ok, ok - so we’re not pretending to be sales experts here - we realise that LBP sales in Europe and remaining territories are unlikely to exceed their first-week sales.
But those figures are based on the percentage increase in sales from both Japan and America over the Christmas period, and Europe should follow a similar pattern.
Even if our estimates are twice as high as the actual figures however, it means LittleBigPlanet has hit the big 2 million mark. Woohoo!

So, do your bit - get out there and tell your friends how damn good this game is!
At £17.99 on Amazon UK or around $52 from U.S retailers, there really is no excuse!

[UPDATE]

Sony just announced (January 8th 2009) that LittleBigPlanet has sold 1.3 million copies worldwide. We’re not sure which set of data to believe, but if Sony’s info is accurate, then it means VGChartz.com are spouting total *******.


Little Big Planet: Back at the top!

Dec 19th 2008 - 9:26 PM

SACKY BALBOAAfter the most epic 24 hours of news floods, you’d think that there simply couldn’t be any more great news from the world of Little Big Planet. But no!

The UK’S software charts are now in for this past week and Little Big Planet is back at number one in the PS3 chart!
Sackboy is back thanks to the Christmas storm, knocking Call of Duty 5 off the hot seat and pushing the Chimera and Resistance 2 down to number 3.

This could potentially land Sackboy with a PS3 Christmas number 1, if he can hold the position for another week. Here is the UK’s PS3 Top Ten in full:

1. (3) LittleBigPlanet (Sony)
2. (1) Call Of Duty: World At War (Activision Blizzard)
3. (2) Resistance 2 (Sony)
4. (4) FIFA 09 (Electronic Arts)
5. (5) Need For Speed: Undercover (Electronic Arts)
6. (7) Fallout 3 (Bethesda Softworks)
7. (9) Prince Of Persia (Ubisoft)
8. (6) Tomb Raider: Underworld (Eidos)
9. (8) Motorstorm: Pacific Rift (Sony)
10. (11) WWE Smackdown VS. Raw 2009 (Yukes)

Leisure software charts compiled by Chart Track, (C) 2008 ELSPA Ltd.

Via Digital Spy


LBP sales soar 58% in the UK

Dec 16th 2008 - 5:03 PM

imageGames Industry.biz is reporting that LBP has climbed from 29 to 16 in the UK’s all formats games chart, an increase of 58%.
Just a few days ago LBP soared up, up and beyond 1.1 million sales worldwide, and after winning so many awards this year, including EDGE magazines BEST GAME EVAH 2008 - though can anyone blame those Christmas shoppers storming retailers to stuff LBP in to their Christmas stockings?

Well, we certainly can’t blame them.


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