A Lot of People Really Didn’t Want to Pay for Final Fantasy Dissidia

piratesThe Japanese organization Computer Entertainment Supplier’s Association issued a report last week of a study into what handheld console piracy is costing the industry. The numbers are big, naturally, but the fun part of the report is its listings of the most pirated portable games. Surprisingly, the DS ain’t got nothin’ on the PSP in terms of cheap-ass user bases.

The big franchise folks like to steal is the Pokemon series. The report estimates that Diamond, Pearl, Platinum and silver Soul each have had over a million copies pirated, with Platinum winning the whole DS competition with 2.07 million. Other not-surprising suspects in the Million+ Club include New Super Mario Bros, Mario Kart and Dragon Quest IX. More inside.

Douchebag PSP users laugh at such totals. The third-most-pirated PSP title, Dynasty Warriors Strikeforce/Multi Raid, was actually stolen a little more than Pokemon Platinum. Amazing. No. 2 on the PSP list is Phantasy Star 2, which came in at a whopping 4.7 million copies stolen.

Tops in the world or handheld piracy is Final Fantasy Dissidia, which was obtained illegally 5.3 million times. Nice work, losers.

Note that direct peer-to-peer methods were not examined in this report, and so these totals are probably lowball estimates.  For more, check out the full report, and if you’re too lazy to learn Japanese, you lazy bastards, you can read Andriasang’s summation.

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