NPD Fallout: Little Big Planet's Sales Not What They Could Have Been
Little Big Planet was heralded as the PlayStation 3 game that would appeal to all demographics and divert some of the mainstream attention towards the PS3 that’s currently focused squarely on the Wii. It seemed like it was on track to do just that and be a huge seller in October. Then came the controversy surrounding lyrics in the game’s soundtrack that included quotes from the Quran which resulted in a recall and subsequent delay, pushing the game back from its October 21 release date in the U.S. to October 27. While that might have not been a big deal in and of itself, the recall most certainly cost Sony a fair amount of money and also likely hurt the game’s October sales.
Only two PlayStation 3 games made the top ten sales chart for October: SOCOM: Confrontation and Little Big Planet. The two games were neck and neck in sales, with SOCOM getting the edge, 231,000 to 215,000. That’s despite SOCOM coming out nearly two weeks sooner than LBP, but it’s important to keep in mind the fact that SOCOM is also available through the PlayStation Store — sales of which the NPD Group does not track.
For such a big release, selling just over 200,000 units — even for a game releasing at the end of the month — seems like a disappointment. So does Sony have reason to be alarmed?
More than likely not. While the October sales figures aren’t going to blow anyone away, Little Big Planet is a solid candidate to sell in the six digits month after month, much like many of Nintendo’s first party releases on Wii. And, of course, November will be a huge month for games, and the release of Resistance 2 so close to LBP might be enough to motivate gamers who may have been on the fence to finally go out and pick up a PS3 — thereby increasing the pool of people who could potentially buy LBP. As if our review wasn’t clear enough, it’s a game that simply must be played. With LBP, the more players the game has, the better it will become. So if for no other reason than to see what kind of creations the masses can conjure up, we hope sales for the game explode next month.