Posted on November 14, 2008,

NPD Fallout: Little Big Planet's Sales Not What They Could Have Been

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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.

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8 Comments on NPD Fallout: Little Big Planet's Sales Not What They Could Have Been


On November 15, 2008 at 8:40 am

What a surprise..I’ve never understood the appeal of LBP anyway and why everyone keeps touting it as the greatest thing since sliced bread… have to remember that this game requires creativity on the part of the player to enjoy…..meaning to some, such as myself, that you actually have to do WORK to enjoy playing a game first…..I say Eff that.

Go Marlins!!!!


On November 15, 2008 at 3:05 pm

Is this a joke?

Only 2 days of sales in October counted in the NPD’s for LittleBigPlanet and the launch was all over the place with a heck of a lot of people picking up copies pre release which didn’t count and many others not knowing when it was going to be released. Its estimated there were over 100,000 units shifted pre release in the states none of which counted in NPD data.

You are gleefully heralding the game a failure based on it selling 200,000 in 2 DAYS SALES! :roll:

BTW Manofteal. Try playing the ing game and you wont sound like such an ignorant when you talk about it. You don’t have to create ANYTHING if you don’t want to. Saying you have to create stuff is as ignorant as saying you have to make videos in order to enjoy YouTube. Any person who has played the game would know that and they would know what a huge amount of fun it is to play. Try playing the game. Seriously, unless you hate video games you will like it. According to metacritic its now the highest rated exclusive on either the 360 or PS3 and that’s for a reason. 66 reviews worldwide have been included on there with 64 of them rating it 9/10 or higher. The lowest review score it has received anywhere is 8/10. Yet you feel you know better than them despite clearly not knowing much about it as evidenced by the fact you think players HAVE to create stuff? :roll:

Only the most deranged of fanboys would deprive themselves of playing a game as good as LittleBiglanet and to publicly condemn it without having played it takes another level of altogether.

Actually, do you know what? Don’t play it. Its one of the best games ever made and I want someone who is going out of there way to ignorantly attack it to get no pleasure from the game at all because you don’t deserve it.


On November 15, 2008 at 10:27 pm

While I don’t agree w/ Norbit’s -ness, he is correct.

LBP is an AMAZING game, but the only reason I’m playing it is because my roommate has a PS3. I just can’t see many people buying a PS3 for this game, the Wii has the absurdly designed side-scrolling game market on lockdown.

I’ve been playing it for a while now, and it really is fun to play (even though it’ll piss you off incredibly at times.)


On November 16, 2008 at 1:21 am

“Only the most deranged of fanboys” – Norbit.
off Norbit you fanboy-trash.

plz die

On November 16, 2008 at 5:59 am

I don’t really like LBP. I don’t hate it either (why would I???) I wouldn’t pay for it but I could play it (more) if I got it for free. Playing it at friends house was boring.

And Norbit is partially right this time.


On November 16, 2008 at 9:13 am

you Norbit I never said I hadn’t played the game now did I??

I have played it and I base my opinion on my experienc

If you could pull Sony’s out of your ass you might realize that not everyone shares your opinions….and it just makes you look like an ass when you resort to calling people names just to get a point across….Do you have any REAL friends???? I doubt it.

Go Marlins!!!!

Vic B

On November 17, 2008 at 10:40 am

People like what they like, it’s not necessary for me or anyone else to agree with Manofteals opinion, it’s completely unique to his experience with said game. I for instance could care less about most Nintendo titles, but apparently thousands love them. That doesn’t mean they are morons for liking those type of games, they just have different taste than I do. I’ve never understood why people resort to name calling because someone lampoons their favorite game or system, If you are happy then what does it matter what anyone else thinks. The time you waste flaming someone for their opinion could be better used enjoying your purchase.


On November 26, 2008 at 5:20 pm

I have no doubt that the sale slump is in part due to the release date being pushed back , it let the hype die down.
Then we went through an almost 2 week period without a solid worldwide release date. I bought mine Oct 27th from one store , while another store listed Nov 2 or Nov7th as release date , that was just in one city , worldwide the situation wasn’t much better.
The ball was most certainly dropped.