LittleBigPlanet sales continue to disappoint

Written by Joe Martin

December 16, 2008 // 11:02 a.m.

Tags: #lbp #littlebigplanet #npd #ps3 #sales #sony

LittleBigPlanet may be a critical darling and well-known to hardcore console gamers, but sales figures for the game may be ruining Christmas for Sony and game developer Media Molecule.

According to new figures released by the NPD group, which gathers sales figures from stores throughout the US, the game has struggled to make a major impact on the market this year despite Sony's marketing campaign and Q4 release slot.

In the US in fact the game, which Sony has adopted as the public face of the PlayStation 3, sold only 205,000 copies when it was released in October. That figure was then expected to raise as Christmas got closer, especially considering that the game was recalled shortly after release, but sales actually dropped sharply.

In November the game sold just 141,000 copies in the US, dropping out of the Top 20 completely according to a sales report on Gamasutra.

In the UK meanwhile sales have been a little better, with the game recently getting a 58 percent sales boost and rising from 29th to 16th in the Top 20 All Formats chart, but every title above it is either a Wii, Xbox 360 or PC release.

LittleBigPlanet is still an awesome game however and you can read more about it in out full LBP review, but it seems that people just aren't interested in a non-violent and original IP this Christmas. That's a trend that might also explain the poor sales for Mirror's Edge.

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