News: The release date, the launch lineup, the bonuses and most importantly, the price.
With less than a month to the magical March release date, Sony has finally made it official: the PSP will launch in North America on March 24.
Initially the system will be sold as a Value Pack for $249.99 U.S./$299.99 CND and it will include a plethora of extras:
32 MB Memory Stick Duo
headphones with remote control battery pack
soft case and cleaning cloth movie/music/game video sampler UMD disc including multiple non-interactive game demos
The first one million PSPs will also include a UMD movie disc of 2004's best movie, Spider-Man 2. A base unit will be released somewhere down the line that will only include the PSP system (which currently retails for $185 in Japan, but it's US pricing is unknown).
Sony has also revealed the "launch window" lineup, which includes 24 games. Interestingly, the Marble Madness-like Mercury is missing from the list even though publisher Ignition Entertainment has been saying it would be a launch title for months. On the other hand, Lumines had yet to be confirmed for a North American release, but there it sits in the launch window, ready to be published by Ubisoft. All games will retail for $40-$50 US and here's the list:
Ape Escape: On the Loose, Sony Computer Entertainment America
ATV Offroad Fury: Blazin' Trails, Sony Computer Entertainment
Darkstalkers Chronicle: The Chaos Tower, Capcom
Dynasty Warriors(R), Koei
FIFA 2005, Electronic Arts
Gretzky NHL, Sony Computer Entertainment America
Metal Gear Acid, Konami
MLB, Sony Computer Entertainment America
MVP Baseball, Electronic Arts
NBA, Sony Computer Entertainment America
NBA Street Showdown, Electronic Arts
Need for Speed Underground Rivals, Electronic Arts
NFL Street 2 Unleashed, Electronic Arts
Rengoku: Tower of Purgatory, Konami
Ridge Racers, Namco
Smartbomb, Eidos Interactive
Spider-Man 2, Activision
Tiger Woods PGA Tour, Electronic Arts
Tony Hawk's Underground 2 Remix, Activision
Twisted Metal: Head On(TM), Sony Computer Entertainment America
Untold Legends: Brotherhood of the Blade, Sony Online Entertainment
Wipeout Pure, Sony Computer Entertainment America
World Tour Soccer, Sony Computer Entertainment America
Keep in mind that these are the games in the "launch window" and exact release dates are still to be determined.
So until March 24 comes, keep checking back at Gamning Target for all your PSP updates.