Sony Computer Entertainment America on Wednesday said its customers have downloaded over 1 million bite-sized PlayStation Minis games worldwide in the nine months since their debut, with Age of Zombies
leading the way.
PlayStation Network senior director Susan Panico noted the milestone
in a post on the official U.S. PlayStation blog.
The news comes just a few months after SCEA's SVP of publisher relations Rob Dyer expressed concerns
over the viability of the program, including the fact that many Minis are "recalibrated iPhone games."
Sony debuted the PSP Minis program in August 2009, and launched the first titles in October. Minis are smaller-sized, inexpensive downloadable games that originally came only to the PSP. Many speculated that the move was in response to the popularity of App Store titles for the iPhone, although Sony never directly called it such.
In December 2009, Sony said that it would upgrade PlayStation 3 firmware to allow PSP Minis titles to be played on the home console. Panico said that over 50 developers are making PSP Minis games.
Panico also revealed the top 10 most-downloaded Minis titles, led by Halfbrick's Age of Zombies
(SCEA did not reveal unit sales numbers for the titles):
1. Age of Zombies
4. Zombie Tycoon
6. Spot The Differences!
7. Pinball Fantasies
8. Mahjongg Artifacts: Chapter 2
9. Yetisports Pengu Throw