Simpsons Arcade Game tops February PSN sales

Konami's coin-op beat-'em-up title leads Sony's monthly online sales chart; inaugural PS Vita top-selling list topped by puzzler Escape Plan.

The Simpsons Arcade Game didn't notch the highest review scores at release, but it was the best-selling PlayStation Network title of February, Sony announced today.

The Simpsons family was popular in February on the PSN.

The $10 arcade game hit the virtual storefront on February 7 and was available as a free download for all PlayStation Plus members through the month. An HD overhaul of the 1991 original beat-'em-up title, The Simpsons Arcade Game lets players control Homer, Marge, Lisa, and Bart and pummel foes through a series of side-scrolling levels.

Rounding out the top five PSN titles for February were Gotham City Impostors, The House of the Dead III, Shank 2, and NFL Blitz, which was January's best-selling PSN title.

With the launch of the PlayStation Vita in North America, Sony also began tracking best-selling downloadable games for the platform. Taking the top spot in the inaugural month was puzzle game Escape Plan. Other top downloadable PS Vita titles for the month were Super Stardust Delta, Tales from Space: Mutant Blobs Attack, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, and Plants vs. Zombies.

As for February's best-selling PS3 add-ons, Final Fantasy XIII-2's new Opponent: Lightning & Amodar downloadable content took the top spot. Released on February 7 for $3, the content adds a new Coliseum battle to the role-playing game. Other popular PS3 add-ons in February were Battlefield 3's Back to Karkand expansion and Specact Kit and Dog Tag Bundle, Battle Attire for FFXIII-2, and the Car Pack 3 for Gran Turismo 5.

The PS One Classics category was topped by Square Enix Final Fantasy games, as well as Twisted Metal 2 and Resident Evil 2. For the PSP, Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions and Monster Hunter Freedom Unite grabbed the top two spots.

The full list of top PSN titles--broken down by category--is below.

Top 20 PSN and PS3 games:

1. The Simpsons Arcade Game
2. Gotham City Impostors
3. The House of the Dead III
4. Shank 2
5. NFL Blitz
6. NBA Jam: On Fire Edition
7. Infamous: Festival of Blood
8. Grand Theft Auto IV
9. Jak and Daxter Collection
10. Real Steel
11. Sonic CD
12. Madden NFL 12
13. Resident Evil 4
14. Mass Effect 2
15. Mortal Kombat Arcade Kollection
16. Shadow of the Colossus
17. Castle Crashers
18. Worms Ultimate Mayhem
19. Payday: The Heist
20. Dungeon Defenders

Top 10 PS Vita games:

1. Escape Plan
2. Super Stardust Delta
3. Tales From Space: Mutant Blobs Attack
4. Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3
5. Plants vs. Zombies
6. Rayman Origins
7. Uncharted: Golden Abyss
8. Ninja Gaiden Sigma Plus
9. Hustle Kings
10. Dynasty Warriors Next

Top 5 PS3 add-ons:

1. Final Fantasy XIII-2--Opponent: Lightning & Amodar
2. Battlefield 3--Back to Karkand
3. Final Fantasy XIII-2--Noel's Outfit: Battle Attire
4. Battlefield 3--Specact Kit & Dog Tag Bundle
5. Grand Turismo 5--Car Pack 3

Top 5 PS One Classics:

1. Final Fantasy VII
2. Final Fantasy VI
3. Twisted Metal 2
4. Final Fantasy IX
5. Resident Evil 2

Top 5 PSP games:

1. Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions
2. Monster Hunter Freedom Unite
3. Mega Man Maverick Hunter X
4. NBA 2K12
5. Dissidia 012: Duodecim Final Fantasy

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Discussion

22 comments
Vodoo
Vodoo

Simpsons was only #1 because it was free for plus members. I got it for free and never played it, lol. Lately, Sony has been offering us plus members new arcade games for free instead of old ones like before.

RedWave247
RedWave247

@franzito Really? Huh. I guess games like Journey and Warp are nostalgia games, huh?

franzito
franzito

PSN is really nostalgia-filled these days...

Shinobi120
Shinobi120

@xcollector: And Metamorphic Force. :)

mtait01
mtait01

well they did give this out for FREE for Playstation Plus members...

Agent-M
Agent-M

People payed $10 for this? Wow.

tommy_boy9999
tommy_boy9999

Now will Sega Please Release Spider-Man Arcade and can someone please pick up the license to do a quality Double Dragon Arcade release. Please release sunset riders and Capcom for gosh sakes please Release The PUNISHER and Aliens vs Predator. Take note Publishers we will pay for Arcade titles like the Simpsons

Nimbil
Nimbil

@Ansem_Rev Ahhh Journey. Go play some halo/cod!

KBFloYd
KBFloYd

EAT IT MCSHEA...simpsons #1...no one listened to you dumbass.

soulless4now
soulless4now

FFVII always seems to be number 1 for the classics. No wonder SE isn't willing to commit to a remake just yet.

Spacerac
Spacerac

I'm so angry I missed the sale and didn't get Festival of Blood for $5. Should've been longer than a week. >/

TheArcade
TheArcade

Sheesh, that's a lot of platforms! The fact MvC3 is up there at all is an embarrasment to gamers, doesn't deserve to be top 10 considering the way Capcon is exploiting the consumer.

Ansem_Rev
Ansem_Rev

Of coarse it tops the PSN downloads there is nothing else good to play on this machine. #XboxNation

vaejas
vaejas

Hmm, I'm going to ask on the PSN blog for clarification of how free PSN+ downloads count towards sales numbers. I expect it sold well enough, but making a $10 game free is going to skew it no matter what. I'm glad to see Shank 2 doing so well.

VenkmanPHD
VenkmanPHD

@xcollector Dude, I'm turning on my emulator right now. That game was the best!

Richardthe3rd
Richardthe3rd

@xcollector Sunset Riders would be amazing; let's hope this happens!

VenkmanPHD
VenkmanPHD

omg I just realized that alan wake's american nightmare was an exclusive. Now I just feel bad for people who don't own both systems, they really missed out on a good one. Plus, can you really beleive the simpsons game topped the chart? I guess it goes to show just how a license and/or nostalgia can sell a game. (especially when it's gameplay is so piss-poor)

xcollector
xcollector

Now they need to release Sunset Riders

Okamiiiii
Okamiiiii

Nice. I remember going to Red Robin and go to the arcade section next to the entrance, so I can play this game.