Friday, 13 August 2010

Friday the 13th Proves Lucky for Lego Harry Potter Fans...

Fans across the country must be rubbing their eyes in disbelief today as Lego Harry Potter: Years 1-4 on PSP is finally released to the public.

The PSP version of the latest Lego-themed game was supposed to be released at the end of March this year but has suffered almost three months of delays instead. This was despite the fact that Lego Harry Potter was released on every other console format (including the Nintendo DS handheld system) on the 25th of June 2010.

No reason has ever been given as to why the PSP version of Lego Harry Potter was consistently delayed. Mini Gamers contacted both TT Games and WB Games to ask for details about why the game was delayed, but both parties refused to comment.

The PSP version was successfully released in North America on the 29th of June 2010 alongside all the other gaming formats, and the game itself has shifted 2.7 million units since that date, according to the Time Warner second-quarter financial report.

Now, the hope is that the game will do just as well in the UK, if not better. However, such a lengthy delay in the game's release has meant that many fans have already chosen to purchase it on another format, which is likely to have a negative impact on the UK PSP sales of Lego Harry Potter from the start.

Moreover, the impact of the delays are still being felt by the retail industry, as many UK retailers have failed to stock the game in time for today's release.

For example, At the time that this post was being constructed, and HMV were still awaiting stock, whilst Zavvi and Asda both claimed that the game would not be released until the 31st of August 2010.

Nevertheless, if you still haven't given up hope of owning this game on the PSP then you can now purchase it from Game, GameStation,  and Amazon, amongst others.

On the whole, the Lego Games series has always been an overwhelming success, but the confusion and disappointment caused by the recent delays is something that will not be forgotten easily by PSP fans who have been waiting several months for a game that they so desperately wanted. When it comes to the release of Lego Harry Potter, is it too little too late?


How has the delay of Lego Harry Potter on PSP made YOU feel? Are you relieved that the game is finally available to buy? Will you be buying any new Lego Games on the PSP in the future?

If you have been affected by the delay of this game and wish to share your views with others then why not let us know how you are feeling by leaving a comment in the comments box? We welcome your thoughts on this important gaming issue.


  1. Thanks TT Games I relley wanted it for psp but I could not wait any longer so I got it on the Nintendo DS last week I am on the free plays now.

  2. I think it is good that you were able to buy it on another format that suited you, but I think it is really unfair for those PSP users who don't own other formats as they were seriously let down by all these delays... How many of them gave up on owning the game altogether?

  3. Mini Gamers what di you do wait or not and I am sticking with Nintendo DS for my new Lego games now.

  4. I decided to wait - thanks for asking. The game arrived this morning and I have just been playing it - It's really good.

    I don't blame you for getting it on NDS, Canand, as I nearly did that as well but was talked out of it by a friend at the last minute.

    However, I've still no idea why the PSP version was delayed for so long as the game seems excellent.

    Are the graphics good on the DS version? I think the gameplay is about the same on both, although this game has lots of loading screens on PSP.

  5. It the same game as the PSP one but the Nintendo DS game is faster.