I agree. I think PSP sales are hurt by companies not porting over VN's. Let's be honest, any portable gaming system (including my beloved PSP) will NEVER match the processing or graphics of these latest and upcoming consoles. Yet, US marketing companies seem to think people will keep purchasing titles that they could very well play on their at home, massive, and now 3D TVs.....
Just look at the games that are popular on PSP (Little Big..., Papatoon..., etc...). These are games that pretty much are unmatched on any console. This, for lack of better term, forces people to purchase a PSP just to enjoy these unique games.
Honestly, PSP's and VN games sell very well in Japan. It's profitable enough for even small scale sales and distribution. So, just imagine if it was on a larger scale! Anime may be a niche market in the US...but it certainly is NOT a small one.
Even with the years that have passed since Toradora Portable came out in Japan...It STILL consistently sells for about $80 usd for th regular version and $200+ usd for the collector's edition. And...those are in Japanese, being sold in America! The market is there. If American anime collectors are willing to pay that much for a non-English title...An English title could sell for $100+/$250+ respectively.
I'm not saying NISA should manufacture a billion copies of the game. Maybe do a limited collector's edition of 300 units. At $200 each...I'd hardly believe they couldn't turn a profit, even if they only sold those 300 units. Then, once those sell...any further productions of standard editions at around $100 will sell. Again, I'm not talking about millions of copies. But, games that sell millions of copies cost more to make, and cost less.
AND, all of this is even ignoring the fact that many North American Anime are imported back to Japan, and purchased by collectors there as well.
Furthermore, companies like NISA should work harder to attend or at least have a small booth at more mid-sized, East Coast conventions. There were Toradora! bootlegs for sale at last year's Orlando conventions, and I'm sure there'll be more this year. I'm against bootleggers (obviously), but I don't blame them too much...when official versions aren't even available for sale! -_- MegaCon and AFO might not be as large as ComicCon...but, because of logistics (who can afford in this economy to take a Vegas vacation just for a convention?)...they're missing a lot of potential customers.