Given some armchair analysts were expecting the sytem to drop as low as 10k units, its actual sell through of 42k units looks mightily impressive in comparison.
Of course, it's still a long way away from where a newly launched system should be — and lightyears away from the resurged Nintendo 3DS — but it's a strong enough showing to put an end to some of the more exuberant "doomed" nonsense that's plagued the 'net over the past seven days.
The PS Vita's strongest competitor continues to be its predecessor, with the PSP outselling Sony's new platform for the second week running. The numbers were much tighter this time around though, with the PSP pushing a decent 62k and the PS3 managing 67k.
Life-to-date numbers for the PlayStation Vita now stand at just under 440k units, which is just shy of Sony's initial 500k shipment. So it's not all bad for the device's first two and a half weeks on the market.
Hit the jump for the full break down of Japanese hardware and software sales, courtesy of Media Create.
- 3DS - 197,952
- PS3 - 67,199
- PSP - 62,746
- PS Vita - 42,648
- Wii - 33,208
- DSi XL - 3,356
- Xbox 360 - 2,453
- DSi - 2,418
- PS2 - 1,659
- DS Lite - 28
- [3DS] Mario Kart 7 - 109.000 / 1.160.000
- [3DS] Monster Hunter Tri G - 100.000 / 985.000
- [PS3] Warriors Orochi 2 - 73.000 / 274.000
- [3DS] Super Mario 3D Land - 68.000 / 1.080.000
- [PS3] Final Fantasy XIII-2 - 61.000 / 704.000
- [3DS] Inazuma Eleven Go: Shine / Dark - 48.000 / 269.000
- [WII] Just Dance Wii
- [WII] Kirby's Return to Dream Land
- [WII] Wii Party
- [3DS] SD Gundam G Generation 3D
- [WII] Wii Sports Resort with Wii Remote Plus
- [WII] Mario Kart Wii
- [WII] Go Vacation
- [PS3] The Idolmaster 2
- [WII] Inazuma Eleven Strikers 2012 Xtreme
- [WII] Taiko Drum Master Wii: Definitive Edition
- [PSP] World Soccer Winning Eleven 2012
- [PS3] Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 - Dubbed Edition
- [PSP] Jikkyou Powerful Pro Baseball 2011 - Ketteiban
- [PSP] Frontier Gate
- [WII] Rhythm Heaven: Fever
- [NDS] Magician's Quest: Oshare na Mahou Tsukai
- [3DS] Nintendogs + Cats
- [NDS] One Piece: Gigant Battle 2 - New World
- [WII] Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games
- [PSP] Monster Hunter Freedom 3
- [WII] Itadaki Street Wii
- [PSV] Hot Shots Golf: World Invitational
- [PSV] Uncharted: Golden Abyss
- [PS3] Mobile Suit Gundam Extreme Vs.