Like the falling apples that formulated Sir Isaac Newton’s theory of gravity, the release of Gravity Rush – known as Gravity Daze domestically – could not thwart the dwindling numbers for Sony’s new handheld in Japan.

The snazzy handheld – which releases worldwide next week – managed to sell just 13,939 units, its lowest tally yet since hitting Japanese store shelves back on 17th December.

The numbers were contrasted by surprisingly strong sales for Gravity Rush, which managed to shift a respectable 43,462 copies: a strong number considering the nature of the title and the still relatively miniscule install base for the PS Vita in Japan.

But it wasn’t enough to put the new hardware ahead of the PSP, with the release of a new Suikoden propelling Sony’s previous handheld ahead of its new piece of hardware. The difference between the two devices was minor, but with the 3DS still riding on the crest of its trifecta of unstoppable software releases, the Vita’s low positioning doesn’t make for particularly palatable reading.

See if you can stomach the full charts below.

Hardware

1. 3DS - 67,558
2. PS3 - 22,002
3. PSP - 15,860
4. Vita - 13,939
5. Wii - 8,206
6. PS2 - 1,239
7. Xbox 360 - 1,139
8. DSi LL - 957
9. DSi - 651

Software

1. [PSP] Suikoden: Tsumugareshi Hyakunen no Toki - 61.784
2. [PSV] Gravity Rush - 43.462
3. [3DS] Resident Evil: Revelations - 26.106
4. [3DS] Mario Kart 7 - 23.758
5. [3DS] Monster Hunter 3G - 21.318
6. [3DS] Super Mario 3D Land - 19.673
7. [PS3] Gran Turismo 5 Spec II - 12.613
8. [PS3] Armored Core V - 11.673
9. [PSV] Ragnarok Odyssey - 8.117
10. [WII] Just Dance Wii - 7.896
11. [PS3] Soul Calibur V - 7.519
12. [PSP] PhotoKano - 7.361
13. [3DS] Inazuma Eleven Go: Shine / Dark - 7.099
14. [PSP] Monster Hunter Freedom 3 (PSP the Best) - 5.955
15. [3DS] Rhythm Thief & the Emperor's Treasure - 5.888
16. [WII] Wii Sports Resort with Remote Plus - 5.867
17. [WII] Mario Kart Wii - 5.527
18. [PS3] Dragon Age II - 5.308
19. [PSP] Vitamin X: Detective B6 - 5.073
20. [WII] Wii Party - 4.654

[via eurogamer.net]