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Japanese Sales Charts: Vita Continues Its Decline

Posted by Sammy Barker

How low can you go?

Whatever Soul Sacrifice is, it can’t come soon enough. With no new releases to speak of, the Vita continued its decline in Japan this week, selling a paltry 8,250 units.

To its credit, it wasn’t the only system to decline. Only the DSi LL managed to post an improved figure, beating its previous tally by a measly seven units. The 3DS, PS3 and PSP all suffered significant drops.

In the software charts, Namco Bandai’s 2nd Super Robot Wars Z Saisei Volume enjoyed a second week at the top, while fresh PSP titles from Idea Factory were the only new releases to chart.

Hardware

1. 3DS – 63,796 (72,115)
2. PlayStation 3 – 17,765 (19,370)
3. PSP – 13,166 (14,804)
4. PlayStation Vita – 8,250 (8,931)
5. Wii – 6,837 (7,099)
6. Xbox 360 – 1,373 (3,764)
7. PS2 – 1,212 (1,355)
8. DSi LL – 800 (793)
9. DSi – 633 (743)

Software

1. [PSP] 2nd Super Robot Wars Z Saisei Volume (Namco Bandai, 04/05/12) – 34,403 (299,842)
2. [3DS] Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance (Square Enix, 03/29/12) – 20,977 (276,788)
3. [3DS] Super Mario 3D Land (Nintendo, 11/03/11) – 18,119 (1,504,812)
4. [PSP] Professional Baseball Spirits 2012 (Konami, 03/29/12) – 17,037 (104,086)
5. [3DS] Kid Icarus: Uprising (Nintendo, 03/22/12) – 15,228 (220,643)
6. [3DS] Monster Hunter Tri G (Capcom, 12/10/11) – 15,047 (1,390,226)
7. [PS3] Professional Baseball Spirits 2012 (Konami, 03/29/12) – 14,485 (131,804)
8. [3DS] Mario Kart 7 (Nintendo, 12/01/11) – 12,212 (1,649,867)
9. [NDS] Pokemon Conquest (Pokemon Company, 03/17/12) – 10,377 (295,974)
10. [3DS] Mario & Sonic at the London Olympics (Nintendo, 03/01/12) – 8,254 (131,222)
11. [PSP] Atelier Elkrone: Dear for Otomate (Idea Factory, 04/12/12) – 8,012 (New)
12. [PSP] Yakuza Black Panther 2 (Sega, 03.22.2012) — 5,882 (147,829)
13. [3DS] Harvest Moon: The Land’s Origin (Marvelous AQL, 02/23/12) – 4,574 (165,182)
14. [Wii] Wii Sports Resort (Nintendo, 11/11/10) – 4,243 (914,691)
15. [PSP] Monster Hunter Portable 3rd PSP the Best (Capcom, 09/22/11) – 3,658 (236,467)
16. [PS3] Devil May Cry HD Collection (Capcom, 03/22/12) – 3,641 (65,245)
17. [Wii] Mario Kart Wii (Nintendo, 04/10/08) – 3,505 (3,546,938)
18. [Wii] Wii Party (Nintendo, 07/08/10) – 3,446 (2,328,169)
19. [3DS] Hatsune Miku and Future Stars Project Mirai (Sega, 03/08/12) – 3,392 (132,689)
20. [PSP] Amen Noir Portable (Idea Factory, 04/12/12) – 3,254 (New)

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User Comments (15)

Mandoble

#3

Mandoble said:

Vita is actually doing much better in EU and USA than in Japan, while overally its sales are rather poor everywhere. Hope it will get what the device deserves as it is the very best handled gaming platform to date.

get2sammybAdmin

#4

get2sammyb said:

No need for concern yet I don't think — let's see how things look in six months.

Ginkgo

#5

Ginkgo said:

Sony has to act. I assume they are waiting for a specific game (Soul Sacrifice?) and will combine with a price drop. They have to do something.

Slapshot

#7

Slapshot said:

Sony released the system at the wrong time and the sales numbers wont truly takeoff until the holiday season rolls around this Oct/Nov. ;)

DavynD

#8

DavynD said:

Does this surprise anyone? The launch title quality, while better than that of the 3DS, was still pretty paltry. Add to that the lack of consistent releases and minimal third-party support and you've got yourself a failing console.

Which is sad, because the Vita is the most capable handheld out right now. It deserves support.

Gamer83

#11

Gamer83 said:

@DavynD

For the North American and European audiences I thought the launch lineup was great, one of the better ones for any system in recent times. But yeah for Japan it was pretty bad. They need some Final Fantasy, Kingdom Hearts, Metal Gear Solid, Resident Evil and especially Monster Hunter, asap.

BudrSbastig

#13

BudrSbastig said:

I love my vita, its the best handheld i've ever had, but sony need to promote the thing. I f you dont look at gaming web sites or read gaming media you will have no idea what vita is. Have you seen the ads at the cinema? they are terrible dont show any game play or features. come on sony let the masses know about VITA!

get2sammybAdmin

#15

get2sammyb said:

@DavynD A post-launch drought is common for any new console. 3DS suffered the same thing. PS3 suffered the same thing. 360 suffered the same thing. I could go on! :P

I actually think the Vita's doing a better job of covering up the droughts actually. We just got Stardrone. Mortal Kombat's out in a couple of weeks. There's still Resistance and Gravity Rush to release. The post release support is fine.

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