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Japanese Sales Charts: Hardware Sinks, Vita Stinks

Posted by Sammy Barker

All time low

It really does feel like Japan has given up on Vita for the time being. At this point, the handheld is guaranteed a fresh wave of negative press every week. And it’s really hard to put a positive spin on the system’s latest numbers, with the console selling just 6,340 units.

The one redeeming note is that all hardware fell sharply following last week’s Golden Week. Nintendo’s unstoppable 3DS, for example, was down by a whopping 50%, while the PS3 and PSP also shed around 10k units apiece. But when the Vita is already posting such dismal numbers, a significant drop such as this just doesn’t look good at all.

Software wasn’t much better either. Starhawk’s entry in fourth may seem like a strong debut at first glance, until you read the pathetic 12,873 units figure attached to it. In fact, this week’s 20th best selling game sold a miserable 2,819 copies. Depressing.

Feel free to browse the sorry sales numbers below.


1. 3DS: 46,425 (Last week: 91,868)
2. PlayStation 3: 12,996 (23,478)
3. PSP: 12,247 (20,033)
4. Vita: 6340 (10,583)
5. Wii: 6073 (15,789)
6. PlayStation 2: 1212 (1611)
7. Xbox 360: 1023 (1420)
8. DSi XL: 819 (1097)
9. DSi: 387 (814)


1. Mario Party 9 (Nintendo, Wii): 37,353 (Life to date: 334,821)
2. Fire Emblem: Awakening (Nintendo, 3DS): 16,530 (361,790)
3. Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City (Capcom, PS3): 14,553 (319,505)
4. Starhawk (Sony, PS3): 12,873 - NEW
5. Super Mario 3D Land (Nintendo, 3DS): 11,260 (1,574,788)
6. Monster Hunter 3G (Capcom, 3DS): 9105 (1,442,475)
7. Mario Kart 7 (Nintendo, 3DS): 9045 (1,704,350)
8. Kid Icarus: Uprising (Nintendo, 3DS): 7636 (269,519)
9. Mario & Sonic at the London Olympics (Nintendo, 3DS): 4933 (162,270)
10. Conception: Please Give Birth to My Children! (Spike Chunsoft, PSP): 4600 (44,639)
11. Wii Sports Resort Wiimote Plus Pack (Nintendo, Wii): 4416 (939,971)
12. Pro Baseball Spirits 2012 (Konami, PSP): 4041 (132,450)
13. Wii Party (Nintendo, Wii): 3,408 (2,348,884)
14. Pro Baseball Spirits 2012 (Konami, PS3): 3342 (156,276)
15. Dynasty Warriors VS (Tecmo Koei, 3DS): 3231 (27,423)
16. Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance (Square Enix, 3DS): 3204 (311,688)
17. Monster Hunter Portable 3rd PSP the Best (Capcom, PSP): 3104 (252,765)
18. Harvest Moon: Land of Origins (MAQL, 3DS): 3040 (182,188)
19. 2nd Super Robot Wars Z: Saisei Volume (Namco Bandai, PSP): 2959 (331,392)
20. Pokémon Conquest (The Pokémon Company, DS): 2819 (320,885)


User Comments (13)



Mandoble said:

It is Japan, I guess the only place in the world where PS2 is outselling 360 ...



Sakura_Moonlight2421 said:

Don't give up just yet, the years is only a little less than half over. They still have time to bring those numbers up. {And of course sales drop, most businesses in Japan close for the entire week of Golden Week. That's why its called Golden Week. }



rjejr said:

Golden Week sounds like a large wrench in the numbers, maybe they need a "4 week moving average" like the unemployment numbers?
On Vita's behalf, it sold half of the PSP #s both weeks. Maybe Sony needs to kill the PSP, or get the chart makers to combine the two under "Sony handhelds".



Kage_88 said:

After much thinking, I've decided against getting a Vita after all. With the price of the machine and accessories plus the lousy support; it's just not worth getting one (especially considering all the incredible games coming out for the other consoles).

It'll be interesting to see what Sony has in store for the machine at E3.




1. 3DS: 46,425 (Last week: 91,868)
2. PlayStation 3: 12,996 (23,478)
3. PSP: 12,247 (20,033)
4. Vita: 6340 (10,583)

4th in a chart after 3 cheaper devices and still over half of previous weeks sales in Golden Week. Not that bad going.

Don't write it of people, it's a great machine- and it's still very early days. I for one thought the 3DS would continue to bomb- but an expanded library of titles and some good advertising pulled it out of it's post launch slump. The Vita has all of the potential to do the same.

I've no doubt we're yet to see the best of what the Vita can do.

Early days people.



get2sammyb said:

@Kage_88 I wouldn't be put off by the numbers. The system itself is excellent and the available software is ace too. If you're really not interested in any of the games yet, wait it out. But I think is silly to not buy a Vita because the sales numbers aren't great. If you want it — buy it. The support will come.



Savino said:

8 mounths ago I was screaming and cursing nintendo for the next 1000 generations!! Now I dont have time to play all 3DS great games.

It will be the same with vita, my friends... don´t worry about it.( and MK keeps me busy for a while)



JavierYHL said:

we can wait but the third parties wont,see how capcom change his ship so fast when they see 3ds selling well,those idiots dun even make 1 mh for vita when they earn so much in psp for mh,they could never have done a mh for ds...



JavierYHL said:

i dun mind paying 100 more for a portable for my fav 3rd parties games with better graphics and screen,but ninty just slash the price of 3ds and i end up playing mh kingdom hearts etc etc in a less powerful portable,that is very sad...



Gamer83 said:

Sony needs to do whatever possible to get an exclusive MH on the Vita, at this point that's the only way I can see things turning around. The only other option would be to get a Final Fantasy VII remake, but that would mean Square-Enix actually giving the people what they want and we all know that will not be happening any time in the near future.

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