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Japanese Sales Charts: Vita Drops Below Wii

Posted by Sammy Barker

Golden weak

Golden Week did nothing to improve the PlayStation Vita’s fortunes in Japan. Following a minor resurgence last week, the system dropped back down to a familiar position of 10k units sold. To compound the disappointment, the new handheld slipped behind Nintendo's aging Wii for the first time since its release late last year.

It was another good week for Nintendo, with 3DS software and hardware dominating the sales charts. Both the PS3 and PSP enjoyed sturdy sales around the 20k mark, though software presence was limited.

Feel free to peruse the depressing figures below. Honestly, we'd recommend against it.

Hardware

1. 3DS: 91,868 (Last week: 74,282)
2. PlayStation 3: 23,478 (21,114)
3. PSP: 20,033 (22,457)
4. Wii: 15,789 (9200)
5. Vita: 10,584 (12,299)
6. PlayStation 2: 1611 (1395)
7. Xbox 360: 1420 (1327)
8. DSi XL: 1097 (895)
9. DSi: 814 (717)

Software

1. Mario Party 9 (Nintendo, Wii) - 144,585 (Life to date: 297,468; -5%)
2. Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City (Capcom, PS3) - 52,428 / 304,953 (-79%)
3. Fire Emblem: Awakening (Nintendo, 3DS) - 42,347 (345,260; -30%)
4. Super Mario Land 3D (Nintendo, 3DS) - 28,528 (1,563,527; +82%)
5. Mario Kart 7 (Nintendo, 3DS) - 22,881 (1,695,305; +96%)
6. Kid Icarus: Uprising (Nintendo, 3DS) - 18,788 (261,883; +63%)
7. Monster Hunter 3 G (Capcom, 3DS) - 16,496 (1,433,370; +21%)
8. Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games (Nintendo, 3DS) - 13,810 (157,337; re-entry)
9. Conception: Please Have My Children! (Spike, PSP) - 10,193 (40,039; -66%)
10. Wii Sports Resort (Nintendo, Wii) - 10,058 (935,555; +61%)
11. Pro Baseball Spirits 2012 (Konami, PSP) - 9843 (128,409; +48%)
12. Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance (Square Enix, 3DS) - 9532 (308,484; +3%)
13. Pokémon Conquest (Pokémon Co., DS) - 9069 (318,067; re-entry)
14. Dynasty Warriors VS (Koei-Tecmo, 3DS) - 8614 (24,192; -45%)
15. Wii Party (Nintendo, Wii) - 8503 (2,345,476; re-entry)
16. Pro Baseball Spirits 2012 (Konami, PS3) - 6853 (152,934; +8%)
17. Mario Kart Wii (Nintendo, Wii) - 6783 (3,561,199; re-entry)
18. 2nd Super Robot Taisen Z Saisei Volume (Namco Bandai, PSP) - 6546 (328,432; -23%)
19. Harvest Moon: The Land of Origin (Marvelous, 3DS) - 6408 (179,148; re-entry)
20. Go Vacation (Namco Bandai; re-entry) - 6002 (271,087; re-entry)

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User Comments (10)

Chrono_Cross

#1

Chrono_Cross said:

Other than Metal Gear Solid HD Collection and maybe Resistance, Vita doesn't have much to work with this summer. So I won't be surprised if this continues for months to come.

3Above

#2

3Above said:

We have to remember this is Japan. They like different things. I cant understand how/why THAT many people are buying 3DSs every week. Not to knock the system, but i dont see anything it has as that appealing. But again, its Japan.

Gamer83

#5

Gamer83 said:

I'm happy for Nintendo, they did a great job turning the 3DS' fortunes around. Hopefully Sony gets things turned around for Vita very soon. A price drop would help but the easy solution is to just get Capcom hot on an exclusive Monster Hunter game for it.

Savino

#6

Savino said:

In one year from now we all will laugh about these days!

It was like this with the 3DS, will be no diferent with vita!

James

#7

James said:

@3Above Two Mario games and Monster Hunter are doing the trick for Nintendo, plus the new Fire Emblem is selling really well. But like Savino pointed out, 3DS really struggled in its first few months and now it's unstoppable in Japan. I'm confident Vita will go through the same upswing when the big games start piling in :)

rjejr

#8

rjejr said:

@3Above To follow up w/ what James already wrote - Did you happen to peruse the software sales chart before you posted? #'s 3,4,5,6,7,8 thats THREE FOUR FIVE SIX SEVEN and EIGHT are ALL 3DS games.

@Savino - yeah, that's what I was thinking also, new system needs time.

But what I couldn't understand is why the PSP doubled Vita sales, but then I saw this at #9 stopping the 3DS train: Conception: Please Have My Children!. I'm guessing that won't be released in the west ;-)

get2sammybAdmin

#9

get2sammyb said:

Agree with you all. Vita will be fine, just needs time to establish itself.

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