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Japanese Sales Charts: PlayStation Vita Dips Again

Posted by Sammy Barker

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Last week’s exceptional PlayStation Vita performance was a one-off it seems. With the excitement surrounding Persona 4: The Golden now restored to a reasonable level, the handheld plunged to just 13k units. Not horrific, but far from exceptional either.

One hypothesis for the Vita’s relatively sluggish week centres on the imminent release of the crystal white hardware redesign. The refreshed system didn’t hit Japanese shelves in time to factor into these figures, so could make a big impact on next week's chart. Maybe.

Elsewhere, Tokyo Jungle continued to perform well above expectations. The bonkers PS3 exclusive added another 18k units to its total tally, and settled for fifth position on the overall software chart.

The full list of hardware and software sales numbers are included below. And no, the Pokemon figure isn't a typing error. Good grief.


1. 3DS: 68,056 (61,793)
2. PS3: 15,680 (14,673)
3. PSV: 13,589 (34,459)
4. PSP: 8,954 (9,740)
5. Wii: 6,127 (5,963)
6. X360: 1,073 (1,084)
7. PS2: 1,065 (1,237)
8. DSi: 900 (380)
9. DSi LL: 704 (689)


1. [NDS] Pokemon Black & White 2 (Pokemon, 06.23.2012): 1,561,738
2. [3DS] Dragon Quest Monsters Terry's Wonderland 3D (Square Enix, 05.31.2012): 58,228 (721,174)
3. [PSV] Persona 4 The Golden (Atlus, 06.14.2012): 29,293 (166,369)
4. [PSP] Kenka Bancho Bros. Tokyo Battle Royal (Spike Chunsoft, 06.21.2012): 21,797
5. [PS3] Tokyo Jungle (Sony, 06.07.2012): 18,715 (165,013)
6. [PS3] K-On After School Live!! HD Version (Sega, 06.21.2012): 13,581
7. [WII] Mario Party 9 (Nintendo, 04.26.2012): 13,339 (447,126)
8. [3DS] Mario Tennis Open (Nintendo, 05.24.2012): 13,036 (198,047)
9. [PS3] Dragon's Dogma (Capcom, 05.24.2012): 9,162 (446,410)
10. [PS3] Lollipop Chainsaw (Kadokawa, 06.14.2012): 7,898 (61,246)
11. [3DS] Super Mario 3D Land (Nintendo, 05.24.2012): 7,609 (1,631,358)
12. [3DS] Mario Kart 7 (Nintendo, 12.01.2011): 5,091 (1,746,836)
13. [PS3] Akiba's Trip Plus (Acquire, 06.14.2012): 5,034 (34,539)
14. [360] Steel Battalion Heavy Armor (Capcom, 06.21.2012): 4,889
15. [PSP] Yuureisen no Majutsushi (Comfort, 06.21.2012): 4,854
16. [WII] Wii Sports Resort (Nintendo, 11.10.2010): 4,287 (965,713)
17. [3DS] Monster Hunter 3G (Capcom, 12.10.2011): 4,269 (1,481,643)
18. [3DS] Fire Emblem Awakening (Nintendo, 04.19.2012): 3,972 (417,760)
19. [PSV] Gundam Seed Battle Destiny (Namco Bandai, 06.07.2012): 3,668 (52,790)
20. [3DS] Mario & Sonic at London Olympics (Nintendo, 03.01.2012): 2,965 (186,789)


User Comments (7)



Savino said:

I have both 3DS and Vita.
I love my 3DS. Great handheld... the 3D effect not so much, I almost play in 2D... but have great games...

Vita, in other hand, is desperately trying to be a mini-ps3.
Uncharted:GA is great, but looks like a mini-uncharted.
Resistance is terrible, 4x4 MP? Really?
ModNation has no MP.
WipEout is the same WipEout that you played at PS3...
Mortal Kombat tried to innovate, but wasnt enough for those who already played on the consoles, and the same can be said about MGS.
Rayman has no MP at all (WTF???)

I mean, there´s great games, but they do not received the deserved attention from media or public.

Unit 13 is a perfect shooter for handhelds, Gravity Rush could be deeper, but is a great experience. Escape Plan is pure fun as much as PulZar!
Vita needs more games like those... different games from PS3, to justify the purchase. The cross-play is a nice addition, but new games, new IPs and eclusives are better... way much better!



Mandoble said:

@Savino, perhaps most Vita users are not PS3 users, or might be I'm an isolated exception. I have both, 3DS and PSV and for 3DS I play only MK7 and OOT, for my taste its game library is way worse than that of the PSV, and the PSV library is not great at all.



gambitttt said:

I have a 3DS and a Vita. I play my 3DS about the same as my PS Vita. The only reason is LBP Beta. I think the vita is just like the 3DS. I barely ever played my 3DS when it first came out because it had no games. Now it does and I play it. If I didn't have the LBP Beta I would barely play it. It just needs more time to get more titles. I think Sony should have waited until they had games like LBP and Unit 13 before they released the vita. It really stinks.



naruball said:

Though I don't disagree with you overall, I think you're being a bit harsh on the vita. Have you played Mutant Blobs Attack? It's a perfect game for a handheld. Also the lack of multiplayer on rayman Origins didn't bother me at all. After all, I've playing handheld games since the gbc came out and multiplayer was never (until recently) their selling point. I had tons of fun with Pokemon yellow even without multiplayer. Same with Rayman.



Gamer83 said:

Not really that surprising, Sony needs to find a way to release JRPGs on a consistent basis, that's what led to PSP's success over in Japan. Throw in some big name franchises like RE, Street Fighter and MGS here and there and it'll turn, this clearly is going to be an uphill battle for them though, sales have to pick up to gain developer confidence but consumers won't come if there aren't games they care for. Easiest solution is a price drop but Sony isn't in a position to do that right now.

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