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Japanese Sales Charts: PSP Hits a Home Run

Posted by Sammy Barker

Out of the park

There are eight PSP titles on this week’s Japanese sales chart. The ageing handheld proved that there's still life in its elderly legs by outpacing the Vita by a few thousand units. We’re not sure whether that’s a sign of the PSP’s continued relevance, or the dismal state of Sony's latest platform.

Still, despite the sheer number of PSP entries on the chart, few achieved particularly noteworthy numbers. Digimon World Re:Digitise was the pick of the lot, finishing fourth with 85k units. Elsewhere, Konami’s multiplatform Jikkyou Powerful Pro Baseball 2012 shared its success across three different PlayStation platforms, with the PS3 version selling just over 62k units.

Feel free to peruse the full list of movers and shakers below – just try not to spend too long looking at those Vita numbers.

Hardware

1. Nintendo 3DS: 44,349 (47,063)
2. PlayStation 3: 15,214 (14,813)
3. PlayStation Portable: 13,058 (11,004)
4. PlayStation Vita: 11,932 (13,427)
5. Wii: 9,002 (6,747)
6. Nintendo DS: 1,343 (1,140)
7. PlayStation 2: 1,093 (1,197)
8. Xbox 360: 865 (930)

Software

1. [WII] Kirby's Dream Collection: Special Edition (Nintendo) - 100,286 / NEW
2. [NDS] Pokemon Black 2 / White 2 (Pokemon Co.) - 92,178 / 2,381,586
3. [3DS] Rune Factory 4: A Fantasy Harvest Moon (Marvelous Entertainment) - 85,955 / NEW
4. [PSP] Digimon World Re:Digitize (Namco Bandai) - 85,817 / NEW
5. [PS3] Jikkyou Powerful Pro Baseball 2012 (Konami) - 62,740 / NEW
6. [3DS] Taiko no Tatsujin: Chibi Dragon to Fushigi na Orb (Namco Bandai) - 31,741 / 97,202
7. [PSP] Jikkyou Powerful Pro Baseball 2012 (Konami) - 28,142 / NEW
8. [PSP] New Class of Heroes Mono: Toki no Gakuen (Acquire) - 19,284 / NEW
9. [PSP] Warriors Orochi 3 Special (Koei Tecmo) - 18,136 / NEW
10. [PSV] Jikkyou Powerful Pro Baseball 2012 (Konami) - 16,837 / NEW
11. [PSP] Record of Agarest War Mariage (Compile Heart) - 14,556 / NEW
12. [PSP] Toki no Kizuna: Sekigahara Kitan (Idea Factory) - 13,667 / NEW
13. [3DS] Dragon Quest Monsters: Terry's Wonderland 3D (Square Enix) - 12,820 / 825,273
14. [WII] Mario Party 9 (Nintendo) - 10,969 / 492,383
15. [PSP] Ailu de Puzzle (Capcom) - 10,738 / NEW
16. [3DS] Little Battlers eXperience: Explosive Boost (Level 5) - 10,244 / 82,750
17. [3DS] Tousouchuu: Shijou Saikyou no Hunter-Tachi Kara Nigekire! (Namco Bandai) - 9,603 / 40,279
18. [PSP] Toriko: Gourmet Survival! 2 (Namco Bandai) - 9,494 / 63,322
19. [3DS] Pocket Soccer League: Calciobit (Nintendo) - 8,685 / 35,134
20. [3DS] Etrian Odyssey IV: Denshou no Kyojin (Atlus) - 7,217 / 117,362

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User Comments (6)

Squiggle55

#1

Squiggle55 said:

Very weak backwards compatibility and the ridiculous fact that new PSP games aren't immediately available on the Vita PSN store is hurting the Vita a lot. Obviously new good Vita games would help too but I'm starting to think that Sony is very bad at transitioning through generations. It's time to move on, Sony, you have to discourage people from picking up a PSP instead of a Vita.

CanisWolfred

#4

CanisWolfred said:

@Squiggle55 Personally. I'd rather people got a return on their current investments before being forced to invest in a vew console that may not last for very long (and killing the PSP so soon would not help in that regard).

Not only that, but I'd prefer it if people went to where the good games are, so developers actually get paid and can then afford to make games for the Vita.

Gamer83

#5

Gamer83 said:

The best thing Sony can do is just drop the price. I think at the current price you more than get what you pay for, but the system isn't selling. Take the hit and try to make the money back through software sales.

Squiggle55

#6

Squiggle55 said:

@Mickeymac I agree that it's fine to keep having PSP games come out, especially if they have already been in development for a while, but those new PSP games need to be able to be downloaded on a Vita from day one as well. I'm not saying force people to buy a Vita, I'm saying give new customers a reason to choose the Vita over the PSP. They need to be able to say, "this can do everything the PSP can do and more", but they obviously can't. Sony is making a horrible transition. Nintendo did it beautifully. The DS is sitting on the shelf next to the 3DS and there are still new DS games, but you don't see it beating the 3DS.

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