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Japanese Sales Charts: PSP Topples Newer Sony Systems

Posted by Sammy Barker

You can’t keep a good platform down

The aging PlayStation Portable has reaffirmed its relevance by outselling the PlayStation 3 and Vita in the Japanese sales charts this week. Sony’s classic handheld sold 65,859 units during the tracked timeframe, and had two titles in the top five. Both One Piece: Romance Dawn and AKB1/149: Love Election sold over 140k units apiece.

However, despite the success of its predecessor, the Vita enjoyed a small seasonal bump. The struggling system sold 21,266 units – an increase of approximately 7k units over the previous week. Meanwhile, the PS3 jumped to 47,626 units, with newcomer Fist of the North Star: Ken’s Rage 2 debuting in fifth position.

You can peruse the full breakdown of hardware and software sales below. Just try not to stare too hard at the Nintendo 3DS number – it might make you feel dizzy.


3DS – 411,272 (319,025)
Wii U – 122,843 (126,916)
PSP – 65,859 (33,002)
PlayStation 3 – 47,626 (42,976)
PlayStation Vita – 21,266 (14,446)
Wii – 13,049 (10,346)
Xbox 360 – 1,689 (1,760)
PS2 – 928 (1,102)
NDS – 745 (541)


1. [3DS] Animal Crossing: New Leaf (Nintendo, 11/08/12) – 356,817 (1,810,244)
2. [PSP] One Piece: Romance Dawn (Namco Bandai, 12/20/12) – 167,103 (New)
3. [PSP] AKB1/149 Renai Sousenkyo Limited Edition (Namco Badai, 12/20/12) – 143,774 (New)
4. [3DS] Paper Mario: Sticker Star (Nintendo, 12/06/12) – 122,118 (343,535)
5. [PS3] Fist of the North Star: Ken’s Rage 2 Limited Edition (Tecmo Koei, 12/20/12) – 116,431 (New)
6. [3DS] New Super Mario Bros. 2 (Nintendo, 07/28/12) – 107,156 (1,678,317)
7. [3DS] Inazuma Eleven Go 2: Chrono Stone Reimei / Neppuu (Level-5, 12/13/12) – 94,907 (263,086)
8. [Wii U] New Super Mario Bros. U (Nintendo, 12/08/12) – 77,749 (312,288)
9. [3DS] Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Magna Gate and the Infinity Labyrinth (Pokemon, 11/22/12) – 75,628 (341,681)
10. [Wii] Taiko Drum Master Wii Super Wonderful Edition (Namco Bandai, 11/29/12) – 51,713 (295,631)
11. [PS3] Call of Duty: Black Ops II Stand-In Version (Square Enix, 12/20/12) – 51,662 (New)
12. [3DS] Tongari Boushi to Mahou no Machi (Konami, 12/20/12) – 51,396 (New)
13. [Wii U] Nintendo Land (Nintendo, 12/08/12) – 51,373 (164,991)
14. [PS3] Yakuza 5 (Sega, 12/06/12) – 40,187 (479,885)
15. [Wii] Inazuma Eleven Go: Strikers 2013 (Level-5, 12/20/12) – 35,868 (New)
16. [PSV] AKB1/149 Renai Sousenkyo Limited Edition (Namco Badai, 12/20/12) – 35,372 (New)
17. [3DS] Run For Money: Flee From the Strongest Hunters in History (Namco Bandai, 07/05/12) – 34,101 (316,724)
18. [3DS] Toriko: Gourmet Monsters! (Namco Bandai, 12/13/12) – 31,970 (75,116)
19. [NDS] Pokemon Black 2 / White 2 (Pokemon, 06/23/12) – 29,642 (2,905,808)
20. [3DS] Kobito Zukan Kobito Kansatsu Set (Colombia, 07/26/12) – 29,356 (188,960)


User Comments (13)



rastamadeus said:

Dominant doesn't even begin to describe the 3DS, does it? Week in, week out it outsells every other console (some weeks even the other consoles combined). You have to wonder when it'll end: surely at least half of Japan has a 3DS by now!



get2sammyb said:

@rastamadeus Yeah, it's very impressive! It has to slow down at some point, but I can't imagine it moving off the top-spot for a while yet!



Squiggle55 said:

Dangit Sony! You have to push devs to move to vita! This is almost laughably mishandled. If they want to copy something from Nintendo it should be how to properly transition.



get2sammyb said:

@Squiggle55 It's a difficult one. It doesn't seem right to prematurely kill a system just because there's a new one coming out — but at the same time there's clearly an issue with the PSP's continued popularity in Japan. People are choosing the old console over the new one.



belmont said:

I have both a 3DS and a Vita. I like them both but Vita has better games in my opinion. Some Vita games and the memory cards are somewhat expensive but I am not sure that this is the only reason why the console does not sell that well. I keep seeing in the Net that "Vita has no games" that is clearly not true.

On the other hand PSP is a great console and one of my favorite consoles of all time. The console is very cheap, has a lot of great and cheap games. That is why in this holiday period sold very well in my country (Greece). As for Japan PSP has tons of games that appeal to eastern gamers with a lot of them being released or will be released next year. So Sony cannot kill the system, the developers cannot ignore the install base.

As for Europe I would like to play some eastern PSP games but releases are highly unlucky...



charlesnarles said:

Yeah psp is the still only way you can play lots o great games like metal gear acid or portable ops for example, and now even Go's are way cheaper than its ever been, so there ya go. I gave my psp3k to my gf (after I got a vita and she a 3ds) so she can play HM: Back To Nature : ) psp still has better graphics than 3ds, too. It still rocks



3Above said:

Another minor factor is who the 3DS and Vita appeal to. Alot of people with a Vita like myself are responsible adults who take care of what we buy. The 3DS however is geared toward kids who break things or loose them easily or take them to school where they get stolen or conficated. Just last week I met a 12yr ol who has temper tantrums and has gone through 7 different 3DSs this yr. An extreme case obviously but its not hard to see how any child could go through 2 3DSs in a year.



Zombie_Barioth said:

I think the big factory is the game selection. Vita doesn't have very many eastern style games on it, especially compared to the PSP and even 3DS has quite a few. I recall the article from a while back about Sony trying to push western style games more in Japan.

The price doesn't help much either. Compare the $250 price of the Vita to the PSP's $99 and the much cheaper games, I don't know about you but as far as bang for buck goes I'd pick the PSP. Even 3DS is $80 cheaper with games the same price as Vita's.



isnchz said:

Three main reasons why 3DS outsells Vita:
a) backwards compatibility: 3DS accepts DS's cartridges, try putting a UMD into Vita
b) seamless transition from previous gen: if your DS breaks, you can get a 3DS and use the same cartridges and the same SD card with your downloadable games
b) cheaper eShop titles than PSN when you factor the cost of memory cards to store them at. I stopped purchasing anything off PSN, since my 4GiB card is full now.



Jamouse said:

Right... so the 20 million people who purchased the 3DS, bought it solely because it could play DS games? So if Sony made a Vita that had a UMD slot on the back, it would fly off the shelves? No, the reason the 3DS is outselling the Vita is because it has big name games that people actually want to play.



isnchz said:

I should have said "a few of the main reasons".
Yes, I do believe that seamless DS -> 3DS transition helps a lot. If you DS breaks you buy 3DS and continue playing your old library, etc.
It was a very important factor for me when making a decision to purchase 3DS. I've since replayed some unfinished DS games, and found out a few old one that I haven't even played on DS.
Btw, eShop is so much better than PSN store. Vita's store still doesn't have screenshots/videos of minis/PSP games. New PS3 Store is full of movies and some other non-games stuff (akin to Xbox 360). But when you launch eShop it navigates you straight to the new releases, it gives recommendations, there are notifications on new games released, etc.
You are right though, 3DS has better games. NSMB2 was a system seller for me. I wish Sony made 2D platformer rip-off of NSMB with sack boy and cute visuals - that would shift a few units unlike Battle Royale.

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