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Japanese Sales Charts: PS Vita TV Suffers a Sharp Decline in Viewers

Posted by Sammy Barker

No storm surrounding Lightning Returns

Thunder only happens when it’s raining, and it was dry as a bone in Japan last week. The latest Media Create sales report paints a pretty depressing picture of the Eastern games industry, as almost all of the big releases bombed. PS Vita TV was among those disappointments, moving just 7,686 units in its second week on the market. That’s down from its debut of 42,172 units, and sets a worrying trend for the future.

Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII also crashed and burned. The surprisingly decent looking role-playing game topped the charts with 277,082 units, but failed to match the sales of its predecessors. For the record, Final Fantasy XIII opened with 1.5 million units, while Final Fantasy XIII-2 managed 524,000 units. For the sake of Square Enix, we hope that Final Fantasy XV rekindles the nation’s interest in the brand.

It was a largely uneventful week elsewhere, with Monster Hunter-esque multiplayer title God Eater 2 still proving popular on the PlayStation Vita. The release moved a further 39,052 units, perhaps contributing to the handheld's 21,044 units tally. As usual, the Nintendo 3DS was miles in the lead, while the PlayStation 3 continued to rest around the 12,000 units mark. Do you think that Japan has already tuned out of PS Vita TV, and is the Final Fantasy brand losing its lustre? Analyse the embedded figures in the comments section below.


1. 3DS LL – 63,709 (47,852)
2. PlayStation Vita – 21,044 (46,350)
3. Wii U – 21,002 (15,906)
4. 3DS – 20,797 (22,250)
5. PlayStation 3 – 12,436 (12,019)
6. PlayStation Vita TV – 7,868 (42,172)
7. PSP – 3,546 (4,353)
8. Wii – 457 (518)
9. Xbox 360 – 342 (404)


1. [PS3] Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII (Square Enix, 11/21/13) – 277,082 (New)
2. [Wii U] Super Mario 3D World (Nintendo, 11/21/13) – 99,588 (New)
3. [3DS] One Piece: Unlimited World R (Namco Bandai, 11/21/13) – 83,605 (New)
4. [3DS] Pokemon X and Y (Nintendo, 10/12/13) – 72,932 (3,002,738)
5. [3DS] Aikatsu! 2-ri no My Princess (Namco Bandai, 11/21/13) – 72,087 (New)
6. [PSV] God Eater 2 (Namco Bandai, 11/14/13) – 39,052 (305,378)
7. [PS3] Pro Evolution Soccer 2014 (Konami, 11/14/13) – 35,879 (187,678)
8. [PS3] Call of Duty: Ghosts (Square Enix, 11/14/13) – 29,252 (219,883)
9. [3DS] Monster Hunter 4 (Capcom, 09/14/13) – 21,120 (2,959,789)
10. [PSP] God Eater 2 (Namco Bandai, 11/14/13) – 20,508 (132,531)
11. [PS3] Monster Hunter Frontier G Beginner’s Package (Capcom/ 11/20/13) -19,334 (New)
12. [Wii U] Taiko Drum Master: Wii U Version (Namco Bandai, 11/21/13) – 19,265 (New)
13. [PSV] New Atelier Rorona: The Origin Story of the Alchemist of Arland (Gust, 11/24/13) – 17,536 (New)
14. [PS3] New Atelier Rorona: The Origin Story of the Alchemist of Arland (Gust, 11/24/13) – 14,060 (New)
15. [PS3] Grand Theft Auto V (Take-Two, 10/10/13) – 13,548 (593,370)
16. [3DS] Daigasso! Band Brothers P (Nintendo, 11/14/13) – 12,635 (52,831)
17. [PS3] Jikkyou Powerful Pro Yakyuu 2013 (Konami, 10/24/13) – 9,485 (190,659)
18. [PS3] Battlefield 4 (EA, 11/07/13) – 9,134 (150,124)
19. [PSP] Pro Evolution Soccer 2014 (Konami, 11/14/13) – 7,624 (24,600)
20. [3DS] Sentouchu Densetsu no Shinobi to Survival Battle (Namco Bandai, 10/17/13) – 7,046 (102,350)


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User Comments (34)



Sanquine said:

WOW, why are they not buying Playstation vita tv? I mean just 100 bucks



ztpayne7 said:

This isn't anti wii u, but I'm very shocked that super Mario 3d world sold that few.

Could the vita tv be sold out in places? Maybe they were cautious with the supply?



Gemuarto said:

Japs like to be on the move all the time. Meh...

Played Lighting Returns demo... It is really bad and tired.



Epic said:

After watching the lauch sales this doesn't suprise me.
These might be for the fact most of the home console games doesn't sell well on Japan, just look at Monster Hunter Frontier G.
It looks like the idea of tranforming Vita into a microconsole wasn't that huge in Japan.
I still really want this to come overseas.
I really need it.



GraveLordXD said:

@get2sammyb @Sanquine I hope not either I honestly think this will do much better in the west it seems like Japanese aren't enterested in playing at home much to begin with for some reason



GraveLordXD said:

Even though I plan on picking up a vita I'd still get this awesome vita TV in a heartbeat



GraveLordXD said:

@Sanquine curious did you get a chance to play Ys MoC yet? If so how are you liking it? I have it I need a vita so its looking at me and the suspence is killing me



Sanquine said:

@LDXD I agree. It will do much better in the west.
Im picking YS Memories of celceta tomorrow. I can tell you YS Series is great.



GraveLordXD said:

@Sanquine yeah I love the Ys series I haven't played the ones on PSP though unless oath is one of them I played that on steam seems like this one is like 7 and I haven't played that but I'm sure I'm gonna love this one I'm so tempted to go to my local store and get a vita but I need to wait it out for a bundle with the ps4 or the slim not sure if I can hold out much longer lol



RudysaurusRex said:

You would think after going from 1.5 million sales to only nearly 600,000, you should stop making a game. But no. "Lets milk Final Fantasy XIII until everyone hates us." I'm hoping they're doing this, so it looks really awesome when Final Fantasy VII gets remade.



Bliquid said:

@RudyDog milking franchises isn't the problem here, as AC and COD teach us.
The problem is that atrociously stereotyped flat characters, uselessly convoluted non-interesting plot and annoingly automated gameplay disgusted the majority of the fans the first time around.
And now we are at the third.



rjejr said:

I actually couldn't understand why the Vita Tv sold so well in Japan last week, it made absolutely no sense to me. The Japaese people don't like home consoles and the Vita isn't selling all that well, so they have an option to play Vitas lack of games on their tv where they hardly ever play games? This weeks number is more of what I was expecting. Last weeks number was just pepel wanting to buy something new while they wait fo rPS4 in Feb.

It will sell better in the West where we all have multiple big screen tvs and want to stream between them. So Im not knocking the system, just last weeks big sales number in Japan. I'ld buy a 3DS tv in an instant for all the 3DS games I want to play but I just can't handle the small screen, not even on the XL though it is much better.



divinelite said:

@ztpayne7 well nintendolife reports Mario only sell out 50%++ of sell through
Guess 2013 is finished for wii u saviours. Let's hope for next year. We still need Nintendo to compete with the twin hd to keep console environment best



divinelite said:

@LDXD ys series is so great. I pick the silver anniversary edition. This ys celceta is so much like seven. It's a great game when you like adventure action rpg



GraveLordXD said:

@divinelite yeah I have the silver edition I think I may just go and get a vita tomorrow Don't think I can wait plus its $199 with an 8 gig memory card that I didn't know came with it



divinelite said:

@LDXD good
To be fair of this is the first time ys doesn't exceed my expectation. I played ys6 ysSeven ysOathofFelgana and ys origins always get surprised mainly in improvised battle control

Battle in Ys celceta is 100% similar with ys seven, there is no improvement as far as I know.. Guess if it's not broken it doesn't need repair?



GraveLordXD said:

@divinelite yeah loved origins and oath and Ys3 haven't played 7 though and I haven't played Ys in a while I'm itching to play and I can't bare looking at the box any longer lol
How big does the game map seem to be? I'm hoping there's a lot to explore



Hokage17 said:

The problem with SquareEnix is they pissed their fanbase off. How many years of begging does it take to get a Final Fantasy 7 sequel or remake? Instead they do sequels to 13 and 11 of which a lot of RPG fans didn't like. XV looks great but they better start giving their fans what they ask instead if what they think people want because it's not working. As for Vita TV, seems like a good idea but with PS4 around the corner nobody cares. The Vitas only real hope for relevancy is the remote play.



divinelite said:

@LDXD good for you haven't played seven so celcetawill be different than the others
You got silver edition so you know already see the map. Yeah it's very very very vast world I assure you



divinelite said:

@Sanquine well I just reach Karna village but so far I've seen battle control with the same like before... Except the skill finish, perfect sidestep as I could recall but basically it's just the same movement with bullet time right? Or there will be some new addition than battle system in seven?



MadchesterManc said:

@lvnlavitaloca I can't help but agree with you. With a Vita TV compatibility patch on the way for Killzone Mercenary I'd say the writing is already on the wall for a western release



Sanquine said:

@MadchesterManc Geoff, spot on! I think with all the support for Vita TV increasing by developers this will be a matter of time.

OFF topic: Check your twitter man!



3Above said:

@Itachi Yup, after the dog vomit that they called a story in 13-2 im surprise 13-3 even sold as much as it did. They need to just burry the 13 series and hurry up with 15. I mean seriously we arent going to get an English version of it till 2015 I can already tell. Im sick of waiting on SE to make the games they promised while they pump out title after title of games NO ONE ASKED FOR. Case in point 13 -3 and 10 &10-2 HD.



DoublezZ01 said:

I think vita tv's sales will pick up when the PS4 launches in japan! Heck im gonna order 1 sometime next year!



CrispyGoomba said:

I don't think that Lightning Returns selling that few spells doom for the Final Fantasy brand. It's the second spin-off of a game that no one wants (well, obviously people are buying it, so someone wants it, but you get what I mean) and the whole 13-series are sub-par at best (for a FF game). I would bet that Final Fantasy X and X-2 HD will outsell Lightning Returns. But, y'know, if FF 15 ends up like crap, then oh well, it was a great franchise while it lasted.



SuperSilverback said:

Give me god damn FF game were theres a world map, the towns are tiny until you run into them, good old turn based combat and i will be happy.



craigun said:

@Itachi Square could have runaway sales success by listening to its fans. Put FFXV on hold, and Redo FFVI thru FFIX using the FFXIII game engine. A collection like that would print money and put the company in the red!



Hokage17 said:

@craigun That would be amazing and I would definitely be 1st in line to get them. I don't know why these game companies don't think like that. I understand nowadays it's a big investment to make AAA titles but those old Final Fantasies are proven successes and that fan base hasn't gone away. Just imagine your on the couch watching TV and suddenly a commercial comes on showing Squall for FF8 in next graphics. That would just really bring out the kid in RPG gamers.

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