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.

Hardware

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)

Software

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)

[via 4gamer.net, gematsu.com]