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Japanese Sales Charts: PS Vita Keeps Plodding Along

Posted by Sammy Barker

Handheld keeping its head above water

The holidays have come to a conclusion in Japan, but the PlayStation Vita has held on fairly well. Naturally, it couldn’t sustain its stellar performance from the week prior, but the portable platform still managed to shift just shy of 30,000 units – and that’s without any major software releases to back it up. Sadly, while sales of the handheld itself were strong, its static companion continued to flag, with PS Vita TV selling just 2,552 units.

With the release schedule taking a bit of a break, Final Fantasy X|X-2 HD Remaster remained the most popular PlayStation title, moving 16,286 units on the PS3 and a further 12,237 units on the Vita. Sony’s flagship home console sold 14,485 units in total, with the PlayStation Portable managing a miniscule 4,758 units. We’ve included the full breakdown of hardware and software sales in the space below. Are you impressed by the Vita’s performance, or still worried that it’s not doing well enough? Share your expertise in Japanese culture in the comments section below.


1. 3DS LL – 40,038 (139,867)
2. PlayStation Vita – 29,494 (81,111)
3. 3DS – 20,116 (61,836)
4. PlayStation 3 – 14,845 (30,321)
5. Wii U – 14,020 (73,178)
6. PSP – 4,758 (10,310)
7. PlayStation Vita TV – 2,522 (6,031)
8. Xbox 360 – 281 (616)


1. [3DS] Kirby: Triple Deluxe (Nintendo, 01/09/14) – 214,208 (New)
2. [3DS] Puzzle & Dragons Z (GungHo Online Entertainment, 12/12/31) – 52,880 (1,216,421)
3. [3DS] Pokemon X and Y (Nintendo, 10/12/13) – 34,179 (3,870,125)
4. [3DS] The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds (Nintendo, 12/26/13) – 26,286 (323,502)
5. [3DS] Monster Hunter 4 (Capcom, 09/14/13) – 19,497 (3,179,551)
6. [PS3] Final Fantasy X | X-2 HD Remaster (Square Enix, 12/26/13) – 16,286 (241,733)
7. [3DS] Yokai Watch (Level-5, 07/11/13) – 14,195 (308,946)
8. [3DS] Sentouchu Densetsu no Shinobi to Survival Battle (Namco Bandai, 10/17/13) – 13,665 (224,869)
9. [Wii U] Super Mario 3D World (Nintendo, 11/21/13) – 13,079 (452,521)
10. [PSV] Final Fantasy X | X-2 HD Remaster Twin Pack (Square Enix, 12/26/13) – 12,237 (194,407)
11. [3DS] Animal Crossing: New Leaf (Nintendo, 11/08/13) – 10,929 (3,641,321)
12. [3DS] Attack on Titan: The Last Wings of Mankind (Spike Chunsoft, 12/05/13) – 9,310 (202,029)
13. [PS3] Grand Theft Auto V (Take-Two, 10/10/13) – 9,299 (674,835)
14. [PS3] Shin Gundam Musou (Namco Bandai, 12/19/13) – 9,266 (216,964)
15. [3DS] Inazuma Eleven GO Galaxy Big Bang / Supernova (Level-5, 12/05/13) – 7,369 (216,964)
16. [3DS] Tomodachi Collection: New Life (04/18/13) – 7,323 (1,645,697)
17. [3DS] Mario Kart 7 (Nintendo, 12/01/11) – 7,276 (2,258,319)
18. [PSV] Shin Gundam Musou (Namco Bandai, 12/19/13) – 6,948 (97,882)
19. [PS3] Pro Evolution Soccer 2014 (Konami, 11/14/13) – 6,948 (291,010)
20. [PS3] Gran Turismo 6 (SCE, 12/05/13) – 6,099 (297,352)


User Comments (15)



InsertNameHere said:

32,016 units isn't bad, though it would have been a lot higher if there had been new software out. I have a feeling that sales for both the Vita and Vita TV are going to take a pretty big leap once the PS4 launches.



Sanquine said:

Hmmm i expected more sales but well every other platform has lesser sales. Vita is becoming stronger in japan equals more games. I'm really sad for Nintendo. The Wii U deserves some sales as well.



get2sammyb said:

@Sanquine I think considering how much everything dropped, Vita did really well with no new software. Obviously, the situation still isn't amazing — but the platform's prospects are looking much better in Japan these days.



eLarkos said:

This looks like good news to me. Considering the drop across the board, Vita's performance is solid.
The Vita TV on the other hand is dead dead dead. Small bump will come from ps4 release and then will be back to the bottom.



Gamer83 said:

If it keeps selling well there, it means more JRPGs for Vita, which is a good thing. I'm not the biggest fan of turn based but PSP had some great action-RPGs from Japan. If Vita can build up a similar kind of library that would be awesome.



Epic said:

Just when I thought that 3DS sales were going to tune down a little bit this happens, I thought that at this point everyone in Japan already had a 3DS xD
Other wierd thing:



Sanquine said:

@Gamer83 Exactly my thought! Vita has some awesome games in the pipeline ( Japan ofcourse);O The west is a dryland ... Sony thanks:)



Bliquid said:

Slowly but steady, PS VITA is a console with one of the highest adoption rates ever, meaning who has it likes it and buys many games for it.
It has a loyal following ever slowly increasing, but things like these can't decrease.
One day we'll see that Vita wasn't a failure after all.
I love mine.



The-Sega-KiD said:

I've said this before, but I really don't know why or how the 3DS is outselling the vita.

I had a 3DS since launch day and got a vita just a few months ago, and I wish I had never left it so long.

I've now sold my 3DS because the vita is a million times better.



moomoo said:

It's selling better because it has Nintendo franchises and Monster Hunter, has a cheaper initial price tag, and has more people using it.

It doesn't matter that the Vita is probably going to offer more value in the long run because of PS Plus and all of the sales associated with it. It just doesn't have the AAA exclusives.

It sucks, too, because I like using my Vita more than my 3DS too. I haven't sold my 3DS, though. I love Nintendo games.



The-Sega-KiD said:


I love nintendo games to, which is why I have a Wii U

And I would rather play mario, zelda, and metroid on a big screen. But I don't mind having a quick blast of COD or killzone on the go.

I'm actually upset the Wii U is in the position its in because its a great little console.

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