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News: Japanese Games Market Declines In 2011 Despite New Hardware

Japanese Games Market Declines In 2011 Despite New Hardware

The Japanese games market declined in 2011, according to reports published by Enterbrain via Famitsu

That was despite a 2.4 percent increase in hardware sales — up to ¥179,740 million ($2.3 billion) — spurred by the releases of the Nintendo 3DS and PlayStation Vita. Indeed, while the hardware bump was significant, it wasn't enough to stave off a whopping 14 percent drop in software sales,..

News: Japanese Sales Charts: PS Vita Sells 42K, 3DS Unstoppable

Japanese Sales Charts: PS Vita Sells 42K, 3DS Unstoppable

Considering all the doom and gloom around the Internet regarding the PlayStation Vita's unspectacular second week sales, the system actually held relatively well in its third week

Given some armchair analysts were expecting the sytem to drop as low as 10k units, its actual sell through of 42k units looks mightily impressive in comparison. Of course, it's still a long way away from where a newly..

News: Sumioni Demo Hits Japanese PlayStation Vitas On January 25th

Sumioni Demo Hits Japanese PlayStation Vitas On January 25th

Acquire's quirky ink-based PS Vita platformer, Sumioni, is to get a demo in Japan on January 25th

The contents of the demo are unknown at this point, but expect enough content to get a taste for the game's mix of touch and platforming mechanics ahead of its domestic release on February 9th. The game was confirmed for Western release late last year, with XSEED pledging publishing duties to the..

News: Wave The White Flag: Japanese Retailer Cuts The Price Of 3G PlayStation Vita

Wave The White Flag: Japanese Retailer Cuts The Price Of 3G PlayStation Vita

When we saw headlines popping up around the web this afternoon regarding the price of the 3G PlayStation Vita, we wondered for a split-second if Sony had done the unthinkable -- prematurely slashed the price of the PlayStation Vita

After all, there's a lot of headlines filling our Twitter feed right now that run with the words, "Japanese retailers cutting the price of 3G PlayStation..

News: Hideo Kojima Unsure If Japan Can Compete In Current Gaming Market

Hideo Kojima Unsure If Japan Can Compete In Current Gaming Market

One of the saddest thing to emerge this generation has been the decline in diversity

With development budgets spiralling, pushed publishers are stuck to working with what they know in order to avoid facing commercial disaster. That's meant that outside of the emerging download platforms, there's been very little experimentation in the retail space. We can point to a handful of imaginative titles..

News: Sonic The Hedgehog 4: Episode II Officially Announced For Japan

Sonic The Hedgehog 4: Episode II Officially Announced For Japan

SEGA's kicked off the new year with a bang, officially announcing Sonic The Hedgehog 4: Episode II for Japan

The sequel to the two-dimensional noscon will arrive on PlayStation 3 in 2012. SEGA promised that the title would boast improved physics and visuals in an interview with GameSpot last week. The game's also set to host the return of Metal Sonic and Tails. There's a teaser trailer embedded a

News: Don't Worry: There Were PlayStation Vita Titles In The Media Create Top 50

Don't Worry: There Were PlayStation Vita Titles In The Media Create Top 50

The PlayStation Vita didn't enjoy the best second week at retail

The system only managed to sell 70,000 units, and had no software releases in the top 20. Nor did it have any software releases in the top 30. But the top 50 — worry not, valued reader, because the PlayStation Vita was out in force. According to Andriasang, launch titles Hot Shots Golf 6 and Uncharted: Golden Abyss charted in 37th..

News: Japan Sales Charts: PlayStation Vita's Second Week Sales Disappoint

Japan Sales Charts: PlayStation Vita's Second Week Sales Disappoint

The PlayStation Vita got off to a reasonable, if unspectacular, debut in Japan -- but its second week sales paint a troubling picture for the platform in the near future

The well equipped handheld was outsold by the 3DS, PSP, Wii and PS3 during its first full week on the market, recording sales of just over 70,000 units. For comparison, Nintendo's newly re-surged handheld platform scooped up..

News: PlayStation Vita Goes Fishing In March

PlayStation Vita Goes Fishing In March

It's no secret that Japan has an unhealthy obsession with fishing games

While we're partial to the odd round of SEGA Bass Fishing, we don't fully understand the appeal of the genre. But that's not stopped Japanese gamers from getting a little hot under the collar over Kadokawa Games' wonderfully named Let's Try Bass Fishing: Fish On Next for PlayStation Vita. The game's confirmed for a March 22nd..

News: Vita Downloads Exceeding Sony's Expectations

Vita Downloads Exceeding Sony's Expectations

CEO pleased

Sales of boxed Vita software so far may not be stunning, but according to Sony Computer Entertainment Japan CEO Hiroshi Kawano the download service is going better than expected. The sales figures released by Media Create don't include download sales, but Kawano said: Games and peripherals are selling extremely well. Sales of the...

News: PlayStation Vita Sold 300,000 Games In Just Two Days

PlayStation Vita Sold 300,000 Games In Just Two Days

Sales tracking firm Media Create has revealed that the PlayStation Vita pushed 300,000 units of software during its first couple of days on sale in Japan

As previously reported, Sony's sassy new piece of hardware shifted just under 325k units during the same period, giving the system a software attach rate of 0.92 titles per PS Vita. Despite the PS Vita's strong software line-up, it failed to..

News: Vita Software Attach Rate Below 1:1 at Japanese Launch

Vita Software Attach Rate Below 1:1 at Japanese Launch

Why buy a console but no games?

The PlayStation Vita Japanese launch sales figures analysis continues with word from Media Create that not everyone who bought a Vita actually bought a game to go with it. Media Create's data states the Vita's launch games combined for a total of 300,000 units sold during the launch weekend. Considering Sony sold...

Rumour: PlayStation Vita Glitch Leads To... Dolphins?

PlayStation Vita Glitch Leads To... Dolphins?

So much for Sony denying any awareness of widespread PlayStation Vita glitches

A new video spotted by Andriasang shows a brand new PlayStation Vita running a bizarre underwater debug mode. The screen shows four swimming dolphins, a floating oyster and a pearl, all from different perspectives. The debug mode would be cool if it could be exited, but unfortunately for this new PlayStation Vita owner..

News: Sony Bewildered By PlayStation Vita Glitch Reports

Sony Bewildered By PlayStation Vita Glitch Reports

Sony has downplayed any suggestions that the PlayStation Vita is suffering from crashing or freezing problems following the device's launch in Japan over the weekend

Speaking with The Guardian, SCE UK's head of public relations David Wilson said, "We're annoyed with these stories, because we can't find any evidence of widespread glitches." He continued that, contrary to other reports,..

News: Japanese Sales Charts: Final Fantasy XIII-2 Sells 500k Units, PlayStation Vita's Launch Outpaced By 3DS

Japanese Sales Charts: Final Fantasy XIII-2 Sells 500k Units, PlayStation Vita's Launch Outpaced By 3DS

Sometimes we deliberate whether to even bother typing up the Japanese sales charts

There's often not much to commentate on, but this week is huge. Final Fantasy XIII-2 topped the Media Create sourced charts, selling over 500k units on the PlayStation 3. While the numbers look impressive on their own, it's worth noting that the game's predecessor managed to sell 1.1 million units back in 2009. The..

News: Media Create Reports 325,000 PlayStation Vitas Sold In First Week

Media Create Reports 325,000 PlayStation Vitas Sold In First Week

Following up Enterbrain's figures yesterday, Japanese sales tracking firm Media Create has released an alternative preliminary report on the PlayStation Vita's opening sales figures

Andriasang reports that the company puts the PS Vita's opening sales at about 325,000 units — slightly higher than Enterbrain. The firm also noted that the the initial shipment was around 500,000 units, supporting..

News: Report: Sony Shipped 500,000 PlayStation Vitas For Japanese Launch

Report: Sony Shipped 500,000 PlayStation Vitas For Japanese Launch

If you were a little disappointed by yesterday's PlayStation Vita sales numbers, it's probably because you believed an earlier rumour that put the system's initial shipment at about 700,000 units

But that number's been clarified overnight. In a column posted on Nikkei, IGDA Japan vice coordinator Kyoshi Shin said that the shipment was closer to 500,000 units. However, Shin was critical of Sony's..

News: PlayStation Vita's First Japanese Sales Figures Are Good

PlayStation Vita's First Japanese Sales Figures Are Good

Lots of happy customers

After the PlayStation Vita launch in Japan the first sales figures are in, and they're pretty healthy. As reported by Andriasang, Vita sold a very impressive 321,407 units in its first two days on sale (17th and 18th December). By comparison, back in February Nintendo sold 371,326 3DS consoles in two days, so it could be a...

News: Corpse Party 2U Confirmed For PlayStation Portable

Corpse Party 2U Confirmed For PlayStation Portable

The Corpse Party franchise is only just finding its feet in the West

XSEED translated and released the quirky handheld horror title in the West earlier this month. But Japan's already gearing up for the franchise's third entry, with word of a new game — tentatively titled Corpse Party 2U — appearing in the latest issue of Dengeki PlayStation magazine. Details are scarce, but Siliconera notes..

News: Japanese PlayStation Vita Sells 321,000 Units In First Two Days On Sale

Japanese PlayStation Vita Sells 321,000 Units In First Two Days On Sale

The newly released PlayStation Vita enjoyed a strong start in Japan, but failed to outpace the Nintendo 3DS in its first two days on sale

Famitsu reports that Enterbrain recorded 321,407 PS Vita consoles were sold within the system's first 48 hours on the market. In the same period the Nintendo 3DS scooped up 371,326, but Sony will be not be concerned as long as PS Vita sales remain consistent. The..