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Uncharted and FIFA lead Vita to chart victory

80 per cent of buyers go for wifi model; Two titles account for 50% of Vita software sales

Sony's new handheld the PlayStation Vita has dominated the UK software charts this week. Not only did Uncharted: Golden Abyss take the number one spot, with FIFA Football securing second place, but together they accounted for 50 per cent of Vita games sales.

When it came to the hardware 79 per cent of Vita sales were of the wifi version, as opposed to the more expensive 3G model.

The Vita effect was also felt further down the chart, with a new entry for Wipeout 2048 at 11, and boost for Rayman Origins that pushed it up from 36 to 5 despite it not being stocked in specialist retailer GAME.

It's worth noting that the charts don't cover digital sales, which are a large part of the Vita offering, and so don't give a complete picture of the machine's overall software sales.

Core console titles Syndicate and The Last Story also made their debuts on the chart, at 7 and 15 respectively, while RPG Fallout: New Vegas returned to the chart at 17 in the form of a new Ultimate Edition.

Last WeekThis WeekTitle
New entry1Uncharted: Golden Abyss
New entry2FIFA Football
13UFC Undisputed 3
24FIFA 12
Re-entry5Rayman Origins
46Mario & Sonic London 2012 Olympic Games
New entry7Syndicate
38Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
59Battlefield 3
610Final Fantasy XIII-2
New entry11Wipeout 2048
912The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
713Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure
1014Just Dance 3
New entry15The Last Story
1416Zumba Fitness
New entry17Fallout: New Vegas Ultimate Edition
818The Darkness II
1619Rage
1720Saints Row: The Third

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I am wondering if Gravity Rush and No Escape are available in UK for download yet...
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Fran Mulhern , Recruit3D4 years ago
Loving FIFA on the Vita, but noticing a lot of bugs when it comes to connecting online. Hasn't stopped me giving GI'biz's very own Chris Buckley a good spanking though:)
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John Bye Lead Designer, Future Games of London4 years ago
Fantastic news for the industry, let's hope it can maintain that momentum and become another viable new platform alongside the 3DS. Also reassuring to see that GAME's well publicised stock issues don't seem to be stopping titles achieving chart success - both Rayman (at number 5) and The Last Story (at 15) aren't being stocked by GAME, according to recent reports.
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be nice to see Last Story go beyond the Wii. ITs really terrible to have platform specific titles only in this age of multi platform titles.
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Martyn Brown Managing Director, Insight For Hire4 years ago
Gah Fran, I was hoping for a page whereby you weren't still chirping on about kicking Chris's arse :)
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Fran Mulhern , Recruit3D4 years ago
Haha! To be fair, he did sneak a win yesterday. But on the other hand I was busy trying to watch something on TV and talk to my wife at the same time:)

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Fran Mulhern on 27th February 2012 12:03pm

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Terence Gage Freelance writer 4 years ago
Glad to see the Vita doing well. I am umming and aahing over getting one (really don't need another console but it's oh so shiny!) whilst keeping an eye open for good deals.

I doubt Sony will release digital sales figures, but it would be interesting to see how many copies MotorStorm RC sold relative to the big PSP releases. I know it's a fraction of the cost, but it has tons of content and it's almost dangerously addictive. A round of applause for Evolution for taking the series in such a different and successful direction.
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Private Industry 4 years ago
On the store Motorstorm ranks first in the top download section with escape plan second, so I guess its not doing too bad. Its very addictive and a great fit for on the go racing.

Glad the vita is doing great here and the games also do well. Would be a shame if it would follow the psp here in the west as it is an amazing portal console. For the last 2 weeks didnt really touch my PS3 and play most of the time on Vita.
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Stephen McCarthy Studying Games Technology, Kingston University4 years ago
I still holding out for Persona 4 and Gravity Rush
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Would love to see a digital version of Ogre Tactics make it to the Vita
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Chris Buckley Global Sales Manager, GamesIndustry.biz4 years ago
I am loving the Vita and especially FIFA and Uncharted, also Escape Plan, although my 32gig card is nearly full now, so must stop downloading games!! And yes....Fran....it breaks my heart that Liverpool beat Manchester United recently, you are 1 up, but we can fix this later!!
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Fran Mulhern , Recruit3D4 years ago
To be fair mate, you were 2-0 up when it crashed, so we'll chalk that win up to you. After all, I can't win EVERY game, you'll just get disillusioned;)
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Preet Basson Train 2 Game Developer 4 years ago
This news proves nothing. Any1 can come out with percentages. Figures of units sold will only prove success. Not units shipped.
Also if Uncharted & Fifa wasnt on top of the chart at console launch, there would be something seriously wrong with VITA launch.

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Preet Basson on 27th February 2012 4:36pm

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Private Industry 4 years ago
Well the psp version of tactics ogre is on the vita store
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@ Werner - I wonder if there any difference between the original PS verison vs the IOS vs PSP version
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Klaus Preisinger Freelance Writing 4 years ago
According to vgchartz, the 3DS outsold the Vita during its launch week. If the Vita sales drop off as violently as they did in Japan, we might see who will commit and who will jump ship earlier than we expected.
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This does not account for digital sales, and as such its too early to predict/crow about anything. Perhaps in 6 months it might be fairer to provide any commentary - seeing as 3DS is only really starting to enjoy some positive news.
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Doug Paras4 years ago
Dr. Chee Ming Wong - The Last Story still is only on the Wii.
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@ Doug - alas!

Interesting commentary for folks trying to download digital titles for the Vita.
It appears its safest to purchase via PS store on PS3 and then transfer to the Vita, whereas those trying a direct purchase on the Vita has had some problems

Anyone had any direct success with purchasing digital titles in UK directly on Vita?
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Nicholas Pantazis Senior Editor, VGChartz Ltd4 years ago
@ Dr. Chee Ming Wong Er... Nintendo owns The Last Story lol. The IP is theirs, just as Xenoblade was. That's like asking MIcrosoft why Halo isn't multiplatform. That said, they could always do an HD version for Wii U.
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Nathan Harmsworth System Administrator 4 years ago
Bought Motorstorm directly on the PS vita store, as well as redeeming codes & games without a prob :D
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@ Nicholas - I appreciate that its a Nintendo IP, there is however wishful thinking for a port to IOS or such that does not directly compete with the other consoles. Stranger things can happen (eventually)
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Wow. A positive story
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Robert Barrow Information Security Analyst 4 years ago
@Dr. Chee Ming Wong

I bought and downloaded Stardust and Rayman from my Vita and they both worked without a glitch. So far I really enjoying the Vita experience. It feels very comfortable to use, it looks and sounds good, and the games are fantastic. When I think that this is the first generation of games on the platform and that developers don't normally get up to speed until the second gen it makes me shiver. I personally think that Sony have a winner on their hands with this and if they time a price cut just right I think it will be a run away success.
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@ Robert ! great stuff. I love the Vita too. I'm trying to see how long the battery last in standby (its been on for 5 days so far) and how long it last with continuous play and lastly, intermittent daily play and any potential save losses

:)
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Nicholas Pantazis Senior Editor, VGChartz Ltd4 years ago
@ Dr. Chee Ming Wong Even if Nintendo wanted to support a marketplace which is actively attempting to subvert their coveted handheld market, there are numerous reasons games of this scope simply do not exist on iOS. The app filesize limit is 2GBs, the market's pricing structure is totally unviable for big budget development, the controls are severely limited and ungainly, and the market simply doesn't support large-scale games.

Even now the top 60 iOS and Android apps are nothing but mini-games and quick throw-away experiences, which is great: That's what cell phone gaming excels at, but don't expect the App store to ever embrace this type of game. They've already established it as a place for minigames (Rovio) and knock-offs (Gameloft), and AAA games have no place in that market. At best mid-range titles and spinoffs can find some modest success.
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Private Industry 4 years ago
If only we could get some rest of the "analysts" that say the vita is dead on arival and useless because of smartphones and 90p games that are nowhere near as great as vita games :)
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Klaus Preisinger Freelance Writing 4 years ago
Michael Pachter is spot on with his comparison of gaming and a casino:

[link url=http://www.gametrailers.com/video/pachters-preferred-pach-attack/727009
]http://www.gametrailers.com/video/pachte...[/link]

Smartphones lacking on piece of the gaming puzzle justifies the existence of dedicated handhelds. But they also drop the ball when it comes to addressing the largest possible range of people.
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Doug Paras4 years ago
The Last Story and Xenoblade are being Released in all Regions now so I'm a happy Gamer.
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Jim Webb Executive Editor/Community Director, E-mpire Ltd. Co.4 years ago
Doug, Pandora's Tower is also seeing a release in Europe. I am hopeful North America will not be left out.
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Private Industry 4 years ago
I'm not sure they should address the largest possible range of people. I'm happy with my gaming devices being for the core market.The Wii was designed for mainstream and besides of the first party games and the occasional third party game there is a lot of shovelware and my least favourite console of that gen. Another example is the latest 360 dashboard where the games and the marketplace take backseat to streaming and social interaction while you get bombarded with ads for a service you pay all in favore to address the largest amount of people.
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Meldarion Quesse4 years ago
That nice to see Wipeout2048 nearly making it to the top ten
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