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Vita hangs on in Japan, 3DS almost to a million this year

Vita hangs on in Japan, 3DS almost to a million this year

Wed 14 Mar 2012 7:21pm GMT / 3:21pm EDT / 12:21pm PDT
Hardware

Sony's portable offering didn't see a rise in sales from the company's Game Heaven announcements

Nintendo continued to dominate the Japanese charts this week, as the 3DS comfortably lead hardware sales and made up nine of the entries in the top 20 software titles.

Figures published by Media Create and reported by Andriasang show that the 3DS console sold 68,951 units, followed by PlayStation 3's 34,816 while the original PSP took third with 34,816.

The new Vita only managed fourth with 10,041, despite a recent promotional drive for the machine.

Namco Bandai's One Piece Pirate Musou for PS3 took the top spot in the software charts, making its total sales 745,907 and securing its place at the most successful outing yet for the franchise.

  1. One Piece Pirate Musou (PS3)
  2. Hatsune Miku and Future Stars Project Mirai (3DS)
  3. Street Fighter x Tekken (PS3)
  4. Gundam UC (PS3)
  5. Metal Gear Solid Snake Eater 3D (3DS)
  6. Mario & Sonic at London Olympics (NDS)
  7. Mario Kart 7 (3DS)
  8. Super Mario 3D Land (3DS)
  9. Harvest Moon Hajimari no Daichi (3DS)
  10. Monster Hunter 3G (3DS)

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Hangs on for dear life? That comment would have fit the PSPgo that was always at the 900 units per week mark. It doesn`t fit a new console release in it`s first couple of months. The days of huge numbers in the first 6-12 months are over. Many core gamers don`t buy anymore on new systems on the idea of "at someone point this announced game of my favourite series will come out on the system so I need to buy one right now". People changed to buying the systems for when the games they want are released in the hope to also get it cheaper then instead of when the games are announced.

I think many people learned a hard lesson from the 3DS and the current home consoles regarding of when a game is announced and when you can expect to buy it so instead they wait with buying the system. I remember the PS2 launch when it was difficult to find one for pre order because it was sold out everywhere, but those days are over. Since then you just need to walk into the shop on launch day and you will have no problem to get your console unless there would be a real killer game on it on launch.

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