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Vita fights back in Japanese charts

Vita fights back in Japanese charts

Wed 05 Sep 2012 2:09pm GMT / 10:09am EDT / 7:09am PDT
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In second place thanks to Sega's Hatsune Miku Project Diva F

The PlayStation Vita has made a dramatic leap up the Japanese hardware charts, all thanks to Sega's Hatsune Miku Project Diva F.

The handheld still couldn't topple the Nintendo 3DS, but did see a rise in sales of over 37,000 units, pushing it into second place on Enterbrain's hardware chart for the week ending September 2.

  1. Nintendo 3DS: 67,926 (64,921)
  2. PlayStation Vita: 46,877 (9,751)
  3. PlayStation 3: 12,846 (12,243)
  4. PlayStation Portable: 10,918 (10,676)
  5. Wii: 8,038 (8,476)
  6. Xbox 360: 525 (563)
  7. PlayStation 2: 411 (439)
  8. Nintendo DSi: 279 (311)

Hatsune Miku Project Diva F, the Vita title responsible for the surge in sales, topped the software sales, selling 158,009 units in its debut week. There were four new entries in the top five alone.

  1. Hatsune Miku Project Diva F 158,009 - Vita
  2. Devil Summoner Soul Hackers 73,690 - 3DS
  3. Senran Kagura Burst 70,569 - 3DS
  4. New Super Mario Bros. 2 55,028 - 3DS
  5. Neptune V 35,670 - PS3

[Via Andriasang ]

9 Comments

Adam Yau
Game Programmer

23 10 0.4
Great game :)

Posted:A year ago

#1

Rey Samonte
Sr. Technical Game Designer

10 7 0.7
Yay! Go Vita! Here's hoping that system will see more loving. :)

Posted:A year ago

#2

Nicholas Pantazis
Senior Editor

1,017 1,463 1.4
Popular Comment
Impressive sales, and just more proof that no matter what the price, gamers want games more than anything. :)

Posted:A year ago

#3

Andy Samson
QA Supervisor

231 178 0.8
It's not just the game though. The sales boost was probably due to the Limited edition Hatsune Miku White Vita. Wait till the sales numbers for the Limited edition 3DS Pikachu slides the Nintendo 3DS back to the Top with at least double the number.

Posted:A year ago

#4

Nicholas Pantazis
Senior Editor

1,017 1,463 1.4
@ Andy I have no doubt the Vita will decline starkly after this week, but that's largely due to a lack of consistently high-quality software with appeal to the Japanese market. That's why the 3DS beats it so bad, more than anything else. The 3DS has a glut of quality Japanese software that the Vita sorely lacks. Hatsune Miku is just an example of what the Vita needs, and not a solution all its own. That said, it's certainly part of the solution.

Posted:A year ago

#5

Peter Bond
Studying Art & Design

66 18 0.3
Agrees

Posted:A year ago

#6

Andy Samson
QA Supervisor

231 178 0.8
@Nicholas
Yup, same thing happened when Persona 4: Golden was released. After that sales dipped.

In the west it's good to know that a flood of classic games will be available but I don't think people will be happy if the bulk they'll be playing on it are PSOne games and a lot of them are not even tailored for handheld gaming. The only thing that keeps me interested on the system is that there is no region lock and I could play almost any Japanese game on it. Not sure if publishers are happy about though.

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Andy Samson on 5th September 2012 10:23pm

Posted:A year ago

#7

Yiannis Koumoutzelis
Founder & Creative Director

361 204 0.6
it is sad what is happening to Vita... but i would hardly call this fight back. it's more like a twitch.

At least it will see some joy for a while that is something. It is a pity because it is a nice piece of hardware. but that is not enough.
never was. at this point, i would call it "fighting back" if it kept selling more than 3DS for at least 3-4 weeks in a row.

Posted:A year ago

#8

Tony Johns

520 12 0.0
Miku Hatsune

awesome character with awesome Japanese Music games, sadly we all have to import just to play it.

Why doesn't SEGA and Crypton try to localise this game into the west with Japanese translation subtitles into English but keeping the dub just Japanese? SEGA is loosing publishing money that they really do need at the moment by not localizing this game into the west.

Posted:A year ago

#9

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