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Japanese Vita price drop pushes it above Wii U in sales

By Dan Pearson

Japanese Vita price drop pushes it above Wii U in sales

Thu 28 Feb 2013 10:25am GMT / 5:25am EST / 2:25am PST

Revengeance tops charts but 3DS dominates once more

The latest Japanese retail chart shows a Vita given a much-needed new lease of retail life by some stores pre-empting tomorrow's official price cut, pushing it above a Wii U hampered by a stuttering release schedule.

Vita sold a total of 11,456 units in the week between February 18-24, 2013 with Wii U just behind on 9,633. However, both were trounced by the rampant 3DS, which clocked a total of 74,729 sales. PS3 took second place with 18,529, according to the retail figures from Media Create.

The Vita has now sold 1.2 million units in the territory, compared to 10.6 million 3DS and 790,000 Wii U. Vita's sales are likely to jump again next week as the price cut becomes official and spreads to all retailers, but without a significant injection to its software catalogue, seems very unlikely to trouble the 3DS.

A look at those software sales reveals the cause of the 3DS' success, showing a total of 11 3DS games in the top 20 chart, including perennial favourites Dragon Quest, Mario, Monster Hunter and Animal Crossing. Despite that dominance, it is the PS3's Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance which tops out the chart, selling 308,681 copies in its opening week.

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Kevin Clark-Patterson Lecturer in Games Development, Lancaster and Morecambe College

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You know you're in trouble when the Vita sells more than any other console.

Even Sony will find that amusing!

Posted:3 years ago


Andy Samson QA Supervisor, Digital Media Exchange

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Aside from the System price cut, they need to lower the prices of their memory cards and get more games for it. Senran Kagura: Shinovi Versus isn't enough to pull the Vita out of the ditch. Like persona 4 Golden, it will just make a temporary blip then faze out after a few weeks. They need "Evergreen" titles.

Posted:3 years ago


Peter Dwyer Games Designer/Developer

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I know I found it amusing. I've had a Vita paper weight for a while now and it's only been used now because of Playstation plus and the free games! Irony being what it is I now have for free Uncharted and gravity rush. Both of the games I rushed out to get out of sheer desperation after buying the system.

I hope Sony follow up with some quick game releases to capitalise on the sudden interest.

Posted:3 years ago


John Arnold Video Production

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yeah, selling more units IN JAPAN, should be in the title.

Posted:3 years ago


Doug Paras

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Comparing a hand held sales to a console is rather foolish imo.

Posted:3 years ago


Greg Wilcox Creator, Destroy All Fanboys!

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@Peter: try Retro City Rampage, EDF 2017 Portable, Silent Hill: Shattered Memories, Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward and a few other demos out if you haven't and see what you think. There are a lot of nice surprises on the handheld if you're willing to experiment.

Posted:3 years ago


Nicholas Pantazis Senior Editor, VGChartz Ltd

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I agree with Greg, the VIta has some hidden gems, though clearly not system sellers.

I suspect Dan is right that we'll see a Vita sales increase next week as well, though nothing huge. Most retailers dropped their prices right after the Sony announcement, despite the "official" price drop date being yesterday. Still, the Vita could use anything it can get.

The Wii U's situation isn't good, but as we've seen with the 3DS in Japan, it really just needs software. That's what the Vita needs as well of course, but Nintendo actually makes software the Japanese market buys, while Sony does The VIta is dependent on third parties which have all but abandoned it for the sales numbers.

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Nicholas Pantazis on 1st March 2013 11:36am

Posted:3 years ago


Yiannis Koumoutzelis Founder & Creative Director, Neriad Games

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well in any case, there was a very small difference between vita and wiiU sales. so it is not such a great feat come to think of it. it could even be coincidental, however the price drop will definitely have an effect long term, combined with some really good games!

Posted:3 years ago


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