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Vita still #1 in Japan

By Rachel Weber

Vita still #1 in Japan

Wed 13 Mar 2013 3:19pm GMT / 11:19am EDT / 8:19am PDT

Soul Sacrifice release helps keep Sony handheld on top

Thanks to a drop in Nintendo 3DS sales and the release of Keiji Inafune's exclusive game Soul Sacrifice the PlayStation Vita is still top of the Japanese charts.

  1. PlayStation Vita - 63,581 (Last week - 62,543)
  2. 3DS XL - 39,801 (50,265)
  3. 3DS - 21,207 (27,174)
  4. PlayStation 3 - 19,567 (25,725)
  5. PSP - 18,023 (11,171)
  6. Wii U - 9,454 (10,021)
  7. Wii - 1,363 (1,383)
  8. Xbox 360 - 738 (486)

The console jumped to the top spot last week following a price cut in Japan, and has managed to more than hang on, even seeing a slight rise in sales. Its nearest rival, the Nintendo 3DS XL, saw a fall in sales of over 10,000.

On the software chart the top five was packed full of new entries, with two Vita titles, Soul Sacrifice and Tales Of Hearts R, making their first appearance.

  1. [PS3] Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F - 110,229 (New entry)
  2. [PSV] Soul Sacrifice - 92,396 (New entry)
  3. [PSP] Uta no Prince-sama All Star - 67,217 (New entry)
  4. [3DS] Animal Crossing: New Leaf - 63,285 (Lifetime sales - 2,802,940)
  5. [PSV] Tales of Hearts R - 55,258 (New entry)

Charts supplied by Media Create and published by Gematsu.

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Andy Samson QA Supervisor, Digital Media Exchange

261 207 0.8
Don't think this trend will last long since it only coincided with the launch of new Vita games and due to the fact that SONY is "clearing out" all of their 3G Vita units (priced just as much as the wifi only units). We'll see in the coming weeks if the sales remain consistently high.

Maybe people are holding out for the new 3DS XL colors that were confirmed (Mint White and Friend Collection Bundle Edition).

Posted:3 years ago

Yes, I didn't realise that both Tales and Soul sacrifice were out this week. That makes all 5 of their big releases out in the last 2 weeks.

Still, at least its *some* momentum, and solid hardware sales for 2 weeks in a row.

But there is usually a familiar pattern here: charts get flooded with new titles, which makes the charts look impressive for a platform... but within 2-3 weeks, they have all but vanished and the old sellers come back.

Phantasy Star went from 60k last week, to 10k this week. Shinovi went from 95k to 17k this week. The sales for both Soul Sacrifice & Tales Of are pretty disappointing really - although none of this captures digital sales.

Lets see if the PSV can sell 40k next week.

Posted:3 years ago


Andy Samson QA Supervisor, Digital Media Exchange

261 207 0.8
Yes, 40k looks like a stable amount for weekly sales. It sure looks like SONY is aiming to make an impressive end of fiscal year sale with all those new games coming out this month. It's as if the Vita relaunched anew, or it could be that last gasp of air. Who knows.

Posted:3 years ago


Nicholas Pantazis Senior Editor, VGChartz Ltd

1,025 1,486 1.4
Tales, Soul Sacrifice, and a price cut a week before. This is a perfect storm for Vita.

@ Andy If the stable sales are above 25K in 5 weeks I'll eat some crow, but they won't be.

Posted:3 years ago


Adam Yau Game Programmer

23 10 0.4
There are quite a few big games coming out later this month for the vita too such as Dead or Alive 5 plus, One piece pirate Musou, Atelier meruru plus etc

Posted:3 years ago


Jakub Mikyska CEO, Grip Digital

228 1,263 5.5
Cut the price and release some games that people actually want to play and the Vita suddenly jumps to the first spot... and it only took Sony one year to embrace this bold new strategy ;-) I hope the execs in the US and Europe are watching...

Posted:3 years ago


Daniel Hughes Studying PhD Literary Modernism, Bangor University

436 497 1.1
Software sells a games console, WHAT?!?

Hopefully Sony realise now that Vita needs better global software support. Nintendo already have a healthy 3DS base, and an excellent line up globally for the next six months. It's a step in the right direction for Vita--but a baby step at that.

Posted:3 years ago


Jim Webb Executive Editor/Community Director, E-mpire Ltd. Co.

2,518 3,213 1.3
Vita technically didn't outsell the 3DS last week. Media Create separates the 3DS models which put Vita ahead. Combine the 3DS models and they still outsold Vita. Why, by the way had the official price cut reflected in this charts sales. Last week spiked because most retailers jumped the price cut gun.

I'll never get why Media Create separates Nintendo portable models but nothing else. They did the same thing with the DS. But all PSP models were combined. All PS3 models are combined.

Posted:3 years ago


David Radd Senior Editor, IndustryGamers

361 80 0.2
Portable rule in Japan. I have no idea what to expect for weekly sales or whatever of the PS Vita going forward, but with the price cut there's reason to believe that it will finally gain some momentum and start to replace the PSP. Outside of Japan it's going to remain pretty tough as it has been, especially without a full price cut.

Posted:3 years ago


Mbuso Radebe Associate Producer, Smoking Gun Interactive Inc.

57 23 0.4
@Jim I combined the sales for both 3DS models based on the article figures and the Vita still tops it (by a small margin). Am I missing something here?

I do agree with you though, that it's unusual for them to separate Nintendo portable model sales and not Sony.

Posted:3 years ago


Michal Korec Editor/Analyst

10 3 0.3
@Jim - Got to agree with Mbuso, Vita selling 63,581 vs. 61 008 3DS combined.

Let's give Vita a week of this success because we never know when it tops Ninty again :-/

Posted:3 years ago


Paul Jace Merchandiser

1,191 2,010 1.7
Not surprised this is happening in Japan but until there is a price drop, a bunch of good games and the 3DS stalls I don't expect to see this happening in the US.

Posted:3 years ago


Rick Lopez Illustrator, Graphic Designer

1,269 943 0.7
Ya know VITA is a great piece of hardware. The only thing that hurt it was the price. i would have bought it if not because of the rediculouse price.

Posted:3 years ago


Andy Samson QA Supervisor, Digital Media Exchange

261 207 0.8
@ Nicholas
It''s below the estimated stable number of 40k now and it didn't even stood a chance against the 3DS LL, what more if you combine the 3DS and LL sales. It seems the Vita is losing steam in time for that 5th week prediction.

Last week's figures:

3DS LL 47,985
Vita 36,028
3DS 21,454

PS3 20,676
PSP 12,721
Wii U 9,539
Wii 1,323
Xbox 360 543

Posted:3 years ago


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