Vita continues to struggle as 3DS tops Japanese charts

3DS outsells all Sony platforms combined, Vita falls behind PSP

Sales of the PlayStation Vita in Japan fell again this week as it was once again overtaken by its predecessor, the PSP.

According to data from Media Create, published by Andriasang, the Vita took fourth place in the hardware chart with sales of 13,939 units - significantly down from the prior week's total of 17,141.

Second and third places were occupied by the PlayStation 3 and PSP respectively, but the 3DS sold more units than all of the Sony platforms combined: 67,558, slightly down from the previous week's total of 75,018.

Konami's new Suikoden game for PSP debuted in first place in the software chart with sales of 61,784. The critically admired Gravity Daze, a new release for PlayStation Vita, came in second, selling 43,462 units.

The full hardware chart is listed below. Previous week's totals are in parentheses.

  • 1. 3DS: 67,558 (75,018)
  • 2. PS3: 22,002 (23,293)
  • 3. PSP: 15,860 (15,847)
  • 4. PSV: 13,939 (17,141)
  • 5. Wii: 8,206 (8,814)
  • 6. PS2: 1,239 (481)
  • 7. X360: 1,139 (1,382)
  • 8. DSi LL: 957 (1,090)
  • 9. DSi: 651 (669)

The full software chart is listed below. Previous week's totals are in parentheses.

  • [PSP] 01. Genso Suikoden Tsumugareshi Hyakunen no Toki (Konami, 02.09.2012) 61,784 (NEW)
  • [PSV] 02. Gravity Daze (Sony, 02.09.2012) 43,462 (NEW)
  • [3DS] 03. Resident Evil Revelations (Capcom, 01.26.2012) 26,106 (216,241)
  • [3DS] 04. Mario Kart 7 (Nintendo, 12.01.2011) 23,758 (1,484,507)
  • [3DS] 05. Monster Hunter 3G (Capcom, 12.10.2011) 21,318 (1,232,343)
  • [3DS] 06. Super Mario 3D Land (Nintendo, 11.03.2011) 19,673 (1,330,984)
  • [PS3] 07. Gran Turismo 5 Spec II (Sony, 02.02.2012) 12,613 (34,028)
  • [PS3] 08. Armored Core V (From, 01.26.2012) 11,673 (206,354)
  • [PSV] 09. Ragnarok Odyssey (Gung-Ho, 02.02.2012) 8,117 (41,614)
  • [WII] 10. Just Dance Wii (Nintendo, 10.13.2011) 7,896 (534,946)
  • [PS3] 11. Soul Calibur V (Namco Bandai, 02.02.2012) 7,519 (41,847)
  • [PSP] 12. Photo Girlfriend (Kadokawa, 02.02.2012) 7,361 (41,456)
  • [3DS] 13. Inazuma Eleven Go (Level-5, 01.26.2012) 7,099 (386,863)
  • [PSP] 14. Monster Hunter Portable 3rd PSP the Best (Capcom, 09.22.2011) 5,955(191,808)
  • [3DS] 15. Rhythm Thief R (Sega, 12.15.2011) 5,888 (61,925)
  • [WII] 16. Wii Sports Resort Wiimote Plus Pack (Nintendo, 11.11.2010) 5,867 (867,985)
  • [WII] 17. Mario Kart Wii (Nintendo, 04.10.2008) 5,527 (3,505,695)
  • [PS3] 18. Dragon Age II (Spike, 02.02.2012) 5,308 (25,236)
  • [PSP] 19. VitaminX Detective B6 (D3, 02.09.2012) 5,073 (NEW)
  • [PS3] 20. Wii Party (Nintendo, 07.08.2010) 4,654 (2,289,196)

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Latest comments (8)

Reilly Davis6 years ago
they should of kept with the psp very foolish move on sony's part, i'm getting my 3 kids a 3ds because generally its better buy for your buck
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"[PS3] 20. Wii Party (Nintendo, 07.08.2010) 4,654 (2,289,196)"

Sony could only wish... :)

Sony will have a publicity issue soon with the PSV... it needs to launch strong in the west.
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Peter Dwyer Games Designer/Developer 6 years ago
Sony need to do a Nintendo and simply drop the price. In a world wide recession it boggles that a company such as Sony is in blatant denial. Either drop the price or bundle for the existing price and I would do it now not after launch! 8gb card, uncharted and the machine. All of those are made by sony so no negotiations to set the bundle up.

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Drop the price, it's as plain as day.
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Benny Scrivener Studying Business and Marketing, University of Lincoln6 years ago
It's odd. In this case the 3DS's initial failure has severely harmed the PSV. At the time of announcement, the PSV was incredible value, but since Nintendo have had to slash the price, the price difference is now far too large.
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Jasdeep Sahota Studying Business and Marketing, De Montfort University6 years ago
The Vita sales are a clear example of Sony misjudging their core audience. They've essentially launched a console with a selection of western-focused games in an eastern territory.

Japan is PSP heartland, and that's down to compelling titles that fit in with the way Japanese gamers play. Why would they give up regular sessions of Monster Hunter with friends just to spend the equivalent of $300 on a new console that doesn't even offer a comparable experience?

Edited 3 times. Last edit by Jasdeep Sahota on 16th February 2012 9:42pm

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Tony Johns6 years ago
a PSP game is outselling a PSV game in it's first week, as well as outselling all the 3DS games.

Japanese sure do know how to support the ageing systems.

Perhaps the PSP is not really a failure that most people think it is.

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Curt Sampson Sofware Developer 6 years ago
I don't know if the issue is really the price. I'm fine with how much it costs; it's annoyances like the difficulty of switching accounts that made me cancel my pre-order.

And yeah, it is rather a western-oriented software line-up. I'd be as hesitant to judge the Vita by its performance in Japan as I would the Xbox 360.

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Curt Sampson on 19th February 2012 5:19am

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