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Japanese Vita top 10 sells less than 1 million units in 2012

Data released by Famitsu indicates slow software sales for Vita in first half of the year

The Japanese gaming magazine Famitsu has released hardware and software sales information for the Vita in the first half of 2012.

According to a report on Andriasang, the top 10 games on Sony's handheld have sold less than 1 million units combined - a total of 863,032 - with recent release Persona 4: The Golden leading the pack on 188,782 units.

This is in stark contrast to 3DS software, which dominated half-year sales charts in Japan. Pokemon Black & White 2, the highest selling game on 3DS, has moved more than double the units of the entire Vita top 10.

The Vita hardware sold 790,633 units. Sony Computer Entertainment told Famitsu that the figures are in line with its expectations.

The full top 10 is listed below:

  • 01: Persona 4 The Golden (188,782)
  • 02: Hot Shots Golf 6 (118,985)
  • 03: Uncharted Golden Abyss (89,390)
  • 04: Gravity Daze/Rush (74,785)
  • 05: Dynasty Warriors Next (74,718)
  • 06: Tales of Innocence R (71,463)
  • 07: Lord of Apocalypse (69,162)
  • 08: Ragnarok Odyssey (65,318)
  • 09: Gundam Seed Battle Destiny (55,527)
  • 10: Disgaea 3 Return (54,902)

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Franck Sauer Creative / Tech Art Director, Fresh3d7 years ago
If this doesn't take DD into account it is pretty much pointless obviously, as the platform is clearly inclined toward the digital distribution model.
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Peter Dwyer Games Designer/Developer 7 years ago
Nothing more to say other than OUCH!! and I hope Sony realise this is purely down to pricing and lack of any decent software support.
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Craig Page El Presidente, Awesome Enterprises7 years ago
Well it's priced the same as a Playstation 3, and only has a handful of games, most of which look awful. So this isn't really that surprising.
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Jim Webb Executive Editor/Community Director, E-mpire Ltd. Co.7 years ago
Pokemon B&W 2 is a DS games, not 3DS.
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Ian Brown IT Developer / IT Infrastructure 7 years ago
I'd be more worried if this was the total after a 12 month release. More games will do it wonders, having less than 20 probably isn't going to make it a world wide success. Once developers get behind it a bit more and expand the software list more interest will follow.
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The danger for Sony, is unless they make DD sales publicly available (and having a weekly DD chart released with figures would be great publicity) - it makes it harder for developers to do the maths, and decide to make a PSV game.

Why release a game on the PSV, when the figures show it could sell 2-5x as more copies on the 3DS?
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Bruce Everiss Marketing Consultant 7 years ago
Dodo.
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Andy Samson QA Supervisor, Digital Media Exchange7 years ago
I guess DD sales will prove to be even more disappointing considering the memory module is kind of pricey and doesn't sound practical. Games nowadays eats up a lot of space and there's only so little advantage versus if you carry the tiny physical media with you. You could place at least 20 of them on the same game case or protective gear you store the system on.
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