Japanese charts: Vita decline continues, Mario Kart 7 tops software

Thursday, 5th January 2012 11:25 GMT By Johnny Cullen

PlayStation Vita sales have suffered for a second week, seeing another decline and even beaten by PSP again.

Fourth-placed Vita sold 42,648 units compared to PSP’s 62,746 in third. The small bit of consolation comes in the form that it beat Wii’s 33,208 units.

3DS sales for the week just fell short of 200,000 units, selling in the end 197,952 units, outselling Vita by 5:1. PS3 came second with 67,199 units sold.

On software, the only two titles in the top 30 were Everybody’s Golf 6 in 28 and Uncharted: Golden Abyss was at 29

Mario Kart 7 was the final number one of 2011, with Monster Hunter 3G and Warriors Orochi 2 in second and third.

Both lists for the week ending January 1 are below. Last week’s data can be found here.

Thanks, GAF and Erren.


  • 3DS 197,952
  • PS3 67,199
  • PSP 62,746
  • Vita 42,648
  • Wii 33,208
  • DSi LL 3,356
  • Xbox 360 2,453
  • DSi 2,418
  • PS2 1,659
  • DS Lite 28


  1. Mario Kart 7 – 109.000 / 1.160.000
  2. Monster Hunter 3G – 100.000 / 985.000
  3. Warriors Orochi 2 – 73.000 / 274.000
  4. Super Mario 3D Land – 68.000 / 1.080.000
  5. Final Fantasy XIII-2 – 61.000 / 704.000
  6. Just Dance Wii – 48.000 / 269.000
  7. Kirby Wii
  8. Wii Party
  9. SD Gundam G Generation 3D



  1. Erthazus

    I think it’s too much for the headline aka “Vita decline continues”. More like there are no games for Japan to support the platform for now.

    #1 3 years ago
  2. ManuOtaku

    #1 yes is true but its worrying nontheless, i didnt see the 3DS decline that badly earlier the past year at launch and the weeks following launch, and it didnt had that great starting line up neither, so like i said is worrying, but i think is also the price factor on both the vita and the memory card, and this thing also did happen to the 3DS as soon as they did cut the price it did start picking momentum, i believe the same will happen to vita, that and a true kille app.
    P.S i wish for the vita success the same as wiht the 3DS, just to prove to those people that claim that dedicated handled consoles are dead, that they are wrong

    #2 3 years ago
  3. ASBI


    I think PSP outsold 3ds many times last year

    2 mario games did the job :)

    #3 3 years ago
  4. Joe Musashi

    To quote the comedy-doomsayers @ GAF:

    “And it’s sold ZERO outside of Japan!!! DOOOOOMED!!!”


    #4 3 years ago
  5. ManuOtaku

    #3, yes but iam comparing the launch of the two (Vita and 3DS), and the 3DS didnt had this decline in the first weeks since launch, and both didnt had great launch tittles, but in my eyes i think the vita starting line up is a little bit better than the 3DS, so i think this is worrying for vita, but is true what you said the PSP outsold the 3DS many times the past year, and is doing the same with the vita, what this does tell us?, that price point and games are really important, and i think if the vita gets a price cut it will recover for sure, just like the 3DS

    #5 3 years ago
  6. Eregol

    OMG it outsold the 360. The 360 is DOOMED!!!!!!!!!!!

    #6 3 years ago
  7. Deacon

    was anyone honestly expecting anything OTHER than a lacklustre start for the Vita?

    I’m not surprised by the figures at all, and yet I’m confident it’ll do well over time.

    IMO a lot of people are more willing to wait for a price-drop and/or their particular killer app.

    It seems you need a gay Apple logo on your overpriced tat for it to sell out day 1.

    #7 3 years ago
  8. Christopher Jack

    What did you expect? No killer apps as far as the Japanese are concerned. Uncharted would be good enough for some of us but just wait til we hear more about that CoD game.

    #8 3 years ago
  9. viralshag

    @ManuOtaku, Tbh the reason you didn’t see a “decline” in 3DS sales early at launch was because there wasn’t much of an increase in sales.

    If I remember correctly the opening months of the 3DS were dire and it hardly shifted any units. It was only when the price cut came in it started moving.

    I imagine the same thing will happen with the Vita. Consumers have cottened on, at last, that there is little point in spending £50-100 more at launch when there is hardly ever anything to play… When you could wait 6 months, get it cheaper and probably pick up some great games bundled in.

    #9 3 years ago
  10. Gheritt White

    I don’t see why it would be such a bad thing for dedicated handheld gaming consoles to die… or for console boxes, either.

    It’s not like big budget games that cost than $5USD are going anywhere. They’re far too popular and culturally relevant to disappear.

    I’m all for change, me. Otherwise we’d still be loading games from external tape decks!

    #10 3 years ago
  11. ManuOtaku

    #9 But i meant in the drop % in sales, the 3DS sold at launch 400.000 units and the next month 194.000 units thats a little bit over 50%, in comparision with the drop for the vita of almost 80% , and i believe the line up for vita is a little bit better than the 3Ds, so like i said is worrying nontheless, but like you, i do also believe with a killer app and a price cut on both, the vita and memory cards it will do fine, like the 3DS

    #11 3 years ago
  12. frostquake

    Imagine if they had a NEW Monster Hunter Vita Game..that is what the Japanese want..LOL…

    #12 3 years ago
  13. ManuOtaku

    #10 the thing is, that all the formats in the past were physical, no matter if it were tapes, cartridges, cd, blue ray , etc ., all of them were physical, this on the other hand is not, with the physical games you bought 5 games in a minute and went to your home and play them, with downloading games you cant, if you buy 5 games it will take a heck of a time in order to play each one of them, and keep in mind with each generation the size of the games will increase, we always going to reach and surpass the limits of the internet conection at some point IMHO, and also there are other factors as well, for example what happens when a manufacturer drop the support for older version of games, i cannot play them anymore, like the first generation of XBOX Live games that cannot be played anymore, i own them why i cannot play them, also the problem with hackers that can make problems during the downlaoding of tittles or anything on those lines, something we are not prepare for, i mean theres a lot of things to be concern about only digital games, and they are pretty valid reasons to be scare if you ask me, therefore i prefer physical media, it doesnt matter the format, i do prefer it over digital one any day, but maybe is just me T_T
    P.S and iam all in for the tech advance, better graphics, better AI, better gameplay, better way of interactions, yes i like the tech advance, but when it doesnt mean more dissadvantages/difficulties for the user

    #13 3 years ago
  14. Da Man

    #9, At that time Japan had an earthquake and a nuclear disaster, thus surprisingly videogames’ sales were down, yet 3ds numbers fell as low as those in it’s fourth week (still above btw)

    #14 3 years ago
  15. Gheritt White

    I also prefer physical media every time – I like owning the artefact, as its known. But I think we might be in the minority – I, for one, will be buying a next-gen Xbox rather than OnLive or an Apple iTV, but how content will be delivered to me on that platform is anybody’s guess.

    I still hope that it would be via sold state flash media, but I think that’s just wishful thinking.

    Ultimately, it will all be determined by whatever system makes it easiest for the content creators/providers to make a profit. And that’s usually not the best solution for the consumer, IMHO.

    Still, there’s no turning back the clock and I reckon we all want shiner GFX more than we want to hold onto our old games. I mean seriously, exactly how much time do you reckon you or the community as a whole would spend playing first-generation Xbox LIVE games?

    #15 3 years ago
  16. ManuOtaku

    #15 Well i do, i even play to this very day SNES, psone, N64, dreamcast, gamecube, ps2 and xbox games, i think a lot of players will like to play their old games again at some point, and there are some old games that can be played today, and they did grow old very well IMHO,they can hold a candle even for today estandars, but maybe you are right, maybe there are not that many and just me, is just that i do prefer physical media on games, and i hope it stays that way for long time.

    #16 3 years ago
  17. mojo

    well, no monster hunter, no dragon quest, and no mario. who wonders?

    #17 3 years ago
  18. Len

    Another doom-mongering article:

    #18 3 years ago
  19. poketrainer

    While the decline is worrisome, I think its more important that each do well to combat the smartphone threat. They can each succeed like the PSP/DS, with both doing good with a clear winner overall.

    They’re going to have to fight if they don’t want the handheld market to shrink on them, although there are plenty of reasons to believe Smartphone gaming can’t destroy traditional handhelds like a lot of people in the press want to believe.

    I’d be fearful of PSV sales dropping below 10k in a week or two, then I’d be more worried about it.

    #19 3 years ago

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