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Japanese charts: Vita sales fall 57% over last week

Wednesday, 18 January 2012 17:26 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

PS Vita sales showed a drastic decline on Media Create’s weekly sales chart with only 18,361 units moved, a 57% decline over the 42,648 units sold last week. On the software end, Namco’s Super Robot Taise OG Saga Masou Kishin II moved 81,996 units for its debut on PSP.

In Japan, Vita saw an upswing at launch, but sales have progressively dropped ever since:

  • Launch: 324,859
  • Week 2: 72,479
  • Week 3: 42,648
  • Week 4: 18,361

For the week ending January 15, the holiday sales drop not only affected Vita, but 3DS as well, with unit sales for the handheld dropping 50% over the week prior, despite still maintaining the top spot on the hardware chart.

Media Create has stopped reporting sales of DS Lite, which last week only sold 28 units in the region.

PS3 and PSP, which landed in second and thrid place, respectively, also saw a drop in sales.

The full hardware chart with last week’s sales in parentheses is below, courtesy of Andriasang.

  • 3DS: 100,668 (197,952)
  • PS3: 30,332 (67,199)
  • PSP: 22,538 (62,746)
  • PSV: 18,361 (42,648)
  • Wii: 14,179 (33,208)
  • DSi LL: 1,515 (3,356)
  • X360: 1,519 (2,453)
  • DSi: 1,206 (2,418)
  • PS2: 766 (1,659)

The software chart for the same period was topped by the aforementioned Namco title for PSP, but it wasn’t the only debut for the week, Tecmo’s Spirit Camera and Namco Ace Combat 3D were also new to charts.

Mario Kart 7, Monster Hunter 3G, Super Mario 3D Land, and Inazuma Eleven Go helped Super Robot Taise round out the top 5.

The full top 20 for the week with LtD sales in parentheses is posted below.

  • [PSP] 01. Super Robot Taise OG Saga Masou Kishin II (Namco Bandai, 01/12): 81,996 <- NEW
  • [3DS] 02. Mario Kart 7 (Nintendo, 12/01): 52,266 (1,369,623)
  • [3DS] 03. Monster Hunter 3G (Cacpom, 12/10): 44,644 (1,128,498)
  • [3DS] 04. Super Mario 3D Land (Nintendo, 11/03): 40,154 (1,239,440)
  • [3DS] 05. Inazuma Eleven Go (Level-5, 12/15): 20,777 (346,135)
  • [PS3] 06. Musou Orochi 2 (Tecmo Koei, 12/22): 20,409 (336,925)
  • [3DS] 07. Spirit Camera (Nintendo, 01/12): 16,351 <- NEW
  • [PS3] 08. Final Fantasy XIII-2 (Square Enix, 12/15): 14,407 (753,968)
  • [3DS] 09. Ace Combat 3D Cross Rumble (Namco Bandai, 01/12): 12,819 <- NEW
  • [WII] 10. Just Dance Wii (Nintendo, 10/13): 12,370 (503,048)
  • [WII] 11. Wii Sports Resort Wiimote Plus Pack (Nintendo, 11/11/2010): 10,076 (843,833)
  • [WII] 12. Wii Party (Nintendo, 07/08/2010): 9,383 (2,266,185)
  • [PSP] 13. Monster Hunter Portable 3rd PSP the Best(Cacpom, 09/22): 9,342 (163,780)
  • [WII] 14. Taiko Drum Master Wii Ultimate Version (Namco Bandai,, 11/23): 9,049 (206,052)
  • [WII] 15. Mario Kart Wii (Nintendo, 04/10/2008): 8,978 (3,483,638)
  • [WII] 16. Hoshi no Kirby Wii (Nintendo, 10/27): 8,931 (579,098)
  • [WII] 17. Go Vacation (Namco Bandai,, 10/20): 8,162 (216,180)
  • [3DS] 18. Nintendogs + cats (Nintendo, 02/26): 7,958 (475,872)
  • [PS3] 19. Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 Dubbed Version (Square Enix, 12/22): 7,772 (90,446)
  • [WII] 20. Inazuma Eleven Strikers 2012 Extreme (Level-5, 12/22): 6,716 (134,126)

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17 Comments

  1. Razor

    Nelson: “Ha-ha!”

    Uh, actually that seems a little harsh, but then there were only mad obsessives who were convinced Vita would do well at its current price.

    Price cut needed, and major panic mode should be engaged at SCE.

    #1 3 years ago
  2. ecu

    I don’t know why Sony keeps thinking people will buy their products at such high prices.

    Everything they release is too expensive, then sales are disappointing. Every. Fucking. Time.

    Then the 3DS comes out and even THAT fails to sell well, because of the cost. A new Nintendo handheld failed to sell, and they had to cut the price. Just think about that for a moment.

    Then they ask Sony about the Vita pricing and.. “yeah we’re probably gonna keep it the same. Which, btw, is at a higher price point than the 3DS failed to sell at.”

    Why don’t they get it? Are they just that arrogant, or just that stupid?

    #2 3 years ago
  3. ManuOtaku

    Comparing the first week to the last one indicates a drop % of 95%, thats pretty alarming if you ask me, like razor mentioned above a panic mode will be engaged for sure, i dont have numbers, but if i dont recall wrong, in recent memory this is the first time i see that kind of drop % on any console (home or handled) in japan,in a short amount of time.

    Having said that i think a price cut will do the trick to turn things around, hopefully this will happen sooner rather than later, so i can pick mine too.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. Razor

    Problem is though that if they cut the price now, they’ll lose even more money. Of course the flip side is that if demand remains low, they won’t have to manufacture as many, won’t sell as many and therefore won’t lose as much money…

    It doesn’t look like royalties are providing a large income as there are no Vita games in the JP chart. Accessories could be making Sony some money, but you can’t imagine it being very much.

    #4 3 years ago
  5. Christopher Jack

    I don’t get why people are so furious over the price. Considering its specs, it’s well below any comparable product & even costs more to make than Sony’s asking, this is one of the few Sony products that have been competitively priced in quite a long time. The SoC is likely the same as the one to be on the iPad 3 which will be over double the price.

    #5 3 years ago
  6. DSB

    It’s pretty proportionate to the drop in 3DS sales though.

    What’s the price disparity between the two? I haven’t been keeping up.

    It’s not very good for prestige that their newest launch is being outsold by the PSP though.

    *Update* Hmmm, around here a PS Vita is twice as expensive as a 3DS, so not even selling a 5th can’t be good.

    #6 3 years ago
  7. Goffee

    With the PSP selling four times as much in Japan, bet Sony is wishing it had launched in the west first. We’d have lapped it and Uncharted up.

    Also, Sony would have been competing for headlines against the Kindle Fire in the States, now it has to compete against – guess which one the tech press will spend more time drooling over!

    And the games press might join in if Apple finally puts all those game industry hires it made to good use and launches a core game initiative with a wireless controller and some top devs in the fold.

    #7 3 years ago
  8. Len

    Extremely worrying for them surley? I’m undecided on day 1 purchase now and this is making me think I’m definitely going to wait and see for a price drop/bundles.

    #8 3 years ago
  9. _LarZen_

    Gonna be interesting to see how it wil sell when it hits the rest of the world, espesially Europe, most countrys are big fans of the Playstation brand and most European countrys are money strong.

    I think the PSV wil sell bad in the US like in Japan because most people are strugling financialy.

    #9 3 years ago
  10. FeaturePreacher

    A dip of %50 for all devices in Japan is no indication of failure for the vita. The only thing it needs over there is a dynasty gundam title, and Monster Hunter 4. Can’t wait to see how successful it will be in the states, especially around the release of Mortal Kombat 9 for the vita.

    #10 3 years ago
  11. SuperGuyverUSA

    Remember when the price was first shown and EVERYONE was excited for it? That died pretty fast when the 3DS had a price cut. I personally think that the PSVita doesn’t need a price cut. You get alot of good stuff for $250 and like Razor said, “if they cut the price now, they’ll lose even more money”. If it cost them $100 to make it like Nintendo did with the 3DS, then I would agree that the price needs to come down, but that is not the case. We’ll just have to wait and see what happens.

    #11 3 years ago
  12. Lounds

    I love how PSV in UK is £230
    USA £162

    wtf sony wtf.

    Luckly my gf is from Florida and I will get her to pick me one up.

    #12 3 years ago
  13. fearmonkey

    Cmon Sony, it’s time to announce this year as the year of the PS3…er….vita……

    #13 3 years ago
  14. sg1974

    No point sugar coating it: that week 4 Vita figure is catastrophic.

    @12 Add sales tax to the US figure (rate depends on state). Also you forget companies have to factor currency exchange rates and expected range of fluctuations.

    The UK figure is about £191.50 when you discount VAT (our sales tax).

    #14 3 years ago
  15. absolutezero

    3DS is released, everyone complains about its price point and its features, poor launch games and support.

    Vita announced, lots of interesting games, long list of gimmicks and features and 3G and all sorts of shit. Consensus is the price is actually pretty decent in comparison.

    3DS price drop.

    Vita launches : FUCK YOU ITS TOO EXPENSIVE I HOPE YOU ALL FUCKING DIE.

    #15 3 years ago
  16. lexph3re

    So the device is out a month in 1 country and sells half a million and people think that it needs a price drop? Perhaps some people really are just dumb. Also, why do people not see the overall sales sony is hitting on 3 devices of their on the market?

    They have a divided investment from 1 home console and 2 portables. Their doing pretty damn good and besides we are less then a month away from the global release so stop counting the eggs of the chicken coup before you visit them.

    #16 3 years ago
  17. absolutezero

    See this other thing is selling in different amounts to this one thing, that means that this one thing needs to be cheaper than the other thing and then it might sell as much as it.

    /Industry Analyst.

    #17 3 years ago

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  • Far Cry 4 Complete Edition coming June 19 for PC, PS4 to the UK

    A Far Cry 4 Complete Edition has been announced and it includes the full game as well as the Season Pass. This is the sku which popped up on Amazon Germany earlier in the week. The Season Pass provides access to five separate pieces of DLC. Here’s a refresher on the DLC content: The Syringe: […]

  • The Witcher 3: live Q&A stream with CDP, new monster dev diary inside

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is out in just two weeks, and if you want to know more about Geralt’s latest adventure, CD Projekt is hosting a live Q&A now on Twitch. There’s also a new developer diary below which focuses on monster in the game. The Witcher 3 is out on May 19. Huzzah! […]

  • Forza Horizon 2′s Alpinestars Car Pack has five cars and is ready for download

    The Alpinestars Car Pack for Forza Horizon 2 is out now on Xbox One and its the only way you will ever be able to afford a 1992 Bugatti EB110 Super Sport. Unless, of course, you win the lottery or are left in some rich person’s will. In that case, I’ll take the ’53 Corvette, […]

  • Shadow of Mordor – Game of the Year Edition is now available in North America

    Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor – Game of the Year Edition has been released in North America. It will be made available in the Europe on May 7 and in the UK May 8 for £49.99 on consoles and £34.99 on PC. As previously announced, this edition contains all previously released DLC content as well as […]

  • Two GAME exclusive versions of Halo 5: Guardians now available for pre-order

    GAME has announced two exclusive versions of Halo 5: Guardians, and both are now available for pre-order exclusively through one of the retail chain’s 318 stores or online. The £79.99 Limited Edition Halo 5: Guardians, which delivers new digital content wrapped in a steel book. There’s also the £199.99 Halo 5: Guardians Limited Collector’s Edition […]

  • Deals with Gold: Far Cry 4, Assassin’s Creed Unity, Bioshock Infinite, more

    Microsoft has announced its latest Deals with Gold discounts for Xbox Live Gold members. Franchises on sale include Far Cry, Call of Duty, along with individual titles Assassin’s Creed Unity and Bioshock Infinite. The full list is below. Bioshock Infinite discounts are available for both Xbox Live Gold and Silver members. Xbox One Far Cry […]

  • Wolfenstein: The Old Blood has released, watch the launch trailer here

    Wolfenstein: The Old Blood has launched on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. You can watch the launch trailer for it below. Boxed copies in Europe arrive from May 15, and in Australia/New Zealand on May 14. You can grab digital copies from the following online services: Steam, PlayStation Network, Xbox Store.

  • GOG’s online service GOG Galaxy is now in open beta

    GOG Galaxy, the DRM-free online gaming platform from the folks at GOG, has left Alpha and is now in open beta for all to try. As previously announced, the online service, similar to Steam, is option. Players do not need to play online as all games are stored by the service and can be played […]

  • DayZ-inspired Goat Simulator DLC GoatZ is out this week on Steam

    Goat Simulator players can download DayZ-inspired DLC this week called GoatZ. According to Coffee Stain Studios, GoatZ is “the only survival game on Steam that isn’t in Early Access.” Jokingly of course. The DLC features: Mandatory crafting system because everyone else is doing it. Zombies that bug out. There’s a pun here about actual living […]

  • No, Far Cry 4 is not currently free on PSN

    You may have seen a few Tweets from people saying that the PS4 version of Far Cry 4 is available to download from PSN for free. This is not true. A few readers have tipped us off to what looked like a glitch on PSN that allowed players to download the full version of Far […]

  • Metal Gear Solid: The 1984 Collection confirmed to be a clothing line

    Konami is teasing a Metal Gear Solid thing called “The 1984 Collection.” The Metal Gear Solid Facebook page posted this image about an hour ago: The caption reads, “Step back into the 80′s with our new MGS collection coming very soon! Stay tuned!” This is supposedly in reference to the clothing line that was announced […]

  • Portal, The Simpsons, Jurassic World & Scooby Doo packs listed for Lego Dimensions

    Lego Dimensions is likely getting a few unannounced content packs. One of which is themed around Valve’s Portal. A set of unannounced content packs for the upcoming Lego Dimensions have been revealed by US retailer Walmart. The listings include packs for The Simpsons, Scooby Doo and Jurassic World, and most interestingly, Portal. The listings have […]

  • This is the most authentic recreation of GTA 2 in real life ever

    Affordable drones have many uses. Most of them are not nearly as exciting as recreating GTA 2 in real life. I am surprised it took us this long, but someone has finally captured footage using a drone that resembles the protagonist’s experience in the classic GTA 2. These aren’t just shots of cars from a […]

  • PlayStation 4 sales reach 2m in the UK

    Sony has sold 2 million PlayStation 4 consoles in the UK, faster than it did with the PlayStation 2 – the company’s best-selling machine in the country. MCVUK is reporting that as of last weekend, 2 million PlayStation 4s have been sold in the UK. The data is based on GfK Chart-Track estimates. This makes […]

  • H1Z1 gets female characters, skin colour options planned

    In an effort to improve diversity in the game, H1Z1 developer has added female characters. Female survivors can now be found throughout the world of H1Z1. Developer Daybreak added the new feature in a patch released last Friday. You will be able to choose a female avatar in the main game and in Battle Royale. […]

  • Possible teaser site for Castlevania creator Koji “IGA” Igarashi’s new game opens

    Either Castlevania creator Koji “IGA” Igarashi is working on a soon-to-be-launched Kickstarter for his new game, or someone is pulling an elaborate prank. At PAX Prime last year, during Keiji Inafune’s Mighty No. 9 panel, a flyer was handed out to attendees that showed what appeared to be a 2D game of some sort with […]

  • Destiny weekly reset for May 5: Heroic and Nightfall strikes detailed

    Tuesday is here and Destiny’s weekly reset is also here. Bungie announced that your weekly Destiny grind has now begun. The Nightfall and Heroic strikes are now live too. This week’s strike is Winter’s Run. Rainbow burn is back for the Nightfall, which means you do more damage with all elemental weapons, but also receive […]

  • PC version of Project Cars delayed in Australia due to severe weather

    Recent weather conditions in Sydney, Australia are responsible for a slight delay of the PC version of Project Cars in the country. Sydney recently suffered from storms that caused flooding in some areas. One of those is the place where publisher Namco Bandai was storing PC copies of Project Cars. The stock was “severely damaged,” […]

  • Twitch’s new process makes it easier for streamers to appeal flagged content

    Twitch has updated its appeals process concerning videos that have been flagged by the audio ID system. Towards the end of last year, Twitch introduced a new audio recognition system that scans archived streams and automatically mutes the audio whenever copyright music is identified. The system has been in-use ever since and Twitch has today […]

  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has a day one patch, but it’s not a major one

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will indeed have a day one patch, to make the first-time experience as smooth as possible. Like many modern games, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will have its day one patch. According to the developer however, it wasn’t born out of necessity. Miles Tost, level designer at developer CD Projekt […]

  • CoD: Advanced Warfare owners get free pistol today

    Advanced Warfare developer Sledgehammer Games is adding a new pistol to the game, free to all players. The M1 Irons is a new pistol that comes to Advanced Warfare starting today. The weapon is offered as a thank you gift from the developer. Sledgehammer says the Irons is good at range and packs a punch. […]

  • Fall down the Skullgirls Big Band music video rabbit hole with me

    Skullgirls is a pretty amazing fighting game, but did you know it’s also a passable music creation suite? Earlier today I was idly perusing an episode of PlayStation Underground showing off Skullgirls 2nd Encore, a re-release of the indie fighter packing in loads of new features and coming to PS4 – with full cross-play! – […]

  • The many uses of Wolfenstein: The Old Blood’s pipe weapon

    Wolfenstein: The Old Blood adds a sick new weapon to BJ’s arsenal: a pipe. In Wolfenstein: The Old Blood, a pipe is not just a pipe. Not only can you bash nazis with it, you can use it to climb walls, reach hatches, and even break through some walls. Plus? You can dual wield it. […]

  • Mortal Kombat X teaser gives first look at Predator

    Mortal Kombat X’s next celebrity guest was teased during the latest Kast. Today’s Mortal Kombat X Kast was mostly about all about Jason, but also included a very brief nod to Predator. You can watch the full livestream to see the tease in situ if you’re really keen, but IGN shared this convenient edit: There’s […]

  • Rock Band 4 has count-ins, drum fills and vocal harmonies

    Rock Band 4 will more closely emulate the feeling of being a real musician with some neat personalisation touches. For Rock Band 4, Harmonix elected to double down on player ownership of their experience rather than technical precision. To this end, it has implemented a number of cool new features. I am wildly envious of […]

  • Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z, Lost Planet 3 developer shuttered

    Spark Unlimited has gone down with all hands. The Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z and Lost Planet 3 developer has been shuttered and all staff laid off. Chief technical officer John Butrovich confirmed the news in a statement issued to IGN. “Spark Unlimited is closing as a video game developer. The ongoing opportunities for smaller mobile […]

  • PS Now subscription available on PlayStation 3 this month, Vita coming soon

    PlayStation Now’s all you can eat service has finally been dated for PS3. Subscriptions to PS Now, Sony’s cloud-based gaming service, will be available on PS3 from May 12 in the US. The all you can eat package will also be made available on select Bravia TVs and Sony Blu-ray players on the same date. […]

  • GTA 5 is even better with a gravity gun

    GTA 5 modders have made a dream come true, adding a gravity gun to your arsenal of mayhem-causing weaponry. GTA 5 isn’t ready for this. It looks like a heck of a lot of fun, but the poor old Los Santos po po can’t deal with the resulting carnage at all. If Rockstar were ever […]

  • “Mod makers should be able to make money from their creations,” says DOOM creator

    DOOM co-creator John Romero has weighed in on the paid mods debate. Paid mods are a hot issue right now. For years, Valve has been enabling content creators to make money from their work on Counter-strike: Global offensive, Dota 2 and Team Fortress 2, but when it partnered with Bethesda to offer the same for […]

  • Watch WRC driver Kevin Abbring smash through a DIRT Rally challenge

    WRC driver Kevin Abbring has been participating in Dirt Rally’s daily events – and kicking ass. Dirt Rally seems to have ticked one of the most difficult to attain boxes of racing development – creating something professional drivers like to play, and which rewards their years of experience. Codemasters published the video below showing Hyundai […]

  • Mortal Kombat X patch to bring PC version up to console standard

    Mortal Kombat X PC will be fixed tomorrow, NetherRealm has promised. The PC version of Mortal Kombat X has come under fire for poor performance, including stuttering frame rate and bugs as plenty. About 45 minutes into a recent Twitch stream, NetherRealm boss Ed Boon said an update will drop tomorrow to address many of […]

  • Destiny House of Wolves: all new Crucible maps detailed

    Destiny’s House of Wolves DLC will add four new maps to the Crucible, the game’s competitive multiplayer mode. Let’s take a look at all of them. Alex brings you new footage showing all of the four maps that will drop with House of Wolves. He goes over the layout, landmarks, gameplay styles, and other important […]

  • Custom Xbox One Star Wars controllers look very tempting

    Microsoft is celebrating May 4 by showing off concept designs for Star Wars-themed Xbox One controllers. May 4 is of course Star Wars Day and the controller concepts you’re about to see are just that, concepts. Or at least that’s what they said they are. There are four designs and they don’t look very practical. […]

  • Project Cars launch trailer is an anthology of race cars, set to the beats of Deadmau5

    Project Cars comes out this week and there’s just enough time for one last trailer. Project Cars, Slightly Mad Studios’ ambitious racer that has been in development for ages, is finally coming out this week. The racer received plenty of changes throughout its development based on community feedback and the final product will be in […]

  • Star Wars Battlefront dev reveals planet Sullust

    Sullust, a planet that has not been previously shown, will be featured in one of Star Wars Battlefront’s maps. Star Wars Battlefront developer DICE revealed today that planet Sullust will be one of the game’s locations. The planet was mentioned in the films and other Star Wars works, but was only shown today. DICE posted […]

  • Destiny House of Wolves: Tower vendor changes

    House of Wolves will change the inventory of some of Destiny’s vendors and add new roles to others. Here’s everything that has been announced so far. You know that House of Wolves will bring a new social space to the game in the form of The Reef. But did you also know that the good […]

  • Nintendo apologises for Amiibo shortages, will reissue some out-of-stock figures

    Nintendo released a statement today to apologise for fan’s frustrations in finding some Amiibo figures and promised to handle distribution better going forward. Nintendo has been criticised recently for its lack of communication when it comes to new Amiibo figures. Something which has lead fans to not know if certain figures are limited to some […]