Japanese charts: Vita sales lowest since launch, Mario Kart 7 bests string of debuts

Wednesday, 25th January 2012 20:08 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

PS Vita sales in Japan continued to decline last week according to Media Create’s weekly sales chart. The system moved 15,219 units, which is 3,142 units less than the prior week, and is the system’s lowest sales period since it launched in the region during December.

Furthermore, no software titles represented the system on Media Create’s top 20, as PS3 and PSP claimed three titles each and Xbox 360 had a software title in the top five, D3′s Onechanbara Z Kagura, which helped boots sales of the hardware by 69 units over the week prior.

The rest of the chart was was dominated by titles for 3DS and Wii, which had seven and six on offer, respectively.

Debuts for the period included Rhythm Thief and Onechanbara Z Kagura, which sold 31,598 and 22,013 units, respectively. Other debuts for the week were Heroes Phantasia and Beyond the Labyrinth, each moving under 16,000 units.

Mario Kart 7 was the clear winner though with 35,105 units sold, bringing its LtD total since releasing in December to 1,404,728 units.

Sales of current generation systems were down overall across the board, except, as noted above for Xbox 360. However, PS2 sales increased over the prior week by 137 units.

It’s unclear at present why PS2 had a boost in sales given the information provided to us at press time.

The full top 20 for the week with LtD sales in parentheses is posted below. Last week’s chart can be found here.

  1. [3DS] Mario Kart 7 (Nintendo, 12/01): 35,105 (1,404,728)
  2. [3DS] Rhythm Thief (Sega, 01/19): 31,598 <- NEW
  3. [3DS] Monster Hunter 3G (Cacpom, 12/10): 31,369 (1,159,866)
  4. [3DS] Super Mario 3D Land (Nintendo, 11/03): 26,051 (1,265,491)
  5. [360] Onechanbara Z Kagura (D3 Publisher, 01/19): 22,013 <- NEW
  6. [PSP] Heroes Phantasia (Namco Bandai, 01/19): 15,163 <- NEW
  7. [3DS] Inazuma Eleven Go (Level-5, 12/15): 14,190 (360,325)
  8. [3DS] Beyond the Labyrinth (Konami, 01/19): 14,176 <- NEW
  9. [PSP] Super Robot Taise OG Saga Masou Kishin II (Namco Bandai, 01/12): 11,598 (93,494)
  10. [PS3] Musou Orochi 2 (Tecmo Koei, 12/22): 10,690 (347,614)
  11. [PS3] Final Fantasy XIII-2 (Square Enix, 12/15): 8,706 (762,674)
  12. [WII] Just Dance Wii (Nintendo, 10/13): 8,315 (511,363)
  13. [PSP] Monster Hunter Portable 3rd PSP the Best(Cacpom, 09/22): 8,126 (171,906)
  14. [WII] Wii Party (Nintendo, 07/08/2010): 7,133 (2,273,318)
  15. [WII] Wii Sports Resort Wiimote Plus Pack (Nintendo, 11/11/2010): 6,594 (850,426)
  16. [WII] Hoshi no Kirby Wii (Nintendo, 10/27): 6,162 (585,260)
  17. [WII] Mario Kart Wii (Nintendo, 04/10/2008): 6,137 (3,489,774)
  18. [PS3] Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 Dubbed Version (Square Enix, 12/22): 5,945 (96,391)
  19. [3DS] Nintendogs + cats (Nintendo, 02/26): 5,932 (481,804)
  20. [WII] Go Vacation (Namco Bandai, Wii, 10/20): 5,460 (221,639)

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

  • 3DS: 80,960 (100,668)
  • PS3: 21,155 (30,332)
  • PSP: 17,181 (22,538)
  • PSV: 15,219 (18,361)
  • Wii: 10,173 (14,179)
  • X360: 1,588 (1,519)
  • DSi LL: 1,200 (1,515)
  • PS2: 903 (766)
  • DSi: 822 (1,206)



  1. LOLshock94

    the guy who said vita would die a horrible slow death should be an analyst because he was so right its unbelievable

    #1 3 years ago
  2. Ireland Michael

    @1 The exact same thing happened with the 3DS at launch. Within two months, everyone thought it was going to die a slow and painful death. Now its selling like hotcakes.

    In fact, this happens with almost all new hardware.

    Once a Monster Hunter title (or something similar) comes out on the format, it’ll fly past every other format on the Japanese charts, and probably stay there for a very long time. Just like the PSP did.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. poketrainer

    Whenever 3ds sales plummet I really hope Nintendo brings out a remodel that looks more like this lovely mock up

    #3 3 years ago
  4. ManuOtaku

    #2 Well i think it didnt happen exactly the same way the 3ds in the first month went to sell 400.000 units versus in the second month 195.000 units, thats almost 55 drop percentage, versus almost 95% drop percentage in the vita, of course this is month to month, but if the drop percentage of the vita continues it will not make the 3ds sales numbers in the second month, also keep in mind that 3ds went at sale during the Earthquake and sunami disaster that hitted japan, so one has to wonder how bad the vita situation it really is.

    Having said that i agree with the games asppect of your comment, i do also thing they need killer apps for japan, but also i think they need a price drop , like the 3DS before, that will help it a lot, not just the games, the combination of this two things is what did helped the 3DS to turn things around.

    #4 3 years ago

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