Crystal White Vita drives JP sales spike

Thursday, 5th July 2012 01:42 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Japanese sales data shows a significant increase in Vita hardware sales on release of the first colour variant.

The Crystal White Vita launched in Japan during the sales week of June 25 to July 1, during which Enterbrain reports 22,638 Vitas were sold. Media Create puts the figure at 25,636. Either way, it’s a good jump on the week before, which produced just 12,000-13,000 hardware sales , although not quite up to the standards of Persona 4: The Golden’s launch week.

On the software side, though, things remained a bit grim. Only two Vita games cracked the top 20 according to either sales tracking service. Persona 4: The Golden shifted between 12,000 and 15,000 units to bring its total close to 190,000 so far. The other charter was another re-release – Metal Gear Solid HD Edition, which debuted in eighth poition with 20,000-25,000 sales.

Rival platform the 3DS remains Japan’s best-selling hardware with around 65,000 unit sales and five top 20 software entries, just behind the ever-popular PlayStation 3. As previously reported. Pokémon Black & White 2 topped the charts, having generated over 2 million sales.



  1. The_Red

    Wow, just wow. I really hope the MGS HD and P4 are the main reasons behind the spike and not the color change.

    Seriously, I don’t want to offend anyone but having a huge spike simply because of a new white color is retarded in my mind (Unless the previous black one looked horrendous or was technically weaker, neither of which are the case).

    #1 2 years ago
  2. OlderGamer

    This type of thing happens in JPN all of the time tho. A different color casing, and people flock to it. Esp when talking about handhelds. Always puzzled me. Personaly I wouldn’t want a White one, or a purple, or a Pink one. But if there were three or four colors, I would go for a black color in the first place.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. The_Red

    Thanks for the reply. Sorry about my bad / offensive response. It just puzzles and bothers me at the same time. I mean, you buy the system to play games on it and not to use it for fashion or something. Seriously, this is even a bit disturbing that someone might pay that much attention to color of a handheld electronic device.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. DrDamn

    It’s not like it’s suddenly appeared on the market though. So some people who were planning on getting one, but had a preference for white would have waited a few weeks to get one. So a spike of this sort is just the last couple of months people who preferred white and could wait.

    #4 2 years ago

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