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 One Piece  has one of PS3's best debuts, as Japanese PS Vita sales slip even further
One Piece has one of PS3's best debuts, as Japanese PS Vita sales slip even further
March 7, 2012 | By Eric Caoili

March 7, 2012 | By Eric Caoili
More: Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Namco Bandai's One Piece: Pirate Warriors had one of the best Japanese debuts for a PlayStation 3 game last week and helped more than double sales for Sony's console, but PS Vita saw its sales hitting a record low.

One Piece: Pirate Warriors, a mash-up of popular manga/anime franchise One Piece with Tecmo Koei's long-running Warriors/Musou action game series, had the second best-selling launch week for a PS3 game after moving 655,774 copies -- behind Final Fantasy XIII's 1.5 million launch week sales in 2010.

The game helped more than double hardware sales for PS3 to 65,116 consoles sold, compared to 27,111 in the previous week. Sony released a limited edition gold PS3 system bundle for One Piece: Pirate Warriors, which likely played a factor in the increased sales last week.

PS Vita, however, had nothing to turn around its decline as it dropped to an all-time low of 10,023 portables sold last week. No PS Vita titles managed to break into Media Create's top 20 software sales chart for retail, and the handheld continues to trail behind PSP hardware sales.

Nintendo 3DS software once again dominated with third-party games like Marvelous AQL's Harvest Moon: The Land of Origin, Square Enix's Theatrhythm Final Fantasy, and Capcom's Monster Hunter 3G, as well as with Nintendo titles like Super Mario 3D Land and Mario Kart 7.

Other notable releases last week included Nintendo's Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games for 3DS, Namco Bandai's Great Battle Full Blast for PSP, FuRyu's Doraemon: Nobita and the Island of Miracles for 3DS, and Konami's UFC Undisputed 3.

3DS was once again the top-selling console in Japan, as it has been ever since its price cut last summer, and it ended the week with 70,744 portables sold. Xbox 360 had a particularly embarrassing week, outsold by the 12-year-old PlayStation 2.

Full software and hardware sales chart provided by Media Create and translated by NeoGAF are available here.

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Joe Zachery
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The 3DS should hit it's 1st 1 million of the year in 2 weeks. Sony needs some bigger than what has been leaked so far for their Gaming Heaven video. At this point One Piece is the only big anime related license in Japan.

Josh Bakken
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I <3 my Vita. Go Vita, Go!! You can do it!! I just finished Uncharted: Golden Abyss and the production value was amazing! Very satisfied. More stuff like that please. Oh yeah, and Valkyria Chronicles, more Valkyria Chronicles plz Sony/Sega. kthx.

Brian Pace
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Same here, Love it as well. It just needs more RPGs.

Montana Payne
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Expensive games, expensive memory cards, no app store *with ps2 games* = no VITA love for the masses.

It's like they're carefully ensuring their device trails off the charts.

Sony is totally blowing it, if they would just unclench and release ps1 and ps2 games in an app store for a few bucks each, they would crush the market. I just cannot comprehend how they can sit on top of the most awesome game selection ever and they don't *ensure that it's playable on their newest bad ass device*. They should be throwing cheap games at people in order to sell their machines.
I know it's not necessarily that simple... but at the same time it is.

I would buy a Vita for every day of the week if I could play Shadow of the Colossus, Okami, etc on it ...and everyone I've asked has agreed emphatically. Even if it meant re-purchasing for a reasonable price. They would also undercut the used game market significantly since those who are buying used ps2 games from the bargain bins would most likely shell out instead for a portable version for their awesome Vita.

Are they selling that many ps2 games still that the idea of supporting them on their new device makes the accountants shudder? Or are they planning to make the dubious choice of selecting a few titles and re-releasing them one by one for full price? Dungeon Hunters = WUT!? Such a shame, this system has so much potential.

Hakim Boukellif
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I've seen people complain about the lack of PS2 game support before, but where did they get the impression that the Vita is powerful enough to emulate a PS2?

Montana Payne
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@Hakim probably from Sony, who in the beginning said it was as powerful as a was mentioned several times in several publications here's one example... an

It's certainly not realistic to emulate a ps2 as an afterthought, my point was that it should have been part of the game plan from the beginning. I don't see how a solid emulator and a library of classics would have harmed the release numbers. If you've seen people complain about the ps2 game support before, that could imply there's some merit to the thought.