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3DS Outsells Vita In Debut Week, Though It Had An Advantage
3DS Outsells Vita In Debut Week, Though It Had An Advantage
December 21, 2011 | By Eric Caoili




With only two days on the Japanese market, PS Vita was unable to overcome the 3DS's full-week advantage, as the Nintendo portable's sales managed to overtake the new system's despite its launch buzz.

Many are watching PS Vita's overseas debut for signs of its future performance, and the health of dedicated handhelds in general, as smartphone gaming continues to pick up in popularity. A slow start could leave developers weary of providing software support for the unit.

PS Vita's initial 324,859 units sold last week is double that of the PSP's opening weekend sales of 166,074 consoles, but it's noticeably lower than the 3DS's weekend launch of 371,326 in Japan last February.

Local tracking firm Media Create, which provided these hardware figures, expressed some disappointment over the sales: "To be honest we would like to have seen it sell a bit more, but you can say that it reached a certain level of success."

Media Create CEO Atsushi Hosokawa blamed the lower than expected weekend sales for PS Vita -- 65 percent of its reported 500,000 shipment for the week -- on its high price and lack of strong launch titles, according to a report from Andriasang.

The 3DS, bolstered by a very strong holiday slate of software (e.g. Monster Hunter Tri-G, Mario Kart 7, and Super Mario 3D Land), actually saw its week-to-week sales increase: 367,691 units compared to 350,321 two weeks ago.

All other consoles saw a boost in sales in Japan, too: PlayStation 3's numbers grew from 44,661 to 65,119 sold. And while PSP dropped from the #2 to #4 to make way for its successor, it still enjoyed an increase from 51,191 to 64,468 sold.

Wii sales also jumped from 46,018 to 60,916 systems sold, and the Nintendo DS line climbed from 6,630 to 9,155 sold. Xbox 360 and PlayStation 2 sales saw modest gains, increasing to 3,584 and 1,400 consoles sold respectively.

Below are the full sales rankings from Media Create for the week ended December 18, 2011. (The second chart lumps together sales of all models in a given line of hardware.)

LWTWPlatformWeekly SalesLast Week
113DS367,691350,321
2PSV324,859
43PS365,11944,661
24PSP64,46851,191
35Wii60,91646,018
56DS9,1556,630
673603,5843,211
78PS21,4001,268


LWTWPlatformWeekly SalesLast Week
113DS367,691350,321
2PSV324,859
43PS365,11944,661
24PSP64,46851,191
35Wii60,91646,018
56Dsi XL/LL5,6004,007
673603,5843,211
78Dsi3,5232,609
89PS21,4001,268
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Zoran Iovanovici
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Perhaps the most shocking thing is how Sony didn't make every effort to keep Monster Hunter exclusive to Sony brand handhelds. Now granted, one would expect Capcom to be able to develop Monster Hunter for consoles and PC, but it's a surprise Sony didn't invest big in keeping the series exclusive to their own handhelds. This is especially concerning when Sony has to look at sales charts to see the latest game in the series release on Nintendo's handheld device on the same day their new Vita handheld launches. It would be nice if an investigative reporter spoke to a Sony official and inquired why the company didn't invest early on to have Monster Hunter 4 released alongside the Vita at launch.



Vita's launch lineup is admittedly impressive. Sony touts that it's the best that any hardware launch has ever seen and few would disagree considering the sheer number and variety of games available. But not having a new Monster Hunter on Vita available on day one (and even worse having it debut on a rival handheld) may turn out to be one of the biggest missed opportunities the industry has seen in some time. Only time will tell just how big of a deal this turns out to be.

Eric Gillingham
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Well actually Zoran, Monster Hunter hasn't been exclusive to Sony or handhelds for a while now, I mean Monster Hunter Tri was initially a Wii release in 2009, Capcom was most likely contracted after the Wii's version launched to make the upgraded version (Tri-G) for the 3ds, but rest assured Monster Hunter will return to Sony sometime soon with 4. Also it is worth stating that Monster Hunter has always been a console game, the issue is that only the Freedom Games for the PSP made it out of Japan, and they already made a version of Tri for Sony in the form of Freedom the 3rd (PSP), released last Dec (however it hasn't made it out of japan as of yet). But the Vita's NA launch should be much stronger as there will more AAA titles for it from Western Studios will be better received here.

Mike Griffin
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Well, 330 thousand pieces of launching hardware with new owners in a single consumer territory, in the first week, isn't too shabby. A few more territory launches like that, and suddenly it's a million-plus seller in its first 6 months of existence. Not exactly dismal.

Mike Griffin
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*Taking into account the 3 month gap between territory launches for the Vita. Versus, say, the 3DS -- where it was just a month apart.



By the time Feb. 22nd rolls around, that Japanese figure should be closer to a million units already.



It took several months and a significant price cut for the 3DS to hit its stride post-release as well.

Joseph Flemming
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Ahh, The power of Monster Hunter, and Mario. I'm starting to get Deja vu... Anyone else notice how fast Nintendo is adding/upgrading the features of the system? Granted these things should have been included, but they are sure in a rush to implement them all before the end of the year! Competition is good to keep them on their toes.

Leon T
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Yes, and that is why I hope the Vita does well and has a breakout Monster Hunter like hit to help it sell.


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