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PS Vita's Japanese sales continue to slide as consumers wait for games

PS Vita's Japanese sales continue to slide as consumers wait for games

January 25, 2012 | By Eric Caoili

PS Vita's struggle to gain traction in Japan continues as the portable's weekly hardware sales sink even further, with its titles still notably absent from the country's top 20 retail software chart.

Sony's new handheld is already tracking behind early sales for PSP and 3DS at this point in its life, due in part to what some believe was a lacking launch lineup. PS Vita fell below 20,000 units sold for the first time two weeks ago, but now its numbers threaten to drop past the 15,000 mark.

As consumers wait for more system-selling games to arrive for PS Vita, the highest profile releases planned in the near future are this week's Tales of Innocence R, a Namco Bandai port of a 2007 DS RPG; and in two weeks Sony's own Gravity Rush, a new, unproven IP.

Nintendo 3DS, though selling a fifth less hardware than last week, still remains relatively strong after pushing over 80,000 units, more than all other consoles combined. PlayStation 3 sales (and sales for all other systems) also fell, moving around 21,000 units.

PSP outperformed its successor for the fifth week straight, selling more than 17,000 handhelds. Wii sold 10,000 consoles last week, while the Nintendo DSi family, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 2 remained at around the same numbers as the previous week's.

Below are the full sales rankings provided by Media Create and translated by NeoGAF for the week ending January 22, 2012 (The second chart lumps together sales of all models in a given line of hardware):

LWTWPlatformWeekly SalesLast Week

LWTWPlatformWeekly SalesLast Week
77DSi XL/LL1,2001,515

New software releases last week include Sega's 3DS rhythm game Rhythm Thief and the Emperor's Treasure, D3 Publisher's Xbox 360 action title Onechanbara Z: Kagura, Namco Bandai's PSP RPG Heroes Phantasia, and Konami's 3DS RPG Beyond the Labyrinth.

3DS titles continue to dominate the upper half of the top 20 software sales at retail chart thanks to Capcom's Monster Hunter 3G, Nintendo's Mario Kart 7 and Super Mario 3D Land, Level-5's Inazuma Eleven Go: Shine / Dark, and the aforementioned new releases.

In the bottom half, many of Nintendo's evergreen Wii games populate the list, but its new release this week, Kiki Trick, an audio-themed minigame collection from the team behind the Rhythm Heaven and WarioWare series, is noticeably missing from the top 20.

The complete top 20 chart, as supplied by Media Create is shown below:

LWTWTitlePublisherPlatformWeekly Sales
21Mario Kart 7Nintendo3DS351,505
NEW2Rhythm Thief & the Emperor's Treasure Sega3DS31,598
33Monster Hunter 3GCapcom3DS31,369
44Super Mario 3D LandNintendo3DS26,051
NEW5Onechanbara Z: KaguraD3 Publisher36022,013
NEW6Heroes PhantasiaBandai Namco GamesPSP15,163
57Inazuma Eleven Go: Shine / DarkLevel 53DS14,190
NEW8Beyond the LabyrinthKonami3DS14,176
19Super Robot Wars OG Saga: Masou Kishin II - Revelation of Evil GodBandai Namco GamesPSP11,598
610Warriors Orochi 3Koei TecmoPS310,690
811Final Fantasy XIII-2Square EnixPS38,706
1012Just Dance WiiNintendoWii8,315
1313Monster Hunter Freedom 3CapcomPSP8,126
1214Wii PartyNintendoWii7,133
1115Wii Sports Resort with Remote PlusNintendoWii6,594
1616Kirby's Return to Dream LandNintendoWii6,162
1517Mario Kart WiiNintendoWii6,137
1918Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 - Dubbed EditionSquare EnixPS35,945
1819Nintendogs + Cats: French Bulldog / Shiba / Toy Poodle & New FriendsNintendo3DS5,932
1720Go VacationBandai Namco GamesWii5,460

Looking forward, this week's big releases in Japan include Capcom's BioHazard: Revelations (or Resident Evil: Revelations in the West) for 3DS, Namco Bandai's Tales of Innocence R for PS Vita, and Sega/From Software's Armored Core V for Xbox 360 and PS3.

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