PlayStation Vita sales in Japan have emerged and they are not looking good as Sony’s latest portable trails significantly behind the Nintendo 3DS, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Portable and the Wii. It’s not all bad news for Sony as sales for the console have risen by a meagre 0.06%. Here’s the Japanese hardware charts:
Japanese hardware charts
- 1. 3DS: 240,819 (197,952)
- 2. PS3: 74,459 (67,199)
- 3. PSP: 71,033 (62,746)
- 4. Wii: 49,525 (33,208)
- 5. PSV: 42,915 (42,648)
- 6. DSi LL: 3,971 (3,356)
- 7. X360: 2,738 (2,453)
- 8. DSi: 3,565 (2,418)
- 9. PS2: 1,323 (1,659)
It seems as though the PlayStation Vita can’t catch a break in Japan at the moment as the console was beaten by the PlayStation Portable for the second week running. The PlayStation Vita managed to sell 42,648 units in its third week on sale according to Japanese chart company Media Create whilst the Nintendo 3DS sold 197,952 – beating the PlayStation Vita by a ratio of five to one.
This weeks Media Create hardware sales show that the PlayStation Vita had an extremely tough week at retail during the Christmas week as the console came fifth. The PlayStation Vita only sold 72,479 units whilst the Nintendo 3DS sold 482,200. Sony will clearly be hoping that sales improve moving into the new year.
DSi LL 8,470
Xbox 360 4,245
DS Lite 32
Sony Computer Entertainment Japan CEO Hiroshi Kawano told attendees at a press conference for Gung Ho Entertainment’s Ragnarok Odyssey that sales of the download versions of PlayStation Vita titles are exceeding Sony’s initial expectations.
“Games and peripherals are selling extremely well. Sales of the download versions of titles are exceeding expectations.”
Japanese consumers came out in droves to purchase the PlayStation Vita today with Sony expecting brisk sales for the console despite the launch missing some holiday shoppers. Several establishments opened early to greet eager gamers who had already pre-ordered their console’s. It will certainly be interesting to see next weeks Enterbrain and Media Create sales figures for both hardware and software.
“I’m so happy to see so many people lining up for PS Vita so early in the morning. I can tell they had anxiously waited for today’s launch.”
- Sony Computer Entertainment Japan President Hiroshi Kono
Japanese media outlet Mainichi Digital believes that Sony has increased the number of PlayStation Vita units expected to hit Japanese shelves this weekend from 500,000 units to 700,000. We’ve already heard from Sony that allocation will be tight as PlayStation Vita pre-orders have all but sold out in Japan.
Consumers in Japan queued up on Saturday to be one of the first to pre-order the PlayStation Vita, but did the majority opt for the Wi-Fi only or 3G model? Well, it turns out that 65 per cent of all reservations taken on the first day of pre-orders last week were for the 3G PlayStation Vita unit. It should also be noted that 82 per cent of those that pre-ordered purchased a memory card.
Famitsu has posted its weekly most wanted games and strangely enough there’s only one PlayStation Vita title featured in the twenty-five listed games. Persona 4: The Golden sits at number nine whilst surrounded by Nintendo and PlayStation 3 games. Do you think this will have any impact on Vita sales when it launches December 17th?
1. Final Fantasy Type-0 (PSP)
2. Final Fantasy XIII-2 (PS3)
3. Mario Kart 7 (3DS)
4. Monster Hunter 3G (3DS)
5. Dragon Quest X (Wii)
6. Dragon’s Dogma (PS3)
7. The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword (Wii)
8. Super Mario 3D Land (3DS)
9. Persona 4: The Golden (Vita)
10. Fotokano: Picture Girlfriend (PSP)
11. New Love Plus (3DS)
12. Animal Crossing (3DS)
13. The Last Guardian (PS3)
14. Gundam Extreme Versus (PS3)
15. Metal Gear Solid Rising (PS3)
16. 7th Dragon 2020 (PSP)
17. Final Fantasy Versus XIII (PS3)
18. Project Diva Extend (PSP)
19. Monster Hunter 4 (3DS)
20. Uncharted 3 (PS3)
21. One Piece: Unlimited Cruise (PS3)
22. Kingdom Hearts: Dream Drop Distance (3DS)
23. 2nd Super Robot Wars OG (PS3)
24. Ni no Kuni (PS3)
25. Armored Core V (PS3)
Today is the day when Japanese gamers can lay down their pre-orders for the PlayStation Vita. If reports from Famitsu are correct then the machine’s destined to be a success as thousands of eager gamers have lined the streets in Japan to be one of the first to pre-order the console. Nikkei, one of the largest media corporations in Japan, says over 1,000 people have shown up at an Akihabara retailer alone for the PlayStation Vita pre-launch.
Two major Japanese online retailers appear to have sold out of their PlayStation Vita launch allocations. Both Amazon and Yodobashi are reporting that they’re out of stock of the 3G and Wi-Fi models. No doubt there will be further scenes as we edge closer to the Japanese launch.