First week sales don't really prove anything in the long run and
fanboys should at least wait until a system launches in all territories before
judging it. One need only look at the sales history of the PS3 or 3DS to see
that first month or even first year sales don't decide a system's success. With
that out of the way, can you believe the 3DS totally beat the PS Vita during
its first week in Japan?
As we mentioned yesterday,
the Vita moved more than 320,000 units in its first week on sale in Japan (two
of those purchased by us),
which is pretty great. However, the 3DS that week sold 367,691 according to Media Create sales chart, and in case you didn’t know, that number is bigger than the
324,859 the same chart says Vita sold. How did this happen?
There’s one easy explanation: Monster Hunter. Monster Hunter 3G
launched on the 3DS late the week before, and has now sold 730,386 in a matter
of days, not surprising for arguably Japan’s most popular franchise. Also
helping bolster the 3DS was the launch of a new Inazuma Eleven game, a series
that’s not hot America, but has been a huge success for Layton creators Level 5
in Japan. Add to that the continued popularity of Mario Kart 7 and Super Mario
3D Land with the 3DS’s lower price point, and the sales results make sense.
Both did really well, so there’s no real “loser,” but we’ll be
interested to see how this plays out in the next weeks. Also of interest is that
the top selling Vita game, Hot Shots Golf, sold only 60,000, Uncharted selling
nearly 50,000, and the remaining two in the top 20 selling almost 30K. Not
particularly strong software sales for a launch, though Sony hasn’t shared
download sales stats, and based on the company’s history, probably never will.
Ultimately we think no matter what the ranking,
Vita had a great first week, and we hope the company loyalists out there will at
least wait for the international launch February 22 next year before passing
any real judgment. In the meantime, check out our comprehensive PS Vita import
and on our just launched PS Vita page.