PS Vita sales decline in Japan, 3DS reigns supreme

The PS Vita continues to struggle overseas, according to the latest weekly sales totals from Japanese firm Media Create. The report, which covers video game sales from April 9 to April 15, showed Sony's handheld in fourth place behind its predecessor, the PlayStation Portable, and the week's big winner, Nintendo's 3DS.

The full breakdown (via Andriasang) with the previous week's sales in brackets is as follows:

1.    Nintendo 3DS: 63,796 (72,115)
2.    PlayStation 3: 17,765 (19,370)
3.    PlayStation Portable: 13,166 (14,804)
4.    PlayStation Vita: 8,250 (8,931)
5.    Wii: 6,837 (7,099)
6.    Xbox 360: 1,373 (3,764)
7.    PlayStation 2: 1,212 (1,355)
8.    DSi LL: 800 (793)
9.    DSi: 633 (743)

Shifting its focus to actual game sales, Media Create announced Namco's Second Robot Wars Z Saisei Volume for PSP as number one with 20,977 in sales, and Square Enix's Kingdom Hearts 3D for 3DS in second place with 18,119. Nintendo's Super Mario 3D Land for 3DS also made a nice showing in third, and Kid Icarus Uprising for 3DS held its own at number five. No PS Vita or Xbox 360 titles were included in the top twenty countdown.

The PS Vita had a strong launch in Japan, but as GR reported in PS Vita Japanese sales continue decline, once more outsold by 3DS and PSP, its success has been tapering off at a steady rate. Judging by NPD's March 2012 US sales report (March 2012 NPD: Mass Effect 3 and Xbox 360 assume control), the PS Vita is also trailing the 3DS; however, the gap is much smaller than it is overseas.

It's still too early to gauge the success of Sony's latest handheld. That said, Sony could do with a strong summer boost.


  • ShonenStyle - April 20, 2012 6:04 a.m.

    "It's still too early to gauge the success of Sony's latest handheld." After 90 days the 3DS was OVER, but its Sony lets wait and see...
  • robinkurosaki - April 20, 2012 4:32 a.m.

    lol. thats all i can say about the graphics debacle. i have both handhelds, and probably would have to say i like my vita more. the vita i might add does have far better graphics then a ps2, fifa is pretty dam close to being identical to the 360/ps3 versions. an umvc3 bar pixelated menu options here and there looks just like it does on the 360/ps3. now to the point the 3ds cant do that. yes it can have good graphics but it seemingly has to be forced, so they settle for lesser which has been proved time and time again. the vita is more powerful then the 3ds and has better graphics then it, you cant argue with facts. an yes the 3ds has 3d, the vita doesnt but shortly with some playing time you fall in love with it. you forget about the 3d and enjoy the graphics and performance of basically playing home console games on the move. 30 spaces you sound like a Nintendo fan boy and you also sound like someone who doesn't own a vita so is going from opinions you have heard and articles as well as perhaps brief playing time. i don't get why your mad at Sony for pushing their system, its marketing, its what happens, there have been many lies when it comes to gaming, but without it its more then possible there wouldn't be as much hype. o the vita doesn't have 3d but it has touchscreen touch pad front and rear, rear touch pad scoring for the win :D on top of it basically being a smartphone is really handy, if spent plenty of time just browsing the net and fb with it. one last thing, i stuck throught with the 3ds and its come good, just like the ds before it and i reckon the vita will too. i would agree the pricepoint is to high so a lack of sales have definatly occured. but im more then happy to get rid of a third of my 360 collection to get it and a ps3 along with a fair whack of games.
  • KnowYourPokemon - April 19, 2012 11:39 a.m.

    I like my PSV, I like my 3DS a whole lot more atm, honestly though what do you expect when you release a system without true backwards capability? People with Vitas want to be able to play their PSP UMDs without having to pay for them again in a digital form. Sure the 3DS doesn't play DS games in as nice a picture as the DS does but it still plays them all damn well. Price doesn't help with a lot of people either, they really should've learned from the 3DS' launch mistakes, and maybe, ya know, release their handheld with SOME form of decent memory.
  • rtype21 - April 19, 2012 11:16 a.m.

    I love my Vita so far but I wish there was more information about what games, apps, and other features are coming soon.
  • J-Fid - April 19, 2012 10:48 a.m.

    It's never a good thing when you are losing to your predecessor. Also, I can't believe they are still selling PS2's, what a juggernaut!

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