Weekly Vita sales overtake 3DS in Japan

Vita overtook 3DS to top Japanese hardware sales during the week ended March 10.

Japanese Vita sales have jumped significantly since Sony introduced a Vita price cut in late February, but last week marks the first time the portable has outpaced Nintendo’s handheld for many moons.

Vita sales were boosted by new software releases such as Sony-published Soul Sacrifice, the latest game from ex-Capcom designer and Mega Man creator Keiji Inafune. Combined sales of the standard and double pack edition of the game ensured it was the best-selling title of the week, just ahead of Sega's Hatsune Miku: Project Diva f for PS3.

Other chart debutants included a Vita remake of Tales of Hearts R at No.5, Far Cry 3 at No.7 and Crysis 3 at No.17, according to sales data from retail monitor Media Create (via NeoGAF).

Hardware sales (previous week's total)
  1. Vita - 63.581 (62.543)
  2. 3DS - 61.008 (77.439)
  3. PS3 - 19.567 (25.725)
  4. PSP - 18.023 (11.171)
  5. Wii U - 9.454 (10.021)
  6. Wii - 1.363 (1.383)
  7. Xbox 360 - 738 (486)
  8. Total - 173.734 (188.768)

Software sales
  1. Hatsune Miku: Project Diva f (PS3, Sega) - 110.229 / New
  2. Soul Sacrifice (Vita, Sony) - 92.396 / New
  3. Uta no Prince-Sama: All Star (PSP, Broccoli) - 67.217 / New
  4. Animal Crossing: New Leaf (3DS, Nintendo) - 63.285
  5. Tales of Hearts R (Vita, Bandai Namco) - 55.258 / New
  6. Dynasty Warriors 8 (PS3, Koei Tecmo) - 46.866
  7. Far Cry 3 (PS3, Ubisoft) - 33.281 / New
  8. Professor Layton and the Legacy of Civilization (3DS, Level 5) - 30.078
  9. Dragon Quest VII: Fighters of Eden (3DS, Square Enix) - 24.045
  10. Soul Sacrifice: United Front Double Pack (Vita, Sony) - 22.050 / New

Earlier this week the majority of Sony’s US stores cut the 3G Vita price by $100. It’s unclear if the discount is a short-term offer or a permanent price cut - rumours suggest the platform holder is set to discontinue the 3G Vita model - as Sony has yet to give an official line on the matter. PlayStation’s UK arm told us last month it had no current plans to drop the Vita price in the UK.

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  • sxh967 - March 14, 2013 9:50 a.m.

    LOL I love looking at Xbox 360 sales in Japan. They're doing better!!!! Oh wait... 738 units up from 486... It's amazing how much Japan dislikes the Xbox brand.
  • chavbuster1 - March 13, 2013 1:57 p.m.

    I got a my Vita last year, Its main uses are storing my music and pron vdioes :D It's rediculous that they're charging like £40 ($60) for games that are mediocre at best, like Assassin's Creed Liberty or whatever its called and that stupid COD game for it! U can download PS1 games on it though for £5, ahhhh, the sweet nostalgia of Crashbandicoot, Spyro and Gex Gecko games :'D
  • Moondoggie1157 - March 13, 2013 3:01 p.m.

    Pron videos? What the hell are pron videoes? I love porn, but I've never heard of pron... Is pron porn for those with dyslexia? And since we are on the topic of dyslexia... Does the number "69" hold the same meaning for those who suffer from dyslexia? And do pornos make more sense when they are jumbled up? I mean plot wise.
  • chavbuster1 - March 14, 2013 6:44 a.m.

    Stopeth the trolling and go watch some pron you numbscrunt xD
  • 7-D - March 13, 2013 1:55 p.m.

    Cool. Now hopefully this will ramp up the flow of games and give me an excuse to finally buy the damn thing (that and a price cut).
  • BladedFalcon - March 13, 2013 10:45 a.m.

    That's lovely, so can we now see games for the damn thing???
  • ultimatepunchrod - March 13, 2013 9:34 a.m.

    Nice. Glad to see the Vita doing well.
  • sandplasma - March 13, 2013 9:05 a.m.

    This is how how it should be. Vita is superior in every way except games lol
  • Cyberninja - March 13, 2013 1:25 p.m.

    This will only last this week and then things will go back to normal, I would even put money on that happening
  • Arobadope - March 13, 2013 8:49 a.m.

    About time

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