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Vita Sales Fall Below 50k In Japan, Monster Hunter Vita Potentially On Its Way

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Vita Sales Fall Below 50k In Japan, Monster Hunter Vita Potentially On Its Way

The Playstation Vita has been beaten by its predecessor, the PSP, in the Japanese hardware sales charts for the second week running, with sales dropping below 50k in its third week.

According to Media Create (via NeoGAF), Sony's new portable baby only managed to sell 42,648 in its third week, with the 3DS still on top, having been there since September of last year, outselling the Vita by a ratio of five to one with a third week tally of 197,952 sales.

The software charts did not make for easier reading either, with only two Vita games in the top thirty - Hot Shots Golf and Uncharted: Golden Abyss - and no fewer than five 3DS games in the top ten. [EG]

Still, if Nikkei Trendy's reports (again, via NeoGAF) are to be believed, salvation might be on its way in the form of a new Monster Hunter title.

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DivideByZero  Jan. 5, 2012 at 14:26

Any ideas why sales are so poor?

I wouldn't buy one... but then I wouldn't buy a 3DS either.

I have a PSP which I have not used for about 2 years and that takes up all the shelf space I have for portable gaming.

gunnx  Jan. 5, 2012 at 14:36

People perhaps being more savvy and waiting to see what happens, noone wants to throw away money on a new product if it drops in price a month or 2 later. I will get one but will probably wait to later in the year.

JonLester  Jan. 5, 2012 at 14:50

People perhaps being more savvy and waiting to see what happens, noone wants to throw away money on a new product if it drops in price a month or 2 later. I will get one but will probably wait to later in the year.


That's probably it. I personally reckon that the Vita will be a slow-burner that grows via word of mouth and actually seeing it in action/trying it out. Considering the price tag, you're right, most people will probably hold off until they're sure it's a wise investment.

EDIT: In terms of Japanese sales, the PSP is still an incredibly attractive proposition thanks to the increased games output over there and plenty of long-running beloved franchises.

Last edited by JonLester, Jan. 5, 2012 at 14:52
gunnx  Jan. 5, 2012 at 15:13

I think its a fair point though that the Vita needs to have its own IP titles and not just spin offs from the PS3. I am looking forward to playing Uncharted on the move but want to see new IP be the focus.

MattGardner  Jan. 5, 2012 at 15:26

Any ideas why sales are so poor?


Same reason that sales of the 3DS were poor over here to begin with - lack of killer apps in Japan and advances in fortunes for the competition. The launch window is rather skewed in favour of Western releases, too.

It would be churlish perhaps to put the figures down to one series - i.e. Monster Hunter - but it is a BIG reason. The triple whammy of Mario Kart 7, Super Mario 3D Land and Monster Hunter 3G has done wonders for the 3DS and the PSP is currently the home of top notch JRPGs. Sony will want the latter to continue for the Vita, but the fact is that while the PSP continues to provide for that genre at a reduced price, it'll stay popular.

gambe1984  Jan. 5, 2012 at 22:36

The fact is the release titles other than the likes of Hot Shots Golf a ported version of Lord Of Apocolypse and Ragnarok Oddessey were all geared towards a western market, thats the sole reason why it didnt sell in Japan, come summer next year when the titles start streaming out, the sales will slowly increase and maybe after a slight price decrease, im still getting one :)

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