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Vita Knocks 3DS Down to Second in the Japanese Charts


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Initial post: Mar 13, 2013 10:52:12 AM PDT
Zen Kaizoku says:
It's Japanese charts time and, to the astonishment of the world, the Gods and all creatures of the Universe, the 3DS is only the second highest selling system in Nintendo's homeland. Sony's PS Vita, combining last week's price drop and this week's release of Soul Sacrifice (as well as, to a lesser extent, Tales of Hearts R) has sneakily seized top spot.

To give some context, Soul Sacrifice has commonly been described as Sony's answer to Capcom's phenomenally successful - in Japan at least - Monster Hunter franchise, with rumour mills going around to suggest that development was pushed ahead as a reaction to the 3DS nabbing Monster Hunter 3 G - that's Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate to us - and this summer's Monster Hunter 4. Soul Sacrifice does go for an approach that uses magic a great deal, along with more mythical beasts and environments, yet there are undoubtedly similarities that give the "Sony's Monster Hunter" tag a little credence. Combining both versions of the Vita-exclusive brings week one sales of 114,000; for comparison, Monster Hunter 3 G sold 471,055 copies in its first two days on sale. The "Best Price" version of that title - given its own listing and separate lifetime sales - is still just about hanging on in the software top 20.

1. [PS3] Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F - 110,229 (New)
2. [PSV] Soul Sacrifice - 92,396 (New)
3. [PSP] Uta no Prince-sama All Star - 67,217 (New)
4. [3DS] Animal Crossing: New Leaf - 63,285 (2,802,940)
5. [PSV] Tales of Hearts R - 55,258 (New)
6. [PS3] Dynasty Warriors 8 - 46,866 (250,090)
7. [PS3] Far Cry 3 - 33,281 (New)
8. [3DS] Professor Layton and the Azran Legacies - 30,078 (160,764)
9. [3DS] Dragon Quest VII: Warriors of Eden - 24,045 (1,159,265)
10. [PSV] Soul Sacrifice Double Pack - 22,050 (New)
11. [3DS] Dragon Ball Heroes: Ultimate Mission - 21,915 (110,302)
12. [PS3] Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance - 17,138 (111,461)
13. [PSV] Senran Kagura: Shinovi Versus - 17,138 (111,461)
14. [3DS] Doraemon: Nobita to Himitsu Dougu Hakubutsukan - 12,768 (New)
15. [PSV] Phantasy Star Online 2 - 10,031 (71,258)
16. [PS3] Crysis 3 - 9,602 (New)
17. [PS3] Macross 30: Ginga o Tsunagu Utagoe - 9,294 (72,383)
18. [PSP] Shining Ark - 9,161 (63,999)
19. [3DS] New Super Mario Bros. 2 - 8,452 (1,950,816)
20. [3DS] Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate (Best Price!) - 8,096 (252,737)

And so to the hardware results. 3DS saw sales of both units dip this week, not helped by the absence of high profile new releases; Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon spooks Japan on 20th March. Even combining the two SKUs sees 3DS fall just behind Vita, while as expected Wii U remained at its usual level as it awaits new releases in the coming weeks; last week's sales are in parenthesis.

PlayStation Vita - 63,581 (62,543)
3DS LL - 39,801 (50,265)
3DS - 21,207 (27,174)
PlayStation 3 - 19,567 (25,725)
PSP - 18,023 (11,171)
Wii U - 9,454 (10,021)
Wii - 1,363 (1,383)
Xbox 360 - 738 (486)

So there you have it, one week when Nintendo didn't win in Japan; we imagine the company is expecting to go back to the top pretty soon.

http://www.nintendolife.com/news/2013/03/vita_knocks_3ds_down_to_second_in_the_japanese_charts

Hell hath indeed frozen over. Well, can't say I saw this coming, but as the article said this is pretty much a random spike and things will "normalize" soon enough.

Thoughts?

Sound Off Below.

Posted on Mar 13, 2013 10:55:19 AM PDT
If we could just have ONE more of these threads.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 13, 2013 10:55:58 AM PDT
Soul Sacrifice and Tales of Hearts just released on top of a recent price drop so I really don't think this is a sign that things are changing especially when you look at how the 3DS has next to no major new releases on the chart. Heck Animal Crossing is approaching 3 million units sold and isn't showing signs of slowing down.

Glad the Vita is starting to pick up but I don't think it will maintain this momentum plus outselling the 3DS by a little of 2,000 units one week doesn't undo the months and months it has been buried by the 3DS by 50,000+ units.

Posted on Mar 13, 2013 10:57:19 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 13, 2013 10:57:49 AM PDT
Lucanus says:
Heck yeah, Capt predicted two more of these threads, I predicted three more. It is a tight race. Two more of these threads and I win! Only one more and Capt wins. I think our total on the day is 4 at the moment. Come on lucky number 6.

Posted on Mar 13, 2013 10:57:58 AM PDT
DVvM says:
Dear Sony-

Price cuts are awesome for business.

Sincerely,
The Market

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 13, 2013 10:58:45 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 13, 2013 11:00:49 AM PDT
That Emu Kid says:
Looking at the numbers from the week before, it's not that the Vita spiked, it's that the 3DS dipped. Vita sales are around the same from the week before, while 3DS sales shrunk.

Maybe the new price point for Vita is the sweet spot for that market.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 13, 2013 10:59:24 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 13, 2013 11:00:32 AM PDT
Lucanus says:
Can we forward that message to those in charge of the Wii U?

"It's not that the Vita spiked, it's that the 3DS dipped. Vita sales are around the same from the week before, while 3DS sales shrunk. "

About time really. There can't be that many people in Japan who want one that doesn't have one. The 3DS was averaging what 90k a week for a year?

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 13, 2013 11:00:05 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 13, 2013 11:01:07 AM PDT
Zen Kaizoku says:
I agree, in fact I wrote that things will "normalize" in Japan soon. The Vita needs a hell of a lot more than good sales for a couple of weeks to erase it's bad records thus far. It may be up to the West and a decent, official and permanent price cut to save the Vita.

Well, that and some games.
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