For the first time, the Vita has outsold the 3DS

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Sony’s PlayStation Vita, successor to its PSP has had a bit of a rough ride. Like Nintendo’s Wii U, it’s great bit of gaming tech that nobody seems to give a damn about, with sales not even nearly hitting expectations. That looks to be changing, as for the first time, the Vita holds its place as the best selling hardware in its native Japan – beating out the 3DS.

Here’s the hardware sales charts for Japan from last week, courtesy of Media Create (via Gamerevolution):

  • PSV – 63,581
  • 3DS – 61,008
  • PS3 – 19,567
  • PSP – 18,023
  • WIU – 9,454
  • WII – 1,363
  • 360 – 768

It seems that the recent little Nipponese price cut has done wonders for the system’s sales; something I really hope Sony takes note of – so that they can cut the damned price everywhere else. The Wii U, it seems, is picking up slowly, but the Vita’s performance is impressive, riding on the back of great games (if you’re Japanese) like Soul Sacrifice, Tales of Hearts-R, Senran kagura: Shinovi Versus, Phantasy Star Online 2, and Uta no Price All-Star.

Whodathunk it? A price cut, and a steady stream of actual games help bolster sales? Never!

I know a number of you managed to pick up a Vita super cheap recently; what are your thoughts on the system – and what games are you looking forward to?

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Last Updated: March 14, 2013

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

  • Deon Steyn

    When will the price cut reach us?

    • I picked up a Wifi/3G model, with 4GB memory card and downloadable copies of Motorstorm and Wipeout for R2k last week (migth have been two weeks ago, can’t remember), thanks to the massive BT sale. So it seems like the price cut is happening.

      • Draco Lusus

        I got that as well, was 2 weeks ago I think. And I think it was old stock clearance…

        • Deon Steyn


        • Guess you are right. Still a massive bargain in my book.

  • Check that 360 sales…

  • Is that sales into stores or sales into people hands?

  • Admiral Chief Erwin

    Header lulz

  • Sir Captain Rincethis

    768 people? That’s like an apartment floor in Japan. Still, nice to see a decent piece of hardware selling!

  • Go VITA!

    • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

      Goes well with cottage cheese… 😛

  • Tarisma

    I’m moving to Bulwa next week for work go me! So the Vita has started to look more appealing, still I think its a bit too much in the price region. I guess I will just have to be happy with my kindle. Tough life I know.

  • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

    768 people thought they were buying an Usher CD.

    768 people thought they were buying a satelite topbox….

    768 people thought they were buying the complete box set of the anime… X

    768 people are currently wondering why Microsoft tortured them with a camera that requires a room that’s 5 times bigger than the closet… they call their bedroomkitchenlivingroom.

    768 people were probably Microsoft employees,


    I’ll stop now!

    • Deon Steyn

      OMG please don’t stop.

      • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

        768 people think I’m trolling 😛

        • 768 people listened to the annoying orange…

          • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

            Simple fact of life: Never listen to an Orange!

  • Draco Lusus

    I got the PS Vita on your recommendation, and I am liking it so far. Only got the 2 DL games, Wipeout and Motorstorm, the new Oddworld game (pretty cool), Everybody’s Golf or something (decent) and the original Abe’s Oddessy from PS1.

    Really looking forward to Warrior’s Lair and Malicious Rebirth

    • I also got my Vita recently. It’s really awesome! At the moment I’m hectically addicted to Ecolibrium. It’s a free game/app, not sure if it’s everyone’s cup of tea, but I’m an ecology boffin so I love it. 😀

      • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

        Have you tried the augmented reality games yet? The ones that use the cards that came with your Vita. They’re really simple, but still pretty cool though.

        • Draco Lusus

          I have been meaning to try them, will give it a go when I get the cards back from the gf place.

        • There weren’t any cards in the box…

    • Draco Lusus

      Would love it if they got Magic the Gathering online for it, and could play against PS3/4 players. As well as something like Dragon’s Dogma or something similar.

    • What is the new Oddworld game? :O

      • Draco Lusus

        Not new I don’t think, its that bounty hunter type game. Based in the Oddworld universe.

  • saintfighteraqua

    Go Vita, go! We really want to love you.
    I hope Sony drops the price in the west soon. It was doing better here during the holidays it seemed, but a price drop and the upcoming games from Japan can boost sales here again.

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