Last week, it was reported that the PlayStation Vita sales hit an all-time low in Japan in the week ending February 12. Things were looking pretty grim—and a week later, things started looking even grimmer.
According to Andriasang, the Vita’s sales sank from just under 14,000 at the end of week nine to a dismal 12,309 sales in week ten, ending February 19. Once again, the system was outsold by the PSP by 2,500 units, while the 3DS garnered almost 100,000 sales that week, probably due to the release of Konami’s New Love Plus, reasons the Andriasang post. That game, it turns out, was the number one in sales for the week, with three other 3DS games (Theatrhythm Final Fantasy, Mario Kart 7, and Super Mario 3D Land) also holding steady in the top five.
Only one Vita game made the top ten: Gravity Daze, while the only other Vita game to make the top 20 was something called Good People Die, which I’ve never heard of, but sounds creepy.
As you probably know, this week sees the worldwide release of the Vita system. I got mine yesterday, and it’s pretty cool…but I can imagine how picky consumers might turn up their noses at it. Until they get a game that’s going to drive them crazy (like the 3DS’s really tight Mario games, or, apparently, weird love simulators), the Vita is going to struggle. I want to like this thing so bad…
We should have some data on the system’s performance globally by the middle of next week, so stay tuned for that.