PlayStation Vita

This Week In Sales: PlayStation Vita Makes Its Debut


Period: The week of December 12th – December 18th (2011)

Top-seller: Final Fantasy XIII-2 – 524,217

Nintendo 3DS sales: 367,691 | Total sales: 3,601,990

PlayStation Vita sales: 324,859


The PlayStation Vita released in Japan this past weekend. In its first two days on shelves, it sold 324,859 units, but was unable to surpass 3DS sales — boosted by a strong line-up of popular titles — during the same week. The two top-selling Vita games at launch were:


#7 Hot Shots Golf: World Invitational – 61,412 copies

#8 Uncharted: Golden Abyss – 48,224 copies


Here’s a quick comparison of the PlayStation Vita and Nintendo 3DS launches, comparing both hardware sales and software that charted during each system’s opening weekend:


Nintendo 3DS Sales PlayStation Vita Sales
Hardware 374,764 Hardware 324,859
Layton: Mask of Miracles  119,591 Hot Shots Golf: World Invitational 61,412
Nintendogs + cats 63,213 Uncharted: Golden Abyss 48,224
Samurai Warriors: Chronicles
49,327 Dynasty Warriors Next
Super Street Fighter IV 3D 44,649 Lord of Apocalypse
Ridge Racer 3D 38,226 N/A
Pro Evo Soccer 2011 3D 24,556 N/A


The top-selling game for the week was Final Fantasy XIII-2 on the PlayStation 3. The Xbox 360 version of XIII-2 didn’t show up in the top-20 software sales chart for the week, which isn’t surprising, given the strong competition. You can read more about XIII-2’s performance in this post.


At #2 was Monster Hunter 3G, with another 200,000 copies sold. We expect Monster Hunter 3G, Mario Kart 7 and Super Mario 3D Land to benefit from the coming holiday week. Thus far, Capcom have shipped 1 million copies of 3G, so it should be interesting to see how long it takes for them to sell through the shipment.


Meanwhile, Inazuma Eleven Go debuted at #3, with 135,000 copies sold. This game will likely benefit from the holiday week as well. While on the subject of the holiday effect, a quick comparison of the chart below with last week’s sales report will illustrate it already working its magic on several popular titles.


The complete top-20 chart is as follows:


Lw Tw Title Weekly Sales Total Sales Sys. Publisher
New 01. Final Fantasy XIII-2 524,217 New PS3 Square Enix
01. 02. Monster Hunter 3G 208,427 730,386 3DS Capcom
02. 03. Mario Kart 7 182,418 789,871 3DS Nintendo
New 04. Inazuma Eleven Go: Shine/Dark 135,259 New 3DS Level 5
03. 05. Super Mario 3D Land 112,533 837,1430 3DS Nintendo
08. 06. Kirby’s Return to Dreamland 71,028 398,516 Wii Nintendo
New 07. Hot Shots Golf: World Invitational 61,412 New PSV Sony
New 08. Uncharted: Golden Abyss 48,224 New PSV Sony
10. 09. Just Dance Wii 44,021 323,293 Wii Nintendo
12. 10. PokéPark 2: Beyond the World 43,829
Wii Nintendo
11. 11. Wii Party 42,632 2,129,236 Wii Nintendo
06. 12. Magician’s Quest: The Stylish Wizard 25,068 81,110 DS Konami
13. 13. Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games 34,351 64,573 Wii Nintendo
New 14. Shin Kamaitachi no Yoru: 11 Hitome no Suspect 33,686 New PS3 Chunsoft
New 15. Blazblue: Continuum Shift Extend 32,992 New PS3 Arc System Works
16. 16. Wii Sports Resort 30,804 734,046 Wii Nintendo
17. 17. Taiko no Tatsujin: Definitive Edition 30,046 100,284 Wii Namco Bandai
New 18. Dynasty Warriors Next 29,181 New PS3 Tecmo Koei
New 19. Lord of Apocalypse 28,742 New PSV Square Enix
06. 20. One Piece: Gigant Battle 2 New World 28,406 207,458 DS Namco Bandai


Update: We mistakenly listed the PSV version of BlazBlue: Continuum Shift in the top-20 chart. It was actually the PlayStation 3 version. The error has been rectified.


Sales data acquired from 4Gamer, Media-Create and

Ishaan Sahdev
Ishaan specializes in game design/sales analysis. He's the former managing editor of Siliconera and wrote the book "The Legend of Zelda - A Complete Development History". He also used to moonlight as a professional manga editor. These days, his day job has nothing to do with games, but the two inform each other nonetheless.