PlayStation Vita

This Week In Sales: PlayStation Vita Makes Its Debut

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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 3DSSalesPlayStation VitaSales
Hardware374,764Hardware324,859
Layton: Mask of Miracles 119,591Hot Shots Golf: World Invitational61,412
Nintendogs + cats63,213Uncharted: Golden Abyss48,224
Samurai Warriors: Chronicles
49,327Dynasty Warriors Next
29,181
Super Street Fighter IV 3D44,649Lord of Apocalypse
28,742
Ridge Racer 3D38,226N/A
Pro Evo Soccer 2011 3D24,556N/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:

 

LwTwTitleWeekly SalesTotal SalesSys.Publisher
New01.Final Fantasy XIII-2524,217NewPS3Square Enix
01.02.Monster Hunter 3G208,427730,3863DSCapcom
02.03.Mario Kart 7182,418789,8713DSNintendo
New04.Inazuma Eleven Go: Shine/Dark135,259New3DSLevel 5
03.05.Super Mario 3D Land112,533837,14303DSNintendo
08.06.Kirby’s Return to Dreamland71,028398,516WiiNintendo
New07.Hot Shots Golf: World Invitational61,412NewPSVSony
New08.Uncharted: Golden Abyss48,224NewPSVSony
10.09.Just Dance Wii44,021323,293WiiNintendo
12.10.PokéPark 2: Beyond the World43,829
164,018
WiiNintendo
11.11.Wii Party42,6322,129,236WiiNintendo
06.12.Magician’s Quest: The Stylish Wizard25,06881,110DSKonami
13.13.Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games34,35164,573WiiNintendo
New14.Shin Kamaitachi no Yoru: 11 Hitome no Suspect33,686NewPS3Chunsoft
New15.Blazblue: Continuum Shift Extend32,992NewPS3Arc System Works
16.16.Wii Sports Resort30,804734,046WiiNintendo
17.17.Taiko no Tatsujin: Definitive Edition30,046100,284WiiNamco Bandai
New18.Dynasty Warriors Next29,181NewPS3Tecmo Koei
New19.Lord of Apocalypse28,742NewPSVSquare Enix
06.20.One Piece: Gigant Battle 2 New World28,406207,458DSNamco 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 Geimin.net.

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.