It’s only the second week of the PS Vita, the time when its sales should be launching into the stratosphere, and we’re seeing it being beaten by years-old hardware: Wii, PSP, PS3, and also the new 3DS. While first-week sales of the PS Vita were 321,000, in the second week that relatively good number has dropped to a measly 72,479. The 3DS took on the Pokemon mantra as best it could, catching 482,200 customers, while the PSP took a somewhat distant second place with 101,121 units sold.
The major culprit here appears to be a lack of compelling software, as nothing from the PS Vita made it into the Top 20 chart for games sold in a week. The 3DS was anchored by well-selling franchises: Mario Kart 7, Super Mario 3D Land, and Monster Hunter 3G. The PSP was held up by one single very Japanese “Magical Girl” game. The Wii had several games on the charts that we’re all familiar with, but a few that we don’t get: Pokemon Park 2, Inazuma Eleven Strikers 2012 Extreme (a soccer game), and Taiko Drum Master. The Playstation 3 had Musou Orochi 2, Final Fantasy XIII-2, and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (Japan likes it too!?).
If the PS Vita is not doing so well in Japan, the land that loves portable systems, then what’s going to happen when it reaches America? The original PSP, which did pretty well in America, selling approximately 23 million (compared to DS’ 57 million), has struggled for the past 2-3 years to sell software.
Are there any PS Vita launch titles or features you’re excited about? Will it be able to withstand the onslaught of the 3DS and the sea of smartphones?