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Japanese Price Drop Sees Vita Outsell Wii U

PS3 outsells them both.

The PS Vita has beaten the Wii U’s weekly sales figures for the first time in Japan.  Whilst both consoles continue to struggle on their home soil, Sony’s recent announcement of a price drop, and early retailer adoption, boosted the Vita to weekly sales of 11,456 units while the Wii U achieved 9,633.

To put the Media Create figures published into context however, both consoles were outsold by the PS3 at 18,529 and utterly trounced by the 3DS’s 74,729 units.

Whilst both the 3DS and PS3 are cheaper, with larger back catalogues, the lack of AAA software for both the Vita and the Wii U must surely be keeping consumers away.  Both companies will be hoping that titles like Soul Sacrifice, Killzone: Mercenary, Pikmin 3 and Bayonetta 2 will boost sales for their newest entries in the hardware market.

It’s safe to say that Western retailers believe that both consoles need a drop in price to drive sales, though the Japanese companies seem reluctant to do so.

18 Comments
  1. Taylor Made
    Member
    Since: Oct 2011

    Europe needs this, the vita would shine, developers would develop

    Comment posted on 27/02/2013 at 22:28.
  2. bmg_123
    Member
    Since: Feb 2012

    Well my Vita’s up for sale online; a lack of games and STUPID memory card prices simply make this console inviable for me now.

    Comment posted on 27/02/2013 at 22:32.
    • Kennykazey
      Member
      Since: Mar 2010

      Oh, but there’s 153 games currently released according to Wikipedia, not counting the PS1, PSP, minis and mobile titles. And you can import a 32GB card, it’s a one time payment and worth the cost.

      Comment posted on 27/02/2013 at 22:56.
    • salvodaze
      Member
      Since: Dec 2012

      Don’t be so quick to sell it, I reckon the next two years will see some incredible action for the Vita.

      Comment posted on 27/02/2013 at 23:10.
    • skibadee
      Member
      Since: Oct 2009

      lack of games is a getting so old it has loads.

      Comment posted on 27/02/2013 at 23:18.
      • CR8ZYH0RSE
        Member
        Since: Sep 2012

        Lack of handheld in your case bud.A bit naive of me but has anyone handed it in m8?

        Comment posted on 28/02/2013 at 00:10.
      • skibadee
        Member
        Since: Oct 2009

        no mate will have to get a new one :(

        Comment posted on 28/02/2013 at 02:24.
  3. Avenger
    Member
    Since: Oct 2012

    retailers are silly if they think a new console like the Wii U needs a price drop. Japan get God Eater 2 as well for the Vita, that will raise some sales I’m sure.

    Comment posted on 27/02/2013 at 22:40.
  4. Kennykazey
    Member
    Since: Mar 2010

    Soul Sacrifice got an amazing score with Famitsu, 37/40. I wonder how much of a sales spike it’ll cause. Probably less than we want.

    Comment posted on 27/02/2013 at 23:00.
  5. Awayze
    Member
    Since: Jul 2010

    Vita needs some decent games. Something from a big franchise like GTA.

    Comment posted on 27/02/2013 at 23:13.
  6. Kivi95
    Member
    Since: Oct 2009

    Should the sales not go down before a price drop and not UP?????

    Comment posted on 28/02/2013 at 06:26.
    • Alex C
      One for all.
      Since: Forever

      Retailers discounted the console before the official price drop date.

      Comment posted on 28/02/2013 at 07:03.
  7. JesseDeya
    Member
    Since: Jan 2010

    Doooooooooooooomed!!

    Ahem.

    I expect the west will get a price drop in time for Christmas and the PS4. The library will have a few more western friendly AAAs in it by then too. Until then Sony can afford to coast on so-so sales, knowing that the end of fiscal year figures will still look ok with a holiday boom.

    I can’t believe Pachter’s job is this easy.

    Comment posted on 28/02/2013 at 07:23.
  8. Bilbo_bobbins
    Member
    Since: Jun 2009

    Vita is never going to pick up I fear. Wii U well that just needs games to sell. They better start something up though because once the next gen start launching they will both get forgotten.

    Comment posted on 28/02/2013 at 09:15.
    • cam the man
      Member
      Since: May 2009

      If Sony get the remote play right with the PS4 I can see the Vita selling well.

      Comment posted on 28/02/2013 at 13:44.
    • JesseDeya
      Member
      Since: Jan 2010

      That doesn’t even make sense Bilbo.

      1) Vita is widely regarded as amazing hardware for a handheld.
      2) Wii U is widely regarded as average hardware for a console. (Neither next gen, nor really current gen). I’ve tried a bunch of Wii U demos and found them no better that current PS360 quality.
      3) Both need good games to sell well (duh)
      4) Once the next gen starts Vita has a distinct tie-in (with PS4). Wii U has nothing.

      Comment posted on 28/02/2013 at 17:28.
  9. hol
    Member
    Since: Oct 2009

    We all know what needs to happen, there’s more than enough games for this great little machine, yes I’ve finally got one! It’s the price of both the unit itself & the horrendous pricing of its propriatory memory cards! C’mon Sony, you know we HAVE to have a card, why price them at such a ludicrous RRP? Should be half that at least!

    Comment posted on 28/02/2013 at 10:19.
  10. gazzagb
    Master of speling mitakse
    Since: Feb 2009

    I think it’s too late now to save Vita, a price drop over here will merely temporarily boost sales, but probably won’t be enough to bring it back to life.

    Comment posted on 28/02/2013 at 17:34.

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