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.