In a market ripped to pieces by expectations set in stone from years of rock-bottom App Store pricing, the Vita (and, of course, the 3DS) are fighting like crazy to get people parting with ‘regular’ amounts of cash for top tier mobile games.
Uncharted’s rightfully up there, of course, it’s brilliant and we’ve been saying so for months, and whilst FIFA’s not the most acclaiming title it’s proof at least that the big name brands still attract plenty of buyers, regardless of format.
Searching Vita on Amazon, for example, shows a similar picture – Uncharted and FIFA are both hugely popular, even though they’re discounted on there.
Reports coming through from Chart Track say that Drake’s latest accounted for 31% of all Vita game sales last week, and FIFA 18%. Naturally these are only physical copies – the story might be completely different with regards to PSN sales, where games like MotorStorm RC will no doubt be somewhere near the top of the charts.
Both Uncharted Golden Abyss and FIFA have an RRP of £45. I’ve seen this for myself, GAME at the weekend proudly proclaiming the fact on a massive sticker, as if it’s some kind of bargain. Of course, there’re reasons why GAME aren’t winning of late and we don’t know how many people bought games from that retailer, but the stats are there.
Should we be concerned about this, or is this precisely the data we needed to see: a sales chart that says essentially, price doesn’t really matter as long as the games are good enough?
It’s a healthy chart for the Vita’s first week all in – WipEout’s in third place when you just look at a single format, Rayman is up there in fourth (finally) and the likes of Virtua Tennis 4 and Everybody’s Golf are not far behind.
On the flip side, the decent price of Ridge Racer (about £18 retail) is having a positive effect on what’s essentially a cut down version of past games – it’s in fifth place despite some middling (and worse) reviews. Whether this is down to the Ridge brand or a smart RRP we’ll not know for a while.
Of course, this could just be a reflection of that age-old phenomenon of launch weeks – people will generally buy most things to keep their new hardware happy as long as the games are not a) prohibitively expensive and b) terrible. Heck, I even bought FIFA this weekend and I’m not exactly what you’d call a big football fan.
Would I (and everyone else) have done that a few months down the line?