Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Vita hardware slide continues in Japan, but games sticking in the chart

Having apologized for short stock in Japan, it looks like the Vita is on the slide again with just over 14,000 sold this week according to the new Media Create hardware sales. On the plus side, it is still No.2 on the hardware chart, and all hardware saw big falls. The Vita has also crossed 1.5 million sales in Japan, which might bring a little cheer to Sony.

Also, recent releases Muramasa, Soul Sacrifice (160,000 sold) and Pirate Warriors 2 are sticking around in the games chart, suggesting that quality Vita releases are getting a longer tail, rather than the early trend of good sales in week one, gone in week two.

Generally, it has been a quiet couple of weeks in Japan, as the country prepares for the bedlam of Golden Week toward the end of the month, so this isn't grim news (yet). Hopefully Sony's stocks will be back up to full strength for then and with the Best budget range plus new releases like Photokana Kiss on the way.

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