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Japanese Vita sales continue downward spiral

New low reached as software drought continues

3DS struggled at launch because of a lack of must-have games. Sony learned from Nintendo's slip up and, as a result, has done the exact same thing.

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Vita sales in Japan hit yet another all-time low last week, dipping to a measly 8,250 during the week ending April 15 as gamers in the Far East turn their noses up at Sony's shiny new handheld during the ongoing software drought.

Weekly Vita sales fell below 10,000 units for the first time in Japan during the seven days ended April 8, slipping from 12,105 units the previous week to 8,931.

This downward trend is not, however, limited to Vita as the latest figures see every platform decline for yet another week, total hardware sales falling to 113.832 units from 128.974 the previous week, according to Media Create.

PSP game 2nd Super Robot Wars Z: Saisei-hen topped software charts, although 3DS games are the most featured, with eight of the top 20 being for Nintendo's handheld.

Here are the numbers in full for April 9 to April 15:

Hardware sales (previous week)

3DS: 63.796 (72.115)
PS3: 17.765 (19.370)
PSP: 13.166 (14.804)
PSV: 8.250 (8.931)
WII: 6.837 (7.099)
NDS: 1.433 (1.536)
360: 1.373 (3.764)
PS2: 1.212 (1.355)
ALL: 113.832 (128.974)

Software sales (life to date)

[PSP] 01. 2nd Super Robot Wars Z Saisei Volume (Namco Bandai, 04.05.2012): 34,403 (299,842)
[3DS] 02. Kingdom Hearts 3D (Square Enix, 03.29.2012): 20,977 (276,788)
[3DS] 03. Super Mario 3D Land (Nintendo, 11.03.2011): 18,119 (1,504,812)
[PSP] 04. Pro Baseball Spirits 2012 (Konami, 03.29.2012): 17,037 (104,086)
[3DS] 05. Kid Icarus Uprising (Nintendo, 03.22.2012): 15,228 (220,643)
[3DS] 06. Monster Hunter 3G (Capcom, 12.10.2011): 15,047 (1,390,226)
[PS3] 07. Pro Baseball Spirits 2012 (Konami, 03.29.2012): 14,485 (131,804)
[3DS] 08. Mario Kart 7 (Nintendo, 11.03.2011): 12,212 (1,649,867)
[NDS] 09. Pokemon + Nobunaga's Ambition (Pokemon, 03.17.2012): 10,377 (295,974)
[3DS] 10. Mario & Sonic AT London Olympics (Nintendo, 03.01.2012): 8,254 (131,222)
[PSP] 11. Atelier Elkrone: Dear of Otomate (Idea Factory, 04.12.2012): 8,012
[PSP] 12. Yakuza Black Panther 2 (Sega, 03.22.2012): 5,882 (147,829)
[3DS] 13. Harvest Moon Hajimari no Daichi (Marvelous AQL, 02.23.2012): 4,574 (165,182)
[WII] 14. Wii Sports Resort Wiimote Plus Pack (Nintendo, 11.11.2010): 4,243 (914,691)
[PSP] 15. Monster Hunter Portable 3rd PSP the Best (Capcom, 09.22.2011): 3,658 (236,467)
[PS3] 16. Devil May Cry HD Collection (Capcom, 03.22.2012): 3,641 (65,245)
[WII] 17. Mario Kart Wii (Nintendo, 08.04.2010): 3,505 (3,546,938)
[WII] 18. Wii Party (Nintendo, 07.08.2010): 3,446 (2,328,169)
[3DS] 19. Hatsune Miku and Future Stars Project Mirai (Sega, 03.08.2012): 3,392 (132,689)
[PSP] 20. Armen Noir Portable (Idea Factory, 04.12.2012): 3,254

[ SOURCE: Andriasang ]

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