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article imagePlaystation Vita suffering from dismal sales in Japan

By Abigail Prendergast     Dec 29, 2011 in Technology
The Playstation Vita - Sony's newest handheld gaming system - has seen less than stellar sales in Japan in its second week. By sharp contrast, the Nintendo 3DS has been outselling every other game system on the market since its massive price drop.
The Playstation Vita - successor to the Playstation Portable or PSP - has been on Japanese shelves for two weeks now. And if the second week's sales are any indication, that's probably where most of them will stay. With 320,000 units sold its first week, a lot of hype began to surround the handheld in terms of its ability to fly off the shelves. The week after that, however, the system seemed to have become disabused to being sold in as equally high quantities with only 72,429 units purchased by consumers.
According to Forbes, Nintendo's latest handheld - the 3DS - also took a nosedive in its second week. Before long sales became so dismal that Nintendo's only choice was to initiate a drastic price cut. However, when paired with the port launches of franchises such as Super Mario Land and Mario Kart, Nintendo had a change of luck and has now sold over 4 million units in the land of the rising sun. Such statistics pulverize the Playstation Vita's sales despite the fact that it - along with other Sony video game systems - are more advanced and powerful than those produced by Nintendo.
The poor sales can possibly be attributed to various kinks in the system as well as a sub-par selection of games as of yet, reports Slash Gear. The Vita comes in fifth place in the realm of video game sales, following the Playstation 3, Nintendo Wii, PSP and as aforementioned, the Nintendo 3DS.
GamaSutra says the 3DS has outsold every other game system in Japan since the price was slashed 40 percent this past August. PSP came in second last week even though its only game to sell in significantly high numbers was Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha A's Portable by Bandai Games.
The Playstation Vita comes in two versions; the Wi-Fi only and the Wi-Fi plus 3G models, which will cost $249 and $299 respectively come their release in North America in February. They currently sell in Japan for ¥24,980 ($320) for the Wi-Fi only version and ¥29,980 ($385) for the model including 3G capabilities.
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