With the strength of a price cut and some strong games, the PSVita managed to do the impossible and knock the 3DS off the top of the gaming mountain in Japan. However, the Vita’s reign atop the charts was a short one. This week, the 3DS XL sold 47,985 units making it the number one console (handheld or otherwise) in the region. The smaller 3DS sold 21,454 making for a total of 69,439 according to Media Create. The Vita sold 36,028 units. This is a sharp drop from last week, but still far more than the Vita was selling pre-price cut, and more than any other system in Japan besides the 3DS.
The home console market is far less robust than its handheld counterpart. The Wii U has failed to stimulate the Japanese market thus far. Sales of the console are at 9,539 which is lower than the PSP which sold 12,721. This pattern will likely continue until high profile games Dragon Quest X, a port of the Wii MMO, is set to hit the console at the end of the month and it will be interesting to see if the game can provide a boost to Wii U.
The Playstation 3 is still at the most popular home console in Japan with sales of around 20,676. The Wii and X-Box 360 are non factors in the region.