We’ve been following this story since the Vita first launched in Japan and will continue to follow it up until the system debuts in North America and Europe, just so we can compare and contrast how the system fairs all around the world. So check out the weekly sales since the device first went on sale in Japan.
Week 1: 324,859
Week 2: 72,479
Week 3: 42,648
Week 4: 18,361
Pretty insane figures if you ask me, but it all boils down to extremely smart moves by Nintendo, and the lack of software for the Japanese market. Nintendo purposely held back the release of Super Mario 3D Land, Mario Kart 7 and Capcom’s Monster Hunter 3G to hurt the Vita’s launch, and boy did that work. Next up is the sheer lack of Japanese software. Uncharted doesn’t cut it over there, and launching with a Hot Shots Golf just isn’t going to move millions of units out there door. Then there’s the high price related to the 3DS’ newly lowered price point, etc, etc. The list just goes on and on.
Mark my words, I’m fairly positive once the Vita hits North America and Europe the sales will not be like this. It may still have a hard time to find its feet around the world, but there’s no way it’ll bomb as bad as it is in Japan.
What do you guys think of this?