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3DS outsells Vita 47-to-1 in Japan
3DS outsells Vita 47-to-1 in Japan
November 14, 2012 | By Frank Cifaldi

November 14, 2012 | By Frank Cifaldi
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The portable console war in Japan has always favored Nintendo's 3DS over Sony's Vita, but never quite like this.

Last week, the Vita hit a new all-time low in the country, selling only 4,021 units. By comparison, the 3DS sold nearly 47 times that many, at 187,077.

The numbers only tell half the story, however: 3DS sales were bolstered significantly by the release of Nintendo's Animal Crossing: New Leaf, which debuted at number one on the charts with 721,786 copies sold.

Don't miss: The State of the Vita, 2012

Still, it's clear that Sony is having a very difficult time selling anyone in the country on the Vita, and a lack of desirable software in the region isn't helping matters. The Vita had no new releases last week, and none of its games appear in the top 30 chart. There are, by comparison, fourteen 3DS games.

For a closer look at the numbers, last week's Japanese sales charts are available here.


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Lyon Medina
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I can now safely say that the Vita is now the new Dreamcast type product. I really do hope they turn it around, but to me there is way to much holding down this cycle of handhleds to get anything done anymore. Just let it go Sony, and come back strong later with a product that is tageted to the audience current requests.

Joe Zachery
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The Vita is already tracking behind the Dreamcast in Japan. So the Vita is more like the Virtual Boy, N-Gage, and PSPgo!

Lyon Medina
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I agree that comparison in much better when I think about it.

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kevin Koos
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need price cut. Cant afford one but if they want anyone to start investing in games for the system they need to start selling games...

Patrick Davis
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Just look around places like Craig's List... Tons of people are offloading them. I'm not even sure a price drop will save it. The games just aren't there.


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