FFXIII-2 Tops Sales; Vita Games Hold Their Own

December 22, 2011Written by Heath Hindman

As expected, Everyone’s Golf 6 (Hot Shots Golf: World Invitational) and Uncharted led the way for Vita’s software, and in that order, actually. All were topped, however, by Square Enix’s latest addition to its flagship franchise.

The Japanese software and hardware sales charts for the week of December 12-18 have been released by Media Create, and the Vita did pretty well on both, considering it was only available for two of those days. The software end looked like this:

1. (PS3) Final Fantasy XIII-2
2. (3DS) Monster Hunter 3G
3. (3DS) Mario Kart 7
4. (3DS) Inazuma Eleven Go: Shine/Dark
5. (3DS) Super Mario 3D Land
6. (WII) Kirby’s Return to Dream Land
7. (PSV) Hot Shots Golf: World Invitational
8. (PSV) Uncharted: Golden Abyss
9. (WII) Just Dance Wii
10. (WII) PokePark 2: Beyond the World
11. (WII) Wii Party
12. (NDS) Magician’s Quest: Oshare na Mahou Tsukai
13. (WII) Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games
14. (PS3) Shin Kamaitachi no Yoru: 11th Witness
15. (PS3) BlazBlue: Continuum Shift Extend
16. (WII) Wii Sports Resort with Remote Plus
17. (WII) Taiko Drum Master Wii: Definitive Edition
18. (PSV) Dynasty Warriors Next
19. (PSV) Lord of Apocalypse
20. (NDS) One Piece: Gigant Battle 2

For a launch system to have four games in the top 20 list is a big deal. A lot of people have been pointing out that the Vita hardware came 50,000 units shy of matching the 3DS’s first-two-day figure and even coming up shy this very week (more on that below), but it’s also well known that software sales for the machine were in the basement most of the time, until about October when the system finally starting putting some games on the list more regularly. As you can see above, it has finally hit its stride. Sony is surely hoping the good sales of its launch software continue through the holidays and into January, when new games start dropping.

The hardware sales show us the raw power of Monster Hunter, and just how many hardware units it can translate into when teamed with two recent Mario games:

3DS – 367,691
Vita – 324,859
PS3 – 65,119
PSP – 64,468
Wii – 60,916
DS (all versions) – 6,155
Xbox 360 – 3,584
PS2 – 1,400

The PSP, Wii, and PS3 all enjoyed sales numbers well beyond their average weekly figures. The 3DS is having an amazing fall, which is acting to balance out its slow start. We’ll obviously be watching carefully to see how things go for the Vita.

How do you think it’ll work out?