Vita 4th Place as PS3, PSP Have Great Sales in Final Week of ’11

January 5, 2012Written by Heath Hindman

The internet has been all over the PlayStation Vita’s slight stumble out of the gate, as the machine came in fifth place on the hardware charts during its second week in stores. For the week of December 26th to January 1st, well, at least it outsold the Wii.

3DS: 197,952
PS3: 67,199
PSP: 62,746
Vita: 42,648
Wii: 33,208
DSi LL: 3,356
Xbox 360: 2,453
DSi: 2,418
PS2: 1,659
DS Lite: 28

Consoles having slow starts seems to be the norm this generation, aside from perhaps the budget-made Wii. The 360 had a great opening in terms of sales, but a rush to market resulted in a lot of dead systems early on. The PS3 was the butt of jokes due to its sales and software lineup for a whole year or two, the PSP suffered an early death (in the West), and even just this year, the 3DS was the subject of many doom and gloom articles. How “doomed” is the 3DS now? Let’s take a look at the software charts.

1. (3DS) Mario Kart 7
2. (3DS) Monster Hunter 3G
3. (PS3) Musou Orochi 2
4. (3DS) Super Mario 3D Land
5. (PS3) Final Fantasy XIII-2
6. (3DS) Inazuma Eleven GO Shine / Dark
7. (Wii) Just Dance 3
8. (Wii) Kirby’s Return to Dreamland
9. (Wii) Wii Party
10. (3DS) SD Gundam G-Generation 3D
11. (Wii) Wii Sports Resort
12. (Wii) Pokepark 2: Beyond the World
13. (PSP) Magical Girl Ririkaru Portable: The Gears of Destiny
14. (PS3) The Idol Master 2
15. (Wii) Inazuma Eleven Strikers
16. (Wii) Taiko Drum Master Wii Definitive Version
17. (PSP) World Soccer Winning Eleven 2012
18. (PS3) Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
19. (PSP) Powerful Pro Baseball 2011
20. (PSP) Frontier Gate
21. (Wii) Rhythm Heaven: Fever
22. (DS) Magician’s Quest: Oshare na Mahou Tsukai
23. (3DS) Nintendogs + Cats: French Bulldog / Shiba / Toy Poodle & New Friends
24. (DS) One Piece: Gigant Battle 2 – New World
25. (Wii) Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games
26. (PSP) Monster Hunter Freedom 3
27. (Wii) Itadaki Street Wii
28. (PSV) Hot Shots Golf: World Invitational
29. (PSV) Uncharted: Golden Abyss
30. (PS3) Mobile Suit Gundam Extreme Vs.

The right software dropping at the right time can and will turn any console’s ship around. The 3DS is brand new proof of it, and the Vita stands as good a chance as any system of making a similar move.