Vita Software Sales Steadily Improve in Japan; PSP Game Charts #1

February 16, 2012Written by Heath Hindman

The PlayStation Vita’s hardware sales took a step down, but there continues to be good news on the software front, with Gravity Rush being the new record holder for the highest-charting Vita debut; the weightless adventure title hit number two on Media Create’s list this week. Number one was taken by the latest Suikoden game, available exclusively for Sony’s first handheld.

Here are the 20 best-selling games for the last week in Japan:

1. (PSP) Suikoden: The Spinning 100 Years
2. (PSV) Gravity Rush
3. (3DS) Resident Evil: Revelations
4. (3DS) Mario Kart 7
5. (3DS) Monster Hunter 3G
6. (3DS) Super Mario 3D Land
7. (PS3) Gran Turismo 5 Spec II
8. (PS3) Armored Core V
9. (PSV) Ragnarok Odyssey
10. (WII) Just Dance Wii
11. (PS3) Soul Calibur V
12. (PSP) PhotoKano: Picture Girlfriend
13. (3DS) Inazuma Eleven Go: Shine/Dark
14. (PSP) Monster Hunter Portable 3
15. (3DS) Rhythm Thief & the Emperor’s Treasure
16. (WII) Wii Sports Resort w/ Remote Plus
17. (WII) Mario Kart Wii
18. (PS3) Dragon Age II
19. (PSP) Vitamin X: Detective B6
20. (WII) Wii Party

Fueled by Suikoden, the PSP went back to its usual routine of outselling its younger brother, while 3DS stayed decidedly atop the hardware heap. The PS3 had a great week, considering its age, the time of year, the competition, and fact that the week didn’t come with many highly touted PS3 software releases.

3DS – 67,558
PS3 – 22,002
PSP – 15,860
Vita – 13,939
Wii – 8,206
DS- 1,608
PS2 – 1,239
360 – 1,139

As a fan of innovation and outside-the-box thinking in games, I’m sad to see Sumioni not show up on the list anywhere. Gravity Rush is a step in the right direction, at least. Hopefully North America also welcomes both games with open arms (and wallets).