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Persona 4: The Golden Jumpstarts Vita Sales in Japan

June 20, 2012 Written by Alex Osborn

Finally, sales of the PlayStation Vita are on the upswing in Japan, thanks to the release of Atlus’ RPG Persona 4: The Golden.

Sony’s handheld managed to sell 34,459 units this past week, a noticeable increase from last week’s meager 13,383. There’s no doubt that this surge in sales is primarily due to the launch of Persona 4, which sold a whopping 137,076 units during its release week.

Despite the surge in sales, the Vita still trailed the 3DS by a substantial margin, coming in second place for the week just behind Nintendo’s device. Check out the full chart below:

  1. 3DS: 61,793 (Last week: 64,875)
  2. Vita: 34,459 (13,383)
  3. PlayStation 3: 14,673 (15,593)
  4. PSP: 9740 (10,038)
  5. Wii: 5963 (6029)
  6. PlayStation 2: 1237 (1091)
  7. Xbox 360: 1084 (1001)
  8. DSi XL: 689 (615)
  9. DSi: 380 (383)

Nintendo’s 3DS is clearly a force to be reckoned with, so what will it take from Sony to win Japanese gamers over? A new Monster Hunter? A substantial price drop? Let us know what you think will do the trick in the comments below.