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.