Sony On Vita’s Struggle in Japan; Monster Hunter Coming To Save the Day

January 30, 2012Written by Anthony Severino

Since the PlayStation Vita launched in Japan this past December, the staff here at PlayStation LifeStyle has been signing the praises of the hardware and its games. The Japanese public isn’t feeling the same way, however, and sales have been off to a rocky start. Sony understands the reasoning behind it, and has an ace up their sleeves “scheduled for the coming months”.

With titles like Uncharted: Golden Abyss and wipEout 2048 leading the PlayStation Vita launch window, it’s easy to see that the current line-up is more appealing to the West rather than Sony’s native territory of Japan. PlayStation France CEO Philippe Cardone agrees:

The games available at launch in Japan do not correspond to the typology of the Japanese public.

Sony does, however, have a solution coming down the pipeline:

It lacks a particular game, Monster Hunter, scheduled for the coming months.

Monster Hunter has been a major factor in the PSP’s success in Japan, and the franchise helped boost 3DS sales around the PlayStation Vita’s launch. It’s sad to think that almost an entire region can be won over with just one title or series, but it’s clear that the lack of a Monster Hunter game hasn’t done the PlayStation Vita any favors.

Despite sales continuing to struggle in Japan, the PlayStation Vita is primed and ready for a successful Western launch on February 22nd.