Fight for the future

Polite Plea: After almost seven years and 7,000 articles, the number of stories is slowing down. Time and developers move on, but I'll always be posting, as the Vita becomes the new Dreamcast.
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Monday, January 28, 2013

Japanese Vita and PSP game sales in 2012

Its a pretty sorry tale, but here's Famitsu's numbers for the Vita games among the 100 best sellers last year. One the plus side, the PSP is doing a sterling job with 15 games in the list. However, its not all bad news, most 3DS games in the list sell only 200-300,000 so there's no specific advantage over developing a 3DS version only, perhaps we'll see more cross-platform releases this year.

Also, quite a few of those PSP games have Vita cousins, if the next version moves up to Vita only, there's a reasonable fan base behind most of those games. So, there's some reason to be optimistic in 2013, not a huge amount, but some! Finally, Media Create is considered the official chart, and their numbers are (supposed) to be a bit more accurate and are generally higher, so you could add a few thousand more to each game if it'll make you feel better.

PS Vita

42 Persona 4 Golden 229,000
53 Hatsune Miku 200,000
     Gravity Rush 80,000 (outside top 100)


28 Super Robot Wars Z 2nd 320,000
35 SG Gundam G Generation Overworld 254,000
47 One Piece Romance Dawn 217,000 (and only released in December)
60 Monster Hunter Freedom 3 175,000
61 Yakuza Black Panther 2 175,000
67 AKB1/147 166,000
70 Shining Blade 161,000
72 Pro Spirits Baseball 2012 155,000
73 Little Battlers W 155,000
74 Digimon World 153,000
86 Idolmaster 124,000
87 Tales of Heroe: Twin Braves 118,000
90 Naruta no Kiseki 112,000
91 Super Robot Wars OG 110,000
94 Gourmet Survival 108,000

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