The PlayStation Vita handheld, which has been available in Japan since later during 2011, has hit a new low in terms of sales on its home market as the entire hardware sector has seen an overall slowdown, emphasized by the lack of any big new video game release.
For the week that ended on April 15, Media Create reports that the Nintendo 3DS
handheld once again managed to take the number one position in the hardware chart, with sales of 63,796 units, which is a significant decline over the 72,115 it has managed to gather during the previous seven-day period.
The PlayStation 3 home console from Sony is keeping its second place, despite the fact that it also dropped close to 2,000 units in order to reach 17,765 while third place was again occupied by the older models of the PlayStation Portable, with 13,166 units moved to gamers, a decline of about 1,700 devices.
The PlayStation Vita is reported to have sold just 8,250 handhelds during the week, down from 8,931, but it still managed to place above the Nintendo Wii home console, which sold 6,837 home consoles.
The Xbox 360
from Microsoft performed better than the PlayStation 2 and the older DS handhelds from Nintendo.
2nd Super Robot Wars Z Saisei Volume, from Namco Bandai and for the PSP, has managed to retain its leading position in the video game chart, with sales of 34,403 copies for the week, down from 299,842.
Second place was occupied by Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance for the 3DS, with sales of 20,977, while the last place on the podium belongs to Super Mario 3D Land.
The rest of the top ten includes: Professional Baseball Spirits 2012, Kid Icarus: Uprising, Monster Hunter Tri G, Professional Baseball Spirits 2012, Mario Kart 7, Pokemon Conquest and Mario & Sonic at the London Olympics.