Coming off of its huge opening week, PS Vita sales continue to plummet in Japan. New data shows that Sony’s new handheld sold around 43,000 units in its third week on the market. These new numbers are about half of week two sales, which were the numbers that started raising red flags for the gaming industry, about the demand for the device. So far, Sony is losing the battle with Nintendo’s 3DS , once again being handily beaten by the glasses free 3D handheld.
Reports also show that Japanese retailers have already begun discounting the Vita to entice customers to purchase the handheld. With two options likely staring Japanese consumers squarely in the face at retail, they appear to be taking the less expensive route as of late. Of course it doesn’t hurt that Nintendo’s software lineup for the 3DS is hitting on all cylinders.
Analysts believe that there is no MSRP price cut coming down the line from Sony. The PS Vita is due to launch globally on February 22nd, 2011.