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Nintendo 3DS continues to crush PS Vita in Japan

by William Schwartz

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The latest sales data out of Japan is continuing to tell the tale of a Japanese consumer that is decidedly favoring Nintendo’s 3DS to the PlayStation Vita.  Sinking to a new low, Sony’s latest handheld sold a measly 4842 units in the week ended November 4th, compared to Nintendo’s 93,989 sold for the 3DS.

Not one PS Vita game cracked the top ten in sales between the dates of October 29th and November 4th, while Nintendo saw two games sit at the 5th and 6th spots on the Japanese charts.  Some pundits are beginning to wonder whether the PS Vita will get much of a holiday boost at all, with Sony delaying possible initiatives with the PlayStation Plus program and mediocre review scores for their “system selling” games.

While not reflected in the Japanese charts, titles like Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation has seen middling scores for the game, and the recently released LittleBigPlanet Karting isn’t fairing much better with consumers.  After a disappointing reveal of Black Ops on the handheld, it wouldn’t be a stretch of the imagination for this speculation of a lackluster holiday season for the handheld to come to fruition.

Gaming dollars are going to be competing with each in a stacked industry, and the PS Vita is still priced pretty high in relation to nearly everything else on the market, including tablets that include many other features besides gaming applications.

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