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PS Vita sales soar 400% in Japan

by William Schwartz

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Are Japanese gamers starting to slowly migrate to the PlayStation Vita?  Recent numbers out of Japan suggest just that, with a significant increase in sales for Sony’s newest handheld.  For the first time in a while, the PS Vita put up a good fight against the 3DS, and surpassed both the PS3 and PSP in terms of sales.

The sales surge for the PS Vita is largely attributable to the release of a new popular rhythm game called Hatsune Miku Project Diva F, which debuted for the Vita at the top of the list as far as software goes.  This PS Vita release pushed software sales from a meager 9,700 units in the week prior, to almost 47,000 in the latest report.  This latest surge in sales for the Vita is lending credence to the hypothesis that Japanese gamers are still waiting for that killer app to arrive on the handheld, before committing to the powerful next generation portable device.

Sales were still behind the 3DS however, which has remained in the lead in Japan ever since Nintendo slashed the price of their portable 3D unit last year.

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