[Gaming] Japan Watch: PlayStation’s portable on a slow rise – March 10

PS Vita sales spike up after the release of new Soul Sacrifice game; PS4 sales halved

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Image credit: Sony Computer Entertainment

As stated time and again, software takes high priority when it comes to a console’s prolonged lifespan. Such was the case of the PlayStation Vita’s sales in Japan during the week of March 3 to March 9.

This week’s Media Creates sales chart update stated that the device’s sales numbers jumped up from 23,214 to 33,287. The PS Vita was still in third place, just below the PS4 (35,294) and 3DS (38,013). However, sales for the newly-released PlayStation console was halved (previous Media Creates numbers were 65,685) due to the buzz of a next-gen machine release lost. Sony‘s handheld is playing catch-up at this point in time, so it’s advisable that whatever game that has placed it in this position has to be something with replayability and caters to Japanese action RPG taste.

Luckily enough, Soul Sacrifice Delta fits that bill. During the week, the PS Vita action RPG title sold 48,786 units during its debut and was at first place. The game is a follow-up to the original Soul Sacrifice and features a lot of new content. On the flip side, it didn’t top the original game’s opening sales which was at 92,396 units. Still, a new game would usually cause a small surge to a console’s sales. In the case of the PS Vita, it is still batting a consistent average if past results are of any indication.

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Game developers may be playing it safe with releasing action RPGs with hunting mechanics like Monster Hunter, God Eater, and this week’s Soul Sacrifice, but the genre is to Japan’s market as shooters are to North American audiences. Time will tell if another new or existing popular genre will ever trend better than Japan’s pastime of killing digital beasts for the chance at creating high-powered gear.

Also one thing to note: a new PS3 RPG by Gust made its way onto the top five: Ar Nosurge. For those not versed in niche Japanese RPGs, Ar Nosurge is a prequel to the PS2 Ar tonelico series which was known for its “bond between humans” story themes and innuendoes in its English localisation. Most likely this JRPG will fade away from the top ten by next week; this genre isn’t cutting it these past years or so due to JRPG top dog not pulling in the numbers with its Final Fantasy meal ticket.

The rest of March 3 to March 9′s software and console results are below:

The top ten software list (Name, Console, Publisher, Sales Number)

1. Soul Sacrifice Delta (PS Vita, Sony Computer Entertainment) - 48,786 units

2. Yo-kai Watch (3DS, Level-5) – 36,018

3. Dragon Quest Monsters 2 (3DS, Square Enix) – 31,157

4. Harvest Moon: Linking The New World (3DS, Marvelous AQL) – 29,514

5. Ar Nosurge: Umareizuru Hoshi e Inoru Uta (PS3, Gust) – 27,037

6. Fossil Fighters: Infinite Gear (3DS, Nintendo) – 80,538

7. Ryu ga Gotoku: Ishin! (PS3, Sega) – 19,808

8. Knack (PS4, Sony Computer Entertainment) – 17,272

9. Kirby Triple Deluxe (3DS, Nintendo) – 14,108

10. Pokémon X/ Pokémon Y (3DS, Nintendo) – 10,708

Hardware ranking

PS4 – 35,294

3DS – 35,068

PS Vita – 33,287

Wii U – 7,773

PSP – 3,425

Xbox 360 – 300

Jonathan Toyad

If you want an elaborate answer on who would win in a fight between Ultraman and Godzilla, Jonathan Toyad is your man. A six-year veteran in the game journalism industry, he did words and videos for outlets such as GameSpot, GameAxis, IGN and Stuff.TV. Fears coyotes and scorched earths.

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