JP Sales Forecast: Where Vita, Wii-U Might Go From Here?
Posted on Wednesday, May 22 @ 20:58:47 Eastern by Heath_HindmanMy love of Heath prevents me from being a real weather man. When I'm right about stuff, I can't shut up about it. I am aware of my own flaws as a person. Ready for a weather boner?
Recently, I said that the Vita would sink below 20,000, and then take "another step lower" in the following week's sales charts. This happened, as the charts from two weeks ago saw the Vita move down to 12,000 units sold. The current chart, just released today, show it moving down yet again, hitting around 11,000. I do think next week will see an improvement, though, with some actual frigging software set to ship. Here are Media Create's hardware sales charts for the week ending May 19.
Software charts had virtually no new games, and therefore, few surprises. Summon Night 5 for PSP was one of the extremely few new releases last week, and it sold over 100,000 copies to smoke everything else. The 3DS trio of Luigi's Mansion 2, Animal Crossing: New Leaf, and Friend Collection are all still hanging out near the top. Expect 3DS to stay ranked #1 in hardware positioning for a long time. In the immediate future, it has some huge stuff coming out, including a Tamagochi game (this is still big in Japan), and Shin Megami Tensei IV. The latter is being released with a hardware bundle, and it'll probably open the system up to an audience that doesn't already have a 3DS. I therefore expect the system to easily climb back over 50k next week. It might not be dethroned until the long-awaited arrival of the Final Fantasy X remaster gives Vita its inevitable boost.
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