Vita might be in for a rough stretch. Wonder what Sony will do. Will they sit on the device and do nothing like they did with the PSP and the PS3?
Also, are those MH sales good or bad? I mean going towards a million is always good, but it is the only one of a few games in the top 20 (other than fading franchises like FF and Izuna) that went down week over week on the biggest shopping week of the season.
If you think this is bad, just wait until the Vita becomes more of a digital-only platform, at least in the U.S. Retailers are gonna drop this motherfucker at some point if it becomes more digital. They tolerated the iPod/iPad, but Wal-Mart and the like and not gonna lose 25% of their electronics section to digital without a fight.
Sony really needs to take Nintendo's stance: release anything of any value ONLY at retail. Release only games that could never make it at retail on the eShop. The eShop admittedly sucks, but Nintendo has done a great job at least of making it a complement instead of a replacement for retail.
What was worrying me last week is a lot more worrying thisi one.. More psp sold than vitas. Plus if this isn't a shortage problem, the Vita is going to have a rough rough time before any killer app being released on it one day...
I was worried that the people who made the success of the psp in its second life weren't interested at all in a next gen portable...
By the way, I'm going to guess Zelda is in the top 30 and that it probably grew in sales compared to last week. But it'll be a small growth, and the sales just aren't high enough to make it in the top 20.
Also did Just Dance Wii have one of the biggest week to week growth ever? +120% is huuuuge!
Vita will probably have a rough first year, but it isn't unreasonable to think that some major (second half) 2012 titles are still unannounced. Sony is never going to be the handheld market leader, but they should at least aim to recapture some of the niches that the PSP had in Japan.
I don't think the hardware is automatically doomed in the long run. Just that based on what consumers know now, it's unappealing in the near future. As long as it remains that way, it won't take off. It needs strong announcements, but I don't see that happening anytime soon from Japan, since developers are banking on the 3DS now. I don't see it happening in the west either because developers aren't too fond of portables.
As much as I want the PSVita to fail, you guys need to chill with the DOOM & GLOOM. If it's still this "bad" a year from now then you might have an article or two to write but right now it's waaay too early to talk about pulling the plug.
cvxfreak should be adding Vita predictions to his repertoire.
If Sony makes, say, 500K Vitas for launch in December and then sells them all within those 2 weeks, then that would be amazing. If they made 200,000 or 300,000 and sold them all... eh.
I can't imagine that 500K selling through in 2 weeks with that launch lineup and no UMD backwards compatibility, AND with the 3DS's December lineup being packed with franchise hits, AND with the original PSP still doing well.
Well, to be fair, the competition was 249.99 when they announced things.
Target was recently giving 20 gift cards with pre-orders in the US. I don't really see how this is going to bomb any less than the 3DS was in the US. It ideally would have launched at 199.99 with a built in 16GB card. Even that probably would have had some stigma with the 3DS now at 169.99, but it would have been a chance.
I see nothing but ugliness till they can do global price drops. They just better hope they can do it before developer support dries up.
It needs strong announcements, but I don't see that happening anytime soon from Japan, since developers are banking on the 3DS now. I don't see it happening in the west either because developers aren't too fond of portables.
They should have prepared a strong system seller IP for the PSV in japan, of course it will sell badly, I'm shocked why people didn't see this one coming and acting like it's doomed.. enough with the drama already.
As for FFXIII-2... I guess it will reach 800k in japan and that's it, it will be a mirecal if the game breaks 2m worldwide.
Even if they don't, I don't see compelling reasons for most of them to suddenly switch to making Vita exclusives overnight. The portable market right now is a bit more complicated, especially in Japan, and I think publishers will be banking on more multiplatform releases.
The biggest problem Sony has is not actually the 3DS itself, but the fact that the second choice developers have other than making 3DS games, is to simply continue supporting the PSP instead. That could really bite them in the ass.
Also, are those MH sales good or bad? I mean going towards a million is always good, but it is the only one of a few games in the top 20 (other than fading franchises like FF and Inazuma) that went down week over week on the biggest shopping week of the season.
The important thing is whether it keeps selling through its life, because it'd mean that the MH fanbase made the transfer to the 3DS from the PSP. MH3G is there to ease the transfer and prepare the market for MH4.
It's hasty to call the MH3G sales level a problem at this point.