Vita Outsells Wii U in Japan

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Vita Outsells Wii U in Japan

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Wii U sales in Japan dipped below 10,000 per week.

A wise man once said, "My career's slowed down a little lately" when asked about his current employment situation. Despite a strong start, the Wii U's sales have slowed down as well, including in its native country of Japan. Recent sales figures indicate that the Wii U lost out to Sony's similarly struggling handheld, the Vita, in last week's roundup.

While the Vita's weekly sales - 11,456 units - will hardly set the world on fire, the Wii U fared even worse, with 9,633 consoles sold. These numbers are likely the result of a conflux of two factors: the impending Japanese Vita price drop, and the lack of new software for the Wii U. Although the Vita price drop has not officially taken place yet, some retailers may be slashing costs already, leading to renewed interest in the system. TANK! TANK! TANK! debuted at spot #13 on the Japanese sales charts: not quite enough to move any appreciable quantity of Wii Us.

This reversal is not likely to subside next week, either, since that's when the official Vita price drop will start factoring into sales. Overall, though, Nintendo doesn't have too much to worry about on the sales charts. While the PS3 sold twice as many consoles as the Wii U last week, the 3DS outsold the PS3 by a factor of 4:1.

Source: Eurogamer

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I think I know the Wii U's problem right now and it's the complete abscence of releases, I don't think a single game actually came out all months, and most that are coming aren't out until the 3rd week of march. The thing needs software and it needs it now.

Once it starts getting games it'll start shifting more units. Simple.

It's the most expensive system without many games for it. Japan is getting the Dragon Quest MMO for the WiiU soon, so this particular problem already has a ticking counter to when it'll be solved.

I'd be more worried about here in the states. Lego City Undercover looks like fun, I plan on getting it, but it doesn't really seem like a system seller. Hell, all the system sellers are a good couple months away.

Mr. Omega:
It's the most expensive system without many games for it. Japan is getting the Dragon Quest MMO for the WiiU soon, so this particular problem already has a ticking counter to when it'll be solved.

I'd be more worried about here in the states. Lego City Undercover looks like fun, I plan on getting it, but it doesn't really seem like a system seller. Hell, all the system sellers are a good couple months away.

Dragon Quest X is already on the Wii though so it's hardly the killer app it needs. Lego City Undercover is definately on my radar as something to pick up to bring my Wii U game collection to a stunning 4 almost 2 months after I got it.

I love my Wii U, it's a great piece of hardware and there's a lot of potential but it's really in need of those system selling games. the summer has a couple things coming out and there's a lot pencilled in for a vague autumn release this year but man the next couple of months are dead, Lego City and then.... Resident Evil Revelations port?....

Theres a Monster Hunter game on the WiiU next month, therefore i dont expect those numbers to hold.

Where have all the titles gone?
Long time passing
Where have all the titles gone?
Downward sales go
Where have all the titles gone?
Postponed to mid march every one
When will they ever learn?
Oh when will theyyyyyy ever learn?

SkarKrow:
I think I know the Wii U's problem right now and it's the complete abscence of releases, I don't think a single game actually came out all months, and most that are coming aren't out until the 3rd week of march. The thing needs software and it needs it now.

Once it starts getting games it'll start shifting more units. Simple.

Yeah, it currently has 3 exclusives if I remember correctly. It's hardly worth getting the console for even though Nintendo Land is about the most entertaining multiplayer I have played in years.

Their epic launch lineup failed miserably.

Now let it be said that I can't wait for Monster Hunter, but I don't think I should get it until this summer... way too time consuming...

Yopaz:

SkarKrow:
I think I know the Wii U's problem right now and it's the complete abscence of releases, I don't think a single game actually came out all months, and most that are coming aren't out until the 3rd week of march. The thing needs software and it needs it now.

Once it starts getting games it'll start shifting more units. Simple.

Yeah, it currently has 3 exclusives if I remember correctly. It's hardly worth getting the console for even though Nintendo Land is about the most entertaining multiplayer I have played in years.

Their epic launch lineup failed miserably.

Now let it be said that I can't wait for Monster Hunter, but I don't think I should get it until this summer... way too time consuming...

I have Mario Bros U, ZombiU and Tekken Tag 2, so 2 exclusives and a port with some exclusive costumes and modes. Mario Bros U is utterly brilliant, it's gorgeous and brilliantly fun and probably the best new super mario bros game, reminds me of super mario world. Otherwise I got Balloon Fight and F-Zero. Nintendo Land is pretty fun but it lacks substance. Game & Wario should be good for bite sized brilliance, Lego City will be fun as hell from the looks of it but there release list is just so terribly sparse for now...

ZombiU multiplayer is amusing enough but it's only 2 players and only local... I only have one friend online anyway mind since nobody really has them yet.

The MOnster HUnter demo was ehhhh for me. I found the controls to be stupid. +/Start is not an attack button, yet the triggers were unused?....

SkarKrow:

Yopaz:

SkarKrow:
I think I know the Wii U's problem right now and it's the complete abscence of releases, I don't think a single game actually came out all months, and most that are coming aren't out until the 3rd week of march. The thing needs software and it needs it now.

Once it starts getting games it'll start shifting more units. Simple.

Yeah, it currently has 3 exclusives if I remember correctly. It's hardly worth getting the console for even though Nintendo Land is about the most entertaining multiplayer I have played in years.

Their epic launch lineup failed miserably.

Now let it be said that I can't wait for Monster Hunter, but I don't think I should get it until this summer... way too time consuming...

I have Mario Bros U, ZombiU and Tekken Tag 2, so 2 exclusives and a port with some exclusive costumes and modes. Mario Bros U is utterly brilliant, it's gorgeous and brilliantly fun and probably the best new super mario bros game, reminds me of super mario world. Otherwise I got Balloon Fight and F-Zero. Nintendo Land is pretty fun but it lacks substance. Game & Wario should be good for bite sized brilliance, Lego City will be fun as hell from the looks of it but there release list is just so terribly sparse for now...

ZombiU multiplayer is amusing enough but it's only 2 players and only local... I only have one friend online anyway mind since nobody really has them yet.

The MOnster HUnter demo was ehhhh for me. I found the controls to be stupid. +/Start is not an attack button, yet the triggers were unused?....

Waaaaaait, New Super Mario Bros U is kinda like Super Mario World? Now that sounds great! I'll have to check that out.

I have yet to try the Monster Hunter demo because my network seems to be going wobbly on me so I have only tried the 3DS version (which did not support circle pad pro), but I think I am going to get a classic controller for when I am getting the Wii U version.

Once the new Monster hunter and Fire Emblem come out I can expect the sales of the 3DS and Wii U to pick up and surpass the Vita seeing as how the Vita still needs to release the rest of the 50+ more titles they promised since it's release.

The Vita outsold the WiiU? Hell must have frozen over

DVS BSTrD:
Where have all the titles gone?
Long time passing
Where have all the titles gone?
Downward sales go
Where have all the titles gone?
Postponed to mid march every one
When will they ever learn?
Oh when will theyyyyyy ever learn?

Where have all the good games gone and where are all the devs ?
Where's the street-wise genius to fight the rising odds ?
Isn't there a white knight upon a gaming disc ?
Late at night I toss and I turn and I dream of what I need

I need a game, I'm holding out for at game 'till the end of the month
It's gotta be strong and It's gotta look great
And he's gotta be fresh from the press
I need a game, I'm holding out for a game 'till the morning light
It's gotta be great and it's gotta be soon
And it's gotta be larger than life, larger than life

Somewhere after midnight, in my wildest fantasy
Somewhere just beyond my reach
There's something reaching back for me
Racing on the thunder and rising with the heat
It's gonna take be a game to sweep me off my feet

I need a game, I'm holding out for at game 'till the end of the year
It's gotta be strong and It's gotta look great
And he's gotta be fresh from the press
I need a game, I'm holding out for a game 'till the morning light
It's gotta be great and it's gotta be soon
And it's gotta be larger than life, larger than life

Up where the mountains meet the heavens above
Out where the lightning splits the sea
I could swear there is someone developping for me
Through the wind and the chill and the rain and the storm and the flood
I can feel it's approach, like a fire in my blood

I need a game, I'm holding out for at game 'till the end of the year
It's gotta be strong and It's gotta look great
And he's gotta be fresh from the press
I need a game, I'm holding out for a game 'till the morning light
It's gotta be great and it's gotta be soon
And it's gotta be larger than life, larger than life

Remember when so many developers said how much they were looking forward to developing for the Wii U?

Good times.

Even though I plan to get myself a Vita in the nearest future, I must say this:

If Vita outsells something, then it means that this something is in deep sh#t.

Eh. To be honest, Nintendo could use a karmic backhand right about now. They essentially released the Wii 1.5, and are surprised it's not selling well in a generation that tired of this stuff years ago. Maybe once they determine that they have to earn gamers' trust again, they will start trying new things instead of toys and gimmicks.

I remember when the N64 came out and I got it the day of release in the states, I was so bummed out when it took SO LONG for a new game to be released (wave race, pilot wings and Mario 64 did keep me happy though). I've got that same attitude with the Wii U. I know it's not doing well in selling but all the Wii U needs is a couple of stellar games to really sell. It's frustrating to have to wait so long for great games to come out but until then, the mario game and nintendoland will have to do (I'm still very surprised at the replay value of nintendoland).

SkarKrow:
I think I know the Wii U's problem right now and it's the complete abscence of releases, I don't think a single game actually came out all months, and most that are coming aren't out until the 3rd week of march. The thing needs software and it needs it now.

Once it starts getting games it'll start shifting more units. Simple.

This. We should have had Rayman Legends by now, but...

Also Monster Hunter 3 ultimate will bring me quite a few hours of enjoyment once that finally releases.

Capitano Segnaposto:

This. We should have had Rayman Legends by now, but...

Also Monster Hunter 3 ultimate will bring me quite a few hours of enjoyment once that finally releases.

Yeah pretty much should have had Rayman Legends in November, same with Pikmin 3.

Yopaz:

Waaaaaait, New Super Mario Bros U is kinda like Super Mario World? Now that sounds great! I'll have to check that out.

I have yet to try the Monster Hunter demo because my network seems to be going wobbly on me so I have only tried the 3DS version (which did not support circle pad pro), but I think I am going to get a classic controller for when I am getting the Wii U version.

Yeah it's basically the same old mario bros but there's a spin jump that works like the super mario world one and the world map just feels huge and expansive and has divergance and a fair few more hidden exits than I'm used to, I'm currently hunting down all the star coins and I've cleared half of the worlds of them. It'll tke you a good 8 hours to get to the final boss and beat him, then there's star coin collecting, hidden levels and exits, challenge stages and such, etc. It's definately worth the price and feels so much more whole and satisfying than the others in the series have. It also looks frigging gorgeous.

I just didn't enjoy the MH3U demo to be honest, I gave it a shot but it just wasn't really my cup of tea.

Shadow-Phoenix:
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SMT x Fire Emblem is gonna shift a lot of units, or so the general consesus is, I know a few interested in that and it'll shift the Wii U. The 3DS is really taking off now though, libraries fleshing out and I'm gonna pick up FE:A when it comes out here in April .____. Frigging NoE......

SkarKrow:

Yopaz:

Waaaaaait, New Super Mario Bros U is kinda like Super Mario World? Now that sounds great! I'll have to check that out.

I have yet to try the Monster Hunter demo because my network seems to be going wobbly on me so I have only tried the 3DS version (which did not support circle pad pro), but I think I am going to get a classic controller for when I am getting the Wii U version.

Yeah it's basically the same old mario bros but there's a spin jump that works like the super mario world one and the world map just feels huge and expansive and has divergance and a fair few more hidden exits than I'm used to, I'm currently hunting down all the star coins and I've cleared half of the worlds of them. It'll tke you a good 8 hours to get to the final boss and beat him, then there's star coin collecting, hidden levels and exits, challenge stages and such, etc. It's definately worth the price and feels so much more whole and satisfying than the others in the series have. It also looks frigging gorgeous.

I just didn't enjoy the MH3U demo to be honest, I gave it a shot but it just wasn't really my cup of tea.

I guess I've got to put that on my to do list. Also Monster Hunter isn't for everyone, while I loved Monster Hunter Tri I think it might be a niche title. It took me a while to get into it and well, it is really repetitive and you'll spend quite some time gathering materials. At least there's Pikmin to look forward to.

Yopaz:

I guess I've got to put that on my to do list. Also Monster Hunter isn't for everyone, while I loved Monster Hunter Tri I think it might be a niche title. It took me a while to get into it and well, it is really repetitive and you'll spend quite some time gathering materials. At least there's Pikmin to look forward to.

Yeah, it seems a bit niche, I just found the controls unecessarily complex and felt it could've benefitted from a lockable camera or something, maybe if it played a touch more like Dark Souls combat-wise I'd have enjoyed it more. I didn't like it but I can see why others would.

Pikmin 3 looks fantastic and I can't wait for it and Lego City, not to mention Wind Waker and the new 3D Mario game and Zelda U whenever that comes.

I give the PS Vita a lot of shit. Almost as much as I give the Wii U and 3DS. Its outselling the Wii U IN JAPAN?! That's an issue. I also think that the Japanese Vita got a price cut so that may be a factor. We also have to remember that the Japanese only games are a factor to that.

Mr. Omega:
It's the most expensive system without many games for it. Japan is getting the Dragon Quest MMO for the WiiU soon, so this particular problem already has a ticking counter to when it'll be solved.

The PS Vita is months away from getting the new Phantasy Star MMO on it. Phantasy Star is still pretty big in Japan. Its also able to be played with the free to play PC version. And seeing as how the Japanese price for the Vita just got cut, it may not be so easy for the Wii U to brush the Vita away, as sad as that is to say.

Yopaz:

SkarKrow:

Yopaz:

Waaaaaait, New Super Mario Bros U is kinda like Super Mario World? Now that sounds great! I'll have to check that out.

I have yet to try the Monster Hunter demo because my network seems to be going wobbly on me so I have only tried the 3DS version (which did not support circle pad pro), but I think I am going to get a classic controller for when I am getting the Wii U version.

Yeah it's basically the same old mario bros but there's a spin jump that works like the super mario world one and the world map just feels huge and expansive and has divergance and a fair few more hidden exits than I'm used to, I'm currently hunting down all the star coins and I've cleared half of the worlds of them. It'll tke you a good 8 hours to get to the final boss and beat him, then there's star coin collecting, hidden levels and exits, challenge stages and such, etc. It's definately worth the price and feels so much more whole and satisfying than the others in the series have. It also looks frigging gorgeous.

I just didn't enjoy the MH3U demo to be honest, I gave it a shot but it just wasn't really my cup of tea.

I guess I've got to put that on my to do list. Also Monster Hunter isn't for everyone, while I loved Monster Hunter Tri I think it might be a niche title. It took me a while to get into it and well, it is really repetitive and you'll spend quite some time gathering materials. At least there's Pikmin to look forward to.

Niche to you maybe, but fact is; Monster hunter games are system sellers in Japan.
Compare to Halo and COD levels of popularity in western countries.
If you ever tried a Asian (Korean at least) MMORPG you would know that they LOVE mindless grinding.

The first thing I actually did when reading this article was to see if they had just released a new Monster Hunter game for the Vita, but nope the only thing released in the past week was a dating sim re-release.

I guess the Japanese just prefer their gaming on the go.

Spacefrog:

Yopaz:

SkarKrow:

Yeah it's basically the same old mario bros but there's a spin jump that works like the super mario world one and the world map just feels huge and expansive and has divergance and a fair few more hidden exits than I'm used to, I'm currently hunting down all the star coins and I've cleared half of the worlds of them. It'll tke you a good 8 hours to get to the final boss and beat him, then there's star coin collecting, hidden levels and exits, challenge stages and such, etc. It's definately worth the price and feels so much more whole and satisfying than the others in the series have. It also looks frigging gorgeous.

I just didn't enjoy the MH3U demo to be honest, I gave it a shot but it just wasn't really my cup of tea.

I guess I've got to put that on my to do list. Also Monster Hunter isn't for everyone, while I loved Monster Hunter Tri I think it might be a niche title. It took me a while to get into it and well, it is really repetitive and you'll spend quite some time gathering materials. At least there's Pikmin to look forward to.

Niche to you maybe, but fact is; Monster hunter games are system sellers in Japan.
Compare to Halo and COD levels of popularity in western countries.
If you ever tried a Asian (Korean at least) MMORPG you would know that they LOVE mindless grinding.

The first thing I actually did when reading this article was to see if they had just released a new Monster Hunter game for the Vita, but nope the only thing released in the past week was a dating sim re-release.

Why thank you for stating a well known fact. The Monster Hunter series is incredibly popular in Japan and less so in Europe and America. You know what that means? Also you might have missed the point where I said that personally I love Monster Hunter.

Edit: Also isn't it hilarious how you start off by saying it's not a niche title then explain exactly why it is a niche title?

If I remember right, some stores decided to do the price cut for the Vita earlier than Sony wanted, so that's probably why there's a small sales spike for it right now. Plus next month Nintendo is getting the Wii U version of Dragon Quest X, so we'll see how that goes.

omicron1:
Eh. To be honest, Nintendo could use a karmic backhand right about now. They essentially released the Wii 1.5, and are surprised it's not selling well in a generation that tired of this stuff years ago. Maybe once they determine that they have to earn gamers' trust again, they will start trying new things instead of toys and gimmicks.

Uh, all games are toys, so I don't see how they're doing anything different from Sony except being far more competent and less ashamed of themselves.

Aiddon:
If I remember right, some stores decided to do the price cut for the Vita earlier than Sony wanted, so that's probably why there's a small sales spike for it right now. Plus next month Nintendo is getting the Wii U version of Dragon Quest X, so we'll see how that goes.

omicron1:
Eh. To be honest, Nintendo could use a karmic backhand right about now. They essentially released the Wii 1.5, and are surprised it's not selling well in a generation that tired of this stuff years ago. Maybe once they determine that they have to earn gamers' trust again, they will start trying new things instead of toys and gimmicks.

Uh, all games are toys, so I don't see how they're doing anything different from Sony except being far more competent and less ashamed of themselves.

M Rated games aren't toys.

Crono1973:

M Rated games aren't toys.

Sure they are. A plaything is a toy, regardless of the age of the audience.

Raikas:

Crono1973:

M Rated games aren't toys.

Sure they are. A plaything is a toy, regardless of the age of the audience.

Maybe you could list some other toys that require a picture ID to purchase?

Crono1973:

Raikas:

Crono1973:

M Rated games aren't toys.

Sure they are. A plaything is a toy, regardless of the age of the audience.

Maybe you could list some other toys that require a picture ID to purchase?

What ID? Neither me nor my dad have ever had to present ID in order to purchase a game, regardless of the Rating. What State do you live in? My advice; move away from it.

OT: That sucks. I guess we can expect sucky February sales too. However, next month is WiiU-Palooza (The Amazing Spider-Man, Lego City: Undercover, Need For Speed, Monster Hunter 3, The Walking Dead and Toki Tori 2), so we can expect sales in Japan and America to start picking up, even if it's temporary.

I've never understood why we put so much emphasis on whether consoles are selling more or less units than one another, as if this means a console has won or lost some sort of make believe contest.

And then there's when people say things like "the WiiU is in trouble". In trouble of what? What's going to happen if it's sales aren't high enough? The Gamecube had poor sales, the original PSP had even worse sales, yet both were financial successes even if their profits were smaller than expected.

I'm actually hoping the WiiU has some trouble, it'll stir Nintendo to get off their ass and pump out some good games for it.

It's such a damn shame. The Wii U is a really great system - I bought one late last year and I'm loving it in every respect but the lack of games. I'd gladly buy any multi platform games for it rather than for my 360 or PS3 but they just don't seem to be coming at all. Still, I don't regret buying it, Zombiu was excellent and Bayonetta 2/Pikmin 3 are coming, and we'll see Zelda/Mario etc eventually. It seems to be suffering the same way the Dreamcast did - excellent system, huge potential, no support.

OlasDAlmighty:
I've never understood why we put so much emphasis on whether consoles are selling more or less units than one another, as if this means a console has won or lost some sort of make believe contest.

And then there's when people say things like "the WiiU is in trouble". In trouble of what? What's going to happen if it's sales aren't high enough? The Gamecube had poor sales, the original PSP had even worse sales, yet both were financial successes even if their profits were smaller than expected.

I'm actually hoping the WiiU has some trouble, it'll stir Nintendo to get off their ass and pump out some good games for it.

...they ARE making good games for it, but it seems that people forget something: games take TIME, they'll be released when they're done. You cannot just release something because people are throwing a hissy fit over droughts. Better a game come out later and good then come out early and SUCK. Nintendo is one of the few companies that understands that turning in a production line is BAD

TANK TANK TANK! is an appropriate title for the system.

Hopefully single platforming developers take note of this. I say this since only as someone that hopes for more Vita games, as a a vita owner.

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