Vita Outsells Wii U in Japan

| 27 Feb 2013 15:19
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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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Spacefrog:

If it is a well known fact, why state that it is niche?

It's a well known fact that the series is incredibly popular in Japan. It is also a well known fact that it isn't really that big in the west. That is the very definition of a niche. It's a game made with a specific target audience in mind. Monster Hunter is is a niche game series. You yourself gave a perfect explanation to which niche that is

My post was meant to point out the fact that it is ONLY niche in the west, where I assumed you came from, so just because you feel it is nice does not mean it is.[

You're right, it's not a niche just because I feel that way. It is a niche because it fits the definition of a niche game. If we were to go with your definition of a niche then nothing is a niche because someone likes it.

Then you go on to complain about the grind, which I explain why is there.

I did not complain about the fact that the game is repetitive. That is something you made up in your head. I was simply explaining that the game being repetitive is part of why the game isn't for everyone.

I don't know why you seem to think I was accusing you of personal attack either. I guess you're being paranoid or something portraying your own emotions on to me. I'm only guessing though because I don't have a clue where that statement came from at all.

Fumbles:

Crono1973:

Raikas:

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?

Dildos,plugs,beads,vibes... oh we're not going there are we?

In all seriousness of course M rated games are toys.

I was going to go there but you beat me to it

Yopaz:

Spacefrog:

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.

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 it is a well known fact, why state that it is niche?

My post was meant to point out the fact that it is ONLY niche in the west, where I assumed you came from, so just because you feel it is nice does not mean it is.
Then you go on to complain about the grind, which I explain why is there.

-The post was to agree with anybody else who mentioned that the WiiU will regain its lead one the next game comes out.
-It did not have any relation to the fact whether you liked the game or not.
-It did not rag down on the games themselves as a whole(Just the grind)I am a big fan of them myselves and they are the only reason I own a PSP.
-Any personal attacks you may have felt came from my post is purely in your head.

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

Good times.

The real question is: Will we be asking the same question a few months after PS4 launches?

I honestly don't see anything that would make me want to get a Wii U at the moment... Or near future.

Part of the problem is that the most entertaining games for the Wii U are indie games on the eShop, and sadly indie devs don't have the same marketing power as the likes of EA and Ubi.

If I'll praise Nintendo for anything with the Wii U, it's that they've really opened up the system for indie developers. There are a whole slew of interesting indie games up on the eShop now, from Bit.Trip Presents Runner 2, to Chasing Aurora, Nano Assault Neo, Trine 2: Director's Cut, Puddle, and The Cave. If people are willing to look beyond triple-A games, there's a whole load of interesting titles waiting to be played, with a whole bunch more on the horizon.

As for triple-A games, they're on the way. March is looking to be a pretty busy month, with MH3:Ultimate, Most Wanted U and Amazing Spiderman. Sure, there'll be some more gaps between now and the summer titles, but that's always the way. The 360's release lineup was full of holes and gaps in its first year. Same with the PS3. Once the Nintendo heavies and titles like Watch Dogs and Splinter Cell start arriving, things will be looking much better.

Of course, the other problem is that Ubisoft took the most interesting February title, and one of the most anticipated Wii U games in general, and kicked it seven months down the line to die against GTA V. I would not have wanted to be in the meeting room between Ubisoft and Nintendo after that got announced.

Iwata: I know it was you Ubi. You broke my heart. You broke my heart!

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?

Dildos,plugs,beads,vibes... oh we're not going there are we?

In all seriousness of course M rated games are toys.

Can't say I'm surprised. The Wii U is just not enticing. I look at it and think: why would I want to buy this thing? It is barely more powerful than previous generation consoles, at a much higher price, and still with a very limited library. Sure, the Wii was a hit, despite a modest hardware. But it was cheap, and had an unique gimmick. The Wii U can't be as cheap because its controller is too complex. And you can't even say it is much of an gimmick, as everyone has a tablet now. Worse, the damn thing has the downsides of a tablet (bulky, expensive) without the upsides (portable, huge app library).

Asuka Soryu:

I look old enough so I have never been carded but I seen kids carded plenty of times in Gamestop. Is Gamestop a toy store? In department stores, are video games sold in the toy department?

Funny, I have the opposite situation. I'm 23 and I'm asked for ID. When I was 20, someone thought I was 16.

Well, I have a full beard and some wrinkles on my forehead so they figure I must be atleast 18. Funny thing is, when I was a smoker I got carded every once in a while with the same beard and and few less wrinkles.

I look old enough so I have never been carded but I seen kids carded plenty of times in Gamestop. Is Gamestop a toy store? In department stores, are video games sold in the toy department?

Funny, I have the opposite situation. I'm 23 and I'm asked for ID. When I was 20, someone thought I was 16.

How can you lose to the Vita? It's the same price, sort of. xD The Vita with a 32GB memory card is 349.99$

Mr.Mattress:

Crono1973:

Raikas:

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 look old enough so I have never been carded but I seen kids carded plenty of times in Gamestop. Is Gamestop a toy store? In department stores, are video games sold in the toy department?

I thought we were beyond people (not the word I want to use) believing that video games are toys but I guess some people are still living in the 80's.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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:

M Rated games aren't toys.

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

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