PSP continues to beat PS Vita in Japan
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Despite its successor being shinier, prettier, more powerful, and having two analog sticks, the PSP continues to outsell its PS Vita brethren in Japan. However, the 3DS still manages to outsell the pair of them.

The latest sales charts covering March 12 through March 18 show that the PSP sold some 8,000 additional units than the PS Vita and had five software titles make the top 20, whilst the Vita had none. It’s not all bad news for Sony though, with the PlayStation 3 managing to continue to outsell the Xbox 360 and Wii.

On the software side, the biggest surprise came from the #1 spot, with Pokemon + Nobunaga’s Ambition managing to surpass the competition with sales of more than 170,000 units. It’s also worth noting that the title is not available on the 3DS, showing strong demand for DS software within the region.

Despite strong sales in North America and Europe, Mass Effect 3 failed to rack up lots of sales in the Land of the Rising Sun. The PS3 version barely made it into the Top 20, coming in at last place, with only 8,000 units sold. For a country so in love with RPGs you’ve got to wonder why so many Western RPGs fail over there. Full details for the week ending March 18 are detailed in full below.

Hardware sales for the week ending March 18.

  1. 3DS: 64,017
  2. PS3: 27,900
  3. PSP: 18,633
  4. PSV: 10,021
  5. Wii: 8,127
  6. PS2: 1,165
  7. X360: 1,145
  8. DSi LL: 853
  9. DSi: 617

Software sales for the week ending March 18.

  1. (NDS) Pokemon + Nobunaga’s Ambition (Pokemon Co): 172,027
  2. (PSP) Shining Blade (Sega): 122,257
  3. (PSP) Madoka Magika Portable (Namco Bandai): 62,408
  4. (PS3) One Piece Pirate Musou (Namco Bandai): 34,600
  5. (PSP) Tokimeki Memorial Girl’s Side Premium 3rd Story (Konami): 27,717
  6. (3DS) Hatsune Miku and Future Stars Project Mirai (Sega): 18,341
  7. (3DS) If I Were in a Sealed Room with a Girl I’d Probably XXX (D3): 18,291
  8. (3DS) Mario Kart 7 (Nintendo): 17,064
  9. (3DS) Monster Hunter 3G (Capcom): 16,924
  10. (NDS) Mario & Sonic at London Olympics (Nintendo): 16,183
  11. (3DS) Super Mario 3D Land (Nintendo): 15,801
  12. (3DS) Harvest Moon Hajimari no Daichi (Marvelous AQL): 12,331
  13. (PS3) Street Fighter x Tekken (Capcom): 11,611
  14. (PS3) Winning Post 7 2012 (Tecmo Koei): 11,524
  15. (PSP) Amnesia Later (Idea Factory): 10,936
  16. (PS3) Legasista (Nippon Ichi): 9,820
  17. (3DS) Metal Gear Solid Snake Eater 3D (Konami): 9,027
  18. (PS3) Gundam UC (Namco Bandai): 8,871
  19. (PSP) Winning Post 7 2012 (Tecmo Koei): 8,455
  20. (PS3) Mass Effect 3 (Electronic Arts): 8,142

Source: Media Create Sales via Andriasang.

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