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.
- 3DS: 64,017
- PS3: 27,900
- PSP: 18,633
- PSV: 10,021
- Wii: 8,127
- PS2: 1,165
- X360: 1,145
- DSi LL: 853
- DSi: 617
Software sales for the week ending March 18.
- (NDS) Pokemon + Nobunaga’s Ambition (Pokemon Co): 172,027
- (PSP) Shining Blade (Sega): 122,257
- (PSP) Madoka Magika Portable (Namco Bandai): 62,408
- (PS3) One Piece Pirate Musou (Namco Bandai): 34,600
- (PSP) Tokimeki Memorial Girl’s Side Premium 3rd Story (Konami): 27,717
- (3DS) Hatsune Miku and Future Stars Project Mirai (Sega): 18,341
- (3DS) If I Were in a Sealed Room with a Girl I’d Probably XXX (D3): 18,291
- (3DS) Mario Kart 7 (Nintendo): 17,064
- (3DS) Monster Hunter 3G (Capcom): 16,924
- (NDS) Mario & Sonic at London Olympics (Nintendo): 16,183
- (3DS) Super Mario 3D Land (Nintendo): 15,801
- (3DS) Harvest Moon Hajimari no Daichi (Marvelous AQL): 12,331
- (PS3) Street Fighter x Tekken (Capcom): 11,611
- (PS3) Winning Post 7 2012 (Tecmo Koei): 11,524
- (PSP) Amnesia Later (Idea Factory): 10,936
- (PS3) Legasista (Nippon Ichi): 9,820
- (3DS) Metal Gear Solid Snake Eater 3D (Konami): 9,027
- (PS3) Gundam UC (Namco Bandai): 8,871
- (PSP) Winning Post 7 2012 (Tecmo Koei): 8,455
- (PS3) Mass Effect 3 (Electronic Arts): 8,142
Source: Media Create Sales via Andriasang.