PS Vita Now Outselling Wii U in Japan

Sony's PS Vita may have failed to ignite the handheld market and break any sales records, but it's apparently now outselling Nintendo's Wii U in Japan.

According to Famitsu, the Vita's revitalization in sales is all thanks to Omega Force and Tecmo Koei's monster hunting game Toukiden, which sold 127,000 copies in its first week. As a result, Vita sales are up to 34,000 units from its previous week of 14,000.

The Wii U's selling at a stale 5,800 units in Japan. Of course, the reasons that the Nintendo console is failing to move units is obvious. Despite it being well over six months since the console launched, the Wii U has failed to court third party developers and must once again rely on Nintendo's stock of first party titles to attract customers. The recent announcements of the Xbox One and PlayStation 4, both leaps and bounds ahead of the Wii U in terms of processing power, are also doing the console no favors.

This means that Nintendo must continue to rely on the 3DS and its sales until it can produce some first party titles (Pikmin 3, anyone?) that will pick sales up anew.

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  • Nintendo screwed the pooch er screwed the yoshi on this one. My GF begged me to buy the Wii "for the family" since it's "more family oriented". Now it's "i don't understand, i already bought him a gameboy last year". Thank god is have my PCs.
  • Nintendo apparently didn't learn anything from Sega's mishandling of the Dreamcast. It's not always a good thing to be first to the party if it means your hardware is going to be behind everything else that comes out a year or two later in terms of features and power. That being said, they probably could have left the tablet controller off, did a "game link" with the 3DS over wifi for that functionality instead, and knocked $100 off the Wii U and it would have sold like hotcakes.
  • Your information is dated. Wii U has already surpassed the PS Vita in sales again second only to the 3DS. Pikmin 3 sold out over 50% of its stock in two days and Wii U sales picked up 169% in that time. It was released July 13th.