Submitted by knifefight 862d ago | article

Animal Crossing Dominates, Vita Suffocates, And Japan Says "Yes Please" To Halo 4

Analysis and prespective on Japan's most recent sales data. What does Halo 4's third-place debut mean for the FPS genre? What's releasing on Vita next week that could do anything to lift it up? Charts and thoughts within. (3DS, Animal Crossing: New Leaf, Halo 4, Industry, PS Vita, PS3, PSP, Xbox 360)

dbjj12088  +   862d ago
I can't wait for New Leaf. If Nintendo could get their online infrastructure together, Animal Crossing could really blow up for them.
Jinkies  +   862d ago
I think I'll have to buy a 3DS for New Leaf, although with my luck like what happened the last time and the time before that I'll buy the handheld and they'll announce a better updated version <sigh>

Theres so much Animal Crossing can do and it's only now with New Leaf they're getting into it. They're barely scratching the surface.
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AWBrawler  +   862d ago
I agree with jinkies and thats one HOT avatar. link plz lol
knifefight  +   862d ago
Halo 4 took third place. Who was predicting that one? O_O
AWBrawler  +   862d ago
halo is started to get popular in japan thanks to the anime based off of it. but still, number 3 is impressive
ftwrthtx  +   862d ago
The Vita needs more titles to get it moving
eagle21  +   862d ago
3DS has officially took over japan. Look at the top 20 software. That is where you KNOW who is running the show.
Trunkz Jr  +   862d ago
"So for every time someone went out and bought a Vita in Japan last week, about 46 people bought a 3DS."

Even tho I'm a Nintendo Fan, I think the Vita just needs a competitive price drop and it will sell well just like the 3DS did.
PopRocks359  +   862d ago
I'm big on Nintendo as well and I agree. I would very quickly pick one up with some more unique games and a price drop. I'm simply not willing to spend that much on a platform that I can almost assure you won't get that much game time with the lineup on it right now.
Trunkz Jr  +   862d ago
Vita fans are disagreeing with me cause of the quote ahahaha... Don't get angry at me cause the system is failing there...
tiffac008  +   862d ago
You shouldn't really get affected by the disagrees man, lot of people barely reads an entire posts these days or tries to understand them anyway.
raWfodog  +   862d ago
@Trunkz Jr

"Vita fans are disagreeing with me cause of the quote ahahaha... "

Or it could be 3DS fans disagreeing with you because you dared to say that the Vita would sell as well as the 3DS after a price drop.

Fanboys are everywhere, ya know?
Zodiac  +   862d ago
WOW!! Animal Crossing did fantastic. 3DS did amazing. Congrats to Nintendo and i hope the Vita can rise up soon.
Gen0ne  +   862d ago
More of ^this^ attitude around these parts please.

Edit: I guess someone doesn't like positive attitudes. Oh well...
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Trunkz Jr  +   862d ago
Probably a Vita fan that see's any positive comment on Nintendo and they just go around clicking Disagree.
LX-General-Kaos  +   862d ago
Im glad that our Japanese brethren are having a great time with Nintendo and Microsoft products. The Nintendo 3DS entertainment system and its many exclusives are dominating the charts, It is an honor to see that they made room within their busy schedules to support Halo 4. The shooter that I believe is the all around best from this generation. A true legendary Microsoft exclusive in the making.

For the most part things are looking healthy in the Japanese gaming realm, and I hope thing continue down this path well into the foreseeable future.

Rated E For Everyone
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Ryan_Hay  +   862d ago
It was funny when Darksniper did it.
WeAreLegion  +   862d ago
These people don't know who Darksniper is, dude. Trust me. I've tried...
KonaBro  +   862d ago
Too bad...
the 3DS is struggling here in America. :(
Gen0ne  +   862d ago
ronin4life  +   862d ago
Not as bad as the vita...

More games are coming strait through the holidays and the list leads right up till around e3. The vita has... this month. Very little in the way of confirmed titles for the next half year.

Once those games start coming in America, the 3ds will perform like it is in Japan.. And they are coming. But Until then... >.>;

(Not that the 3ds has a bad holiday lineup, but compared to the juggernaut that is the Japanese 3ds lineup it is pathetic. The gap just keeps getting bigger...)
ALLWRONG  +   862d ago
"the 3DS is struggling here in America"

Sure you got the right one?
DEATHxTHExKIDx  +   862d ago
Halo 4 doing well in Japan? A 360 game did well? in JAPAN?!
Even beat Xillia 2 thats a huge surprise. Well done 343.
knifefight  +   862d ago
Yeah, a couple of weeks ago Borderlands 2 had -both- the 360 and PS3 versions in the top 10 sellers. It was nuts.
Tewi-Inaba  +   862d ago
3DS - 187, 077
PSV - 4,021
holy shit
That's 46 or so 3DS for ever ONE vita sold
Moonman  +   862d ago
Animal Crossing has 3DS's best debut followed by Monster Hunter 4 I'm sure. It's November and Vita is selling like it's going out of a generation.
Gen0ne  +   862d ago
???Halo 4???? Hell has officially frozen over.
izumo_lee  +   862d ago
For those saying the Vita is dead, well the Xbox360 hasn't done well in Japan for a long time but it is doing fine every where else.

So does it matter that a handheld that is $80 more than its competition is doing poorly in its native land? A lot of people say that Japan's market share isn't that big in the grand scheme of things.

So the 3DS did 4x the amount of the Vita...hmmmm, lets see a big name game in Japan releases on the 3DS like Animal Crossing. Oh look nothing for the Vita.

Look the 3DS is doing well, good for Nintendo but let me tell you do not underestimate the Vita once things fall into place be it a price cut on the system or the memory cards.
Tewi-Inaba  +   862d ago
The only upcoming games for Vita in Jap right now that could move units is probably PSO2 and F/SN:RN so they still have some upcoming games in 2013 that will move units

sadly 2013 is where MH4 is also scheduled to release
and that's when the real massacre will begin

I'd actually buy a vita myself if F/SN would be localized for the west, but 100% sure there's not a chance in hell for that.

long story short; Vita's future in japan looks pretty bleak
izumo_lee  +   862d ago
You can say that but we have to take to account that the 3DS already had its price cut & i do not see Nintendo dropping it any further.

The question for everyone is not 'IF' Sony will lower the price of the Vita but 'WHEN' they will do so. We all know it is the price of the Vita that is holding it back (that & the price of the memory cards take your pick) but if you look at Sony's current economic situation they are not ready to make that move yet. The company is still in a transition phase since Kaz took over.

Again i said it many times the 3DS is doing incredibly well & it took balls for Nintendo to lower the price that dramatically. Why can't we say the same for the Vita when that price cut does happen or is everyone still convinced that the Vita is 'DEAD' even with a price cut.

*note* Also since you are talking about MH4...we all know the business practices of Capcom. They will release a MH game on the Vita eventually, they are just being smart by getting as many sales on the more successful platform now. Capcom business plan is to be on as many platforms as possible so we will see a MH game on the Vita.

@ Trunkz Jr

I am being realistic here. The PS3 had a terrible start & it is doing ok. Nobody thought the Xbox360 was going to have a chance against the PS3, it is doing fine. Everyone laughed at the Wii...oh look it did fine also.

To simply disregard the Vita that has yet to have a price cut against the 3DS that has taken a price cut is asinine. 4x, 36x so what it still means the 3DS is outselling the Vita no matter what number is used.

I never said anything negative towards the 3DS, i was making the point that a popular game released on the system whereas the Vita didn't have anything close.

"Don't compare consoles to handhelds"

Funny you say that for all i can tell every game reviewed on the Vita is doing just that. Maybe you should remind those guys cause they seem to miss that message.
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Trunkz Jr  +   862d ago
@ izumo_lee

As a Gamer and not a complete Nintendo biased one, I would love to get myself a Vita. For me, it's not the price thats stopping me I have a job I can get it at any time, it's the games, theres nothing that interests me ATM.

Price and Games are hurting Vita sales, this is why the PSP is selling 3x more still, great games at a great price, and when it comes down to it, it's all about the games. NDS sells nothing in japan because the 3DS already has its great price and great games (plus DS carts work on it) UMD games don't work on the Vita, this was a bad choice IMO on sony's part and makes upgrading very questionable to someone in japan.
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Trunkz Jr  +   862d ago

Your comment reeks of buttsore vita fandom.

1. Don't compare consoles to handhelds.
2. 4x the amount? Read the article its 36-1 ratio.
3. Read the Article - "Vita sales CONTINUE to spiral downward toward disaster."
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knifefight  +   862d ago
As someone who has and loves playing a Vita, I reeeally HOPE things pick up, and soon.

But its first November on the market should reeeeeallly not be the month when it hits its all-time LOW in hardware sales X_X
There's a release list here:
(Under the "Game releases" section) and according to that, there's not much coming out this week for Vita, and actually NOTHING coming out next week. Ugh. -_-
DivineAssault  +   862d ago
Im surprised Japan bought up Halo lol.. 3DS is owning the handheld market over there & i can see why.. They get way better 3rd party games than we do here in the states.. Vita is drowning there with such low sales but its still selling more than the wii n 360..

A few more casual titles like hatsune miku n vita will explode again which is a damn shame.. I dont think japan cares much for violent games.. They like animals n colorful happiness ALL the time.. Not that violence makes a game good but damn, sometimes its awesome..
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YoungPlex  +   862d ago
Like what, Ragnorock, COD:Declassified, AC:Liberation's? Your right because RE Revelations was a great title! Too bad that it's a 3DS exclusive right? Oh well, moving on to Castlevania and MH3 Ultimate next...
AWBrawler  +   862d ago
LOL you think Japan hates violence? Have you never watched Elfen Lied, Karas, or any violent anime??
Luke_fon_Fabre  +   862d ago
Animal Crossing New Leaf (or Jump Out as I've known it as for the past few months) is the reason I bought a 3DS.
WeAreLegion  +   862d ago
Dear Sony,

Stop releasing good games. Spend more time on shovelware and mediocre JRPG's. Then, lower the price of the Vita. I don't like it any more than you do, but it's high time you sold out.

A stock holder
Kingthrash360  +   862d ago
Congrats to 3ds another good number in sales

Congrats to halo for breaking in out there

Vita...... Ill hold the congrats, just until the price drop, that's what's holding u back out there. ..... Wait this didn't make the list but that vita ps plus deal next week ......congrats to that too.

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