3DS outsells Vita 46:1 in Japan, nears PS3 lifetime sales

Last week’s official Japanese sales figures are in and once again the Nintendo 3DS has stamped its authority as the number one games system in Japan at the moment. We already knew courtest of Satoru Iwata that Animal Crossing had sold over 600,000 copies but the hardware figures are just as impressive...

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Nutsack1737d ago

Wii outsold both 360 and PS3 too, yet the Wii is rubbish PS360 gave the best gaming experience and online.

3DS is your choice if you just want to play 1st party decades old rehashed IP's. If you want adult games and more new surprising IP's then PSVita is the way to go.

A gamer plays games, not sales.

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GribbleGrunger1737d ago (Edited 1737d ago )

What? You're right, it did outsell the 360 but by a pitiful margin: 360 (2,817) Wii (2,963) but the PS3? (19,101). Where did you just pull that idea from?

Neonridr1737d ago

new surprising IP's - like the vanishing game library.

Leroy1736d ago

He's talking bout lifetime sales. Or at least I think he is.

a_adji1736d ago

genius, lets talk life time sales and global.

And yes I have all 3 systems but give respect where it's due.

phantomexe1736d ago

I'll agree with you for now but i'm convinced the vita games will get better. i have only picked up 2 games for my vita uncharted and AC. I started to get cod buts a friend let my mess around with his and it's not for me.

darthv721736d ago

is a subjective term. had you gone on to express why you feel its better would make more sense. Generalizing like that is somewhat pointless.

Appeal is different to everyone and as such there is no better or worse when it comes to personal preference.

Snookies121736d ago (Edited 1736d ago )

Game wise at the moment? Yes. Hardware? No.

Besides, it's all just preference anyway, what does it matter? I have a Vita, but would love to grab up a 3DS at some point. :]

MuhammadJA1736d ago

Actually, no. If you're talking about the hardware, then Vita is better. More powerful and better online capabilities. As for games, that's subjective. It depends on one's preference.

Tewi-Inaba1735d ago (Edited 1735d ago )

@ pony
I think you mean at 46:1s preference


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AfricanGamer9ja1736d ago

I still cannot get my head round how nintendo just keeps dominating even tho it is very clear there hardware is the weakest. How someone will see a PSP2 with all the high-end features and games and still go for the DS.

NYC_Gamer1736d ago

Its because Nintendo has first party software that appeals to every type of gamer....

SuperShyGuy1736d ago

It's always been like that in the handheld market.

GameBoy with a green screen put down all challengers Lynx, TurboExpress and GameGear

GBA put down NeoGeo pocket and NGage

DS put down PSP

3DS is putting down Vita

You would have thought Sony would have learned from everyone else's mistake and realized superior tech doesn't matter

Mainsqueeze1736d ago

Because fun to most people isn't what type of graphics hardware can pull off. When compared to the 3DS the vita gets crushed in fun handheld experiences, IMO.

deletingthis346753341736d ago

Except superior tech and better graphics don't change the fact Nintendo games have much larger audience and more fans than Sony games. Something you are not comprehending for some reason. You cannot play Mario or Zelda on a Vita. People buy Nintendo hardware for MARIO AND ZELDA, not silicon chips on a PCB.

--Onilink--1736d ago

you know what, I cant even recall if there as ever been a generation where the most powerful won. The most that i could think of is the NES era, and there were probably some consoles more powerful.

Its stupid to think that the power of a console will determine how good it will be

The_Infected1736d ago

I guess Nintendo proves graphics isn't the selling point. It's only a small fraction of what a game needs and innovation also plays a key role.

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SuperShyGuy1736d ago

"adult games" No one told me the Vita had porn games

Neckbear1736d ago

"A gamer plays games, not sales."

Indeed. And currently, the 3DS has a much greater, bigger and more extensive game library, which makes it the choice of many.

The Vita's good, yes, but it really needs moar gaemz.

FriedGoat1736d ago

take a look at metacritic for your extensive shovelware roundup. For a year behind the Vita has a pretty strong collection.

jeseth1736d ago

I agree. Just got a Vita and am looking forward to when the library really expands.

Pillsbury11736d ago

They both have their own unique attractions. :)

Moonman1736d ago (Edited 1736d ago )

You can't compare 3DS vs. Vita to Wii vs. PS3 software you weirdo.

The Vita sold 4,000 units last week. It's November. So you can call what you want rubbish. But literally no one is buying

Bravely Default 38/40 famitsu
Animal Crossing: New Leaf 39/40 famitsu
EX troopers: 3DS scored higher than PS3 version!

Rubbish? Your brain is rubbish!

Sephiroushin1736d ago

lol Using Famitsu's score... Famitsu is not the company it used to be long ago, they're a joke!

OmniSlashPT1735d ago

Famitsu gave Nintendo Dogs and FFXIII a 40/40, does it mean they're the best games ever? ffs

ritsuka6661736d ago

Vita has is people with deep pockets who only play it because it's not a Nintendo system, and like to pretend that it is a more "grownup" system.
So am I sticking with my 3DS? The answer is yes.

FriedGoat1736d ago

I have both. Haven't touched my 3DS since for quite some time. Happily playing NFS most wanted, A game worth the £35 I payed for it. Unlike the 5 hour long 3DS games I was playing prior.

schlanz1736d ago


Kid Icarus was far and away the best handheld this year.. I easily sunk 60+ hours into it between single and multiplayer.

Also Resident Evil Revelations was excellent, is at least a 10hr game.

skrug1736d ago


And I put in 100 hrs in Ragnarok Odyssey =/

ronin4life1736d ago

Of course.
Which is why the 3Ds is selling so well; it has the games.

And you know what? When compared to the PS3, SO DID THE WII.

MasterCornholio1736d ago

Yeah a library full of shovel ware and casual games. That is why the Wii sold so well and being much cheaper than the competition helped a lot as well.

IMO the Wiis library is pretty poor compared to the 360 and PS3 due to the lack of many great multi platform games.Like dishonored for example.

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dark-hollow1736d ago (Edited 1736d ago )

Seriously? Have you seen the 3ds library and upcoming games in Japan?

Any Mario game is a big seller
Monster hunter 3 & 4
Shin megami tensi IV
Bravery default
Animal crossing
Kingdom heart DDD
Ace attorney 5
Ace attorney X professor Layton
Final fantasy theatrhythm

And the inevitable Pokemon game and much more and you people WONDER why its massivley outselling the vita in Japan?

Lol bashing the 3ds library then going in another article defending black ops declassified! What a joke...

OmniSlashPT1735d ago

Is that a good library? 3DS is full of remakes from N64 games and sequels from DS games and thats it.

Take a look at this years VGA's handheld games category. 3 Vita games and only 1 3DS game.

Sound Shapes and Gravity Rush are easily the best handheld games of the year but no one seems to care.