3DS continues to dominate Japan as hardware sales exceed 6M
News On Japan via gamasutra.com -- May 24
Nintendo's 3DS outsold all other consoles combined in Japan last week, and has now sold more than 6 million units in the country after launching there 14 months ago.
The handheld's hardware sales of 45,752 last week is over seven times that of its chief competitor, PS Vita. Sony has struggled to build momentum for PS Vita in the midst of a software drought, and the portable's 6,347 sales just barely exceeded the previous week's record low of 6,340.
PS Vita software was once again nonexistent in Japan's top 20 sales chart last week, meaning no title for the system sold more than 2,551 copies at retail (these numbers do not include software sold online via PSN). The console's next big titles, Atlus' Persona 4: The Golden and Konami's Metal Gear Solid HD Edition, aren't expected to hit until mid-to-late June.
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