Sony's latest handheld had a cracking debut last weekend in Japan, hitting 325,000 sales in just two days. Unfortunately, the console hasn't been able to sustain the momentum, even with the benefit of Christmas, pushing a paltry 72,000 the following week.
It's typical for sales of new consoles to fall significantly in the week immediately after release, once the fans have had their fill, but an almost 80 per cent plummet is unusual. The facts and figures are outlined in this article on MSNBC, which also points out the 3DS only had a 44 per cent drop over the same time frame when it was first released.
Nintendo, on the other hand, saw its portable go gang-busters in Japan over Christmas, with 480,000 sold leading up to the world's biggest day of gift exchanging. It helps the 3DS is half the price of the PS Vita and has a more mature line-up of games, after initially struggling for months to put some compelling titles forward.
We'll have to watch how the Vita goes when it launches here and in the States, but it's not going to help that we won't be able to purchase 32GB memory cards.
Vita sales drop sharply in Japan [MSNBC]