PS Vita: The Vita Needs Stronger Launch Titles
Things are not looking good in Japan for the new Sony handheld, the PlayStation Vita. On its second week of sales, the Vita sold fewer units than the PSP. This is quite a disappointment considering that Vita is armed with a whole lot more features. There may be lots of reasons behind the poor performance. However, we can cite a weak launch title lineup in Japan. After all, why would a gamer buy a product that can only play games that he is not really interested in?
In the case of Japan, Hot Shots Golf 6 is the best selling PS Vita game. Not really the number one title we were waiting for. While we may get excited over Uncharted – Golden Abyss over here, the franchise is not really that popular in Japan. Japanese gamers would still prefer Final Fantasy, Mario or Metal Gear Solid over Uncharted any time. Uncharted manages to play second to Hot Shots Golf 6 but Japanese gamers are still hesitant to invest in the new handheld. The rest of the Vita lineup are not really appetizing. Just think of the opposite happening to Nintendo 3DS. It comes with games such as Mario Kart 7 and Super Mario 3D Land, titles that are popular in Japan. As a result, the 3DS is doing better than the Vita.
So the Vita should launch with titles that are popular in the region. In the same way, the handheld should also launch in the West with titles that are popular in that region. Uncharted may just be able to make it do better in North America as the Vita launches there on February 22nd.