The PlayStation Vita has struggled since its launch, but it may be showing signs of life. Well, in Japan, at least.

According to a Yahoo! News report , Sony's portable got a big boost during the week ending June 30; it was actually the "third biggest smash of its life cycle so far."

This was due in part to the release of a game called Toukiden , which sold a surprising 127,000 units in its first week of availability. This allowed Vita sales to more than double, rising from just 14,000 to 34,000. The cool part is that the game in question wasn't expected to sell quite that well, especially with such a lack of marketing support. The Vita still can't beat the 3DS but it came close with that big week; Nintendo's handheld sold 45,000 when the Vita sold 34,000. Will there finally be some competition…?

As for the Wii U, it's floundering badly, selling only 5,800 that same week in question. Of course, Japan has proven to be a portable-loving market, as handhelds now own 74% of the total console market, which most certainly is not the case in the US. But anyway, wouldn't it be nice to see the Vita come up a bit? It's a darn fine system, ya know.