The PlayStation Vita shot out of the gates in its first week of availability in Japan but has since taken a dive in popularity.
The Media Create hardware sales for the final week of December have arrived and the Nintendo 3DS continues its dominance while the freshly released Vita falls again.
In its first week, Sony's new handheld sold 324,859 units; it fell to only 72,479 in the second week and in the third week, it fell further to 42,648. Both the PS3 and PSP topped it, although the Wii continued its downward spiral by selling only 33,208 units in that week. Here's the chart:
The Xbox 360 continues to be almost nonexistent but Sony might have to be worried about the Vita. At the same time, from a logical point of view, one could make the argument that all those excited about the new portable got theirs on launch day. Those lukewarm about it are going to wait, and they'll wait longer than a few weeks, so the drop-off might make sense when viewed in this light.
It remains to be seen how gamers will receive the Vita in other parts of the world. The US launch is set for February 22.