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11:45 AM on 02.20.2013

Sony: PS Vita sales a little behind, price was a hurdle

Following the PlayStation Vita's Japanese price cut, SCE Japan president Hiroshi Kawano has told Famitsu the handheld is performing a "little" less impressively than it expected. That's one brave way of putting it. "Certainly...

Jim Sterling

3:45 PM on 02.14.2013

Earth Defense Force 2025 due in June 2013

The latest issue of Famitsu has some juicy details on the upcoming Earth Defense Force 2025, including a release window. In Japan, at the very least, bugs and buildings alike will see their downfall this June. Hopefully, thos...

Conrad Zimmerman

12:30 PM on 01.22.2013

Famitsu poll: PS Vita is Japan's most desired console

According to a poll by videogame magazine Famitsu, Sony's ailing PlayStation Vita is the most desired console in Japan.  The survey found that 64% of respondents wanted a PlayStation Vita. The second most desired system ...

Jim Sterling

10:00 AM on 12.26.2012

'Amazing ATB' in Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII

The latest issue of Famitsu [via Game Nyarth] reveals several new battle systems details in Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII. There's not a solid name for the new battle system yet, so they're calling it "Amazing AT...

Dale North

2:00 PM on 11.15.2012

Meet the Shin Megami Tensei IV protagonist, a samurai

Famitsu has the scoop on the main characters and setting of upcoming 3DS game Shin Megami Tensei IV. Forget the modern-day setting we've grown accustomed to. This new one takes place in the distant past, in 1492, in medeval-i...

Dale North

7:00 AM on 09.26.2012

Vita Muramasa port will support new DLC

That Oboro Muramasa port announced last week for the PlayStation Vita at Tokyo Game Show isn't going to be a straight-across port. The early word is that this week's issue of Famitsu is set to reveal details on brand new down...

Dale North





11:00 AM on 08.22.2012

Yakuza 5: Haruka's dance off battle system

If you've been following Yakuza 5 you'll know that series character Haruka is all grown up now. And what do grown up girls do as primary characters in a fighting game about Japan's crime underworld? They dance! Sega has revea...

Dale North

10:00 AM on 08.08.2012

Atlus staff focused on Persona 5

BABY BABY BABY BABY BABY BABY BABY! Persona 5 is making progress says Team Persona producer Katsura Hashino. In this week's Famitsu he says that his staff is currently focused on the next numbered entry, and master artist Shi...

Dale North

10:15 AM on 07.11.2012

Metal Gear Solid 4 to be patched with Trophy support soon

Hideo Kojima has told Famitsu that the long-long-long-long-awaited Trophy support for Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots is on the horizon. It only took twenty-five thousand years! A new budget version of the game is sc...

Jim Sterling

11:00 AM on 06.27.2012

Dead or Alive 5 new character: Canadian guy named Rig

Famitsu scans reveal a new Dead or Alive 5 character, and it seems he has a crap name. Right now details are limited, but according to scans found on CVG we do know he's Canadian, and that his name is Rig. Rig. Let that echo ...

Dale North

10:15 AM on 04.18.2012

Vita game Soul Sacrifice teased in Famitsu ad

A six page ad in the upcoming issue of Famitsu teases a new PlayStation Vita game called Soul Sacrifice. Japanese site Sinob gets an early look at the magazine and says that the ad's only image shows four characters...

Dale North

11:00 AM on 02.29.2012

Meet Labrys, Persona 4 Arena's new character

In case you were thinking that Persona 4 Arena's character selection might be a little thin, there's no need to worry, because a new challenger has appeared. Her name is Labrys, and her giant axe has jet engines on it. A...

Josh Tolentino

10:45 AM on 02.23.2012

Persona 4 The Golden JP Famitsu pack comes with Vita case

Enterbrain and Atlus will combine forces in Japan to release a special Persona 4 The Golden bundle called Famitsu DX Pack. This pack will contain the game, six posters featuring P4 artwork, 10 post cards and a PS Vita case de...

Dale North

3:45 PM on 12.27.2011

Atlus: 'Title you've been waiting for may be announced'

In a chat about the coming year, Atlus told Famitsu that "That title you’ve been waiting for may be announced," says Siliconera. What a terrible tease. Technically Persona 5 has been let out of the bag, so that wo...

Dale North



PlayStation Vita sells 321,407 units in its first week photo
PlayStation Vita sells 321,407 units in its first week
by Dale North

The estimates we gave this morning for the PlayStation Vita sell-through were about right. Enterbrain's numbers show that 321,407 Vita systems were sold the first launch week. Considering that the system launched on December 17, and the end of the week was December 18, that's a pretty impressive number.

Famitsu did not give a total shipped number for launch, but I'm sure we'll hear more on that soon. Original numbers put the first shipment at 500,000, but some reports say that Sony was able to add 200,000 more units to meet launch demand.

This number beats the PSP launch week total of 166,704, but that was just one day's sales.

I wonder how the Vita will fare here when it launches in February.

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1:30 PM on 11.29.2011

Skyrim is the first Western game to get Famitsu's 40/40

As if Skyrim's list of achievements needed to be longer, the latest Elder Scrolls has managed to accomplish something previously unseen in this industry -- it's the first Western game to score Famitsu's perfect 40/40 review s...

Jim Sterling