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Fake Japanese Pop Idol Sends PS Vita to the Top

by Ron Duwell | September 5, 2012September 5, 2012 11:00 pm PDT

How to explain who Hatsune Miku is? She’s a fake Japanese pop idol, a video game character with a cute face and turquoise hair, and a self-conscious voice synthesizer with the persona of a spunky young female. Every street I walk through in downtown Osaka, this girl can be found slapped on the cover of a magazine or advertising for some new soft drink on a vending machine.

Obviously she’s very popular. The young girl who’s not really even human enjoys the attention of entire demographics of Japanese kids and adult gamers alike. In fact, she’s so popular, the release of her latest PlayStation Vita game Hatsune Miku Project Diva f has sent the struggling handheld to the top of the weekly charts, beating out its main competitor, the 3DS, by 6,000 units. Miku’s game itself sold a whopping 150,000 after one week of sales, tripling the highest 3DS game on the charts.

Again, I’m not entirely sure where the appeal comes from, but its kind of sad that a fake pop idol did what popular games like Uncharted and Rayman were unable to do, put the Vita on the top of the sales list. Full sales list below.

  1. [PSV] Hatsune Miku Project Diva f (Sega, 08/30/12) – 159,592 (New)
  2. [3DS] Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers (Atlus, 08/30/12) – 69,365 (New)
  3. [3DS] Senran Kagura Burst: Guren no Shoujotachi (Marvelous AQL, 08/30/12) – 69,084 (New)
  4. [3DS] New Super Mario Bros. 2 (Nintendo, 07/28/12) – 56,061 (1,037,205)
  5. [PS3] Hyperdimension Neptunia V (New)
  6. [PSP] Mobile Suit Gundam Age: Universe Accel / Cosmic Drive (Namco Bandai, 08/30/12) – 35,903 (New)
  7. [PS3] Sengoku Basara HD Collection (Capcom, 08/30/12) – 35, 690 (New)
  8. [NDS] Pokemon Black 2 / White 2 (Pokemon Co., 06/23/12) – 29,186 (2,707,600)
  9. [PS3] AquaPazza: AquaPlus Dream Match (Aqua Plus, 08/30/12) – 20,935 (New)
  10. [Wii] Dragon Quest X (Square Enix, 08/02/12) – 16,360 (526,735)
  11. [3DS] Tousouchuu: Shijou Saikyou no Hunter-Tachi Kara Nigekire! (Namco Bandai, 07/05/12) – 15,689 (109,939)
  12. [PSP] Rurouni Kenshin: Meiji Kenyaku Romantan – Kansen (Namco Bandai, 08/30/12) – 15,178 (New)
  13. [3DS] Mem>Taiko Drum Master: Chibi Dragon and the Mysterious Orb (Namco Bandai, 07/12/12) – 11,278 (189,006)
  14. [Wii] Just Dance Wii 2 (Nintendo, 07/26/12) – 10,587 (159,712)
  15. [3DS] Demon Training (Nintendo, 07/28/12) – 10,569 (138,690)
  16. [3DS] Kobitodzukan: Kobito Kansatsu Set (Nippon Columbia, 07/26/12) – 9,825 (78,608)
  17. [WII] Wii Sports Resort (Nintendo, 11/11/10) – 8,231 (1,060,107)
  18. [PSP] Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae o Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai (5pb., 08/30/12) – 7,666 (New)
  19. [PSP] Genroh (Idea Factory, 08/30/12) – 6,397 (New)
  20. [Wii] Kirby’s Dream Collection: Special Edition (Nintendo, 07/19/12)- 6,305 (193,265)
  • PSV – 50,070 (10,880)
  • 3DS LL – 44,951 (41,901)
  • 3DS – 29,342 (29,472)
  • PS3 – 12,433 (11,896)
  • PSP – 10,266 (9,499)
  • Wii – 8,680 (8,810)
  • PS2 – 1,098 (1,157)
  • 360 – 875 (863)
  • DSi LL – 803 (870)
  • DSi – 685 (672)

[via VG247]


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Ron Duwell

Ron has been living it up in Japan for the last decade, and he has no intention of leaving this technical wonderland any time soon. When he's not...


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