Japanese gaming magazine and publication Famitsu is reporting that the PS Vita sold 321,407 units over the course of its first two days at retail in Japan, 12/17 and 12/18. Their figures come from Enterbrain, a Japanese sales statistics company.

Yesterday, we reported that the PS Vita did not sell out in Japan. Sources have estimated that Sony shipped somewhere between 500,000 and 700,000 handheld units to retail before launch. Enterbrain's sales data suggests that most retailers in Japan should have roughly half the stock they had a launch to sell.

Famitsu also did some legwork and pulled numbers for handheld sales in Japan for both the Nintendo 3DS and the Sony PSP. Here are those figures and the spans they occur over:

  • Nintendo 3DS sold 371,326 units over 2/26 and 2/27/2011
  • PSP sold 166,074 units overs 12/12/2004

When it comes to gaming system sales in any region of the world, it's hard to pin down exactly what the manufacturing company sees as a huge success or a minor loss. A lot of speculation around the corners of the Internet suggests that the Nintendo 3DS bombed at launch in Japan. It would appear that the PS Vita sold less than the 3DS; does that also make it a failure out of the gates?

Definitely not. People will obviously point to both statistics and bend them to meet the needs of their arguments or points, but the simple fact of the matter is that the system performed decently at launch. How decently? That's for Sony's internal team to decide. If the company can maintain the currently established pace, the PS Vita will do exceptionally well in Japan.

As more information concerning the PS Vita's launch comes, both in Japan and internationally, we'll be on it. The PS Vita shipped in Japan on December 17th. It will ship in places like North America and Europe on February 22nd, 2012.

[via Famitsu]

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