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Japanese gaming publication Famitsu recently surveyed its readers to find out which console or handheld gaming devices they plan to purchase this year. 64% of Japanese gamers surveyed by Famitsu plan to buy a PlayStation Vita this year, followed by 48% for the Nintendo 3DS, and 33.8% for the Wii U. 10% of people also picked a smart phone (other than the iPhone). The publication says that 75.6% of participants were male, and 24.4% were female. You can see the results below:

  1. PS Vita – 64.0%
  2. 3DS – 48.2%
  3. Wii U – 33.8%
  4. PS3 – 25.2%
  5. PC – 14.4%
  6. Xbox 360 – 10.6%
  7. Smartphone – 10.0%
  8. PSP – 9.6%
  9. Wii – 9.0%
  10. iPad – 7.0%
  11. DSi/DSiLL – 5.2%
  12. iPhone – 5.0%
  13. iPod Touch – 4.0%
  14. Other – 2.4%

Thanks, Simply G

 

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    • Too be fair, this is just representing the readers of Famitsu – the ones who filled out the survey at least.

      We’ll see how the Vita fares this year, but I’m sure it will do better since it is getting more support from third party devs with some bigger franchises now.

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  1. It may be the audience. Maybe it’s the fact that lots of people in Japan already have a 3DS. I mean, Xbox 360 beat out Smartphones, but it doesn’t mean they are gonna sell more Xbox’s than smart phones.

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  2. Famitsu has a circulation of a few hundred thousand, I think. Not bad, but the 3DS sold many times the circ of this publication when Animal Crossing launched.
    Still, no need to turn away additional sales!

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  3. See how intellectually sound nintendo gamers and Sony gamers are when we think before commenting. We get a good article on the Vita and nintendo gamers are praising it. Let nintendo get a great article and Sony drones attack.

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  4. No surprices on this list. Most people have already bought a 3ds. The only thing that gets to me in a bad way is that so few want to get a Wii U. But that might change once Nintendo gives some more first party support to it.

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  5. While the list is pretty good, this isn’t how it will go, especially with Pokemon on the 3DS and not to mention major first-party Nintendo titles which may be revealed this year such as Smash Bros, 3D Mario, Zelda etc that may give the Wii U a boost.

    Good luck to Sony with the Vita though, a lot of the upcoming games in Japan look pretty good, and I hope they come to the rest of the world. That way, I might even reconsider buying one.

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  6. Huge Nintendo fan but so damn happy for the Vita. The thing needs to grow since it has great hardware, but no devs. Hope this boost sales so Nintendo can actually compete with a company regarding handhelds (no offense). Some may question as to why Nintendo should get competition, the answer being more stuff for us! More localizations to reel more players in who have been holding off on a 3DS due to region lock. Anyway, I’m happy the Wii U is so high on the list as well due to the negative sales it’s been going through. GL Nintendo and Sony!

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