In a recent interview with a Walmart Electronics Department Manager I have been made aware of some frightening information. The Manager, who wanted to remain anonymous, told me that he has not sold a Vita in over a year. He also said that the Vita is a very nice handheld, but he thinks people just prefer playing DS’s. When he said DS, I assumed he meant the Nintendo DS, since he was the Department Manager and all.
Other Walmart’s in this area have already started to take Vita games out of the locked booths, and put them on store shelves to make space for PS3 games. An example of this is in the picture at the top of this article. Makes you wonder if this is as low as the vita can get before it either has a turnaround, or is dumped by Sony.
Walmart has nearly 4,000 stores in the United States, as of this article. So after looking at these US estimates, everything actually makes sense. So what this man seems to actually be true. In some areas, the Vita has not sold anything for an entire year. Remember, Walmart is just one chain of stores. The Vita could just be selling to Core gamers at Gamestop or other gaming stores. Which also tells us that gamers are not willing to pay full price for their Vita. They have to do trade in’s to make it worth the purchase.
Who could blame these gamers? After the recent E3 conference in L.A, where Sony basically gave the Vita “ZERO” love, it is hard to stand by it.
Will this be the Vita’s last year on the market?