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Sony: We’re Selling a Ton of PlayStation Vitas

Sony’s new PlayStation Vita went on sale last week in the U.S. and Europe after debuting in Japan back in December, and it’s already racking up some impressive sales.

Sony said Tuesday that it had sold 1.2 million PlayStation Vitas worldwide, exceeding its expectations for the device amid tough competition from rival Nintendo. Recall that Sony announced Vita sales of 500,000 at CES in January, following its Japanese launch on Dec. 17, 2011.

And this new number doesn’t yet reflect potential sales from a significant portion of the rest of the world. The Vita just launched in North and Latin America, Europe, and Singapore on Feb. 22. Presumably there’s demand for the device there, as well.

Another metric to note: More than two million games have been sold for the device to date.

So the Vita’s off to a nice start. It’s archrival, the Nintendo 3DS, sold about 400,000 units during its launch week in Japan, though it has since gone on to sell millions more.

And according to analysts, the Vita will do that, as well. Wedbush Morgan Securities analyst Michael Pachter expects Sony to sell 4.3 million of the portable gaming consoles this year — 1.5 million in Japan, 1.5 million in the U.S. and 1.3 million in Europe.

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— Gitesh Pandya of comments on the dreadful opening weekend box office numbers for “The Fifth Estate.”