Japan’s Vita price drop has resulted in skyrocking sales of Sony’s handheld in the country.

The Vita sold 62,543 units over the week ending March 3 according to Japanese analysts Media Create.

This is a marked increase from 11,456 the week before – a figure that nonetheless still bested Wii U sales over that same period.

From February 28, the price of both the Wi-Fi and 3G models of the Vita were cut to ¥19,980 (AU$238), which represented a discount of a fifth for the Wi-Fi model and one-third for the 3G.

Despite the price cut, the Vita remains more expensive than the ¥18,900 (AU$195) 3DS XL.

Last week, the 3DS sold 77,439 – an average figure for Nintendo’s portable.