Want Your Vita Game To Be A Best-Seller? Just Don't Tell Anyone It Exists.

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Last month, the Japanese publisher Tecmo Koei released the Vita version of Japanese role-playing game Atelier Totori: The Adventurer of Arland. They told nobody that it was out.

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In an e-mail to Kotaku at the time, one of Tecmo Koei's PR representatives joked that this was a "new tactic to get the community involved and talking about the game."

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Maybe more people should try that tactic. According to today's PlayStation charts, Atelier Totori: The Adventurer of Arland was the best-selling Vita game in all of March. #1!

Of course, it probably helps that very few games actually came out for the Vita in March. #2 on the list is the Vita port of the mobile game Nun Attack. The actual sales numbers here are likely depressing.

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DISCUSSION

Question to anyone who has played this and it's predecessor:

Do I need to play the previous Arland game on the PS3 to play this? I need more games for my Vita and I'm keen on this, but I'd rather not buy it without knowing whether I'm going to know what the hell is going on or not.