A Closer Look At How Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D Is Doing In Japan

By Ishaan . June 22, 2013 . 5:00pm

Last week, Nintendo released Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D for the Nintendo 3DS in Japan. The game sold 104,569 copies in its first week, topping the weekly software sales chart.


Sales tracker Media Create reports that Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D sold through 54.34% of its shipment. That may sound like a low sell-through rate, but it’s actually more or less in line with the original version of the game on the Wii.


Donkey Kong Country Returns (on Wii) sold 163,310 when it was released back in 2010. That game sold through 56.63% of its shipment, and eventually reached sales of over 970,000 copies by the end of 2012.


Returns’ initial shipment on Wii consisted of 288,380 copies, going by its sell-through percentage. Meanwhile, Returns 3D’s initial shipment should be around 192,434 copies. Despite the fact that it’s a port of an existing game, Returns 3D shouldn’t have too much trouble selling through all those copies in the weeks to come, given the brand’s popularity.


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  • Edzo04

    i like this game but it could have been so much more. cant stand the generic random animals as enemies. i miss king k rool so much :(

    • subsamuel01

      Agreed, that’s the downside to this game, the enemies for the original trilogy were based on Krool or other bosses. This game is good, but I loved the original because the enemies were more intimidating, I really hope they bring Krool back I know the new one on the Wii U is Vikings.

    • metaxzero

      But the old DKC games had some “generic” animals alongside the Kremlings. Just as this one has “generic” animals alongside the Tikis.

      Kremlings > Tikis though. But the vikings in the next game look nice.

  • puchinri

    I still haven’t tried either game, but I really want to and can’t wait. Also can’t wait for TF~.

    I never realized how well it did in Japan either, that’s cool. I hope it continues to do well.

    • Guilherme Matheus Silva

      I can’t wait for Tropical Freeze too!! Dixie is back!

      I wonder if she still cries when she dies… It was soo cute ♪♫

      • puchinri

        I know~! That alone is so exciting to me!

        Haha, I hope that gets kept. >u<

    • This and Luigi’s Mansion 2 are probably the highest selling western- developed games in Japan of the past few years.

      • kylehyde

        For that reason nintendo should increase the number of the staff of their western studios and buy more and continue the job of Howard Lincoln.

        • Well, the thing is that they sold well because they’re based on popular Japanese franchises. But yeah, it helps that they were great games, too.

          I agree Nintendo need more western development in general, though.

          • Strid

            A lot of things that did well for Nintendo that Howard brought to the table had nothing to do with Japanese I.P.s, they were only a small part of a larger body of work. There is no reason why this trend couldn’t continue to this day, but to put bluntly, Reggie doesn’t have near the ability that Howard did to make it happen.

            That said, I realize how irrelevant this seems when we just consider the two games at hand, but I cant help but consider that maybe you don’t realize the impact Howard Lincoln had on Nintendo based on your comment.


            I would also like to remind you that Donkey Kong Country blew up the Donkey Kong brand. I think it’s a little unfair to consider that the popularity of the series before hand, which wasn’t nearly as large, had much to do with Donkey Kong Country series being a huge success.

      • puchinri

        Wow, seriously? Huh. I guess it’s not too surprising, but it’s an interesting fact. That’s cool for Nintendo and each team that worked on the games. ♥

    • dragoon_slayer12

      Definitely a must buy. I missed out on the win version as well, and in my opinion, this is one of the best games on the 3ds, as with (about) 90% of the 1st party games

      • puchinri

        That’s a good rec, so I’m looking forward to picking it up more. Thanks~!

  • thaKingRocka

    The game is so good. I loved it. I think it would have been better on 3DS with no weird motion controls being required, but I was really happy with my time with the game. If you haven’t played it already, give it a go.

  • Wake

    I can’t wait for this. It would be nice if Nintendo decides to make a 3D DK again. Something similar to the Mario franchise where a 2D and 3D one coexist.

  • DarthSithZero

    Is there a chance for Tropical Freeze being released for 3DS?

    • dam4rus

      I don’t think so. The 3DS is too weak to handle those graphics, so they would need to downgrade the visuals. The 3DS is slightly weaker, than the Wii (this game runs in 30 fps, instead of 60), so it would take a lot of effort to port it.

      • Erimgard

        Agreed. Tropical Freeze is running in HD, so it would take a significant downgrade to port the game. Would take too much away from the graphics.

        Plus, it’s a sales ploy. Nintendo gets you hooked on DKCR on 3DS, and if you want the sequel you have to buy a Wii U. It would be counterproductive for Wii U sales to release that game on 3DS.

      • Shane Guidaboni

        I thought it only ran in 30FPS when the 3D was on?

        • Barrylocke89

          From what I’ve seen shown, it’s in 30FPS whether the 3D is on or not.


        • dam4rus

          Sadly, i have heard that it runs only in 30 fps, just as Barrylocke’s linked video says. It’s already impressive, that it was the only cost of the transition from a home console game. Anyway, i don’t think that the 3DS’s low resolution screens would do justice for such a beautiful game as Tropical Freeze. Hell, I think it looks better, than most PS4 game shown in E3.

  • wahyudil

    I haven’t finished the wii version … the game is difficult

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