This Week In Sales: Pikmin 3 And Luigi Lift Wii U Sales

By Ishaan . July 17, 2013 . 1:00pm

Period: The week of July 8th – July 14th (2013)

Top-seller: Pikmin 3 – 92,720

Nintendo 3DS sales: 13,841 | Total sales: 8,415,402

Nintendo 3DS XL sales: 29,594 | Total sales: 3,387,384

PlayStation Vita sales: 15,662 | Total sales: 1,707,529

Wii U sales: 22,199 | Total sales: 990,738

<< Last week’s software sales chart


Last week, Nintendo released the first of what they say will be a slate of Wii U games that will help turn the system’s fortunes around—Pikmin 3. The game sold 92,720 copies in its first week, and it should be interesting to see how weekly sales continue. Below is a TV commercial for the game, to give you an idea of how Nintendo are promoting it:



Also released last week was the retail version of New Super Luigi U, the expansion to New Super Mario Bros. U, featuring remixed stages. The downloadable version of the game was made available in June, but the retail version is a standalone game that doesn’t require New Super Mario Bros. U to be played. This sold 24,881 copies.


Together, both titles gave the Wii U a sales boost for the week, taking sales up to over 20,000 units. As always, we expect the surge in sales to be short-lived until there’s a steady stream of software available for the system.


Finally, Level 5′s Youkai Watch—which is meant to be the company’s next major multimedia franchise—sold 53,654 copies in its first week. Those aren’t stellar sales, but there’s always chance that the game could continue to sell over time and find a wider audience for itself. The problem is, the game’s multimedia tie-ins will take a while to arrive.


The top-20 chart for the week was as follows:


Lw Tw Title Weekly Sales Total Sales Sys. Publisher
New 01. Pikmin 3 92,720 New WiiU Nintendo
New 02. Youkai Watch 53,654 New 3DS Level 5
01. 03. Earth Defense Force 2025 37,024 191,713 PS3 D3 Publisher
05. 04. Tomodachi Collection: New Life 26,065 1,259,847 3DS Nintendo
New 05. New Super Luigi U 24,881 New WiiU Nintendo
03. 06. Toukiden 20,853 186,963 PSV Tecmo Koei
04. 07. Toukiden 19,262 118,404 PSP Tecmo Koei
New 08. Dead Island: Riptide 18,462 New PS3 Spike Chunsoft
New 09. Metal Gear Solid: The Legacy Collection 17,599 New PS3 Konami
07. 10. Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D 12,963 206,322 3DS Nintendo
04. 11. Gundam Breaker 10,224 242,819 PS3 Namco Bandai
11. 12. Animal Crossing: New Life 10,088 3,325,123 3DS Nintendo
12. 13. Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon 9,184 825,026 3DS Nintendo
08. 14. The Last of Us 9,158 173,181 PS3 Sony
New 15. Hanayaka Kana, Ware ga Ichizoku: Tasogare Polarstar 9,046 New PSP Idea Factory
20. 16. Danganronpa (PSP the Best) 6,106 91,204 PSP Spike
13. 17. Digimon World Re:Digitize Decode 5,912 50,952 3DS Namco Bandai
10. 18. Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Milennium Girl 5,870 106,914 3DS Atlus
15. 19. Taiko no Tatsujin: Super Splendid Edition 5,203 516,866 Wii Namco Bandai
14. 20. Atelier Escha & Logy: Alchemists of the Dusk Sky 5,031 72,873 PS3 Gust


Sales data acquired from 4Gamer, Media Create and

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  • malek86

    Heh, Toukiden on PSP is holding up better than the PSV version. I wonder if the two versions will eventually get closer lifetime. At the very least, with GE2 not coming until November, it has some more time to accumulate sales.

    • TheExile285

      How? The PSV version is almost at 200k versus the PSP version at 120k

  • XYZ_JolteonZ980

    Anime effect for Danganronpa in progress?

    • malek86

      Probably. I’m surprised they aren’t making a quick 3DS port of the first game.

  • puchinri

    I think I expected better for Pikmin, but those are very nice sales~. Also good to see a boost for the Wii U and hope it stays going well enough until more games come.

    The commercial was terribly cute and kind of caught the feel of the series perfectly for me.

    Also a shame that Youkai Watch didn’t do better, but those are pretty okay numbers. I hope it stays smooth (since it probably won’t pick up).

    (I notice Animal Crossing has a wrong name on the list, by the way.)

    • KALiverin

      Don’t forget that digital sales aren’t accounted for, so it probably did at least a little better than the numbers suggest.

      • puchinri

        I forgot that entirely before, so thank you~.

    • ReidHershel

      Eh, Pikmin 3 has only been tracked physically and for two days, there probably is more to come. Youkai Watch is surprising, especially considering how much effort Level 5 put into trying to get people to see it.

      • puchinri

        Ah, I forgot about how many days it’s been out for. Good point~. I think that I expected more as a Nintendo title, but at the same time, I’m not too worried because Nintendo titles don’t have legs, they have stilts (as evidenced by both TC, DKC and AC).

        Yeah, and that’s a shame. I hope sales would pick up, but I can’t see them doing anything except staying afloat.

    • d19xx

      I think it’s inline sales wise with the previous games.

      • puchinri

        Ahh, okay. I wasn’t sure if it was about the same, better or below.

    • Guest

      Let’s hope Youkai Watch will get some more significant sales when the anime starts airing.

  • Danwen Huang

    Of course they had to use that iconic song. It’s more famous than the game in Japan. Still catchy and emotional a decade later.

  • Gilgamesh2025

    Congratulations, Nintendo!

  • TwinTails

    Judging by the success of Pikmin 3 in as little as 2 days, we can expect something far greater for the more popular Wii U titles later down the road.

  • sakusakusakura_nyo

    I’ll consider buying a Wii U after the price drops and it gets some rpgs.

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