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

  • 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

      • What he means is that the PSP version is dropping slower than the Vita version is.

        • TheExile285

          Oh OK. My mistake

        • Duc PC-QB

          The power of fanbase

      • Solomon_Kano

        Mind you, he didn’t say selling better, he said holding up. And it is. The PSP version had a 13k drop from last week’s sales while the Vita version dropped by 23k, which is over 50%.

        • TheExile285

          Ah that makes sense.


          My bad

    • Kevadu

      It’s not really surprising…the hardcore players who are going to get it at launch are more likely to be Vita owners. People who just pick it up later because their friends are playing it or something are more likely to still be using PSPs.

  • 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.)

    • 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!

  • 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.

  • Solomon_Kano

    I expected Pikmin to do better, but at least it gave the Wii U a boost.

    Good on Level-5 with Youkai Watch! It’s an alright start, so I hope that keeps selling.

    • Farid Belkacemi

      Pikmin 3 did that with only two days. Considering that + the install base, I think it’s promising.

      • Solomon_Kano

        They certainly aren’t bad sales, I just expected a bit more.

  • I think you guys are cutting Youkai Watch a little too much slack. 50k is by no means good or even decent. Yes, the game could pick up over time, but I doubt this is the kind of start L5 had in mind.

    I’d expect people say 50k is good when we’re talking about some niche game no one’s ever heard of, but YW is part of Level 5’s future plans.

    • Solomon_Kano

      Largely, I’m looking at this in the lexicon of Level-5’s history.

      Given Little Battlers W’s disappointing debut with the anime/models/built-in fanbase and how the original Inazuma Eleven (their first foray into this multimedia stuff) sold on DS with the manga preceding it, I don’t think this is a bad start. Looking at everything else Level-5’s had of late, outside Fantasy Life, I still don’t think this is a bad start. Not for them.

      Now it’s definitely not a good start, but I expect that it’ll see new life once the anime and manga hit. This had nowhere near the level of promotion that LBX (their largest debut for an IP in this arena) had prior to its release, so I’d imagine Level-5 scaled their expectations for its debut accordingly, especially knowing how far off the rest of the multimedia stuff is.

      • I agree, in light of L5’s recent game debuts it’s more or less in line with what we’ve come to expect. Just unfortunate that L5 can’t seem to make that one big breakthrough that they’ve been trying to make for so long now.

        I honestly think part of it is oversaturation. That kids’ market is so oversaturated with stuff that it’s become incredibly hard to compete. Personally, I’m not sure what to think of Gaist Crusher’s chances of success now either.

        Fantasy Life should be strong for Level 5 in the future, though, since it isn’t aimed at the same kids market that they’ve been trying to recapture since Inazuma. Aside from that… I dunno, maybe they should consider doing something targeted at an older audience. I’m convinced that’s part of why Fantasy Life succeeded.

        • Solomon_Kano

          Honestly, I really think it might be time for them to move back to consoles. I know Ni no Kuni didn’t do the best, but all of their portable series are in a state of decline and they aren’t getting any hits out the gate either. FL as a franchise should hold them up for some time though.

          Gaist Crusher is interesting. We’ve seen L5 take on RPGs in 3 different forms, Sega’s new franchise is an RPG, but Gaist Crusher looks like an MH game. That could go one of two ways: the MH DNA pushes it somewhere these kids multimedia franchises haven’t gone, or it goes the way of E.X. Troopers. I’m hoping for the former.

          The kids’ market definitely is a crowded space right now though, on any level. Level-5, and the others, really need to step back from that for a bit and let it breathe.

  • O.O

    Good to see the console pick up. but not sure if first party games selling nintendo console is a good thing, nintendo needs to reassure third party devs like kojima, suda and the like that there is a market in wiiu apart from nintendo first party games, i hope to God platinum games sell better than this…anyways good news non the less.

    • Linksawakeningisazeldagame

      It is a good thing for Nintendo. Any game selling a console is a good thing.

  • O.O

    .i am having mixed feelings about this

  • Desukoru

    I’m surprised at Youkai Watch’s sales, to be honest. They completely spammed the TVCMs for it during the breaks between Inazuma Eleven GO and Danball Senki Wars. I thought they would have caught more people’s attention with those.

  • Tiduas

    I think too many people forget to mention the online sales which isn’t on this sales tracker. Nintendo are promoting the downloadable version of Pikmin 3 here in Japan quite much, and Youkai Watch is also avaible for download. It’s a shame we don’t have the numbers for these as well though :(

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