This Week In Sales: Ouch, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze

By Ishaan . February 19, 2014 . 11:31am

Period: The week of February 10th – February 16th (2014)

Top-seller: Dragon Quest Monsters 2 – 118,427

Nintendo 3DS sales: 12,066 | Total sales: 9,380,827

Nintendo 3DS XL sales: 27,650 | Total sales: 5,728,955

PlayStation Vita sales: 17,081 | Total sales: 2,479,436

Vita TV sales: 1,267 | 92,466

Wii U sales: 8,782 | Total sales: 1,634,688

<< Last week’s software sales chart

<< How to read and understand sales

 

Last week, Nintendo released Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze in Japan, and the game sold an absurdly low number of copies in its first week on store shelves. Tropical Freeze sold just 35,717 copies and barely lifted Wii U hardware sales, which were at 8,782 units.

 

Here’s an idea of how badly Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze did: Donkey Kong Country Returns, which was released in 2010 for the Wii, sold 163,310 copies in its first week. A port of that game, released for the Nintendo 3DS in 2013, sold 104,569 copies in its first week. Tropical Freeze is nowhere near those numbers.

 

In other news, Yo-kai Watch for the Nintendo 3DS is at 423,836 copies sold. Level 5 announced this morning that they’ve shipped 500,000 copies of the game to retailers thus far, so that leaves approximately another 75,000 copies to get through.

 

The top-20 software sales chart for last week is as follows:

 

Lw Tw Title Weekly Sales Total Sales Sys. Publisher
01. 01. Dragon Quest Monsters 2: Iru and Luca’s Marvelous Mysterious Key 118,427 562,083 3DS Square Enix
New 02. Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze 35,717 New WiiU Nintendo
New 03. Let’s Go on the A-Train 3D 27,009 New 3DS ArtDink
05. 04. Kirby Triple Deluxe 23,017 440,131 3DS Nintendo
04. 05. Yo-kai Watch 22,230 423,836 3DS Level 5
New 06. Magi: A Brand New World 15,793 New 3DS Namco Bandai
06. 07. Puzzle & Dragons Z 15,462 1,359,241 3DS GungHo
02. 08. Puyo Puyo Tetris 13,717 58,345 3DS Sega
03. 09. Mobile Suit Gundam: Extreme Vs. Full Boost 13,704 313,291 PS3 Namco Bandai
10. 10. Pokémon X and Y 12,750 3,950,322 3DS Pokémon Co.
09. 11. Diablo III 7,345 62,277 PS3 Square Enix
22. 12. Super Mario 3D World 6,952 489,596 WiiU Nintendo
11. 13. Sengoku Basara 4 6,611 224,094 PS3 Capcom
07. 14. Terraria 6,245 21,315 PSV Spike Chunsoft
17. 15. Grand Theft Auto V 5,904 707,610 PS3 Take 2
21. 16. Sentouchuu: Survival Battle of the Legendary Ninjas! 5,450 270,846 3DS Namco Bandai
24. 17. Animal Crossing: New Leaf 5,275 3,672,543 3DS Nintendo
15. 18. Attack on Titan 5,273 248,079 3DS Spike Chunsoft
20. 19. Monster Hunter 4 5,103 3,219,168 3DS Capcom
16. 20. The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds 4,785 377,432 3DS Nintendo

 

Sales data acquired from 4Gamer, Media Create and Geimin.net.



  • ronin4life

    What I want to know are sell through rates:

    I wanna know how bad Nintendo knew this would sell…

    And to play Devils advocate, Wii and 3ds had much higher install basses, so is it even a… fair *enough comparison?

    • http://www.siliconera.com/ Ishaan

      It doesn’t matter. This game’s job was to sell hardware, and it didn’t. That’s mission failed.

      • ronin4life

        When did they say that?

        Last I heard, they were publicly putting all their eggs in Mk8 and onward.

        • http://www.siliconera.com/ Ishaan

          You think they’d put a major game by Retro out into the market and expect it not to move hardware?

          • ronin4life

            I don’t think any Retro title was ever made to move hardware, nor did it…

            *Seeing as how GQ was already destined for it’s spot by the time Metroid finally came around, and the 3ds and Wii never needed help from Retro.

          • sd28

            since there best selling title still is donkey Kong country returns them making a sequel makes sense

          • Dsvkb

            I think your expectations are way too high to be honest.

          • NeptuniasBeard

            Well… yeah. Because Retro never really moved hardware in the past (with the possible exception of the first Metroid Prime)

          • http://www.siliconera.com/ Ishaan

            Again, I would point to DKCR, which did very well, not only in the west, but also in Japan. It’s one of the highest-selling western games in Japan this past generation. I’m sure Nintendo didn’t put Retro on Donkey Kong, thinking, “Great, let’s sell a couple thousand copies, shall we?”

            They were clearly hoping for more of an impact.

      • Atwa

        Why does a games sales live and die by a week? Nintendo games more than anything are long term projects. 3D World was SLAMMED here for selling poorly, yet it reached 2 million in sales already which is by no means bad considering the installbase. That is an attach rate of 40%. This game will sell, at a full price, for years to come.

        • KingGunblader

          “Long term projects” or no, first-week sales never used to be this bad for Nintendo products (that aren’t Pokemon), and it’s not a good indicator of the game’s future.

          And by the industry’s current standards, 2 million worldwide isn’t really THAT good.

          • ronin4life

            That is on Hardware: 40% is pretty high an attach rate.

          • Atwa

            I hope that you can figure out why these first-week sales are this bad? Because the Wii U has clearly been off to a terrible start. They will NEVER match the Wii or DS in first week sales. It is simply something that never is going to happen and its starting to get repetitive to see the same comments everytime a Wii U game is released.

            Mario Galaxy 2 is still 40 bucks new. While you can find God of War 3 in a bundle with two other games for 15 bucks. Nintendo games have always been unique in that they retain their price and keep selling with systems. That has always been the case and will be the same here. No this game isn’t a failure, just as 3D World wasn’t a failure when the first week showed poor numbers. Yes the Wii U is suffering, but it won’t live and die by the first week and claiming that is pure ignorance.

        • ronin4life

          Perhaps, but I am pretty sure Mario did a lot better than this even.

          And most Nintendo games having long legs doesn’t guarantee all of them will. I don’t know either way with DK, But at this point I get the feeling it won’t push very far at all.

        • http://www.siliconera.com/ Ishaan

          And did 3D World do anything to largely improve Wii U sales? No, it didn’t. It was “slammed” for the right reasons. Its job was to shift hardware and take Wii U to a healthier place. It failed to do that, and now DK is failing to do it as well.

          • Shane Guidaboni

            Oh well. It’s not like the reasons for that are because it’s a bad game. It’s gotten fantastic reviews. Just another article for people to start bashing on the Wii-U again.

          • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

            3D World did shift more hardware.

            Dude what the hell man?

            Jesus.

        • Spirit Macardi

          That’s something I despise as well. Companies and the media only ever care about first-week sales, completely ignoring anything after. Sometimes games come out at a bad time and make their sales later, or sometimes they start slow but then expand via word of mouth. Then there’s sales, price drops, etc.

      • Paradox me

        How exactly does install base not matter? Donkey Kong Country Returns sold ~160,000 copies in its first week to an install base of some 11.5 million Wii owners, and the 3DS port found itself in a very similar position with around 12.5 million consoles in the wild.

        According to Media Create, the Wii saw a ~10,000 unit increase that week (as it had each week since hitting a low in mid-November) and the 3DS saw no significant boost from DKCR 3D’s release. This begs the question: Was Donkey Kong Country ever in a position to sell hardware in Japan? You assume this is the case based on the fact that many Wii and 3DS owners happened to buy the previous game, but none of the available data suggests that DKCR was ever actually moving hardware.

        All thing considered, it best fills the role of bolstering the Wii U’s overall lineup and, once the heavy hitters (hopefully) get more consoles into peoples’ homes, benefits from that long tail that Nintendo games typically show (e.g. your own example of DKCR going on to sell 1 million copies).

      • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

        Why cant people let a game be a fucking game?

  • Earthjolly

    Vita stabilized, thats good.

    • Kaetsu

      I got confused when I saw this comment because all the other comments made me think this was a Nintendo article lol.

      • KnifeAndFork

        I wanna new Jack Bros game

    • SerendipityX

      Too bad its pretty much dead in the West. But on the bright side we seem to be getting more niche games for it.

      • Tinye

        Idk if I’d say it’s dead in the west. Not sure where you’re getting that information either but I will agree that we are getting some great games this year for Vita

        • ronin4life

          “Dead” can be a bit of a weird term anyway for a console…

          But for comparison, no Western devs will touch it, it has been selling worse than WiiU consitantely (Wii sometimes too IIRC) and the holidays had zero effect.

          It has done VERY badly, and is not getting better as of now.

        • Croix Zapp

          i just bought 3 games. dead? Vita is just burning up~~

          • Tinye

            I’m going to go ahead and agree with you. Seems like the Vita is actually just getting started.

          • Tincho Kudos

            So, you bought three games and that makes a console “not dead”?
            In that case I saved the vita too

    • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

      At Sega Saturn levels.

      • Earthjolly

        If the Vita is at saturn level then the wiiu is at Virtual boys level rofl

        • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

          Err…. The Vita’s been selling worse than the WiiU.
          WiiU selling above the dreamcast and around the GCN a bit.

          But nobody cares about that because “muh not a console cheh” lmao.

          • Earthjolly

            No it hasn’t its been selling better since the beginning of 2014, just go look a gematsu.

            http://gematsu.com/tag/media-create-sales

          • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

            The Vita’s been on the market for nearly 3 years and its only sold 8 million. WiiU came out a little over a year ago and its 6 mil already

          • Earthjolly

            Yes it might of sold better initially but its slowed down considerably while the Vita’s YOY comparison is the only one positive.

          • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

            Um. No.

          • Earthjolly
          • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

            One must ensure all their data and math is right first

          • MaximDualBlade

            One must also not be a clear fanboy XD I actually appreciate your comments because your profile picture has the exact face I do when I read your comments XD

            The vita is not selling great numbers, but when a fan(without the boy or girl) is just glad that one of his/her console of choice is selling better than before, and you come with negatives always, it’s just internet hate on your part man.

            If you are as old as you claim to be, and you act like a fanboy, then what harsh life you must have.

          • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

            Not quite sure why people are concerned with their favorite piece of plastic selling better than it already is. If its getting games why do you care? Sorry this isnt bloody football. Sick game of endless circle jerk.

            Now lets proceed with diagnosing the circumstance of a fanboy’s untimely demise… Wh yes,being patronized to hell and back. Locked away in tomb’s they reside.

            Either way, Im the grinch today :P
            Upon either debate,the veracity of the bite is deadly harsh in the night.

            One should be gaming, not on disqus looking for vindication

            I believe you’ll be feeling quite bereft as of the moment so I’ll leave you with this little dollop of daisy http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wmtX609wGF4

          • MaximDualBlade

            You are concerned. You come to this site to oppose positive comments about other companies

          • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

            People > Companies.
            Go find your balance.

          • MaximDualBlade

            Gotta follow your own advice before giving it to others too.

          • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

            I already gave it to you then you went off on a silly tangent.

            Sleep now.

  • Yan Zhao

    Ouch indeed. It saddens me to see this from Nintendo. Their only hope right now is Smash Bros U, Bayonetta 2 and whenever the next main Zelda game (And Zelda Musou) comes out.

    • Emsa

      <<< I'm buying a Wii U when X is released, and not a day earlier! (or later) And I think you forgot MK8 on that list

      • Guest

        Whats MK8?

        • ronin4life

          Mario Kart 8

        • Emsa

          Mario Kart 8

    • SerendipityX

      Smash Bros U is going be undercut by Smash Bros 3DS. No idea why they decided to make a 3DS version.

      • andref

        Perhaps they wanted smash bros to be something that could be played on the go too but its hard to say why a 3ds version not that I’m complaining

      • Yan Zhao

        As far as I understand, the 2 versions will have differences in stages and items. I see where you’re coming from but I’m sure having a 2-4 player brawl is much smoother on the Wii U than trying to connect 4 players together on the 3DS. So Im sure the Wii U version will sell just fine.

      • anthony apduhan

        Only competitive players will buy a WiiU version even some of the FGCs

  • James Enk

    so Nintendo not only has problems in the west it also has problems in Japan, time to do something about it is running out for the them

  • GH56734

    They really should buy a couple of enticing third-party exclusives for the Wii U… and localize Dragon Quest X to better fill the release gaps because it’s not like there’s much else out there.
    How about a new Tengai Makyou game, like they did by endorsing and publishing Oriental Blue for the GBA? (the scrapped Oriental Red, maybe?)
    And Rodea’s Blue Sky could be salvaged from its development hell as a Wii U game, Level-5′s cancelled horror PSP game, maybe a console remake for Mother 3 closer to the original feel, the cancelled Disaster Report 4…

    Relying on Mario, DK, Zelda and Sonic alone isn’t going to cut it.

    • ronin4life

      This bugs me though. How much better is anyone else doing better?

      And I also find it funny how people keep adding new titles to the list of “This won’t help” Argument. Like AssCreed, CoD or Rayman have helped either.

      WiiU was doomed since GameCube. The industry has been rejecting Nintendo since the then PS1 “Casual” explosion.

      • Cazar

        PS1, casual? Come on now…

        • God

          You did see those “” around casual, right?

          • Cazar

            Given the context I don’t see how putting it in quotes changes anything.

          • God

            I don’t even know how to respond to that… i mean, you do know what the “” means, right?

          • Cazar

            In this case the quotes only imply that he’s borrowing an informal term… it doesn’t change the intent of the statement. Or at least that’s how it would appear. If I’m misinterpreting it I’d rather hear ronin explain it instead of you doing it for him.

          • ronin4life

            They were in the same way Wii gamers were: Newcomers to an industry interested in only a small percentage of the market(At the time). No one starts out as anything but “Casual”, and PS1 was the same as Wii in growing the market by a large amount in a small period of time. (It was this influx of players that would also lead into the CoD craze and the media distortion the industry stands in)

            The thing is, I hate the term. But while I would prefer to use something else, that is the term the industry and the people who talk about it recognize. And a more fitting and recognized term doesn’t exist, So I often reluctantly use it.

          • MaximDualBlade

            It’s truth, everyone starts casual. I started with Pokemon and Mario

          • ronin4life

            Exactly…
            ^ ,^
            That is what I meant. And said.

          • Cazar

            I disagree and think you’re generalizing simply because the platform was new. The FPS genre began to take flight on the N64 with titles like GoldenEye and Perfect Dark. PC gaming was another big influence. It exploded when the Xbox entered the market. The PS1 was revered for its hardcore RPGs, not for casual games that laid groundwork for beginning a CoD-like craze.

          • ronin4life

            The PS1 was also revered for its Sports titles and Action games in the west.

            SPECIFICALLY, It is my belief Sony intentionally targeted the Male 18~35 demo. Which shows in the quick death of Mascot titles from their library during the PS2 heyday to focus on games more like Uncharted(Look at Jak And Daxter’s history: started out like a normal Zelda-esque mascot based romp and ends… with Jak transformed into a Vampire cyborg of actiony death-dealing): The CoD type market that would be realized by… CoD.

            It is not a generalization, but a fact: Just as it was of the Wii as well. It isn’t a put down at all: you just THINK it is because of how the Wii was treated for being the same thing for a different group in an industry whose media is dominated by that PS1 generation.

          • Cazar

            And that’s where we’ll have to agree to disagree – on the notion that the CoD crowd is the result of the PS1 generation. A good chunk of them are casuals who have little experience with games outside of Call of Duty. Many of them are from the Xbox generation. And for those that have been around since the 5th gen of consoles, just as many if not more of them played on N64. There are a large number of “dudebro” type gamers that dropped Nintendo post N64 era, that feel Nintendo fell out of favor with the GameCube going forward. There are just too many factors involved to try and pin the blame on one system, however much satisfaction it may grant you.

          • idrawrobots

            Call of Duty’s popularity is definitely derived from 12 year olds and a waning popularity of Sports games.

          • Cazar

            And ironically, the PS1 launched almost 20 years ago.

    • Kaetsu

      All those games that you listed will only bring in a very niche audience.

      • GH56734

        Well, they did the same thing in the GC/GBA/Wii era (Fatal Frame 4; Ao no Tengai, Capcom Five…) and they even helped funding Tales translations to make the library more meaty..
        So why not now? The console’s struggles were identified as a lack of third party content, and those could help.

        Their releases are now being spaced even farther than usual, which leads to the interest dwindling even faster. Filling those gaps would keep things interesting all the while guaranteeing more exposure for these ‘niche’ games (like how Tales of Symphonia became the highest selling Tales of, before Xillia, as it was a GC release, or Mutant Mudds best selling on the Wii U).
        Iwata said something in 2011 about keeping the Wii alive with at least a game per month. I can’t see why a goal set for a console in its twilight years can’t be done for another console in its second year.

        Tengai Makyou isn’t what I’d call niche in Japan though. Last I saw, it’s among the all-time top ten classics for one Famitsu reader poll.

    • http://www.youtube.com/user/xxHiryuuxx Tohsaka

      Pokemon Colosseum successor.

      That is all it would take.

  • JonathanisPrimus

    Wii U is a wasteland. This was the only “major” release until Mario Kart in late May. X and Bayonetta 2 are going to die because of Wii U.

    • God

      Super Smash Bros is gonna lift the sales of the Wii U, you just wait and see… or at least that’s what i hope.

      • Kaetsu

        Maybe not as much as you’d think. The only game coming out this year that can save the system in Mario Kart.

      • ronin4life

        Damn, if even God has to resort to uncertain hope…

        Poor WiiU…

        • idrawrobots

          Thank you for the LOL.

        • God

          Dire times like this make me think maybe i shouldn’t have given you free will…

          • idrawrobots

            I am dying from laughter. Take me now.

          • God

            A bullet to the head is always a good way to go…

          • ronin4life

            Obviously you learned nothing from Adam and Eve…

            ^__^

          • God

            Yeah, but how would i troll you without free will? And there wouldn’t be any videogames, wich are my main source of entertainment, besides trolling of course.

    • MaximDualBlade

      Dude, like I sais before, I’m not a Nintendo gamer, but buy the games you like. Most of my favorite games are not big sellers and I buy them. Those 2 games will sell just fine.

      • Kaetsu

        As long as the companies don’t have high expectations the’ll be fine. Plus considering Platinum Games has never had a game that has sold very well I think they know exactly what to expect.

        • MaximDualBlade

          except for MGR Revengeance.

          • Kaetsu

            Yeah but that’s only because they were using the Metal Gear licence.

          • MaximDualBlade

            I know, but it still sold very well and it was developed by Platinum Games

          • idrawrobots

            I guess Wonderful 101 should have had Nintendo characters. :/

          • MaximDualBlade

            That’s another thing that I consider interesting.

            Overflowing the market with their IPs. A new IP can have references to the company’s heroes (Mario, Link, Samus, Pikachu), but those will not sell more games, because they are not the main games. I’m pretty sure I can count with my fingers of 1 hand the people who thought “Oh hey geez weez! W101 has Mario and Link? I have to buy it now!”.

            Those cameos are and should always be, only a plus to my eyes

          • idrawrobots

            But you just admitted that Revengence sold well because it was Metal Gear, so maybe Wonderful 101 would have sold if it was “Nintendo”. Wonder Red, Mario Punch, Wonder Green, Link Sword, Wonder Blue, Samus Whip, Wonder Pink, Kirby Hammer.

          • MaximDualBlade

            yea METAL GEAR Rising, sold well because it was a METAL GEAR game. Whoever bought Rising thinking it was a Solid game was totally at fault for not informing him/herself. W101 was a W101 game. It’s a new IP and as such it should become it’s own thing.

          • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

            Soul Calibur 2 had link in it.

            Becomes the best selling version of the game ( on gamecube)

      • SerendipityX

        On other hand, I worry about Nintendo’s well being. In these days of questionable game releases, they make great quality games for a system and its just bombing because of weird decisions. Theres so much they need to do to catch up. Being “traditional and old fashioned” is fine, but why deny customers simple luxuries like a unified account system, etc?

        Edit: Not implying that WiiU bombed b/c no unified account system.

        • idrawrobots

          Luxuries like a unified account aren’t going to sell systems.

          • SerendipityX

            I never said that it would. What does have do with Nintendo’s bizarre decision making?

          • idrawrobots

            Nintendo should do that it would be great, but I think it’s way more important to sell systems so that games can sell betters.

          • ronin4life

            You implied that the lack of account features may have played a role in sales being poor when you said Weird decisions caused it to bomb.

            But if that was all, How have ONE and PS4 not also bombed the same way?

          • SerendipityX

            I just used it as an example, I never said that was what caused the WiiU to bomb, if I believed that, I would have said it clearly.

          • ronin4life

            Well I knew you didn’t mean that, but that it was a part of other unlisted reasons. ^ ,^

            But In my opinion, it still wouldn’t make sense: All 3 consoles have advantages and disadvantages that are disproportionate to their current Success, outlooks and respect they are given, and TBH ALL 3 of these values were visible YEARS ago to be the way they are for all 3 consoles.

          • idrawrobots

            I think not having an accessible backwards compatibility is far more detrimental to sales, for example.

          • ronin4life

            One would think so.
            But it hasn’t been apparently, while the console with that feature… has been failing since day 1.

            Actually, people were calling it dead before launch…>.>;;;

          • idrawrobots

            It makes no sense to me so I can sort of understand how even Nintendo is surprised by this.

          • Anime10121

            God I miss BC (on other systems) so much :(

          • SerendipityX

            (Sorry if my previous post came out kinda harsh. Totally didn’t mean it that way.)
            I agree with you only Nintendo should not be failing this hard if there was good balance between the three systems. I mean XBO made a complete turn around and is actually selling decently, I want WIIU to do the same.

          • ronin4life

            Don’t worry, it didn’t come off that way to me. oAo/

            And even if you had meant it that way, I don’t think I would be able to think of it as being an intentional offense because I don’t think I have ever seen a comment from you that was offensive to anyone in any way before. ^ ,^

          • MaximDualBlade

            It isn’t going to make them sell less either. the account system is a kinda safe way to go digital and we like it or not(I don’t). Digital is here to stay. It will also make one criticism less for Nintendo

          • idrawrobots

            There will always be reasons that people will criticize Nintendo. Doomed since 1889.

          • SerendipityX

            I don’t think anyone is saying their doomed except the normal crazies. Just going from Wii-WiiU they dropped the ball. I have no idea what they could to do to turn it around but I think it better to point what they’re doing wrong (or at least discussing it) than shrugging and saying they’ll be fine. They’re struggling with WiiU.

          • idrawrobots

            I think even if the Wii U came out a year earlier with the same tech and the same price, roughly the same things would be happening. They are being ignored by almost every game developer, and that is a trend that has been pretty consistent since the N64.

          • MaximDualBlade

            Yea so what? It could be a way for them to say “Hey we are keeping up with the times” . Less weaknesses is always a plus.

          • idrawrobots

            All I can say is, it will happen.

        • Suicunesol

          What weird decisions? You’re implying that a lack of a unified account system is stunting games sales. For the audience that this game is made for, such a thing should not be a factor.

          • SerendipityX

            Time to edit my post. I just used that as an example. if that makes any sense at all.
            Every decision they made with WIIU is just not working, I’d called that weird.

  • http://linkapics.tumblr.com/ Linka

    Well, /that’s/ depressing.

    • ronin4life

      VERY.

      Pretty much means no more Game industry for me at this point should this trend continue.

      • http://linkapics.tumblr.com/ Linka

        I think the main thing we should look out for is how the game might be received in America. Hopefully it’ll be higher than these sales.

  • d19xx

    Nice to see Terraria up there. More indie games should be given a chance at retail.

  • Kaetsu

    To be fair Donkey Kong appeals to the western market way more than in Japan. However for a big franchise like DK these are still pretty low. I hope it sells better in the west but I still haven’t seen any advertising for it so that’s a huge mistake on Nintendo’s part.

    • subsamuel01

      Yea, its true it appeals more to the west. Still those numbers are really bad especially if you look at at how much DK Returns sold in its first week in Japan.

      • Shadao

        If I recall, the install base was very high for the Wii. And it’s during the heyday of the Wii domination when DKR was released. So much of DKR’s sales were immediately absorbed by people who already owned a Wii. If you have proof that Wii sales were moved single-handily by Donkey Kong Country, I would like to know.

    • TheGreenHobo

      I actually saw a TV ad for the game for the first time this morning.

    • KnifeAndFork

      DK is not moe enough

  • Zer0faith

    Incoming Logic Rant:

    I own a Wii U and I’m happy with the games I have on it since they more than make up for the lack of quantity with quality, but I’ll tell you right now that anyone expecting it to hit Wii sales anytime (even after Smash and Mario Kart) is deluding themselves.
    It will be another Gamecube, which also had Smash and MK among other gems, but was overshadowed by the PS2. However, this is not entirely a bad thing for the consumer since it will give us many games that Nintendo fans will come to play and enjoy like the latest Smash, MK, X, Zelda U, Hyrule Warriors, Bayonetta 2, Shin Megami Tense x Fire Emblem, and etc.
    If these are the games you want to be playing then by all means you made the right purchase by buying a Wii U.

    • ronin4life

      No one with a brain(OK, this might be a little harsh…>.>;;;) expected Wii Sales. Nintendo has said since day 0 they were not even expecting Wii sales.

    • Slickyslacker

      I’m happy with my unit as well. I didn’t purchase it expecting to get hundreds of hours worth of mileage out of it immediately.

      The PS4 has already outsold its next-gen competitors by millions. At the same time, it doesn’t yet have a substantial library itself, though it of course has console-pushing titles in the making.

      I’d like for the Gamcube – PS2 analogy not to come to fruition, but the Wii U is already going to stagnate for at least half of this year. SSB4 may push a few more units, but I don’t think it’s going to be a dealbreaker. There are obviously (well, hopefully) going to be huge reveals at E3, but they’re going to be considerably late to the party.

      • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

        Ps4 still hasnt caught up to the WiiU

      • Caimdark

        “I didn’t purchase it expecting to get hundreds of hours worth of mileage out of it immediately.”

        Me neither. But that’s exactly what happened once I decided to try Monster Hunter!

    • David García Abril

      There is one problem, though.

      GameCube numbers were good enough for Nintendo 10 years ago, since at least they gave a profit for the company.

      Now, with the ridiculously high manufacturing and development cost, those numbers will make Nintendo bleed money.

      And that will bad for the consumer in the long term, since Nintendo most probably won’t be able to maintain the console on its own. Maybe we will start seeing less and less games after the ones you mentioned…

    • SetzerGabbiani

      Hell, I still play Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate regularly and it’s almost a year old. That was one of the best purchases of my gaming life…ever. The play value vs. the price for that game is outstanding. $59.99/800hrs = $0.075/hr …not bad at all.

      I do want more info on SMT x FE. Some form of news on that game needs to arrive soon.

    • Guest

      True, if Nintendo want current Wii U owners go for their next home-console they have to outdo themselves in their output, as they’re pretty much the only big developer creating titles for it. We have all those awesome small developers releasing digital titles but it needs mainstream games creating more buzz around the console if only to grow the install base around GC numbers.

    • DanielGearSolid

      Sorry but X, Bayonetta, Shin megami, and fire emblem have no chance

      They look good(the ones we’ve seen) but that wiiu demographic, not gonna be interested

      • ronin4life

        …Fire emblem has no chance?
        wut.

    • KnifeAndFork

      Nintendo isn’t in business to be complacent with mediocrity in sales. And certainly not their investors

    • wahyudil

      I’m still playing Smash Bros in Wii until now … and I will wait until the next Smash Bros for Wii U

  • http://people.ign.com/princerevolver Surgeon Of Death

    I like Dq but I never got into the monster series, is it worth checking out?

    • Kaetsu

      It’s kind of like an SMT game but in a Dragon Quest style(obviously).

      • http://people.ign.com/princerevolver Surgeon Of Death

        Well that doesn’t help much given the fact I never played a smt game. Guess I’ll just go for it.

        • Kaetsu

          Okay well then it’s kind of like Pokemon.

  • idrawrobots

    This makes me sad, silver lining is that I guess it’s still number 2 to a behemoth.

    • ronin4life

      Considering how big the difference is?

      More like Wooden lining. And it is splintering.
      T^T

      • idrawrobots

        Fair enough. I’m just going to blame that it’s Japan, and they thought the K. Rool in DKC 2 was the K. Rool in DKC’s brother. And the game really needs take turns multiplayer.

  • Solomon_Kano

    Daaamn. One can only hope it has some nice legs, because otherwise this is horrific. Not terribly surprising, all things considered, but horrific nonetheless.

    • Anime10121

      Though I know a lot of people are holding out on getting a Wii U til Smash hits, it kinda makes me fear for how well Smash U will actually do…

      • Solomon_Kano

        I expect it’ll do numbers in the ballpark of Pikmin 3, since MK8 will hopefully have given the install base a boost by the time it arrives. I don’t imagine it’s going to be some serious juggernaut though, thanks to Smash being on 3DS as well this time. That’s gonna hurt.

  • Spirit Macardi

    I guess platformers are becoming another genre that’s being ignored by Japan. It seems like straight-up RPGs are the only genre that ever make an impact there anymore.

    Though, I think it’s important to keep in mind that it’s a game by a western studio as well, so it was bound to be ignored there (as unfortunate as that may be). We’ll have to wait and see if the US sales can justify it though.

    Good news though, looks like the 3DS line is still the best selling of the bunch there, so it’s not like Nintendo is SOL.

  • UUDDLRLR BASTART

    Dankey Kang? No worries, they’ll make all the development money back when they port it to the 3DS.

  • https://www.youtube.com/user/BaoZakeruga BaoZakeruga

    Anyone see those link between world sells? o.O

    • https://twitter.com/Ni_Go_Zero_Ichi Project 2501

      Zelda was never as big a deal in Japan as in the West.

  • https://twitter.com/Ni_Go_Zero_Ichi Project 2501

    It’s a sequel to a franchise that was never really all that popular in Japan, on a console that’s already struggling to get consumers’ interest as is. Not sure what anyone was expecting, really.

    • http://www.siliconera.com/ Ishaan

      Donkey Kong Country Returns sold over a million in Japan over the course of three or so years.

  • Ni ~Algidus~

    okay SSB it’s you or nothing now

  • NeptuniasBeard

    Well Mario Kart, it’s all up to you now. The odds are stacked against you, many are expecting you to fail to raise sales. But know this, even if the world doesn’t accept you, you will always have a place in my system, and I’ll never, ever forsake you… until the next Mario Kart is released :p

    • ronin4life

      I have no idea what the general expectation is for MK, but…
      It is outselling every PS4 game on Amazon.jp, and the head of Nintendo France said there could be ~8million people wanting to play it.

      • idrawrobots

        Any idea where DK is on Amazon?

        • ronin4life

          Nope. This is just stuff I have heard second hand.

          … probably not the best “evidence” of anything in retrospect.

          • idrawrobots

            DK number 11 on amazon right now for best sellers and number 3 for coming soon.

          • ronin4life

            …? _.

            Could that mean it is sold out?

      • NeptuniasBeard

        Well hopefully that translates to some great sales. And even if for some reason it doesn’t sell the way I hope, it won’t make the game any less fun for me

  • Fidelis

    It’s a big pity that DK didn’t do well. Hope this doesn’t make Nintendo wary of producing more DK games. Maybe it’s time to repeat history? 3 DKC games in, it’s time for a change of pace. A free-roam adventuring change of pace..

  • Roberto

    >GTA5 is still there

  • subsamuel01

    Wow, those Donkey Kong sales. I feel bad for Nintendo, I own a Wii U and DK is the only major title coming to the Wii U until Mario Kart near the end of May. That’s more than 3 months of no major releases on the Wii U, ouch.

    • http://www.segalization.com/ Kuronoa

      Looks like Nintendo is leaving the schedule up to Indies. Some popular indies at least, like Shovel Knight and Pier Solar.
      Shame nobody is localizing games on Wii U, there is already a couple that needs it for such a small library.

      • subsamuel01

        Still I don’t think the indie games are going to move any consoles. DK will probably have some momentum like 3D world did but I have a feeling that in April and the beginning of May Wii U sales might be at an all time low.

        • http://www.segalization.com/ Kuronoa

          No but every notable release does help grow the library.

  • Eric Harris

    I can’t speak for everyone else who didn’t buy it. But for me personally it’s too soon after DKCR and it doesn’t look “next genny” enough. I think Nintendo fans are ready for a new Metroid or a new “Mario 64 brought to current gen standards” and not another DKC. In my opinion DCKTF is not exciting enough. Mario Kart is, so would a new Metroid or something like that.

    • http://www.segalization.com/ Kuronoa

      Tropical Freeze had these complaints the whole time it was announced. Either it looks too samey or it isn’t Metroid. Mario 3D World was the same way, but unlike Tropical Freeze it shook off the pessimism overtime.

    • Anime10121

      Tis my problem with most of Nintendo’s big releases thus far, they feel just like more of the same with HD graphics. Hell, Mario Galaxy and its sequel felt like they tried MUCH harder than 3Dworld…

  • Masa

    what i found stupid is that Nintendo thinks every Nintendo fan loves Donkey Kong…but they don’t AND i’m sick of it just as much as i am of Mario etc, i want new games!

    • idrawrobots

      I would LOVE a Donkey Kong game that was like Donkey Kong Country 1 2 or 3.

    • subsamuel01

      The Wonderful 101 was new, but that was a second party title. I enjoyed the first party titles they put out but I would love to see Nintendo create a whole new first party game, or even a new mascot.

      • idrawrobots

        Isn’t Miyamoto working on a new special project?

      • Guest

        Wonderful 101 is a first-party title, funded and owned by Nintendo.

        • subsamuel01

          Yea, but it was platinum who created the idea and developed the game. I want to see a new IP created by Nintendo’s first party studios. I know Miyamoto is working on a new IP.

          • Guest

            I don’t know then exactly how you see this “Nintendo first-party” stuff, does Intelligent System games count as “first-party” titles, does Camelot ones count?, what about Monolith Soft?, were CiNG developed games in this party or some of the Mario Party titles as they were developed by Hudson Soft.?

          • subsamuel01

            Monolith Soft is a first party, same with Retro, 1-UP, Intelligence Systems, they have a few more.

          • Guest

            So you want games from developers fully owned by Nintendo. Well yes, that would be great!

            But I wouldn’t mind they funding some titles from others developers, Next Level Games did an amazing job with Luigi’s Mansion 2 and Strikers games, SEGA’s Amusement Vision did a great F-Zero and Nintendo allowed great games like Hotel Dusk and Trace Memory to exist, and of course Wonderful 101 and Bayo 2.
            Also they add the needed IP variety, there we have things like HarmoKnight and The Denpa Men due them.

          • subsamuel01

            I actually like their new strategy of licensing out their games, like Hyrule warriors but it would be amazing if they revive some of their older franchises like F-Zero and starfox or create some new IP. Since retro is done with DK I’m curious to see what they will work on next.

    • CozyAndWarm

      Did you buy Wonderful 101?

    • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu
  • SetzerGabbiani

    I love how these threads always turn into “Nintendo is doomed” (and Vita to a lesser extent). Ishaan made an objective observation about a major franchise not helping to sell the Wii U, and the doomsayers come out in force. The Wii U may be another GameCube situation, but Nintendo is not going anywhere. At some point they are going to at least break even and then probably make a small profit. The company is well managed despite missteps.

  • Kazekage Gaara

    Just drop the Wii U and give me the so called “Fusion”…I want :|

  • Boospengi

    I don’t even know when tropical freeze releases here in the states…

    • idrawrobots

      February 21.

  • LastFootnote

    Does this count digital copies? Because you can probably buy this game from the WiiU’s eShop. That was not the case for DKC Returns.

    • Guest

      No, as this data it’s from Media Create, digital sales are not summed.
      Famitsu does, the difference it’s not that big all things considered, about 7584 digital copies sold.

  • Crevox

    I’m an avid fan of the Donkey Kong series, having played them all, and would really love to play Tropical Freeze, but…

    Sorry, it’s still just not worth it to buy a Wii U. If I had it I would play it, and if I had a Wii U I would highly consider trying to obtain it, but… just not gonna happen.

    Sadness.

  • Seta Soujiro

    this is just sad.

  • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

    Yo silliconera, you ought to provide some context for the sales lol. There was heavy snow in Japan (lol)

    Donkey kong is going to slow burn

    • s07195

      I guess you could say, the cold weather ‘froze’ sales. XD

      • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

        Man Nintendo cant ever seem to get a break, heatwaves and snowstroms hounding their behinds.

        And an earthquake causing them to cut the price of their 3DS 80$ XD

        • s07195

          Yeah, hopefully they can ‘weather’ this out. :P

          To be honest though, I’m not too worried about Nintendo. The sun’s gotta come out sooner or later, right?

  • NintendoPSXTheSecond

    I hate articles like this because they make Nintendo games out to be the ones to buy IMMEDIATELY but truth is Nintendo games are ones that sell thousands upon thousands over their consistent life-span. They have longevity which is hard to say for other games that immediately drop in prices quickly. What I’m getting at is, don’t be worried over first week, be worried after a few months.

  • jrob23

    Hey genius, the attach rate for TF is actually better than DKCR considering the Wii U low install base. I mean, moron much?

  • Göran Isacson

    An interesting bunch o’ sales numbers, here. Link Between Worlds, Sengoku Basara and Attack on Titan keeps sinking, but at least it looks like AoT will exceed 250 K by the end of the month and end on a nice-looking number. I was kind of hoping that Link to the Past could exceed 400 K sold by the end of the month, but that looks unlikely.

    But hey, it is doing better than DKCTF. Sure, as other people have said: the game is for a console that’s sold less and there was apparently some kind of heavy snowstorm that ended up spawning a meme in Japan, so maybe sales were all down across the board. And while it will be interesting to see if any titles pick up the slack in the coming weeks as the weather subsides, you still gotta acknowledge that that is SOME loss in first week sales. Wonder if people just aren’t that into the DKC games over there, or if it’s just a matter of the WiiU not selling very well.

    Also also: man these ups and downs. Super Mario 3D World shoots up out of nowhere, position changes everywhere… only Kirby and Yokai Watch seems to be keeping things stable.

  • Caimdark

    I’m not sure what the author was expecting. As he notes it himself, DKC Returns came out at in 2010, in the middle of the holidays to be precise, at the height of the Wii craze, and opened with 163k. The 3ds re-release opened with 100k, an the 3ds is what it is in Japan. Did he seriously expect a Wii U donkey Kong sales to match a Wii or 3ds donkey kong?

    Put it another way, did he actually expect Donkey Kong to match Mario Numbers? For reference 3D world opened with 99k in Japan, but has moved over 2 milion worldwide or 20% of Galaxy’s lifetime sales so far.

    Sure, it’s disappoint, if predictable that Donkey Kong didn’t move hardware, but if there’s anything absurd here are the author’s expectations and lack of context.

  • Kevin Schwarz

    Japan is just sick of nintendo games, it seems, as of now at least. Things will get worse next week… you know, with the ps4 release.

    • Andrés González

      Yhea, you can see that because 9/10 game on the top ten are nintendo games.

  • British_Otaku

    Am I the only person who cares about how Magi’s game sold? *Ctrl+F for “Magi”*… Seems so.

    I can’t say I know how much it costs Namco Bandai to make their 3DS licensed games, or whether they sell enough DLC (it looks like this one has some just like One Piece Unlimited World Red, perhaps not as much) to make numbers like this or Mushibugyo’s 3K first week promising enough to keep going. However, it can’t be too encouraging that this sold half as much as the previous installment (obviously Magi was more hyped back then even if it is still a sensation of sorts now) which also dropped to a near 6K sales amount on the second week. Source: http://www.siliconera.com/2013/03/06/this-week-in-sales-playstation-vita-price-cut-and-dynasty-warriors-8/

    I suppose Namco Bandai’s DLC strategy (prominent in Unlimited World RED but also Extreme VS Full Boost) is to keep people buying copies or at least spending money on download keys and mostly mundane stuff which we expect. So maybe this will hang on a little longer.

    Given that most of their 3DS licensed library are unpolished (though Sentouchu or whichever had a really fun demo which caught me off guard) and simple from either being an cheaply designed action game or adventure game… They may be fine.

    On everything else, I would wait to see if Donkey Kong has legs though I see it isn’t selling nearly as well as an installment on one of the established predecessors. Surprised that so many of these 3DS games (YOKAI WATCH!) are still doing pretty well, though once Attack on Titan’s “free DLC” finally gets a price tag it will be the last rush of buyers, it mostly extended as there was a problem with stock as I understand it. Well done to A-Train too.

  • leingod

    I love DKC, but I wasn’t really compelled to get Tropical Freeze. Not sure why, it just doesn’t call to me. Guess I need another Metroid game first, or the soon-to-come Mario Kart 8.

  • leingod

    I love DKC, but I wasn’t really compelled to get Tropical Freeze. Not sure why, it just doesn’t call to me. Guess I need another Metroid game first, or the soon-to-come Mario Kart 8.

  • RyansTake

    Um… Tropical Freeze sold 130k units in its first 8 days, according to Joystiq. http://www.joystiq.com/2014/03/13/donkey-kong-country-tropical-freeze-sales-reach-130k-in-eight-d/

    That’s pretty close to 160k and amazingly good considering the Wii’s install base absolutely dwarfs the WiiU’s.

    So, while 130k isn’t the best sales week ever, it’s got to be considered a a very, very good week for a game on the Wii U and no doubt sold a lot of Wii U units.

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