Tomodachi Life Sells 175,000 In U.S. In First Month

By Ishaan . July 17, 2014 . 4:35pm

Tomodachi Life sold 175,000 copies in the U.S. during the month of June, Nintendo announced today. The game launched on June 6th, and increased 3DS hardware sales by 55% for the month.


Meanwhile, Mario Kart 8 sold more than 470,000 copies in June, bringing total U.S. sales to over 885,000 copies. As a result, Wii U sales for the first half of 2014 were up 48% compared to 2013.


Meanwhile, Wii U software sales were up 129% compared to the first half of 2013.

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  • Satori Satya

    Well someone at Polygon is eating more crow right now.

    • Inganno

      Nah, they’ll just announce this and still say it will be one of the lowest selling Mario Karts of all time, contrary to common sense at this point.

      • LordHyper

        In a way, it’s still the lowest selling, but it definitely blew past their estimate.

        • Satori Satya

          It blew past their estimate a few days after it came out.

          • LordHyper

            I thought that it happened within one day?

          • awang0718

            3 days, to be exact.

    • Polygon weren’t wrong. MK8 probably will be one of the lower-selling games in Mario Kart’s recent history at the very least. Selling a couple million is nothing for this franchise. It’s about many double-digit millions it can break.

      • HarakiriKami

        Nah that will be the GBA game]

        Polyg on will always be wrong

      • Satori Satya

        That part of their prediction was a no brainer. Especially comparing it to how much Mario Kart Wii sold on a system like the Wii that even your grandma owned. Which isn’t the case with the Wii U.

        However, the author of the article decided that in order to turn the article into something that wouldn’t make people go: “You don’t say?”, he added a lot of useless data and information in the form of pie charts and graphics that added absolutely nothing to the main point previously mentioned. But that only made things worse for them. Since it became very obvious what the article’s true mission was: to get those pagehits/page views the cheapest way possible.

        That thinly veiled agenda became even more apparent when they predicted how much Mario Kart 8 would sell in the Wii U’s entire life cycle (1.2 million). MK8 broke that prediction in a matter of days.

        They also said that MK8 wouldn’t improve the Wii U’s hardware sales. We already know that was proven false both in Japan and in the US.

        In short: to interpolate sales based on install base and attach rate is never a good idea. Especially if you also go about predicting results (which were already proven to be WRONG once the game came out).

        The worse part is that Polygon stuck to their story and refused to admit that they got it wrong.

    • darke

      Polygon’s still stuffed with crow from their aborted attempt to review SimCity 4; after giving that complete mess of an always-online game a 9.5/10, they changed it four times. It’s no longer possible to take anything they say seriously. :(

  • Slickyslacker

    I think MK8 is one of the first harbingers of respectable lifetime Wii U sales. In spite of there being no other hard-hitting releases in the near future, it’s shown how powerful a Nintendo home console can be.

    Maybe a Pokemon spinoff or (another) Zelda spinoff would help? While Zelda U will surely be another huge seller, and a selling point for the console, there need to be more broad appeal games like MK8 to push the system.

    • Several more of these titles would probably be enough to do it in for me. I don’t want to buy a console just to get one game. And I don’t want to have reasons made by other people about why I should get said list of games to justify the purpose of a console I’m buying for an additional hundred or so dollars. That’s a lot of additional funds to come up with just to jump right in.

      And most of the people I know use PC anymore to communicate and game so there’s little incentive for me to jump right in when most of what I do is on that when there’s only ‘this game’ to go on. There’s a few I’ve been looking at thanks to E3 this year but unfortunately 2015 is still a year off.

    • Satori Satya

      Ever heard of Nintendo’s other evergreen games that usually have long sexy legs and continue to sell throughout a console’s life-cycle?

      One of them is coming out for Wii U during this year’s holiday season.

      • lackofstyle

        lol ummmm idk i think i heard of it i think it was Super Bash Sisters

        • Satori Satya

          Boy was that clever.

  • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

    Tomodachi Life is indeed one of the craziest success to happen.outside for Nintendo new title here.

    Many controversy but yet, this title has been consistently selling all around the world.

    This really shows how great Ninty on making any games whether it is niche or not to sell well around the world.^_^

  • SaiyanJedi_Trunks

    Great numbers for MK8 and very good numbers for an obscure game like Tomodachi Life (which I only heard off due to the controversy).

    With other great titles coming out for Wii U this year, Wii U could arguably be the system to get for gaming needs this year. Nintendo still has it and won’t be going anywhere anytime soon. (unless they do something stupid).

  • Buitronthecrazy .

    is this good or bad? Bravely Default managed to sell more in less time…

    • British_Otaku

      Nintendo don’t announce sales they aren’t happy with and Bravely Default took more resources to create and localise than this game.

    • Bravely Default is a game in a well-established genre. This crazy thing came out of nowhere. It gives them a new franchise to build upon in the future, especially with a lot of the debate and conversation that took place around it. There are a lot of ways to get more people into T.Life.

      • Oxybelis

        I hope they make a game instead.

  • Duo Maxwell

    I’ve watched a bunch of video about Tomodachi life, and I still don’t understand what it is? Is that a social game of some sort?

    • Herok♞

      Just try the demo is all I can say

    • It’s not social.

  • ShawnOtakuSomething

    Tomodachi life needs a expansion Tomodachi life:School Days

    • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

      The boat event is going to traumatize all the children lol.^_^

      • ShawnOtakuSomething

        Noo they love it tho lol

  • wahyudil

    I want sequel for Tomodachi life with more activities, places, and oddities

    this game is … not that addictive, but I can’t leave it behind … I plays it 0,5 hour a day at least

  • Zoozbuh

    This is great news right? I mean for such an absolutely crazy, off-the-wall game that usually never leaves Japan, those sales don’t seem bad to me?

    And the line “increased 3DS hardware sales by 55% for the month” seems promising as well. I tried the Welcome Version from a friend and decided I wouldn’t get it at full price, but I’m still super happy the game didn’t bomb, as more of these games need to come out of Japan!

  • Göran Isacson

    Kinda curious now, how many other games have sold over a million units (world-wide, though locally works too if those numbers are available) for the WiiU? Curious if MK8 might be the first to cross the million-sales line, or if some other title has beaten it to that punch.

    • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

      Though i don’t have any local number,

      Check this web.

      At least 6 titles without Mario Kart there. So it is something on Wii U fanbase here?^_^

      • Göran Isacson

        Huh, I was expecting New Super Mario Bros U to reach that level, but was surprised to see Windwaker HD. Seems like it sold better than I expected! Kinda embarrassed I forgot about Nintendo Land though, I really should have seen that one coming. Also also, kinda happy SM3DW sold well, really favor that game over NSMBU.

        • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

          Well, some of those does get bundled although in limited numbers and yeah. Ninty titles, sold a tons it is just this time to pool of people to sold the title is lesser.T_T

  • So does this mean it’s selling well? I guess all their advertising and such works. Now please release some Dragon Quest and do the advertising. And sell it for $34.99.

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