This Week In Sales: Pikmin 2 (!) Makes A Comeback


Period: The week of August 12th – August 18th (2013)

Top-seller: Disney Magic Castle: My Happy Life – 41,679

Nintendo 3DS sales: 23,992 | Total sales: 8,510,418

Nintendo 3DS XL sales: 47,005 | Total sales: 3,608,823

PlayStation Vita sales: 19,363 | Total sales: 1,796,491

Wii U sales: 12,047 | Total sales: 1,048,426

<< Last week’s software sales chart


Last week, Japan celebrated Obon—a festival where one celebrates their ancestors. While not listed as a public holiday, Obon usually involves customary leave, and because of this, the holiday effect was in full swing last week, boosting hardware sales across the board, as well as the sales of popular software.


This was most prominent in the case of the Nintendo 3DS, with the top-ten software sales chart consisting almost entirely of Nintendo 3DS games from various publishers. Namco Bandai’s Disney Magic Castle took the top spot for the week once again, with other recent popular releases like Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies still going strong.


In particular, Level 5’s Youkai Watch has managed to sell relatively consistently these past few weeks. While not a huge breakout hit, the game has sold around 135,000 copies since launch and looks like one of those games that will enjoy a long tail.


Also worth pointing out is that it looks like Nintendo have shipped new copies of New Play Control! Pikmin 2 for Wii, to coincide with Pikmin 3. The Wii port of Pikmin 2 was at the #31 spot two weeks ago, but the holiday effect pushed it into the top-20 last week.


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


LwTwTitleWeekly SalesTotal SalesSys.Publisher
01.01.Disney Magic Castle: My Happy Life41,679206,6273DSNamco Bandai
02.02.Mario & Luigi: Dream Team39,809244,6383DSNintendo
05.03.Tomodachi Collection: New Life28,3611,379,1773DSNintendo
03.04.One Piece: Romance Dawn15,71140,4983DSNamco Bandai
06.05.Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies13,447322,7643DSCapcom
09.06.Animal Crossing: New Leaf13,2223,377,9383DSNintendo
12.07.Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon12,501870,7453DSNintendo
08.08.Youkai Watch11,133136,7113DSLevel 5
10.09.Pikmin 310,956165,660WiiUNintendo
13.10.Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D10,322253,4543DSNintendo
18.11.Dragon’s Crown9,644148,563PS3Atlus
18.12.Hoppe-chan Tsukutte Asonde Puni Puni Town!!8,29929,5773DSNippon Columbia
14.13.Fantasy Life Link!8,13944,3933DSLevel 5
23.14.Mario Kart 77,7882,101,2603DSNintendo
21.15.Taiko no Tatsujin: Super Splendid Edition7,743545,084WiiNamco Bandai
07.16.Dragon’s Crown7,122103,130PSVAtlus
19.17.The Little Battlers W Super Custom6,82358,0393DSLevel 5
28.18.New Super Mario Bros. 26,8062,078,9653DSNintendo
31.19.New Play Control! Pikmin 26,342223,138WiiNintendo
16.20.The Witch and the Hundred Knights5,98478,674PS3Nippon Ichi


Sales data acquired from 4Gamer, Media Create and


Ishaan Sahdev
Ishaan specializes in game design/sales analysis. He's the former managing editor of Siliconera and wrote the book "The Legend of Zelda - A Complete Development History". He also used to moonlight as a professional manga editor. These days, his day job has nothing to do with games, but the two inform each other nonetheless.