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:

 

LwTwTitleWeekly SalesTotal SalesSys.Publisher
New01.Pikmin 392,720NewWiiUNintendo
New02.Youkai Watch53,654New3DSLevel 5
01.03.Earth Defense Force 202537,024191,713PS3D3 Publisher
05.04.Tomodachi Collection: New Life26,0651,259,8473DSNintendo
New05.New Super Luigi U24,881NewWiiUNintendo
03.06.Toukiden20,853186,963PSVTecmo Koei
04.07.Toukiden19,262118,404PSPTecmo Koei
New08.Dead Island: Riptide18,462NewPS3Spike Chunsoft
New09.Metal Gear Solid: The Legacy Collection17,599NewPS3Konami
07.10.Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D12,963206,3223DSNintendo
04.11.Gundam Breaker10,224242,819PS3Namco Bandai
11.12.Animal Crossing: New Life10,0883,325,1233DSNintendo
12.13.Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon9,184825,0263DSNintendo
08.14.The Last of Us9,158173,181PS3Sony
New15.Hanayaka Kana, Ware ga Ichizoku: Tasogare Polarstar9,046NewPSPIdea Factory
20.16.Danganronpa (PSP the Best)6,10691,204PSPSpike
13.17.Digimon World Re:Digitize Decode5,91250,9523DSNamco Bandai
10.18.Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Milennium Girl5,870106,9143DSAtlus
15.19.Taiko no Tatsujin: Super Splendid Edition5,203516,866WiiNamco Bandai
14.20.Atelier Escha & Logy: Alchemists of the Dusk Sky5,03172,873PS3Gust

 

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

Ishaan Sahdev
Ishaan specializes in game design/sales analysis. He's the former managing editor of Siliconera and a contributing writer at GamesIndustry.biz. 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.

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