This Week In Sales: Pikmin 3 And Luigi Lift Wii U Sales


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

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.