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

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

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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

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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

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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.