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


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

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:


LwTwTitleWeekly SalesTotal SalesSys.Publisher
01.01.Dragon Quest Monsters 2: Iru and Luca’s Marvelous Mysterious Key118,427562,0833DSSquare Enix
New02.Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze35,717NewWiiUNintendo
New03.Let’s Go on the A-Train 3D27,009New3DSArtDink
05.04.Kirby Triple Deluxe23,017440,1313DSNintendo
04.05.Yo-kai Watch22,230423,8363DSLevel 5
New06.Magi: A Brand New World15,793New3DSNamco Bandai
06.07.Puzzle & Dragons Z15,4621,359,2413DSGungHo
02.08.Puyo Puyo Tetris13,71758,3453DSSega
03.09.Mobile Suit Gundam: Extreme Vs. Full Boost13,704313,291PS3Namco Bandai
10.10.Pokémon X and Y12,7503,950,3223DSPokémon Co.
09.11.Diablo III7,34562,277PS3Square Enix
22.12.Super Mario 3D World6,952489,596WiiUNintendo
11.13.Sengoku Basara 46,611224,094PS3Capcom
07.14.Terraria6,24521,315PSVSpike Chunsoft
17.15.Grand Theft Auto V5,904707,610PS3Take 2
21.16.Sentouchuu: Survival Battle of the Legendary Ninjas!5,450270,8463DSNamco Bandai
24.17.Animal Crossing: New Leaf5,2753,672,5433DSNintendo
15.18.Attack on Titan5,273248,0793DSSpike Chunsoft
20.19.Monster Hunter 45,1033,219,1683DSCapcom
16.20.The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds4,785377,4323DSNintendo


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.