Pikmin 3 Selling Like New Super Mario Bros. U in Japan, Boosting Wii U Sales

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Nintendo is pretty hyped about the release of Pikmin 3 and what it could do for Wii U sales. In fact, they even released a Wii U commercial in the US (gasp!) to raise awareness for the game. Will it be the big success they’re hoping for? It’s hard to say at this point, but according to one major retailer, the game is off to a hot start in Japan.

Taketo Matsuo, Director of the Game Rental Planning Group at Japanese retailer Tsutaya, has been impressed with Pikmin 3‘s sales thus far. The game was their number one seller this week, and Matsuo compares its launch to the early sales of New Super Mario Bros. U.

Pikmin 3, that came out nine years after Pikmin 2, is having a really good start. Sales at Tsutaya are comparable to the release of Super Mario Bros U and have driven greater sales of Wii U units.

For comparison’s sake, New Super Mario Bros. U sold 163,528 copies in its first week on the market. Additionally, it looks like the old adage of “software sells hardware” holds true, as Matsuo reports an increase in Wii U console sales as well. Will it be be enough to get the ball rolling in time for the holidays?

Source: Dualshockers

  • Majorasmask12

    Best way to make people buy your game: Make a sequel to it 7+ years after the release of the first game.

    • Tensei

      If this is true…I might get my dam Star Fox sequel.

      • Dhruv Rajyagor

        You’re forgetting about two very important franchises….

        F-Zero and Earthbound…… :D

  • John O’Neal

    No 3DS Version? *sobs*

    • Erimgard

      The game is designed for HD.

    • Eoin Hanan

      while i dont think they put this particualr one on 3ds as it would damage the wii u potential I do feel they should get portin on some of those gamecube games like pikimin, F-Zero and maybe even starfox adventures, try to keep these games a little more relevant past super smash bros

  • Juanito Shet

    Good. Hopefully this is the firsts news of the Wii U’s turn-around. I have a lot of faith on the console and in Nintendo after how well the 3DS is doing. Also, I’m a big Nintendo fan and have been so all my life, and as a 3DS owner, it’s hard for me to be anything but optimistic.

    • TwinTails

      I’m right there with you.

  • RockyAlboa

    Nice to hear some good news about the wii u and pikmin 3. Tomorrow more accurate sales data may be released for japan so we can get a better idea rather than from one store.

    I remember miyamoto talking about how he was on a school trip with one of his children or something, and he heard other children talking about pikmin so it’s fairly popular over there.

    Should be interesting to see how well it does in the west seeing as it’s something that appeals more to japanese audiences. Nintendo had like four or five different pikmin 3 ads for japan as well as the dedicated nintendo direct with a popular comedian so they’re putting a lot of effort into marketing it there but whether they give push it as hard in the west is yet to be known.

    • Elem187

      I’ve been seeing Pikmin 3 commercials on YouTube and TV here in the US just as recently as this week.

  • mr magic mike

    In Miyamoto we trust.