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Wii U sales in Japan double after Pikmin 3 release

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Hardware and software sales are in for Japan this week and they contain a surprising notion for those who insist Pikmin 3 is not a system seller. The game has only been available 2 days out of the week that these sales are for, but in that short time, the game has sold over 92,000 copies in Japan.

Wii U sales are also more than double compared to the previous week, with more than 22,000 units moving in a single week, compared to only 8,000 last week. The closest selling software title was for the Yokai Watch for the 3DS, bringing in 53,000 sales, while the closest selling console was the PlayStation Vita at 15,000 sold.

It will be interesting to see sales numbers from Europe and North America once the game is released in these regions.

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  • Zombie Boy

    And so it begins…

  • Leviticus Nelson

    Thank you!! Great news!

  • Mario

    Yikes! That was fast! And it’s been only two days!

    • Sonic the Hedgehog

      Yeah! Faster than me!

      • Andreas Sunde

        But was it faster than Eggman?

        • Sonic the Hedgehog

          Aw come on! I let Baldy McNosehair run so that I can beat his killer robots!

  • Stuart Thomas

    That’s the way aha aha, i like it aha aha!

    • fireheartis1

      Wow bro showing your age here lol.

      • Jon

        if he is showing his age by saying that then I myself am old….. :( lol

  • Pebbicle

    Naturally, as I and many others have said, when the games are out the systems will sell! It’s as easy as that, and since this is one of the first “big games” who knows where it will go from here!

    • Luna Moonfang

      For Selemene, Mortred! Go back to Dota please c:

      • Pebbicle

        Now now dear Moon Rider, we all know that if I return to Dota my superior skills as a hard carry will surpass your abilities! I will let you be on top until I return ;)

  • Schultz38

    Yes! Come on America (and rest of the world), let’s follow suit.

  • Jon

    It’s a little more than double :P It;’s almost triple :D I cannot wait for it to get it, I will be getting it……when I get some extra cash :)

  • Toadlord

    It’ll sure be a system seller for me when it finally comes out next month.

  • Agent721

    Am I dreaming, or is this a good news article? I must say, I’ve never played Pikmin, but this one looks interesting. Im 75% sure I’ll pick it up.

    • e_rocket

      Pick it up, it looks fun!!

  • fireheartis1

    Yep getting this on Day one for sure. I love the Pikmin series and will buy it for my whole family to enjoy. Can’t wait for August 4 to come around for sure.

  • companyoflosers

    now if only they had finished the game back when they were originally supposed to release it, there wouldnt have been any doubt from third parties about the wii u to begin with.

  • Anubis
    • PS4/WiiU

      that’s hilarious

    • Nintedward

      I thought I’d make a small cocktail to celebrate this awesome news! And this is only the very beginning of the sales resurgence.

      • gamesplayswill

        I’ll take two bro, you paying?

        • Nintedward

          Two of those is going to cost so much lmao!!!

          • david jarman

            I broke my back looking at that!

          • Joe (ジョー)

            Do you still have the “Tears of Nintendo Haters” special? I could go for a glass :)

          • Magnus Eriksson

            One Iwata crocodile tears for me thanks! With extra apolologize that is.

        • XroyD

          Michael Patcher and Peter Moore are paying.

          • Magnus Eriksson

            I think Iwata and Miyamoto sits and drinks those instead of going to work all day. Thats why its failing. :)

          • XroyD

            T.P.D. Troll Police Department is going to arrest you on attempting to troll someone on the internet. You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law. You have the right to have an attorney present during questioning. If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be appointed for you.

          • Magnus Eriksson

            Come on. That was a little bit funny wasnt it? Two sake drunk japaneese guys lying dead drunk on the floor mumbling the words “-Please understand…” as the only reaction on stimuli. They are not making games, they drink saké instead.

          • BLACKendTiamat

            ^^ continuing NOknowledges legacy. always knew you were a troll. you cant hide behind your sarcasm forever lol.

          • Magnus Eriksson

            nope, not a troll

          • Richard Yates

            I wouldn’t give up your day job!

          • Josh

            Gather around and here from our local Troll.

      • Anubis

        LOL!

      • Daniel Gonzalez

        Perhaps, but two days doesn’t say much yet. It’s at least good news.

        • http://www.senran-international.boards.net/ TwinTails

          That’s why it’s two days, if it continues to sell well for a less popular Nintendo franchise, then we can really talk. When the bigger titles come, then we can expect something far greater.

          • Daniel Gonzalez

            Exactly, which is why I don’t see a real reason to celebrate just yet. I’m not the type that jumps the gun just for two days sales. That goes for anything in life. We’ll see, though.

          • Dimitra Giorgiou

            zombiU sold around 500k, pikmin 3 sold more than 100k in 3 days (if you count the digital copies too) thats like 500k $ and i didnt count the money from the 22k wii u consoles, it still hasnt passed a whole week and its only in japan and its going to be the start of the boost sales of wii u, this game will easily reach 2 mil copies in a month or 2. Next stop Pikmin 3 for usa and europe, Lego city for japan, Pokemon rumble for eu and usa,luigi u physical copy, splinter cell black list, and in september w101, rayman legends and it goes on until the end.

          • Daniel Gonzalez

            Most of those are first party games. While they will sell, it doensn’t change Nintendo’s lack of 3rd party. I’m sure Nintendo’s games will be fine in the long run, but unless 3rd party sales increase, it’ll still be a disappointment for Nintendo.

            1st party games have never been a problem with Nintendo, but 3rd party is another story. Unless they can fix that, the general public won’t see it as successful. Yes, I know that people buy Nintendo consoles for Nintendo games, but even Nintendo knows that they need 3rd party games for their system to truly succeed. For their sake, I hope they do.

          • Magnus Eriksson

            They have a problem to get the first party titles out in the beginning, always!

          • Daniel Gonzalez

            No argument here.

          • Richard Yates

            When they release games that use the nfc chip and you have every whiney lil kid wanting all the figures….omg then it will be shitting gold out of its usb ports!

          • Richard Yates

            Sorry my point there was that’s when 3rd party cowards will b back!

          • Daniel Gonzalez

            Or they might not. Don’t get your hopes up.

          • XiC

            Dimitra it won’t hit easily 2 million sales in a month or two. It likely won’t hit that number ever.

            The math simply doesn’t allow it. A generous estimate is to say there’s currently 4 million Wii U’s out there (officially listed at 3.1 million sold though). That would mean at least 50% of Wii U owners out there would need to buy Pikmin 3.

            That’s just not possible, Pikmin 2 only sold around 400,000 meaning less of .5% of all Wii owners out there decided to buy it. Why would the adoption rate for a Pikmin game jump up 49.5% suddenly? It just isn’t logical.

            The series isn’t very popular and the likelihood that Pikmin 3 will outsell its predecessor by five times in just two months is nill.

            There’s simply nothing to indicate that Pikmin 3 will ever reach 2 million in sales let alone in two months.

            We’re all hopeful the Wii U will do better but some of the numbers and estimates I’m seeing is plain crazy.

          • greengecko007

            Pikmin 2 was on the gamecube, not the Wii, which had a much, MUCH smaller install base than the Wii. Also have to think that Wii U owners are looking for just about anything now. Some people actually bought the new Wario Ware game…

      • everyone

        Its a good start. (the drink I mean)

      • Squid

        My body is ready!

      • Daniel Gonzalez

        I don’t wanna know what you call large.

      • Richard Yates

        Its a normal size cocktail, just a very very small man drinking it!

    • Erik

      Hahahahaha xD Im proud that its picking up steam so take that Sh!box Done and PS4!

      • Rakim69

        Surveillence is safety :: Xbox One > Your console.

    • FaTih

      xD

    • peeer

      2 days of sales boost and you guys are already putting MEMEs like that? o_O

      • Anubis

        lol, I had this meme as my icon months ago. I just thought that this was a perfect time to post it. This is just the start of a great console. “This moment cannot be reckless” for Nintendo.

        • peeer

          lol Yeah. Still feels premature at this point tho lol. There is still plenty more big titles to come. But most of the big sellers like Mario 3D World and Mario Kart 8 are so far away. :/

          I don’t have the feeling that this small boost over pikmin 3 release will last more than a month tho. I may be wrong but time will tell.

          • Zombie Boy

            Maybe it will last only a month. And then when it’s released in the UK, it’ll probably last a month there. And then in the USA, a month there… So that’ll be at least three month’s worth of boosted sales (spread out over different regions). And soon, all of those other games will start coming too, which in themselves, will push further sales. And it’s not like everyone that has bought a Wii U over these months will un-buy them. Even if those people go on to sell their Wii U, the sales figures will be there…

          • peeer

            Yeah but see, this is the reaction of peoples with only 2 days of sales boost. What if this boost lasts only a week? Just don’t sell the bear’s fur before killing it. Thats all I want you all to realise.

          • Zombie Boy

            I agree completely, but a sales boost is a sales boost, and that’s exactly what the Wii U needed. It has come at a time when doubters, shifty developers and some gaming media have claimed that it has no chance of succeeding. It’s good news, no matter how long it lasts.

            And if this is happening with Pikmin 3, what’ll happen when the BIG titles are released (Mario Kart etc)?

          • The Clockwork Being

            Yep fair enough im happy about the present but this is still good news.

          • sd

            But the momentum will obviously keep going. Even if you only get a weeks boost you will get another small boost from W101. Then after that you have zelda which will give a larger boost (coupled with the price drop that I keep predicting). Then the same month you will get Sonic Lost worlds. Again a small boost. So its likely that regardless of the figures they will get much stronger than they have been.

            The exact same thing has happened with every major console, other than the wii. They sell a few million in the first year and then sales lift leading up to their second christmas.

          • e_rocket

            W101 could/should be a big seller too, it looks great, hope it does well!!!

          • Daniel Gonzalez

            Probably more like could since it’s a new IP. Some are the exception.

          • Daniel Gonzalez

            You could be right, even big boosts in sales for a few weeks can die down fast. We’ll see.

        • BLACKendTiamat

          they gotta keep the momentum going :)

    • The Clockwork Being

      About the people saying that its only 2 days and we shouldnt rejoice that much well actually should since Nintendo has different legions of fans. Some Nintendo fans say they will only buy a Nintendo system when Zelda comes out or even Pikmin comes out. Plus Pikmin is only a second hand exclusive meaning that its sells could reflect what first hand exclusive like Mario could do to the Wii U sells here is the sells chart in Japan only in reply to the same post

    • The Clockwork Being

      Sales chart in Japan

      In terms of games

      1. [Wii U] Pikmin 3 – 92,720 (New)

      2. [3DS] Yokai Watch – 53,654 (New)

      3. [PS3] Earth Defense Force 2025 – 37,024 (191,713)

      4. [3DS] Tomodachi Collection: New Life – 26,065 (1,259,847)

      5. [Wii U] New Super Luigi U – 24,881 (New)

      6. [PSV] Toukiden – 20,853 (186,963)

      7. [PSP] Toukiden – 19,262 (118,404)

      8. [PS3] Dead Island: Riptide – 18,462 (New)

      9. [PS3] Metal Gear Solid: The Legacy Collection – 17,599 (New)

      10. [3DS] Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D – 12,963 (206,322)

      11. [PS3] Gundam Breaker – 10,224 (242,819)

      12. [3DS] Animal Crossing: New Leaf – 10,088 (3,325,123)

      13. [3DS] Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon – 9,184 (825,026)

      14. [PS3] The Last of Us – 9,158 (173,181)

      15. [PSP] Hanayaka Kana, Ware ga Ichizoku: Tasogare Polarstar – 9,046 (New)

      16. [PSP] DanganRonpa: Academy of Hope and High School Students of Despair (PSP the Best) – 6,106 (91,204)

      17. [3DS] Digimon World Re: Digitize Decode – 5,912 (50,952)

      18. [3DS] Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millennium Girl – 5,870 (106,914)

      19. [Wii] Taiko Drum Master Wii Super Wonderful Edition – 5,203 (516,866)

      20. [PS3] Atelier Escha & Logy: The Alchemist of Dusk Sky – 5,031 (72,873)

      In terms of hardware

      3DS LL – 29,594 (29,716)

      Wii U – 22,199 (8,251)

      PlayStation Vita – 15,662 (20,776)

      3DS – 13,841 (14,506)

      PlayStation 3 – 12,698 (11,683)

      PSP – 5,830 (5,768)

      Wii – 1,434 (1,334)

      Xbox 360 – 393 (313)

      • Brandon Gardner

        Let’s hope we can get the same in the US as well

      • ludist210

        360 sales jumped around 20%. That’s megaton.

      • Mark

        Got to love the diversity of the Japanese gaming market! This is why Japan is a gamer’s dream, their industry actually has variety; Notice that almost none of the games on this list have to do with blood and gore.

        • The Clockwork Being

          IKR thats what I love about the Japanese diversity it isnt dominated by a huge number of Battlefield and Cod or games that only have to do with blood

    • nin-10-doughfan

      here we go!…wahooo!!!

    • http://ejercitogeek.net/ Mercurio2054

      HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH

    • simkenno

      These are my favourite things about Wiiudaily haha :D

    • Noah Hood

      What if it really did print money? :D Nintendo would probably get in a lot of trouble… But anyways, I’m so happy about this! Let’s hope that the Wii U sales will continue to increase in all regions! Maybe Pikmin 3 can help sales in other regions too. ^-^

    • Moreck

      That GIF is the most amazing thing I’ve seen all day.

    • Zakariyya Al-Quran
      • greengecko007

        What makes this funny, is that game isn’t coming to the Wii U. Shocker right?

    • Link Slayer

      Lets not get ahaid of ourselfs I want the Wii U to succeed but We dont know how it will do here in the US. I think Pikmin will do good on the sofware side because us Wii U owners are like crack heads with no crack We want games and we would buy just about anything at this point. I think Pikmin will be amazing but will it sell systems to the gaming consumer here. It may to us Nintendo fans and hopfully some casual consumers. I really hope they tap in to the casual market with this because I dont see many modern gamers that isnt Nintendo fans buy a console for this game. Japan is a completely different market. But I know some locals that are going to buy a Wii U for Sonic Lets just hope more people feel like them, they are so mad that its going to be on the Wii U and I dont understand. They talk as if Sega is doing something that is so insane that they are all telling sega they are stupid and that the sonic community is extreamly mad that its not Multiplatform, They just dont want a Wii U and its sad that Nintendo has done this to themselfs.

    • Richard Yates

      Best gif ever above!

    • Rakim69

      LMAO 22k is bad… sorry. Wake up.
      Surveillence is safety :: Xbox One > Your console.

  • Kamon

    Well, well, well. >:]

  • NintendoNoob

    Whooo!! Thank you! Nobody has patience these days! They said the Wii U failed but the 1st Parties haven’t come out yet! Now it seems like the Wii U will only get better from this point on! :D YAY!!

    • thedeciderU

      true, though i kind of wish nintendo waited to release with all these really good games this fall. i would’ve waited, and people could stfu for once about nintendo being doomed. people are awful.

      • NintendoNoob

        Tell me about it :/

      • Luffy

        but then….. i would have to wait to play monster hunter! nooooooo!

  • Nintedward

    The doubters have been well and trully put in their place. We were only saying what was logically going to happen once these huge franchises start to arrive… it’s common sense ffs!

    • The Clockwork Being

      Didnt Knowledge say that it would be shit

      • D.M.T

        Don’t call him Knowledge ever again. He’s the most ignorant guy i’ve ever seen. You should call him Ignorance. I’m glad his ass got banned yesterday

        • Getfiftytwo RageComics

          Lol donnald has a new account, Do you think he has a life besides of trolling wiiudaily?

        • The Clockwork Being

          Sorry I cant believe i even called him that. Most of the time I call him names like Dimbfuckiswhatsup or even Ignoranceiswhatsup

        • Daniel Gonzalez

          I can agree with half the things he says, but I think he loses credibility when he goes into huge extremes saying that “it’s going to fail” and “Wii U is done.”

          While I think it could fail if sales don’t pick up soon,I don’t follow the doom and gloom the media likes to dish out. Only thing I’ll say is we’ll see in the upcoming months.

          While Knowledge can be knowledgeable, he throws it and shoves it into peoples faces a bit too much for even my liking and I will say his ban was justified. Like I said, just because someone criticizes Nintendo, it doesn’t make them a troll or a hater. It’s people like knowledge that take it one too many steps too far and make the rest look bad.

          There are people like me and others who criticize within reason and do it in a more mature manner, but sadly, there are those who like knowledge who are too full of themselves.

          • BLACKendTiamat

            hows the A/C on the bandwagon Danny Boy?

          • Magnus Eriksson

            10 dislikes on this? Really? Good downvotes says nothing about truths but only about level of ignorance and arrogance.

          • Daniel Gonzalez

            On the internet, the truth is irrelevant to most, no matter how factual it is. That’s life my friend. The world is full of arrogance and uninformed people. Like they say, ignorance is bliss. :)

          • Chris Heskin

            What happened to your freedom of speech mantra? People can dislike if they want to and no one has to give two shits if you disagree with the fact they don’t agree with you. You two are just here to create conflicts and stir people up just for a reaction that seems to fuel your meager lives. Get a clue, get a life and stop being a hypocrite.

          • Daniel Gonzalez

            LOLOL. Again, you make no sense. Sorry dude, there’s a fine line between disagreeing and insulting people. Learn from it and maybe you’ll get it.:)

            Remember, you insulted me first. So don’t come here with you started it crap either. You can disagree with me all you like, but I’m pretty sure trying to question or even downright insult a person’s intelligence isn’t disagreeing. Right? Right.

            You can hate me all you want, but the truth never lies. I don’t care if people disagree with me, it’s their choice. Try talking with maturity and less on the insults next time and maybe you’ll get a better response. You call me a troll, yet you’re the one throwing insults. Hmmmm……who is the real troll here? I thought so.

            Anyways, like I said, you’re done in my book. Best of luck to you and take care. :)

        • XroyD

          LOL when I saw Damien Sandow

      • BLACKendTiamat

        NOknowledge

        • http://www.senran-international.boards.net/ TwinTails

          NOledge

      • http://www.senran-international.boards.net/ TwinTails

        The fact that he thought he could predict the future like that says that he’s miles away from any “knowledge”.

    • Nothing5555

      Did knowledge and tales girl post yet? If they didn’t let me take their place…ahem..these sales mean nothing Nintendo is DOOOMED and will be out of business by early 2014….

      • Jon

        Knowledge’s account was banned as was his new one, we await his new one. lol

        • Andreas Sunde

          His new one got banned already.

          • Jon

            I know his knew one was, I am referring to the next one he will make :D

        • david jarman

          I was suspended for a few days cause defended the wii u. Oh well! At least I’m back on and catch up with all you awesome people.

          • XroyD

            You are not Ignoranceiswhatsup buddy!

          • david jarman

            Nope, and anyone who reads my comments can see I did fine job of rivaling him with actual facts.

            Edit: Not his rival, his arch enemy.

          • Guest

            except you were proven wrong on so many attempts to your tollingness

          • david jarman

            What are you talking about? I don’t troll this website. I’ve always defend the wii u when it was right to.
            And no, I was never proven wrong. Especially cause I stard facts against him. I take it your knowledgewhatsup?

          • Guest

            Sorry, I thought you were him and then I read your other comment further down. Sorry about that :P

          • david jarman

            No problem. Just glad to be back and can’t wait to get my hands on pikmin 3!!!!

          • Jon

            it is kind of hard to rival him, a compulsive liar which makes completely stupid and retarded remarks filled with Nintendo hate which made arguments that had hardly any/questionable facts and really could not back his arguments up even if his life depended on it.

          • The Clockwork Being

            He is probably still lurking this comment section

          • david jarman

            LoL!

          • david jarman

            I guess I should rephrase that. I was his arch enemy.

          • Magnus Eriksson

            Sounds like you miss him already.

          • Jon

            I must say, it was fun sometimes to argue with him and prove him wrong on so many levels :D

        • MujuraNoKamen

          Good riddance, I wonder what took them so long to ban him anyway.

      • gimpcell

        He was using the same email to make the new accounts. Even if it was a different email, they can block the ip(s) he was using.

        • Daniel Gonzalez

          True, but he can also just go under proxy or just change his IP each time. Depends on your computer skill.

          • http://ejercitogeek.net/ Mercurio2054

            yes, but you can’t change the way you usually act.
            well some times you can…

          • Daniel Gonzalez

            It’s not too hard to change the way you act, but it really depends on if that person can resist comments they normally hate or don’t approve of, then they slip. However, there are a lot of people who think alike and they also end up getting mistaken for said person. It happens.

          • Chris Heskin

            You can change your computer’s IP from within your own LAN but no amount of “computer skill” is going to let you change the IP address given to you by your ISP that is attached to your gateway. For someone claiming that I live in a backwards world it seems you are just projecting your own short comings.

          • Daniel Gonzalez

            Hahaha. Oh brother, nowhere in my comment says that I’m a pro in computers. I go by what I heard about, never did I claim that no person can get away with everything. For you to question my short comings, sounds to me you’re defending yourself a bit much, or have a problem with what I have to say. :)

            Also, yes, you can change your IP as I have before when I called my ISP. That’s not to say that I’m smarter than the next person, that’s from experience. You can talk about shortcomings all you like, but it doesn’t change anything. Believe what you wish, though. I’m all for free speech. :)

            Have a nice day.

          • Chris Heskin

            Hmm maybe you should think before you post, huh? Where did I call you a “pro” in computers, it’s pretty obvious from what you said before that you aren’t. Also, why should I defend myself to you, I don’t feel threatened from someone like you. All I see from you is a person that feels the need to defend bullies therefore you are a bully yourself, try removing your head from your anus and you may notice that.

          • Daniel Gonzalez

            Hahahaha. Sorry, but the fact that you even called me a bully was even funnier than the last post, no offence. :)

            Just because someone agrees with someone you call a bully, doesn’t make the next one so. See? That made no sense and had no actual logic. If you’re not so threatened by the likes of “me,” then you wouldn’t need to explain yourself, right? It makes sense. You were threatened, and it shows real well.

            As for my head, it’s never been there and has a clear view on what is right and wrong. Maybe you should try pulling yours out once in a while and maybe you’ll start making more sense. Is that insulting? Perhaps, but maybe you shouldn’t resort to insults and try to question ones intelligence just because they live a different life than you. :)

            Now, as for shortcomings, again, maybe that’s you reflecting on your own rather than the person you’re conversing with. You lost this conversation as far as I’m concerned.

            Next time, try commenting back without trying to insult someone that doesn’t agree with your views. Good day buddy. :)

          • Chris Heskin

            TL;DR

          • gimpcell

            Not sure why you would be down voted since it is a true scenario. Maybe because everyone thinks he is too reeree to understand such basic internet masking. I am going to up vote you.

          • Daniel Gonzalez

            Well it’s simple. Most are misinformed or think that everyone who doesn’t see things their way are “reeree.” I find it amusing how people get upset over what people have to say or think they don’t know nothing, when it’s for the most part, the other way around, but I digress.

            It’s very simple to mask your IP from the internet, I’ve done it myself several times as well as a handful of friends of mine who are pc experts lol. The internet is easy to manipulate tbh, any person with knowledge knows that. Not even the best security can save you, Microsoft and Sony knows this first hand.

          • Chris Heskin

            You really think you have more control over the IP address you are assigned than your ISP? Regardless of what you think is basic, the fact is your ISP sees everything that you do. True story.

          • gimpcell

            We are not talking about isp. The website will only see what it receives. Unless Ashley and her crew are pulling some nsa mumbojumbo, i think we are safe to say they will not know. Thanks for the question.

            Also, i know a lot of true stories. Which one do you want to hear?

          • Chris Heskin

            Everyone that connects to this site and pays a subscription fee to access the internet goes through an ISP before reaching the internet. I’m sorry if I confused you.

          • gimpcell

            Im sorry if you are confused. I have been around the block for quite some time. My point is simple, websites only see what they get. Isp are not allowed to say anything unless court ordered. Have a nice day. This conversation is stupid.

          • Chris Heskin

            You make no sense at all. How does “being around the block” mean you grasp the concept of gateways and how the internet works? From my perspective all your time on the “block” just means you are an idiot.

          • gimpcell

            Thank you. Have a great time insulting a calm and gentle five year old. May the forces of evil become lost and confused on the way to your house.

          • Daniel Gonzalez

            Yep, Why? Because I’ve done it for legitimate reasons. In which case, is no problem for my ISP. Also,no website can see what you do if it’s masked, as gimpcell just explain well and quite informative.

            We know what we’re talking about, because it’s been done countless times by others over the net. We have a right to protect our IP, especially since hackers seem to love to be low lives. :)

      • The Clockwork Being

        Let me add something. Pikmin isnt even a game people bought it only for the hype plus its a novelty game so its sales dont matter

        • kaygivs

          pikmin isn’t a game? have you ever played a pikmin game before?

          edit: that’s what i would say if it were in fact knowledgeiswhatsup saying it

    • e_rocket

      hope you are right!!!! lets see how thing evolve

    • NkoSekirei

      agree this article will shut them up for a while

    • Magnus Eriksson

      You remind me of the angry guy in the beginning of this video. Are you him?

      • Maxid765

        Just saw the thumbnail, and lemme guess, that’s one of BLACKB0ND’s videos right?

    • Daniel Gonzalez

      Easy there tiger. :P Let’s not get ahead of ourselves just yet. Give the game some time to sell before jumping the gun. I’m not sold on the idea yet, but it’s nice to see a boost. :)

  • The Clockwork Being

    Posted this on the Bayonnetta article

    Pikmin 3 is a system seller in Japan, LOL at the people saying it would not sell systems. Alot of people were going to buy a Wii U just for that game.

    Taketo Matsuo, Tsutaya’s Director of the Game Rental Planning Group:

    ”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.”

    Historically apparently Pikmin does alot better in the West. So lets seee how it geos

    • Nothing5555

      Just curious, do you have the sales figures for Pikmin 2 to compare japans sales vs the West? Just wondering how much better the game sold here.

      • The Clockwork Being

        No i dont but I have the first week for Japan

        Got my answer with Famitsu numbers:

        Pikmin 1 first week: 101,299 (GC install base 242,429)
        Pikmin 2 first week: 161,930 (GC install base 1,372,517)
        Pikmin 3 first week: 102,188 (Wii U install base 982,801)

      • Dominic Singh
        • Nothing5555

          Seems like the sales (total) are on par with each other for Japan vs West. In any case I hope this game does well.

  • The Clockwork Being

    I am kinda mad here in Canada. The EB Games event isnt even in Ottawa. But its in town like Oshawa and everything around.

  • http://www.w-o-n.org/ GoldDreams

    I don’t see this game doing as well here in the States or in the UK. Yeah it will sell some systems but I don’t think it will be as successful. More people that I’ve talked to here in the states are more interested in other games coming at around the same time. An their money is going to those titles.

    • kenny Johnson

      Pikmin and Pikmin 2 have lived on 2 Nintendo consoles (GC and Wii) and sold fairly well (~3.8 million on both consoles worldwide) — about 1.6m in the U.S. alone

    • Luis Hipolito

      you may think that twice because yeah maybe the nintendo games are not fast selling like many of today’s software but they sell well over years, pikmin will do fine that is for sure

  • bakedapplepie

    Games sell Hardware, Great Games sell more Hardware

    • Sonic the Hedgehog

      And I am gonna contribute.

      • gimpcell

        Shut up, Sonic. What happened to Sega? I was so mad at you a long time ago. Not sure if it time to forgive and play.

        • Sonic the Hedgehog

          Are you alright?

          • gimpcell

            Not sure if I am really communicating with the real Sonic or a human. That truly is my problem. These profiles with characters and real people in the industry is really confusing for my brain.

      • e_rocket

        sure you are…

  • everyone

    Soon.

  • D.M.T

    I told people not to judge the Wii U too soon but they didn’t listen lol. Now look what’s happening, Pikmin 3 is the top selling game in Japan and Wii U is suddenly the 2nd best selling console in Japan.

    • Nothing5555

      If Nintendo begins rolling out games like this within a 1-3 month span of each other sales would really pick up.

      • Daniel Gonzalez

        Unless delays keep coming, that may halt it. At least they learned that developing games in HD are more complex than they imagined.

    • Ice Climbers

      While 3DS continues to dominate!

    • FaTih

      But best selling home console !!

      Edit: …in Japan

  • Kenshin0011

    I really wish I could play Yokai Watch!

  • Mj78

    great news!!! Awesome – Nintendo are back

  • Nothing5555

    Good news for Nintendo….If Nintendo hits it stride and move 7-8 million units by the end of the year then I could see some 3rd party devs taking a second look. My only issue is some devs ahem “EA” would probably release bad ports just to ride the bandwagon.

  • starwars360

    Good news for Nintendo. Yes agreed it is just begin once again. :)

  • Shadriczo

    does anyone know how to display a gif here?

    • Will (ishigum)

      Just type the link to it. It will show once you post and refresh the page.

      • Shadriczo

        thanks

  • Jason arreola

    thats great news. im looking forward to pikmin 3, this and even those dumb robots gave pikmin 3 a 9.2 rating on youtube.

  • Shadriczo
    • Dodge Pribyl

      Even thought this has nothing to do with this article, this gif has so many layers of awesome I can forgive it.

    • Erik

      Anybody want to say “ouch” there?

  • Leo

    Well, once again, Nintendo just proves a very obvious concept: software sells hardware.

  • Gabe Hoffman

    Not surprised considering how huge Pikmin is in Japan.

  • Shadriczo

    Nintendo: We Will Succeed this year and 2014..with better titles and games.

    Microsoft/Sony: http://ladygeekgirl.files.wordpress.com/2011/09/3835-animated_gif-dean_winchester-sam_winchester-supernatural.gif?w=584

    • Mochlum

      These gifs are killing me. XD

    • Shong

      A bit of an old gif being that MS changed their policies, but this is still amazing nonetheless.

      http://i.minus.com/ih6UaXgnoatiy.gif

    • Daniel Gonzalez

      Bold statement, but perhaps you’re right.

  • Jon Turner

    There is NO denying or spinning it. WiiU has recovered. Finally. Pikmin 3 did the unthinkable. It propelled the system to the #2 position in Japan AND debuted at #1. That’s a serious victory for a system many were declaring “doomed.” Well, doomsayers, what do YOU have to say about that?

  • Majora’s Mask

    The Wii U has begun……………….

  • Shadriczo
  • Brandon Gardner

    This is great! ***Fingers crossed*** for the same in the US

  • Leo
  • nin-10-doughfan

    beware!…there’s no need to fear pikmin 3 is here!and much more is to come!!!

  • daschompi

    Just imagine when Mario Kart cames out!

  • nin-10-doughfan

    peter moore is still anti-nintendo!

  • DragonSilths

    Cant wait for Pikmin 3 on August 4th, Shin Megami Tensei 4 will last me till then.

  • $39063977

    I can’t believe how easily impressed people get on this website. these number are TINY and i doubt they’ll get even close to satisfactorily big enough upon global release of the game. don’t get your hopes up. Nintendo needs a prime time game for it to come up strong i.e. something like this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Elder_Scrolls_V:_Skyrim (3.4 million in the first 2 days). This is what Nintendo needs right now to gain some impressions. tens of thousands are shameful numbers. the market goes by the millions (thousands of thousands)

    • kenny Johnson

      So.. they need a game with 100% attach rate?

      • $39063977

        they need a console seller. these numbers are dismal afaic. I hope they will get better when released worldwide, but considering this is a rather niche game, i doubt.

        they need a very strong title. period.

        • kenny Johnson

          But you do realize that the reason people find this impressive is because it’s Pikmin 3 (not Mario, Donkey Kong, Super Smash, etc.).

          Pikmin 3 caused the console sales to double 2 days after it released. I don’t think anyone saw that coming.

          • $39063977

            but it hasn’t accomplished anything! 22,000 consoles in a market that the game was entirely oriented for is a low number. I think many people including BigN were hoping for prime time sales in Japan from this game. I doubt Europeans or Americans will go out of their way to buy a console for Pikmin.

          • 00EpicGamer00

            Hey, hey, hey now. I’m an American and back when Pikmin 3 was first announced, that’s what made me buy a Wii U. Little did I now, it’d be delayed so much! But it’s okay, cause it’s almost out.

          • $39063977

            ok. we’ll just wait and see. i doubt we’ll see anything of substance though. let’s hope i’m wrong

          • http://ejercitogeek.net/ Mercurio2054

            omg, we all know that 22,000 is nothing!

            but come on! is a boost that no one was waiting…..

          • $39063977

            I am in no way satisfied and I am not doing that out of hate, but out of love. Everyone needs to try harder to get this console out of the slumber. Nintendo should foremost start thinking about games that SELL and not over tried series that don’t yield anything substantial to turn things around. to think that they spent all that time on a game that hardly sells a few thousand units….while they could have been working on something else. Second, funs need to make their own critic and place some judgement on those douchebags who are taking the company down with them.

          • $39063977

            nonetheless, more sales are more sales. little by little we may get there eventually

    • Leo

      Yeah just keep doubting. Lol

      • $39063977

        I wish i could do otherwise. I am a fun of the console, but also of reality

        • Guest

          It

          • Leo

            It is coming. Lol

        • Leo

          Its not much about how much copies they are selling of this game, its the fact that Pikmin 3 clearly boosted the suffering WiiU sales. That’s the point.

          • $39063977

            mmmm not quite. relatively speaking, the game hasn’t accomplished anything. sales went from a meazy 8,000 units to 22,000. not much to cheer for there. i don’t think much will change when the game gets released worldwide

          • kenny Johnson

            So a so-called niche game has tripled weekly console sales and that’s not good news? I think you’re still missing the point (or just want to be argumentative). If a game like Pikmin 3 can do that (the thinking goes), then what would Wind Waker HD, Donkey Kong, Super Mario — and eventually Mario Kart and Super Smash do to sales?

          • $39063977

            a niche game to the Japaneese market, released in the japaneese market? i would say It should had pumped up sales by 10-20 times from day 1. as for wind waker, dk and super mario….i doubt. mk and sb…yes…those could turn a few wheels around

          • kenny Johnson

            Well we’ll just agree to disagree then. I think this is significant (not because of overall numbers) but because of what I think it means. Namely that some people seem to be holding on buying the Wii U because of the long game drought. Pikmin 3 is the beginning to end of that game drought. . . so I think the is promising news. . . even if the overall impact isn’t very large.

          • $39063977

            > Namely that some people seem to be holding on buying the Wii U because of the long game drought.

            agreed. we need bigger numbers though, but i’m sure those will come

          • Daniel Gonzalez

            He’s not agreeing with you and doesn’t see what you see. That’s all there is to it. Just a different opinion, and agree with it. Only games on there that will turn it around is Smash Bros and Mario Kart for sure. Even then, you never know how those will perform, but they are expected to sell.

          • kenny Johnson

            What? He’s not agreeing with me? Thanks for that helpful insight!

          • Daniel Gonzalez

            No problem!

          • Leo

            Its a niche game that most people didn’t expect to triple the WiiU sales. Its pretty awesome that a game like Pikimin 3 is motivating people to buy the console. 8,000 units to 22,000 its a very big jump from week to week sales.

          • $39063977

            a niche game TO the Japaneese market should have broken records IN the Japaneese market. think about it.

          • Leo

            Its the number 1 game seller of the week for godsake. Enough said.

          • $39063977

            point accepted, but what other games have been released this week?

    • peeer

      Yeah, I too believe that peoples are too fast to celebrate like that. This boost even if not unoticable its a bit too fast to claim win at this point. Wait a month then talk…

      • Daniel Gonzalez

        True story.

    • discuss

      Did you just compare release sales a game that is released on Xbox 360, PS3 and the PC to a game thats a Wii U exclusive? Did you just compare a world wide release to a Japan release?

      Sorry but that doesn’t make any sense at all.

      2 Days 92,000 copies for a Wii U exclusive isn’t bad at all.

      • $39063977

        hold your horses boy. out of the 3.4 million sold, 60% were copies for the xbox (close to 2 million total). and don’t forget pikmin is a niche game to the japaneese market, so not much will change when it gets released worlwide (relatively speaking!).

        My point though is that Nintendo needs to look forward to those types of impact sales to turn things around. I am not trying to demean the console.

        • discuss

          My point is 92.000 in 2 days in 1 country isn’t bad at all. There is no reason to start this negative talking when Nintendo is actually showing good numbers for a change.

          • $39063977

            fair enough :)

          • http://ejercitogeek.net/ Mercurio2054

            and when came out xbox 360 have 6 years at the market.
            wii u have half a year.
            its not the same, never…

          • XiC

            I mentioned this in another comment but Pikmin 3’s opening week should have been expected to match Pikmin 2’s at least.

            Pikmin 2 sold over 200,000 (Japan only) in the first week. Pikmin 3 looks to be matching the sales.

            It’s good numbers but shows no improvement and gives really no indication that Wii U is turning things around.

            Sales have been dropping for months now for the Wii U. This slight turn around can be considered a recovery at best.

            I don’t see what Jess is saying as negative. It’s the reality of the situation. The article is misleading and I see plenty of comments of people believing titles like Pikmin 3 is turning Wii U’s fortunes around. It’s just not the case.

          • Guest

            You keep comparing Pikmin 2’s launch week sales to Pikmin 3’s. That doesn’t work. Why? Because Pikmin 2 was released on an established console that had been on the market for at least 3 years with a much bigger userbase(Japanese) than the Wii U. Pikmin 3 is released on a console that has only been on the market for maybe 8 months and doesn’t have nearly as many people who own the system and it almost sells half of pikmin 2’s first week of sales in only 2 days. My point is is for it having a small userbase and having a game that sells almost half of Pikmin 2’s first week sales when it was released on an established console is great.

          • discuss

            92.000 * 3.5 = 200.000 ?

          • Daniel Gonzalez

            Exactly. I can see why people are happy that the game is selling fine in Japan, but that’s not the case worldwide just yet nor is it pushing consoles out of stores. It’s best to wait until a full world wide release before really celebrating.

            No one game can change a console around, takes quite a few more to make a good impact. Only game that I can say for sure that would is Smash Bros, but even that isn’t going to be around until next year.

          • XiC

            It doesn’t help when the writers of this site go out of their way to mislead their readers.

            They don’t mention how previous generation consoles are selling more than 100,000 units than the Wii U a week, nor mention how much advertising Nintendo has had to do just to push sales to this point.

            I wish these people acted less like sheep being herded and look into this on their own as well. Maybe then they will actually help push Nintendo to the next level, maybe then Nintendo fans won’t be generalized as children needing their hands held.

          • Daniel Gonzalez

            Well said.

          • Daniel Gonzalez

            If it doesn’t do anything to sell consoles, then it’s not going to help much in the long run. Far as I can tell, it hasn’t sold more than 25K in any given week on averge. If that number doubles at least, then it would be well worth it for Nintendo.

        • Jarvis

          Pikmin 3 will have a bad sales in Europe and in USA. It’s a game for japaneese. Pikmin 3 can’t win the console war. if Wii U won’t get next-gen games from 3rd party than Wii U will fail. We want to play with games like The Division, Destiny, GTA, Wolfenstein or Fallout. And Wii U sales are so bad because 1st and 2nd party are releasing so bad games like Pikmin 3 !

          • $39063977

            I agree. and no matter what we say or how much excited we get, numbers speak for themselves. we can keep claiming and tap ourselves on the back that 92,000 isn’t that bad, but it is.

    • Luis Hipolito

      this is japan, the 3.4 millions were global and including all plats, in japan think are different it’s a smaller market, what is to take here is that it is first place, when nobody thinks pikmin was to be this successful

      • $39063977

        i already answered elsewhere why things do not matter that it is only for the japan market. think relatively.

        many, including Nintendo, are expecting pikmin to be VERY successful.

        • Luis Hipolito

          if you take skyrim in japan they don’t even sell 0.5 mill in his total, that is to tell you how different is, relativity doesn’t apply here they are different market, as for that nintendo is expecting this to sell well, to be a success not a big success they expect to generate momentum, that mean this game plus the others to come, not just this one, imo and others as well, this will be a success for the quality of the game not for sales.

          • XiC

            Wii Pikmin 2 did not even sell 0.5 million to put this in perspective for you. These numbers are low with Pikmin 3’s opening week sales looking to match Pikmin 2’s opening week.

            The article is misleading in this fact. They make it seem like the Wii U has managed a turn around when in fact based on numbers it has not. Pikmin 3’s opening week should have been expected to match Pikmin 2’s at least. Yet this article makes it seem like it’s amazing.

            Quality matters but at this point sales matter more. Big game studios like EA, Ubisoft, Activision, etc bring quality games.

            They won’t want to come to the WIi U if there’s no sales.

          • Luis Hipolito

            well if you think those ea and activision are quality games (specially ea) then I think that is the problem with you and the industry in general. Pikmin 2 did sell 0.5 millions over there (is not much either), and I think that you’re the one that is taking to much importance to this article, you see all that is here is that the sell of wii u double, which is a fact, and that pikmin 3 is best of the week in sales, and it will indeed be interesting to see what happen in america, nobody says the wii u is safe in sell already, except some people that are never happy with Nintendo

    • Andreas Sunde

      You are comparing a Japanese release of a game exclusive to a console with an install base of less than one million in Japan, to a world wide release of a multiplatform game sold to an install base of more than 100 million?

      • $39063977

        i am not comparing anything. giving an example of what the wiiu needs right now to get us properly excited. an example of a trully successful product that sold like cupcakes on day 1. relatively speaking the numbers don’t matter. if 1 million mean 10% of a market and is considered a success, then 22,000 ought to mean 10% of another market to also mean the same level of success.

        wrong of me to have used an example in this post. you people can’t think outside the box. 22,000 consoles sold are a joke for a brand new console with a brand new exclusive. that’s my whole point. people get excited because a bottom line level of sales has doubled. if you double a bad sale and you still get a bad sale, then nothing has changed. in fact it is more humiliating that a Japaneese oriented game can’t even brighten up sales in Japan. what are 2/92,000 relative to the Japaneese market? 0.x%?

        • Andreas Sunde

          My point is that Skyrim came late in the 7th generation, and got overhyped as fuck. Pikmin 3 is very early in the 8th gen, is an exclusive, still hasn’t been released outside of Japan, and no one expected Pikmin 3 to almost triple the sales of the Wii U. If a game no one expected to sell this may systems can do it, then what can the heavy hitters do?

          And the sales for Wii U in Japan are really good. The console is second this week, only beaten by the 3DS.

          • Guest

            i wonder how many systems Skyrim managed to sell in an already mature market..

            the maturity of a market is a very convoluted argument to engage. newcomers are newcomers, new consoles create hype and old consoles carry fame. too many parameters to consider.

  • nin-10-doughfan

    here we go!

  • nin-10-doughfan

    wahoo!

  • Mochlum

    If Pikmin can double sales in Japan, imagine what more popular games like Zelda, Mario, and Donkey Kong will do.

  • val berger

    “… for those who insist Pikmin 3 is not a system seller”

    I still insist on that, as I wish, the japanese market would speak for all other markets. But that was never the case. And doubled sales doesn’t really sound that awesome to me. But then again, I don’t wanna be too negative about that. Of course it’s better then I expected and I’m glad to read such good news. I wish I could believe the western market would behave just like that. But I don’t. Sure, the game will increase system sales on our side of the globe too, but I don’t believe it will be enough to call it a system seller. Then again, we may have reached some point, where everything could be enough for that. So let’s just wait until August …

  • Rob Lucci

    Do people still cares about “console races”?….jeez

    • kenny Johnson

      No I think people care about more games coming to the console they bought and more sales means more games.

  • Adrian

    Hmm, I wonder if it will have the same effect in America. They should do a Pikmin 3 Bundle.

  • Dan

    Guess all of those journalists and critics who kept hollering “Pikmen doesn’t move consoles” were dead wrong. In Japan at least. Guess we’ll find out for North America soon enough.

    • Leo

      Patcher must have an egg on his face as we speak.

      • https://www.facebook.com/BlueLightningTechnicalServices Bob Wilkerson

        If he had egg on his face every time he was wrong he would have the world’s largest omelet

  • BLACKendTiamat

    WHERES NOknowledge at for the good news? bet he read this article and is now crying like a baby because he’s realizing that his predictions are false lol. epic fail #3.

    • 00EpicGamer00

      Actually, I think that no good knowledge guy has been permenantly banned from this site.

      • BLACKendTiamat

        he’ll be back with an alt im sure.

        • 00EpicGamer00

          He’ll probably use the internet at McDonalds.

  • Pikboss

    Great news hopefully this happens in the west as well

  • bilbo

    ubisoft and ea can eat a dick. Nintendo owns

    • Jarvis

      Pikmin sales are nothing. It’s good but still low! We need 2,5 million console to be good. Atm we are far away from owns….

  • atl hawks

    DON’T CALL IT A COMEBACK!

  • Pikachief

    I’ll wait to see how many systems sell in the west before getting all excited about this news personally. The biggest Nintendo fans I know don’t own a Wii U yet but they’re sitting on their money waiting till December for either a price drop or a nice Mario 3D World bundle. (if neither they’ll get it anyways, but they’d rather wait and see)

    • ItzameyaToad

      I think you can still get excited over news like this, seeing as it means the Wii U is getting more sales/ Image is improving etc. even if it is only in Japan.

  • Chris Heskin

    This is a day one purchase for me, hands down.

  • XroyD

    This happening and not a single article on IGNorants.com

  • darkstar18

    lol yeah..

    • $39063977

      lame

      • Emufred

        what….

  • Julio

    *Reads Neogaf about Pikmin 3/Wii U sales* Oh my god…That site should be shut down. They said the 22K is a terrible number of sales since the Wii U outsold the PS3 and the Vita this week. They just turn it into a Wii U doom thread.

  • http://nintendopapercraftvideos.wordpress.com/ Sam

    Well, that’s what Pikmin does.

  • Linskarmo

    I hope this boost lasts, and I would love if the Pikmin 3 launch is successful in other regions.

  • Madmagican

    I’m not surprised at all
    Pikmin 3 looks to be the game that makes the franchise really start to blossom
    Pikmin 1 and 2 were great but not too many people bought them

  • Cube

    Damn, xBox is doing so bad in Japan, they don’t have a single title in the top 20 games sold list this week in Japan.

  • ItzameyaToad

    This is great news! I am glad the Wii U is picking up steam and hope this will continue. Even if this lasts only a few weeks/month it is still great as it is boosting Wii U sales/image and I feel that as more people play this game/have a hands on it will become more popular via word of mouth. Now IMO the best way for Nintendo to really beef up/get alot of excitement for Pikmin 3’s release in US/Europe(not sure when Europe gets it) is to blast the tv /internet with ads for it haha much like the ad we saw that was released the other day.

  • Mark

    Man, I can’t wait for Pikmin 3 to come out in the States!

    • ItzameyaToad

      IKR I am pumped!

  • SeroReviews

    It has began…

  • Will (ishigum)

    Nintendo will have 1 to 2 major releases every month until their heavy hitters come out next year. It has begun…

  • Adam Fox

    I’m sure the next Super Smash Brothers game will also increase sells…..as well as the next Zelda…i’m sure a new Star Fox could help too……

    • https://www.facebook.com/BlueLightningTechnicalServices Bob Wilkerson

      Once Super Smash Bros. and Mario Kart 8 is released and the next Zelda is announced all bets are off. Wii U’s will sell like hotcakes and finally stabilize,

  • Hugh Quinn

    And so it begins.

  • Nicholas Perkins

    give us the pikmin u get what you want

  • Guest
  • Yoshi5081

    Well my friend Wii U is alive :D

  • 00EpicGamer00

    After reading this article…..THIS is finally official:

    • Luffy

      lol!

    • ChariotMan7

      LMFAO!!

  • Kriffix

    *3DS REALESES*
    Doom and gloom as nobody buys it. People scream that it is the end of Nintendo. Spiral of negativity interests internet goers and gives sites views, so they keep churning it out, before you know it everyone is convinced Nintendo is dead.
    *Game Library increases, people buy*
    3DS sells like hot cakes. The neigh sayers disappear. Not a word in retrospect that they were all wrong. Escape responsibility entirely as if they were never here.

    *WII U RELEASES*
    Trolls return as if the 3DS fiasco never took place. Doom and gloom as nobody buys Wii U. People scream that it is the end of Nintendo. Spiral of negativity interests internet goers and gives sites views, so they keep churning it out, before you know it everyone is convinced Nintendo is dead.
    *Game Library increases, people buy*

    I think you see where this is going…

  • XiC

    Moving 22,000 units of consoles in a week is only a slight recovery for the Wii U. Consider that only a few months ago that it was moving over 30,000 a week.

    It’s still good news but it’s too early to celebrate and demean the “doubters”.

    At the current pace by the end of the console cycle of the Wii U, it’ll only sell around 10 million units total. Perhaps with more big first party titles the Wii U will sell as well as the Gamecube but that’ll be it.

    It’s depressing to think that perhaps the only games I’ll be playing on my Wii U are predominately first party or second party.

    • Agent721

      Keep in mind the game was out for 2 days and not the full seven days. Ergo, any systems sold due to Pikmin would only be registering 2 days of sales, as Im sure they bought it at the same time as the game. Next week will be a much better indicator of what a full week will look like.

      • XiC

        Yes, and I hope the game sells well. This all indirectly affects what games we can potentially play in the future.

        I just don’t believe Pikmin sales will be that much higher. Pikmin 2 sold around 400,000 with around 100 million Wii’s available. Granted it had to compete with the Gamecube version as well but still overall sales topped at around 1.6 million. If you consider all the consoles available the adoption rate is around 0.5% – 1.5%. With less than four million Wii U’s how many will really sell?

        Also consider that Pikmin 2’s first week in Japan sold over 200,000 meaning Pikmin 3 isn’t really outpacing it’s predecessor either.

        The game just isn’t as popular as everyone would like to think.

        • sd

          The adoption rate on the WiiU will be much higher. I would even go as far as saying nearly half of WiiU owners will buy this game. This is not necessarily because of the game, but more because we are all starved of any new games to buy. On the Wii there were plenty of game choices.

          I am buying Pikmin for the first time just because there has been very little to buy, my last purchase was RE revelations and i completed that a month ago.
          It could be a good thing too as Pikmin will be introduced to so many more people than it would otherwise have been. It might even make pikmin become ridiculously popular if it is purchased by a whole new audience.

          • ItzameyaToad

            I agree, alot of Wii U owners will buy this game some big fans of the game and some who have never played a Pikmin game and want a good game because lack of big Wii U games.

            Also I think you will enjoy Pikmin 3, especially if you enjoy games that require strategy/a challenge. I bought the first Pikmin on Wii a few years back and it is alot of fun! So I am looking forward to Pikmin 3.

          • sd

            Funnily this game never once appealed to me. Yet i love RTS and have often thought consoles need more of them. Not sure how I missed this before, but I am starting to get high hopes for this. Plus in parts the graphics look really good.

            Not to mention I get a free pikmin clock in a tin for preordering. Thats a pretty cool bonus to give to my 5 year old.

          • XiC

            Adoption rates of 50% are practically unheard of in the gaming industry. Games that attain that are legendary.

            I don’t know enough about starved markets to really comment on this but I do think 50% is too high.

            What you say does make sense and I hope Pikmin sparks Wii U sales. I have both Pikmin games and I’ll get this one as well when I can. These are excellent games but I never once thought to myself that I’d buy a new console for it.

          • sd

            You might be right. All I can say is I wouldnt have looked at this had I had game choices and many have said this. Also in Japan Pikmin 3 has sold 92000 copies in 2 days. Based on what I said to you above about the wiiu having sold just over 900,000 consoles in japan so far thats an auptake of 10% in its first week. Impressive.
            If Pikmin reaches 50% uptake and people like the game then Nintendo will suddenly have a franchise to rival Zelda and Mario.

            But it does surprise me that 1 in 4 wii u console sales are from japan, assuming the WiiU is still only on 4 million sales. Also its early days. The sales could slump just as easily, but I hope not. I really want all 3 new consoles to succeed.

            I got these figures off IGN btw.

            EDIT I just saw that in Japan New super Luigi U has been released to retail at the same time as Pikmin 3. Maybe this would also drive console sales as well.

          • kenny Johnson

            With a small install base and a small choice of games, it’s not going to be unheard of. I’m pretty sure NSMBU is well over 50%

          • XiC

            Yup, NSMBU is over 50%. However a game like that is legendary and was expected to sell that much.

            NSMB sold 27 million for the Wii. That’s an adoption rate of slightly over 27%. The game also set records for how quickly it sold. Considering that first adopters of the Wii U tend to be truer fans, they will usually buy into these popular first party games.

            However the following for Pikmin is significantly lower. Pikmin 3’s first week sales seem to pacing to match Pikmin 2’s. Perhaps it is more popular but the sale numbers don’t indicate that it will have an astounding adoption rate of 50%. I’d love to be wrong of course.

        • $39063977

          you have some general good thinking in your posts. you could also consider in your comparisons how many wiis there were in the Japaneese market when picmin 2 was released. if there weren’t ~twice as many as there are wiius, then pikmin 3 may very well be doing just as its predecessor. also, how many games were released or being released on the wii when pikmin 2 came out? that will affect adoption rates – on the wiiu there haven’t been any new titles for some time now (Nintendo are playing gamers a tough game maybe?)

          • XiC

            Pikmin 2 was released somewhere along the lines of two or three years into the Wii life cycle. This is why I’m incredibly skeptical because with I believe 55 million Wii’s in the market it could not sell half a million.

            Even if other games were released during that time which they were it would not affect it to the point where the adoption rate is less than 1%. If we’re saying Pikmin is popular and Pikmin is selling Wii U’s you’d think it’d have a higher adoption rate than 1% in the previous generation.

            It should also be noted that even if it wasn’t adopted well it has been available in stores since its release. Even then it could not reach first party average.

            If you’re right, I don’t understand why so many people would buy a Wii U for Pikmin 3 when more than likely they have not played both the last two Pikmin’s. Why spend over $350 for a game that you’ve had no experience with?

          • ItzameyaToad

            You mean to say Pikmin 2 was re-released with Wii functionality 2 or 3 years in it’s lifecycle. It was originaly a Gamecube game that was released I believe in 2003-2004, so of course the sales of the re-released won’t be that great. People(myself included) didn’t even know they re-released Pikmin 2 for Wii until recently(few months ago saw it at Best Buy), so to say that due to Pikmin 2 Wii version not selling a whole lot that there is little chance of Pikmin 3 doing alot better is a bit silly.It’s been 9 years since a new Pikmin game has come out theres bound to be alot more fans now than when Pikmin 2 originaly released(with olimar being in Smash Bros, Pikmin game on Nintendo Land etc.) add the fact that there aren’t many games it is competing with yet and you have the chance of it selling more than Pikmin 2 did.

            Oh and Btw Miyamoto has said that you don’t need experience with the first two Pikmin to enjoy the 3rd you will just appreciate the little changes/references. And really I see alot of people buying Wii U just for Pikmin 3 who have never played any of the previous games. When I was little I would see Pikmin commercials and that game alone made me want a Gamecube. The game is unique and I can see it appealing to alot of RTS fans and many others as it has something rarely seen in gaming and people like that in games.

          • XiC

            Yes but here are the facts. There’s 100 million Wii owners and 22 million Gamecube owners.

            No matter how you look at it the re-release should have been able to sell better. It was not sold near the Gamecube release and was at a time when Gamecube games were being phased out of store shelves. I can name other re-releases that’ve done so much better. Metroid for example.

            Pikmin 2 was the Pikmin for Wii. If it was popular it would have sold, especially along with the new controls and the significantly larger audience available.

            Of course Pikmin games are built to be easily accessible, nothing fancy about them. That’s just the charm of Nintendo :]. However it also would have RTS fans bored relatively quickly. Pikmin doesn’t hold the depth of a Starcraft, Age of Empires, Civilization, etc. I know Pikmin will raise sales of the console but I just doubt it’ll be to the amount people are saying.

          • $39063977

            good points and interesting question. i’d say some of those consumers were waiting to buy the console anyhow, and they chose to do it now that games are starting to come out. some could just be pikmin fans…it is an “eastern” type of game after all. i also think that a good portion of those consoles were purchased by Nintendo themselves, as strange as that may sound. at this point they can’t afford another utter failure in the eyes of their fans and 3rd parties. they will do anything in their power’s vicinity to create impressions about the console. i’m just speculating though

          • XiC

            That does make sense but I don’t think that accounts for all the numbers.

            As for the Nintendo part I’m not sure. It might be true. There might be new bundles in Japan where Nintendo subsides a larger portion of the costs than the current bundles.

            I however think they can afford a failure. Nintendo is the richest game company in the world. I’m sure they invested a lot into the Wii U but I’m also sure they can take a loss for the first time in their history. Investors would be crazy to completely drop the company when it dominates the handheld market at least.

            You are right that Nintendo has shown far more effort this time around. Pikmin was advertised aggressively in Japan and that transferred into sales.

          • $39063977

            it is certainly NOT the richest game company in the world. As a matter of fact, among its rivals it is the POOREST company. unless you mean strictly games development – which doesn’t make sense…Nintendo’s rivals are console manufacturers, which are also games developers.

            No company can afford to take such losses. Taking a loss means you are on the brick of a breakdown – stocks go down, you have to start borrowing to break even, etc. As for investments….my opinion is they haven’t invested a lot in the wiiu. The console is made of cheap components, obsolete hardware, and minimum specs. How is that a lot of investment? As for the games they are releasing….they are just remodelled franchises that they’ve reworked from existing formulas (adding graphics, shades, new animations, stages). They are playing it safe, plain and clear. Nintendo is in no position to take risks right now.

          • XiC

            Lol what? Have you paid attention to the financial side?

            Nintendo is the world’s largest video game company. It has massive reserves, incredible revenues, no debt, and depth in its product lines.

            Among its rivals, it is at the very top. Are you implying Sony’s video game division is better off than Nintendo? In the past five years Sony has only turned a profit in 2008 and 2013 (because they sold their headquarters LOL). Overall they lose money. You think Microsoft is better off? Them like Sony take a loss for each console sold and only make a slight profit after 3-5 games are sold.

            Nintendo has won or placed second in just about every video game generation. Last generation they sold 100 million Wiis and 150 million DS’. The generation before? 22 million Gamecubes and 80 million GBAs.

            Unlike their competitors Nintendo made a gain on each console sale alone (this generation’s Wii U takes a slight loss per sale however). On the video game side? Nintendo sells the most first party games every generation.

            Lol, that’s not what taking a loss means. Taking a loss means literally that on your annual financial report in red it has a number indicating how much money the company has lost that year. It can be red even if it’s a dollar. Nintendo has taken a loss I believe only once in its over 100 year life time.

            And no companies can survive losses? As I’ve said with Sony they’ve done that for about five years now and have been leveraging assets to appear profitable and cut losses. Take a look at Sony’s financial state, they’re absolutely terrible yet they have in fact survived such losses and will continue to do so for at least one more generation.

            *face palm* You’re thinking too simply. I doubt the console itself was what took most of the investment, it is the various innovations that Nintendo had to create that costed the most money. Nintendo has the highest investment in research and development in the gaming industry. They spend hundreds of millions per year on it and it’s exactly why their gamepad and handhelds are so great. It’s because there likely was hundreds of models made that were rejected before they picked the optimal one.

            Most Nintendo games do not cut corners. However to just say they are “reworked from existing formulas” is ridiculous. What makes these games so popular is that they remain a part of the franchise and thus keep the same formula. Mario has been saving the Princess and Mushroom Kingdom forever now and will continue to do so always. However are all his games the same? No, Paper Mario, Mario Galaxy, Mario Bros, etc are all different. Link will save Zelda but his past five games have all been visually different as well. The list goes on.

            I thought you were one of the smarter Nintendo fans but I’ve had to explain far too much this comment. The business side of Nintendo is a side you don’t know much about I’m afraid.

          • $39063977

            i’m not in the mood for that long conversation right now. maybe another time, but i’ll say one thing. Sony is Sony and MS is MS whether you are talking about operating systems, TVs, games, web browsers, dev studios, cameras, or whatever. A company’s stock and size is not measured separately across divisions, but as a whole. When Nintendo makes money off accessories, mario dolls, pencils, cases and what not do you not consider that part of Nintendo? Shareholders sure do. In the same way when Sony makes a new HDTV…..(and the story goes on)…

            MS can afford bumps and losses from console sales, cause it operates on many different ends (PCs, Web, devs, etc.). Similar case with Sony. When Nintendo takes a loss on its primary operations though it means things are falling apart one way or another – as simple as that. The wiiu is a bigger part of Nintendo’s capital than the other consoles for the other companies. Nintendo is a strictly games company + turns around proportionately only a fraction of what MS does year in year out. A lot less than Sony too. Although all of these companies own shares in tons of other companies, so it is hard to estimate the effect of failures in their own productions. Bottom line, MS is about 17 times larger than Nintendo on market capitalisation alone. MS can flex and bend in all sorts of maneuvers that Nintendo can’t.

            To be more precise, MS scores #41 on Forbes Global 2000, Sony #506 and Nintendo #1078. When you talk about companies and make such claims, read the numbers first: http://www.forbes.com/

          • XiC

            You sure don’t grasp the business side so please stop making these wild assumptions.

            Divisions are expected to to be self sustaining. If a division is taking losses it is expected to take care of itself. Each division is given a budget and if it cannot make do and is losing money and taking debt it will be liquidized. Shareholders may push for these actions even sooner if they see the need to. This is exactly why Sony’s headquarters was sold off in a fire sale for $2 billion (despite that fact it’s worth so much more) so that the gaming division can turn a profit and calm shareholders. If what you believe is true Sony would have pushed more money into the gaming division so that they wouldn’t need to leverage their assets and overall lose money. That didn’t happen because it isn’t how divisions would work and it would anger shareholders.

            I said “Nintendo is the richest game company in the world.”. Your response was “it is certainly NOT the richest game company in the world. As a matter of fact, among its rivals it is the POOREST company. ” That is completely untrue as I’ve proven and you can look it up yourself. I never once said Nintendo is the world’s richest company, or anything of that sort yet you think it would be logical to compare it like that.

            Why even compare if you’re only going to look at the entire entities? Sony beats Microsoft in headsets but who cares since Microsoft makes more money as a whole you can just say Microsoft is the world’s richest headset company? Do you know how many ventures Microsoft is in? So I suppose Microsoft is now the world’s richest consulting company, richest animation company, richest in thousands of more ventures and whatever obscure patents they hold? No one looks at it like that and it would make no sense at all.

            You’re now back-peddling and comparing the entire corporations of Microsoft and Sony to Nintendo. That’s completely wrong.

            What is being examined is strictly gaming. We’re not looking at the stocks, we’re not looking at conglomerates, merchandise or anything of that sort. The numbers and statements I have brought up do not include these other ventures.

            Taking a loss on a console doesn’t signify much anymore. Last generation Microsoft and Sony consoles took a loss per sale, this current generation would have all three companies take a loss per sale. It doesn’t mean things are falling apart in the least.

            Your lack of knowledge in the business aspect shows quite easily. The annual financial report easily separates these ventures and you can easily see what the gaming divisions are making, including all other figures such as spending, RnD, etc. So yes they are measured separately.

          • $39063977

            you are complicating things BEYOND your own comprehension. 1. your claims about how divisions work is complete nonsense. i’ve worked for over 10 years at IBM and Sony and none of it is as you describe. I have worked on various collaborations and have been in charge of about 20 research projects across several divisions. that’s complete nonsense. we’ve had projects that were turning in losses yet they were maintained and subsidised cause potential merges and production were foreseen in 5 or 10 years time. even universities, which you would think would function that way in fact they DON’T.

            give me a standard list of the biggest games companies in the world with precise costs and revenues from their games divisions AND related products (promotions, investments, subsidies, 2nd parties, RnD). In fact, why not narrow this list down to what is of most interest here? Bring me the list based on information related to consoles alone AND related products (games, subsidies, promotions, RnD, etc). Have you looked at their financial reports and indeed you can trim through it down to that degree? Why equate 3ds then when we talk about consoles and why not equate MS’s OS when we talk about PC games (can they run without it)? i believe you are speculating there based on your own assumptions. i doubt you’ve even looked at a single list. bring me a summary of their financial reports and then we can talk. keep it for 2009-13

          • XiC

            Beyond my comprehension? Don’t make me laugh. I’m a university accounting student and I look into the financial side of game companies for fun. Supposedly you worked for these companies yet you say some of the most ridiculous things.

            What you were describing for divisions in companies is bleeding cash and you thought that was perfectly acceptable? Why don’t we look back in history at the Sega Genesis and how quickly its console division was closed down? There’s so many other cases of this but despite that my claims of how divisions work is nonsense when it already happened exactly as I said?

            http://www.sony.net/SonyInfo/IR/financial/fr/12q4_sony.pdf
            That’s the Sony one summarized, for the full reports of Sony.
            http://www.sony.net/SonyInfo/IR/financial/ar/Archive.html
            Here’s Nintendo’s.
            http://www.nintendo.co.jp/ir/pdf/2013/130424e.pdf

            You can find advertising expenses, investments, subsidies, etc. If you’re looking for 2nd parties that’s too much trouble. I’d have to go and pull up dozens of studio’s personal records and those are rarely released. Then again why even ask for that if you’ve ever actually looked at these yourself? You’d know exactly how much trouble it is to do that and you’d know the annual financial report has included their figures. Also the console alone? Why are you asking for that, these are annual financial reports they have sections. You think you can hide poor figures and get away with it? Lmao, what are analysts and accountants paid for then?

            In fact most of what you’re asking just shows me you’re utterly clueless about the business side.

            I’m an accounting student as I’ve mentioned. This is as clear as day for me when I read this. I imagine the experienced and paid accountants out there scrutinize this far better than I and see even more.

            Why equate the 3DS and handhelds? I clearly said “gaming generation”. Do you not know how to read? The computer is not listed in gaming generations. That’s common knowledge and if isn’t shouldn’t someone with interest in video games know that?

            http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_video_game_consoles_(seventh_generation)

            What I think is that you’re a liar. I think you’re spewing utter BS at this point. I think you’re still talking purely out of pride. I know for a fact you haven’t read financial reports because you’re asking for what is expected to be in the reports. Heck you even asked for these reports when they’re so readily easily accessible. Oh my you even said “standard” LOL. Do you even know how corporations work?

            Here, I’ll even give you one more chance to make a fool out of yourself. You can ask me one question about these financial reports and I’ll point it out to you. I know you can’t read these and will not read it line for line. I already have a guess at what question you may ask and it will likely be fundamentally wrong.

            I should have just stopped talking after you said Nintendo “is certainly NOT the richest game company in the world. As a matter of fact, among its rivals it is the POOREST company. ” or “When Nintendo takes a loss on its primary operations though it means things are falling apart one way or another – as simple as that.” when Sony has done that for years. I should’ve known I was talking to an idiot.

          • $39063977

            you know, for an accounting major i completely understand your lack of IQ to process one’s question and respond appropriately. it’s easier to resolve to comments that merely show your lack of character too. so be it then.

            one question? I’ll give you a trivial, although i won’t stick to those reports:

            What’s the ratio of Microsoft’s operating expenses and gross income to Nintendo’s on the following:

            1. consoles, not including handhelds

            2. console games

            Make sure that includes Research and Marketing related to those areas. give me that for the years ending x 2012/13. whether the reports you get off their websites include such refined stats is a different story.

          • XiC

            Wow, that’s plain amazing. You choose to ignore every stupid thing you’ve said and instead just ask your one question.

            Are you too prideful to simply admit you’re wrong? That’s a fantastic show of your character to worm around and back peddle all day.

            You asked for relevant financial reports and I provided them yet not a word was spoken about it? What was the purpose of asking me to gather them then? Oh that’s right you thought if I couldn’t provide them you’d “win” LMAO. That’s just more proof that you have absolutely no idea what you’re saying or asking for.

            The question you ask now you don’t even know the answer to. I know that for a fact.

            The question is also fundamentally flawed as I already said it would be. This question is irrelevant and pointless. I already know what point you’re attempting to illustrate and I’ve already answered that. Why bother ever comparing corporations, why bother with analysts and accountants if you can just say Microsoft makes more money than any other corporation in the world? Why doesn’t everyone just invest in Microsoft then? That’s because business doesn’t work like that you dumb.ass.

            Why in the world am I comparing Microsoft to Nintendo anyways? What does this have to do with the facts I’ve given that 1. Nintendo is the world’s richest game company and 2. Nintendo has placed first or second in every gaming generation?

            Stop wasting my time. There’s nothing intellectual to gain out of this. You’ve gotten so much wrong at this point that you’ve only managed to prove you’re an idiot. As I’ve said I’ll answer a question about those financial reports not an irrelevant one about the entirety of Microsoft.

            Why don’t you answer a question? You claim to have been head of 20 projects. Name all 20 and give me your name. You do that and I’ll answer that pointless question. Come on liar prove yourself.

          • $39063977

            that wall of garbage is by far the most insensible, arrogant, backwards, clump of causality-lacking trash that I have ever had the misfortune of reading.

            my point is simple, yet you don’t have the bare minimum IQ to comprehend what i am saying, simply because it does not fit in the thin membranes of your stubborn and immature mistuned brain. I’ll say it in even simpler terms. you still won’t get it.

            MS is in the same league as N, spends more than twice as much on RnD for its game divisions, yet they are only a fraction of the company’s total turn overs. MS can afford to pass and balance costs across projects across divisions when production is not in perspective yet. in that way gross incomes still balances operating expenses (and vice versa) properly in the eyes of some undergrad accounting major, who is looking for keywords across stupid overgeneralised balance sheets. this is what most companies that invest in research do. it is harder to pull these things off when funds are coming from public grants (epsrc, erc, fp7, etc.) but on the level of company salaries, meetings, travelling, equipment, it is almost always the case. for them it’s ok for a project to run out of funding and still operate with the same people and resources. companies are not much different from not for profit institutions – but that will take you ages to figure out and i’m in no mood for a lesson to someone who is still trying to figure out which side of the balance sheet liabilities go and brags about it. in addition, do you have any idea how much MS invests in 3rd parties? or Sony?

            when you get out of school and join the real world you may begin to think less rationally and open your brain for something deeper. none of the information i have asked you to bring is in any way available to you or your classmates to write case studies on. try and read someone’s posts next time rather than simply react to them.

          • XiC

            I would think I’m quite knowledgeable about these companies as I read every news article and financial report that comes my way. But hey you doubt me when you’re completely and utterly oblivious about their financial states. You even said “loss on its primary operations though it means things are falling apart one way or another” when you’re clueless that all consoles take a loss per sale. Subsidized products are nothing new but you wouldn’t know that when you’re lying out of your @ss.

            It’s disgusting how you ask me to skim through all that crap you’ve written. There’s no numbers, no stats, irrelevant explanation, just further off topic. You avoid all the questions Mr.Head of 20 Projects LMAO. There was absolutely nothing worth reading in that.

            You’ve made so many blatant mistakes that you’ll never own up to yet you’ll claim I have “minimum IQ”. That’s hilarious. I love how all of this started because you claimed Nintendo is the “poorest game company” among its competitors and did not believe that Nintendo did win or come second in every gaming generation. You were even dumb enough to ask why the PC isn’t counted in that. Those are hard facts that you’ve doubted since the start. Go ahead search it up as I’ve already said.

            Don’t worry about me I’m far better off than some washed up lying ignorant scrub on the internet who argues because of his own misunderstandings :].

          • $39063977

            it’s not a question about units sold. when you get to my level (msc, phd) and clock in over 10 years in RnD then you may come back and reread my comments until u finally understand. by that time nintendo may be some subsidiary of sony or ms and you’ll be scratching your head how it all went down. mark my words.

          • XiC

            I wasn’t talking about units sold. My last comment wasn’t about anything you just said. You’re now completely off topic and on a completely irrelevant tangent.

            I feel like I’m talking to a mental person. Sorry, I can’t waste more time on you. I’ll get further progress from a rock.

        • Agent721

          I’d agree with your analysis…shit, I’ve owned all the N consoles & I’ve never played a Pikmin game before. But we can hope that combined with other releases, the increase in sales will still be strong.

    • sd

      The 22,000 is in japan alone. The 30,000 total before was worldwide with 8000 of these sales coming from japan. So take 8,000 from 30,000 = 22,000 in every other territory + another 22,000 from the current weekly sales in Japan and this would potentially take it to 44,000 weekly sales worldwide. Hopefully that makes sense.

      Also if the uptake in other countries is similar we would see an almost three fold increase in worldwide sales for at least 1-2 weeks, taking it just short of 100,000 weekly sales. Thats a huge jump.

      • XiC

        sd I’m not quite sure if it truly is Japan alone. Even if it were Japan alone the sales number of 22,000 a week would put it higher than the sales numbers in the weeks of January which was not that long after console launch. That’s just crazy.

        If you are right, I’ll be plain dumbfounded. I would have never expected Pikmin 3 to sell that many more consoles. Heck, even analysts didn’t see this coming either. If what you’re predicting is true then Pikmin 3 will be defying all the numbers and probability. I doubt it but I believe there will be an increase in some degree.

        Currently worldwide sales have slowed drastically to 24,000 (8,000 being Japan). This likely means Japan’s increase is likely the highest one. I don’t believe the game to have the selling power to appeal to everyone around the world like it did in Japan.

        I think the reason Pikmin 3 did so well in Japan is because of all the aggressive advertising Nintendo has been doing in Japan for weeks now. I for one have not seen any of those commercials in Canada.

        • sd

          According to everyone on the internet the sales figires are for Japan alone. So 22000 in japan up from 8000 a week previously. I am surprised japan had such a high percentage of WiiU console sales. IGN are running the same story stating these figures are just for japan. They also state it takes wiiU sales in Japan alone to 990,738. To further add to this Pikmin has sold 92720 games in its first 2 days of release.

          The question is will this last. Also would it be repeated worldwide. The other thing to realise is are the increases just for Pikmin. Or have people been waiting to buy a WiiU and are just waiting for a game release which has happened.

          To put it in perspective though these sales are still too low. If you said weekly sales have increased to 44,000 a week worldwide and they sustain that pace that is only 2.28 million a year. Or just under 11.5 million consoles in 5 years. Still not good enough.

          But the really amazing thing for me is according to IGN the 22000 japanese WiiU console sales recorded are only representive of half a week.

          • XiC

            It’s refreshing to see someone else use data to prove a point.

            These numbers for a Wii U spike of sales just because of Pikmin 3 is plain crazy. At this point I’m inclined it is true but I will wait until other official sites put up their numbers.

            I still don’t think this will last. Games with adoption rates of 10% and higher for Nintendo have historically been the likes of Super Smash Bros, Mario Kart, etc. Those are true killer aps. I don’t see Pikmin on the level of those series. I love Pikmin but it’s not of a genre that has widespread interest.

            What I do know is that singular games do not provide a permanent boost to sales. A spike at best so logically speaking Wii U sales will drop back down within the month.

          • sd

            Definately agree, the sales will spike and fall most likely. Hopefully they rise and last long enough for the W101, personally if this title is as good as I am hoping then I would think this could generate more console sales than Pikmin. In a few weeks the official data will be out on vgchartz to actually have a look at.

          • XiC

            Well as long as there’s more consoles then it’ll naturally boost sales of all games.

            Doesn’t the typical Wii U owner own over 3 games?

            I hope the Wii U can ride the momentum and compete well this generation but if they do fail I would be fine with that as well. As long as Nintendo doesn’t turn to software only if the Wii U fails this may be positive in the long run.

            Maybe Nintendo will finally learn that you have to provide competitive specs for a console to safely sell. Being the innovator and inventor isn’t like what it use to be. Microsoft and Sony have consistently offered the unique features of Nintendo products in the past just at a later point. As it stands the Wii U doesn’t even seem to be a third as powerful as its competitors. That’ll be incredibly problematic in the future when new games use every inch of resource available in a console.

            If only the Wii U was released last generation.

          • sd

            The problem with power is that its not clear cut. Nintendo CPU’s are very efficient. From a hardware point the problem you have is that while I believe it is far more powerful than the current consoles, the gap between the WiiU and PS4/ X-1 will almost be as much as the Wii to ps3.

            At the same time it will have better games than the wii, which I never really enjoyed. I love the gamplay experience on the Wii U. but never enjoyed the wii games that much.

            Having said that should the wiiU fail then I am pretty sure Nintendo have enough to keep the consoles coming. They are still making a profit and they have the 3DS to fall back on. For their next console they should just call it Zelda or even the SNES 2.0 .

            They went for innovation after the gamecube was outsold by the less powerful PS2. They also assumed that the WiiU would just follow the Wii’s success. But I think the Wii was bad for Nintendo as it put off so many core gamers. You need core gamers to buy systems in the first year.

            If the WiiU is a failure their next console needs to far exceed the PS4 and X1 in terms of specs. Especially as Nintendo dont yet own a cloud to experiment with and even with failure the next system would be about 4 years away. But I hope for success.

            If it screws up for Nintendo long term they could always partner up with sega and bring out a nintendo master system. Now that would sell. Sega and Nintendo games only available for one console……The hype alone would be phenomenal.

          • XiC

            Nintendo’s CPUs may be efficient but so too is the PS4’s. The architecture of its cores mirrors that of a PC I believe.

            Most analysts peg the Wii U as 50% more powerful than previous generation PS3. However those same analysts also peg the new PS4 as 6-9 times more powerful than the PS3.

            The gap is enormous much like last generation’s. The only difference now is that with HD graphic capabilities, the most obvious difference won’t be noticed.

            The Wii turned into a joke. Of all the consoles it had the most junk games. Some developers would make games as small as 30mbs and price them at full retail price when it’s nothing more than Wiiware. Aside from first party and second party titles, quality was an issue for Wii games.

            Nintendo would likely find success if it just made a new system with high specs and retained the use of Wiimotes and the Wii U Gamepad. That way it’d retain originality from the past and offer competitive specs. That could be a winner.

            As for the Sega and Nintendo master system that would be interesting. I emailed Wii Canada a few weeks back and they informed me that they recently partnered up with Sega. It was pretty vague but the two companies seem very close together now.

          • sd

            I agree about the power difference between the WiiU and PS4/X-1, which is a shame. 6x the PS3 based on that would make it about 4x the power of the WiiU I think which might be about right.

            But suddenly im hyped for the nintendo master system which isnt happening, lol. The hype alone would make it sell faster than any other console.

    • Guest

      well said :-)

  • Link

    Wait until its in america!!

  • sd

    The interesting thing to note about the unit sales is that in the recent weeks the WiiU was only selling about 30k worldwide. So in Japan alone they have almost matched their previous worldwide sales. With this in mind they could potentially reach 100k weekly sales short term. Or basically double their WiiU console sales by the end of the year taking it to around 8 million units. That would be pretty good, but obviously it is all presumption.

  • MajinCry

    This console needs a good ol’ Dragon Ball game. If Ninty could get that Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z game ported to the WiiU, I’d go out and buy one.

  • Tameka Young

    go pikmin go!

    must be those buff purple pikmin handling those sales

    • ChariotMan7

      Yup!

  • http://twitch.tv/dve2k DVE

    IT HAS BEGUN! – Shang Tsung

  • therealruben1

    Does anyone else hear Vegeta saying “Its over 9000!!!”

  • $41809923

    I SEE SUN SHINE

  • Wanderlei

    And thus the NINTENDOMINATION begins!

  • Randall Hellmer

    Need to bring some people down to earth here a bit. Yes, sales increased a fair bit. They also increased a fair bit when DQX was released, but I don’t see anyone declaring it a system seller.

    Just saying, let’s not lose our head here.

  • Michael Ocampo

    YEEEAAAHHHHH!!!!!! WAY TO GO NINTENDO!!!!!!

  • Gordon Tillett

    And I will be buying a Wii U when this game drops on August 4th. CAN’T WAIT!

    • $39063977

      lol are you being sarcastic or ARE YOU SERIOUS?

      • Gordon Tillett

        I’m dead serious. I’ve had the date circled on my calendar for a while.

  • UHREmperor

    92,000 physical copies in two days. I hope Nintendo releases the digital sales numbers.

  • Joseph Parsons

    The game has only been available 2 days out of the week that these sales are for, but in that short time, the game has sold over 92,000 copies in Japan. that big

    • oontz

      Yeah… ummm… the last of us sold 1.3million copies in the first week.

    • $39063977

      lol you obviously have a problem with big numbers. once you think relative those 92,000 will become very small.

  • Jarvis

    It’s still nothing. Nintendo sold only 22k console and 120k software (Pikmin3+LuigiU). Sony sold 13k console (13k PS3 console !!!!!!) and 95k software. Yes, we must be happy because at last, Wii U sales are better than PS3 sales, but it’s still just a little bit better. Wii U has 4 month, than PS4 release and Wii U sales will be decreased !

    • $39063977

      there are 3 words to describe what you just said: we are fucked.

      • Jarvis

        well, yes.

  • Guest

    look like NINTENDO no’s how to make good games to bad third party game makes r dicks the was like ea games all ea no’s how to make r fps

  • Joseph Parsons

    look like NINTENDO no’s how to make good games to bad third party game makes r dicks like ea game that dont take ther time to make a good game

    • oontz

      Looks like you don’t know how to use English correctly.

  • Joseph Parsons

    ea games r doom just like xbox 1 $80 for a ea game on ps4 and xbox 1

  • Joseph Parsons

    Ashley King thx for all the news on wii u

  • oontz

    Way to sensationalize the news piece Ashley.

    “Pikmin 3 is a huge system seller in Japan”

    Nintendo sold 14,000 more systems this week than last week, most likely because of Pikmin 3. To put that 14,000 into perspective… Japan has a population of around 127.8 Million people. It’s not exactly a HUGE system seller. It’s moving systems, yes (which is great news for us). But lets at least try to be realistic please.

    • sd

      But its a start. Also an increase of 14,000 if related to pikmin is huge. The reason is simply that Pikmin was only on the market 2 days. So in 2 days an extra 14,000 consoles were sold.

      Its a start at least.

      • oontz

        Yes it’s a start but let’s not kid our selves into thinking the problem is now solved and wiiu will go on to be the best system ever.

        • XiC

          The writers of this site are not good journalists to say the least.

          Their views are very plain and much like that of the average gamer.

          They’ve promoted ignorance in other articles as well.

          What the numbers truly do show is that Wii sales have increased but still are far below expectations. If the Wii U can keep up this new pace it’ll sell 10 million units by expected console life cycle. That’s less than half of the Gamecube.

          • oontz

            Exactly!

          • sd

            Although if it does the same worldwide….. well thats the problem at the moment too many ifs and maybes, time will be the judge. Regardless the truth of the WiiU’s success or failure will be evident by this time next year.

          • XiC

            Terrible journalism is going to help kill consoles.

            When people now look for the ideal console for themselves, they will be under the influence of incredibly biased articles like this.

            Perhaps someone likes motion controls but because the Kinect is written off as expensive, evil, and unneeded they might buy a Wii. This is despite the fact that Kinect is the better motion controlling hardware.

            The list goes on but it seems like writers nowadays care more about siding with popular views and garnering traffic than the truth. All they really are doing is pushing consumers towards ignorance and dissatisfaction which would kill console sales in the long run.

          • sd

            I had that issue with IGN as well. As a multi console owner i get really annoyed with poor reporting. At the moment they are against the Xbox one. So they release surveys that are actually positive and then twist them into a negative by misinterpreting.

        • sd

          I dont think anyone would say that at this stage (surely). Personally as it is I would be happy if the Wii U could generate about 40-50million sales over the course of its life. Thats neither a roaring success nor a failure.
          But to put the figures into perspective they need 100,000 sales a week just to emulate the poor success of the gamecube.

  • michael Laud

    Hate to be a bummer, I’d love for my WiiU to become popular enough for developers to consider releasing decent games on it, but lets get a little perspective here – Day 1 Black ops sales = 5.6 million

    http://www.wired.com/gamelife/2010/11/black-ops-sales/

    • Kylexile

      Its not really comparable because Black Ops came out on established systems that had been out for years and you are talking about Japan sales vs World sales.

      • michael Laud

        Fair enough, I just don’t want everyone to get their hopes up yet, let’s see how it does in Europe and the States over the next few months

  • Leo

    With so many gorgeous visuals in this game the editors of Wii U Daily should have chosen a better picture to illustrate this article. Just saying.

  • Downvote&CoEmployee5

    HOW DO YOU MAKE THOSE FUNNY MEMES THAT ARE MOVING D;<

    • 00EpicGamer00

      They’re called gifs. Just go to google.com, search for images, type in whatever kind of gif you want. Ex. “Nintendo E3 2013 gif”,Then when you click on the picture, it should actually move (It may take a while for it to move. Also please note that not ALL of the results brought up will move.) Then, like what you would do with a picture, copy the link and paste it here. After you post, refresh the page, and it SHOULD appear. (There’s probably other ways to do this, but this is my way.)

      • Downvote&CoEmployee5

        Thank you.

        • 00EpicGamer00

          You’re welcome :)

  • Guest

    “We don’t move consoles… we move pieces of fruit” – Pikmin XD

  • GuardiansFan

    Pretty impressive considering the #1 game is for the system with the lowest number of sales.

  • Leo

    “We don’t move consoles… we move pieces of fruit” – Pikmin :)

  • Rakim69

    LMAO 22k is bad… sorry. Wake up. The Flop is so great that now Nintendo fanboys thinks 22k in a week is great. It’s actually very bad with Pikmin 3.

    Surveillence is safety :: Xbox One > Your console.

    • Leo

      Sorry to throw water in your beer but Pikmin 3 sold over half of its shipment In 2 Days: “figures from Enterbrain revealed that the newest real-time strategy
      game from Nintendo sold 102,000 copies in 2 days after shipping out a
      total of 193,400 copies”.

      How great is that “flop” uh? ;)

    • 00EpicGamer00

      You don’t understand WHY we’re excited, do you? Anyone with a brain would know that Pikmin wouldn’t sell like a million consoles in the first week. We’re excited because the Wii U is at least getting more sales, I mean yes, it’s a very small number but it’s a start, at least. We’re also excited because, just a little game like Pikmin sold 22,000 Wii U’s (just in the first week.) There’s no telling how many Wii U’s will sell when games like Zelda, Donkey Kong, or Mario will be out.

      Also, you sound as if 22,000 is like, the end of the sales of Wii U’s for Pikmin 3. Let’s just take this into perspective. If 22,000 Wii U’s are sold every week for the rest of the year, that would equal to…..3,630,000 Wii U sales. Once again, this is IF the Wii U sells 22,000 each week. Also, the “3,630,000” isn’t counting any estimating Wii U sales from Zelda, Donkey Kong, Mario or any of the other games coming out later this year. The “3,630,000” is just from Pikmin.

    • sd

      The increase in sales to 22000 are for japan only, not the worldwide sales. So thats pretty good. Also the sales increase in japan alone increased from 8000 to 22000 in only 2 days.
      Sure more sales are needed. But its a good lift. Also we have Wonderful 101 next month, then Zelda etc. So if sales lift already and maintain this lift it will just gain momentum (Zelda, Donkey Kong, Sonic, Mario 3d are all bigger system seller than pikmin). Come back in 6 months and let everyone know the sales figures then.
      Oh yeah, I have an xbox one preordered, and unlike your opinion im not biased and appreciate good games from any platform.

  • Derek D’Arcy

    i can see alot of people who enjoy more then one console picking up wii u, 1st place , last place im enjoying my wii u no regrets on purchase