Jul 22, 2013

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Pikmin 3 Japanese Launch Sales Pale to Previous Game

Pikmin 3 Japanese Launch Sales Pale to Previous Game


Last week, the long-awaited Pikmin 3 launched in Japan after a nine-year wait since the original Pikmin 2. In its first week, the Wii U-exclusive sold 92,720 copies in Nintendo’s home country. While that may seem like a paltry sum for such a high-profile exclusive, there are many factors that are needed to take into account. First of all, Siliconera reports that Pikmin 3 sold “more than Pikmin 1 sold in its first week, but far less than Pikmin 2.” Pikmin 1 sold 90,000 copies in its first week, while Pikmin 2 sold 160,000. Pikmin 3 barely sold more than the first game and considerably less than the second. Much of the reason for such low sales is the fact that the Wii U still has yet to catch on with consumers, but that’s not all.

The top commenter on Siliconera’s post points out that the sales figures were based on only two days for Pikmin 3, while the sales for Pikmin 2′s launch week was based on four days. Finally, Media Create, Siliconera’s source for the sales numbers, does not take into account digital sales of Pikmin 3. Pikmin 2‘s launch sales were solely based on retail copies sold, but with Pikmin 3 available on the eShop day one, there is no telling what the total sales really were. It is actually quite possible that a large number of purchases were made digitally, considering that there is a promotion going on in Japan right now where purchasing Pikmin 3 from the eShop actually costs less than the retail version.

[Source: Siliconera]