Pikmin 3 Helps Boost Wii U Sales in Japan

Pikmin 3 is number one in the charts but will it be able to save the Wii U?

Remember when I said that the Wii U wasn't doing too well. Looks like it is making a turn for the better with the help of Pikmin 3!

This week’s Media Create software and hardware sales are in from Japan, and Pikmin 3 is helping the Wii U make a comeback. Pikmin 3 – released only a couple of days ago – has sold almost 93,000 copies, beating out games like the new 3DS title Yokai Watch by about 39,000 copies.

Since Pikmin 3 is doing so well we are seeing an incredible boost in Wii U sales. Wii U sales have doubled from last week, at 22,000. Since this is only pertains to Japan, hopefully we can see some improvements in Wii U sales in other countries as well.

Software and hardware rankings can be seen below.

  1. [Wii U] Pikmin 3 - 92,720
  2. [3DS] Yokai Watch – 53,654 
  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 
  6. [PSV] Toukiden  – 20,853 (186,963)
  7. [PSP] Toukiden  – 19,262 (118,404)
  8. [PS3] Dead Island: Riptide  – 18,462 
  9. [PS3] Metal Gear Solid: The Legacy Collection  – 17,599
  10. [3DS] Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D – 12,963 (206,322)
  1. 3DS LL – 29,594 (29,716)
  2. Wii U – 22,199 (8,251)
  3. PlayStation Vita – 15,662 (20,776)
  4. 3DS – 13,841 (14,506)
  5. PlayStation 3 – 12,698 (11,683)
  6. PSP – 5,830 (5,768)
  7. Wii – 1,434 (1,334)
  8. Xbox 360 – 393 (313)

Do you see this as a comeback for the Wii U? Do you think as more popular titles are revealed that the Wii U will become more popular in the next gen war? What are your thoughts?

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Published Jul. 17th 2013

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