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Donkey Kong Wii U beaten to Japanese number one

Donkey Kong Wii U beaten to Japanese number one

Thu 20 Feb 2014 8:20am GMT / 3:20am EST / 12:20am PST
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Tropical Freeze frozen out in another strong week for Dragon Quest Monsters

The Wii U exclusive Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze failed to unseat Dragon Quest Monsters 2 at the top of the Japanese chart last week.

Donkey Kong Country sold 35,000 units in its first week on the software chart, a stark reflection of the performance of its native platform, which sold less than 9,000 units.

The most popular game was Square Enix's Dragon Quest Monsters 2, which added another 118,000 units to the 560,000 it sold in its debut week. Again, this is reflected in the sales of the 3DS, with the 3DS XL still untroubled at the top of the hardware chart.

The software top 10 is below, with lifetime sales in parentheses:

  • 1. [3DS] Dragon Quest Monsters 2: Iru and Luca's Wonderful Mysterious Keys (Square Enix, 02/06/14) - 118,427 (562,083)
  • 2. [Wii U] Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (Nintendo, 02/13/14) - 35,717 (New)
  • 3. [3DS] A-Ressha de Ikou 3D (Artdink, 02/13/14) - 27,009 (New)
  • 4. [3DS] Kirby: Triple Deluxe (Nintendo, 01/09/14) - 23,017 (440,131)
  • 5. [3DS] Yokai Watch (Level-5, 07/11/13) - 22,230 (423,836)
  • 6. [3DS] Magi: Aratanaru Sekai (Namco Bandai, 02/13/14) - 15,793 (New)
  • 7. [3DS] Puzzle & Dragons Z (GungHo Online Entertainment, 12/12/31) - 15,462 (1,359,241)
  • 8. [3DS] Puyopuyo Tetris (Square Enix, 02/06/13) - 13,717 (58,345)
  • 9. [PS3] Mobile Suit Gundam Extreme VS. Full Boost (Namco Bandai, 01/30/14) - 13,704 (313,291)
  • 10. [3DS] Pokemon X and Y (Nintendo, 10/12/13) - 12,750 (3,950,322)

The hardware chart is below, with the previous week's sales in parentheses:

  • 3DS XL - 27,650 (36,306)
  • PlayStation Vita - 17,081 (16,951)
  • 3DS - 12,066 (12,002)
  • PlayStation 3 - 10,226 (10,240)
  • Wii U - 8,782 (7,180)
  • PSP - 2,944 (2,948)
  • PlayStation Vita TV - 1,267 (1,331)
  • Xbox 360 - 256 (194)

Thanks Gematsu.

2 Comments

Nicholas Pantazis
Senior Editor

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I believe you have that backwards. Donkey Kong is a small franchise in Japan. The low Wii U sales this week are a reflection of its poor selling power, not the other way around.

Posted:5 months ago

#1

Christian Keichel
Journalist

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For comparsion, Donkey Kong Country Returns on the Wii sold 163K in it's first week in Japan. At this time the installed user base of the Wii in Japan was 10 million and the 3DS remake sold 104K in it's first week last year, when the installed user base of the 3DS was 11.6 million.
So I agree with Nicholas, Donkey Kong Country isn't a big franchise in Japan.

Edit: Besides Dragon Quest Monsters 2 didn't sold 562K last week, the 562K are the lifetime sales of the game including last week's and this week's sales.

Edited 3 times. Last edit by Christian Keichel on 21st February 2014 7:19am

Posted:5 months ago

#2

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