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3DS back on top in Japan as Wii U fades

Pikmin 3's impact wanes as Mario & Luigi storm the charts

The Wii U lost some of the momentum it gathered with the release of Pikmin 3 in Japan last week, as the 3DS reasserted its traditional dominance in both hardware and software.

After hitting 22,000 sales last week, the Wii U sank to 14,000 as the initial excitement around Pikmin 3 began to fade. That much was evident in sales of Pikmin 3, which shifted less than a third of its total from the previous week: 28,513 units.

To put that in perspective, Pikmin 3 suffered a much sharper dip in its sales than Level-5's Yokai Watch, which also debuted last week, and actually outsold the Nintendo exclusive this week.

Nintendo will take some consolation from the fact that the new reigning champion of the software charts is one of its own: Mario & Luigi: Dream Team for the 3DS, which sold a few shy of 100,000 units in its debut week. The other high new entry in an otherwise quiet week was also a 3DS title: Level-5's Danball Senki W Super Custom.

As a result, both models of the 3DS hardware saw a boost in sales, with the 3DS XL adding almost 12,000 units to last week's total.

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

  • 1. 3DS LL - 41,322 (29,594)
  • 2. 3DS - 15,703 (13,841)
  • 3. PlayStation Vita - 14,392 (15,662)
  • 4. Wii U - 14,280 (22,199)
  • 5. PlayStation 3 - 11,413 (12,698)
  • 6. PSP - 5,719 (5,830)
  • 7. Wii - 1,463 (1,434)
  • 8. Xbox 360 - 420 (393)

The full software chart is below, with lifetime sales in parentheses:

  • 1. [3DS] Mario & Luigi: Dream Team (Nintendo, 07/18/13) - 99,972 (New)
  • 2. [3DS] Yokai Watch (Level-5, 07/11/13) - 29,102 (82,756)
  • 3. [Wii U] Pikmin 3 (Nintendo, 07/11/13) - 28,513 (121,233)
  • 4. [3DS] Danball Senki W Super Custom (Level-5, 07/18/13) - 27,242 (New)
  • 5. [3DS] Tomodachi Collection: New Life (Nintendo, 04/18/13) - 26,799 (1,286,646)
  • 6. [PS3] Earth Defense Force 2025 (D3 Publisher, 07/04/13) - 20,255 (211,968)
  • 7. [PSV] Toukiden (Tecmo Koei, 06/27/13) - 12,953 (199,916)
  • 8. [Wii U] New Super Luigi U (Nintendo, 07/11/13) - 12,132 (37,014)
  • 9. [PSP] Toukiden (Tecmo Koei, 06/27/13) - 11,008 (129,412)
  • 10. [3DS] Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D (Nintendo, 06/13/13) - 10,826 (217,148)
  • 11. [3DS] Animal Crossing: New Leaf (Nintendo, 11/08/12) - 10,075 (3,335,198)
  • 12. [3DS] Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon (Nintendo, 03/21/13) - 9,366 (834,392)
  • 13. [PS3] Dead Island: Riptide (Spike Chunsoft, 07/11/13) - 6,962 (25,423)
  • 14. [PSP] DanganRonpa: Academy of Hope and High School Students of Despair(PSP the Best) (Spike, 11/23/11) - 6,447 (97,651)
  • 15. [PS3] The Last of Us (SCEJ, 06/20/13) - 6,413 (179,594)
  • 16. [3DS] Kuma Tomo (Namco Bandai, 06/20/13) - 6,019 (28,055)
  • 17. [Wii] Taiko Drum Master Wii Super Wonderful Edition (Namco Bandai, 11/29/12) - 5,630 (522,496)
  • 18. [PS3] Gundam Breaker (Namco Bandai, 06/27/13) - 5,279 (248,098)
  • 19. [PS3] Final Fantasy XIII-2 Digital Contents Selection (Square Enix, 07/18/13) - 4,890 (New)
  • 20. [3DS] Digimon World Re: Digitize Decode (Namco Bandai, 06/27/13) - 4,155 (55,107)

Thanks, Gemtasu.

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Bruce Everiss Marketing Consultant 7 years ago
Since its launch I have said Wii U = Dreamcast.
Each time I say this it attracts less criticism.
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Keldon Alleyne Strategic Keyboard Basher, Avasopht Development7 years ago
@Bruce: that's because people become less bothered to respond.

People criticise you because Dreamcast was the end of SEGA's hardware business. Nintendo would have to make several failures to even be close to reaching that point.

If you said something like, Wii-U = GC or Wii-U = SegaCD or Wii-U = something_that_failed_but_didn't_kill_the_company then perhaps people would find it easier to take it more seriously. But in going for the more extreme statements people will always dismiss what you've got to say until they get bored of doing so.

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Keldon Alleyne on 25th July 2013 10:40am

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Bruce Everiss Marketing Consultant 7 years ago
@ Keldon Alleyne

Wii U could well be the end of Nintendo's home console business. The whole project contains so many different ineptitudes that you would wonder how they could recover. Never mind that the market for such a machine has evaporated.

Electronic Arts, Rovio, GungHo, King.com, Kabam, Funzio, Supercell, Gameloft etc are proving that the mobile market is now big enough to support major publishing and it is growing very rapidly. If Nintendo applied their development resources to putting their fantastic IP on Android and iOS it would make them vastly more money than the WiiU will.
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Adam Campbell Product Manager, Azoomee7 years ago
Wii U could well be the end of Nintendo's home console business.
I still seriously doubt it at this stage.

I actually think the 'big three' Mario, Metroid and Zelda are enough to save Wii-U. Where else can you play these franchises? If all else fails, mega price cut and give people no reason to miss what's actually a decent platform. Nintendo will be able to find a way to increase their installed base and sell high volumes of software.

The next time round will be another opportunity to re-invent as it always its. And inB4mobile, there's already evidence the 'home console' is likely to remain sustainable past this generation and not simply find itself replaced by another gaming platform.
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Keldon Alleyne Strategic Keyboard Basher, Avasopht Development7 years ago
The whole project contains so many different ineptitudes that you would wonder how they could recover.
Simple. They have a reserve of gold bars that can be used to fund future developments. Nintendo can afford to try out new, good and bad ideas and recover if the idea fails.

On top of those gold bars they have enough support for their key franchises to guarantee a certain amount of traction when those franchises are released (and no I don't mean Pikmin).

It is very premature to discuss the success or failure of the Wii-U without waiting for the release of the products that people buy Nintendo machines for. And there are no ifs or buts regarding that. Forget about the Wii, that is not how Nintendo machines typically sell, they need Nintendo products to actually measure it because those are what generate the real sales.

There are countless Nintendo supporters who will only be interested in the console when Mario Kart, Mario and Zelda are present because those are games they are guaranteed to purchase and are willing to wait. Until then we're just basing our measurements on a premature birth.
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Keldon Alleyne Strategic Keyboard Basher, Avasopht Development7 years ago
And last I heard, Nintendo were breaking even on the Wii-U business.
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Jim Webb Executive Editor/Community Director, E-mpire Ltd. Co.7 years ago
As already noted, the 3DS never dipped below the Wii U to begin with. And I'm still puzzled by the separation of the two 3DS models.
Pikmin 3 was never going to be a system seller. The series never has been. Anyone expecting a new sales plateau for the Wii U solely due to Pikmin 3 made a very spurious expectation at best.

Bruce, I'm really starting to think your job title should be professional troll. I can't tell if it's genuine zeal or if you're just trying to meet some daily trolling quota.
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Nicholas Pantazis Senior Editor, VGChartz Ltd7 years ago
@ Jim The models are separated by Media Create, so GI (accurately) reports the numbers as given. I'm not sure why MC separates them and not the multiple SKUs of any other platform (3G/Wifi Vita, Deluxe/Standard Wii U, etc.) but I do actually like the visibility.

@ Bruce Don't be silly. Nintendo is more cash rich than Sony. They are far from losing out on the home console business and are still profitable despite the Wii U's struggles. Whether the platform fails or not it's definitely not their last device.
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Bruce Everiss Marketing Consultant 7 years ago
@ Jim Webb

Calling someone you disagree with a troll does not make you right. In fact it usually means that you are wrong and have lost the argument.

@Keldon Alleyne

Nintendo may be breaking even on the manufacturing cost of each console. However there is no way that the entire WiiU project is in profit.

@Nicholas Pantazis

Everyone is more cash rich than Sony. They have been bleeding for years.
A new home console is a $1 billion plus project. The number of times any company can afford to bomb is very limited.
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Adam Campbell Product Manager, Azoomee7 years ago
Everyone is more cash rich than Sony. They have been bleeding for years.
A new home console is a $1 billion plus project. The number of times any company can afford to bomb is very limited.
So how does this make the Wii-U equal to the Dreamcast?

I don't think Nintendo were even losing money during the Gamecube era, had a console that didn't sell at a huge loss and produced almost equal sales to the original Xbox (which never made money).

Then you can throw in the power of their franchises and the success of the Gameboy advance, followed by the Nintendo DS. Then the Wii was out of this world and we have the 3DS topping hardware sales and now beating all criticism (unlike the PSP, the Vita is even further from being able to compete).

I'm not seeing this highly unsuccessful console business you're alluding to. How the Wii-U can finish Nintendo I'm not sure. Every major console Nintendo have released in the past decade and a half, appears to have seen quantifiable success. The Wii-U is merely a question mark at this early stage.

Edited 2 times. Last edit by Adam Campbell on 25th July 2013 1:53pm

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Antony Cain Lecturer, Teesside University7 years ago
Have we not reached the point yet where anyone who has any interest in games at all has learnt that writing off Nintendo only ends up making you look silly?

Bookmark the thread and come back in 12 months. Now taking bets on Mario Kart sales by that point...
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Jim Webb Executive Editor/Community Director, E-mpire Ltd. Co.7 years ago
Bruce, it's not that I disagree with you, it's that you derail every single thread you post in. Every single one of them. And it's always about the same thing. Praise for mobile, death for consoles. Doesn't matter what the actual article topic is, you're ready to jump in at any moment and spread your gospel. That's the definition of being a troll. Whether I agree with you or disagree with you is not the point; it's your own actions that dictate your status.
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Bruce Everiss Marketing Consultant 7 years ago
@Jim Webb

You are more of a troll than I am.

In Internet slang, a troll (/ˈtroʊl/, /ˈtrɒl/) is a person who sows discord on the Internet by starting arguments or upsetting people,[1] by posting inflammatory,[2] extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community (such as a forum, chat room, or blog), either accidentally[3][4] or with the deliberate intent of provoking readers into an emotional response[5] or of otherwise disrupting normal on-topic discussion.[6]
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John Bye Lead Designer, Freejam7 years ago
Do you honestly not see that description applies to you, Bruce?
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Jeff Kleist Writer, Marketing, Licensing 7 years ago
I only dispute you in this, because the DreamCast was an amazing system, with innovative and highly memorable games, and while it was the last gasp of Sega, they went out with their creative head high. Xbox Live was built from the ashes of the first game console with standard online connectivity, Dreamcast had so many firsts that were well executed, but with just too small an audience.

WiiU has...rehashes and gimmicky ports of games on other platforms.

So while Dreamcast will continue to be remembered fondly, by gamers, no one will give a rats about WiiU 10 years from now, unless there is a true miracle (holding breath not recommended)
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Nicholas Pantazis Senior Editor, VGChartz Ltd7 years ago
@ Bruce if, theoretically, Nintendo lost $1 billion on the Wii U (they already won't, they've broke even) they would need to face 9 Wii Us in a row, without a 3DS to back them up in sales.

So basically, if the 3DS didn't exist and the Wii U did much worse than it's actually doing and they did that 9 times in a row then yes, this would be Nintendo's Dreamcast. So... thanks for your insight.
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Bruce Everiss Marketing Consultant 7 years ago
@Nicholas Pantazis

If Nintendo have broken even on WiiU how come they made a 36.4 billion yen operating loss ($366 million) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2013? Nintendo themselves said that the WiiU had a “negative impact on Nintendo’s profits.” They had predicted selling 5.5 million units and only sold 3.45 million, which must have impacted unit costs as there would be far more fixed costs per unit.

In October Nintendo said that the WiiU would be sold at a loss: http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2012-10-25-nintendo-admits-wii-u-to-be-sold-at-loss

Since 2009 Nintendo's sales have decreased by two thirds. Which is pretty close to falling off a cliff.
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Nicholas Pantazis Senior Editor, VGChartz Ltd7 years ago
@ Bruce Because they didn't post that loss? That was their loss in 2012, in 2013 they posted a small profit of $71.4 million. They also said the Wii U is profitable with one game sold, so no Wii Us have been sold at a loss to consumers.
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Keldon Alleyne Strategic Keyboard Basher, Avasopht Development7 years ago
The Wii U hardware will have a negative impact on Nintendo's profits early after the launch
Bruce, please explain your selective quoting, complete disregard of the context and constant ignoring of facts such as the facts Nicholas showed. And the same facts that appear right here on GI.

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Keldon Alleyne on 26th July 2013 5:25pm

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