Donkey Kong Country Returns sells 4.2 million

Nintendo's iconic gorilla sets chest-thumping sales pace as Super Mario Galaxy 2 sales top 6 million through December; Pokemon Black/White top DS chart.

Nintendo is still making more money than most gaming companies, but it is doing so in a far less dramatic fashion. Last week, the Kyoto-based company reported a ¥49.56 billion ($604 million) profit on revenues of ¥807.99 billion ($9.84 billion) for its nine-month fiscal period ended December 31, 2010. Game sales were among the few shining points in Nintendo's financial statement, and the publisher has now revealed its million-unit-plus sellers during the period.

Donkey Kong's return has been a lucrative one for Nintendo.

In terms of games released during the nine-month window, Super Mario Galaxy 2 was Nintendo's top newcomer on the Wii, having sold 6.15 million units worldwide since its late-May release. Perhaps more impressive is the performance of the 2D platformer Donkey Kong Country Returns, which has sold 4.21 million units since its November 21 release in the US. Kirby's Epic Yarn, which arrived in the US on October 17, sold 1.38 million units.

The Wii's top seller between April and December was perennial hit and system pack-in Wii Sports, which sold 12.19 million units worldwide. Wii MotionPlus pack-in Wii Sports Resort followed with sales of 10.21 million, while New Super Mario Bros. Wii shifted 6.58 million units.

On the DS, Pokemon Black and White were both the top debut and top overall seller during the nine-month period, having sold a combined 5.32 million units. The second best-selling new title during the period was Professor Layton and the Unwound Future, which sold 1.87 million units. However, because Nintendo only sold the game abroad, the game's sales in Japan were not included in the publisher's tally.

Nintendo Wii
Title / Nine-month sales / LTD sales
Donkey Kong Country Returns / 4.21 million / 4.21 million
Kirby's Epic Yarn / 1.38 million / 1.38 million
Mario Kart Wii / 3.95 million / 26.5 million
New Super Mario Bros. Wii / 6.58 million / 21.28 million
Super Mario All-Stars Limited Edition / 1.95 million / 1.95 million
Super Mario Galaxy 2 / 6.15 million / 6.15 million
Wii Fit Plus / 5.09 million / 17.74 million
Wii Party / 5.07 million / 5.07 million
Wii Sports / 12.19 million / 75.66 million
Wii Sports Resort / 10.21 million / 26.35 million

Nintendo DS
Title / Nine-month sales / LTD sales
Pokemon Black and White / 5.32 million / 5.32 million
New Super Mario Bros. / 3.73 million / 26.21 million
Pokemon HeartGold and SoulSilver / 3.32 million / 11.72 million
Mario Kart DS / 2.8 million / 20.7 million
Professor Layton and the Unwound Future / 1.87 million / 1.87 million*
Art Academy / 1.52 million / 1.52 million
Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Mini-Land Mayhem! / 1.15 million / 1.15 million
Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies / 1.02 million / 1.02 million*

*Figure only reflects sales in regions in which Nintendo published the title.

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109 comments
BloodMist
BloodMist

Well, well deserved success for one hell of a great platformer.

ax23000
ax23000

Constantly impressed with the life to date sales of games like Mario Kart Wii and Wii Sports Resort. 26 million copies...third parties may struggle on the Wii, but Nintendo certainly doesn't.

Flint247
Flint247

I'm glad I own a Wii now. People say "It has no good games". I certainly laugh at that statement because there are TONS of good and great games on the system. ;)

19Gam3NErD91
19Gam3NErD91

DKC was simply AWESOME!!! now bring more nintendo!

volcomstoner180
volcomstoner180

donkey kong was my favorite wii game of 2010 by far...mario was great but its been awhile since i went on a bannana hunt this good

elozl
elozl

DKCR is Excellent! almost perfect as DKC2 xD but its worth it, i think this dkcr is the best wii game of 2010

Wormkid_64
Wormkid_64

@ monson21502 What's funny is that people must have just thumbs downed you on that comment just because you mentioned it! :P Anyway,it isn't that people here work for Nintendo.It's that they're talking about a system they like with games they like,and you're saying few good games are released for it.Maybe you don't think they're good,but everyone here does.You'd get the same result if you went to a 360 or PS3 page and said," HD sucks',you get no exclusives,'or I hate CoD." If you have something negative to say on a post,you have to word it carefully,so people understand it's a simple concern or opinion,rather than a fanboy's ranting or "trolling". Sometimes I just don't voice my negative thoughts at all,because I hate flame wars.

Rottenwood
Rottenwood

DKCR is a great game; glad to see it generated the sales it deserves. Nintendo found a real treasure in Retro Studios. Not sure how Mario All-Stars can be counted as a 'Limited Edition' when it already has over 2 million in sales, though. Kinda stretching the word 'limited' to its breaking point. Gotta love the Nintendo Way. A cheap, sturdy console with 30-40 top-shelf, must-have games. Not a ton of variety, but if you like what Nintendo does or you're any kind of serious gamer, you've gotta own their latest. Pair that with their newfound knack for bringing new consumers into the tent, and you've got a really strong blueprint for success.

Trogeton
Trogeton

Thank God for all the nintendo exclusives

nintendoboy16
nintendoboy16

@jhpeter Activision published that. This is about games published by Nintendo.

TheJamin
TheJamin

the new donkey kong sits on my shelf after only an hour of play due to it having tacked on "waggle" controls that just didn't work. "Just because a console can doesn't mean a console should" should be the rule applied to MANY wii games. Very dissapointing especially after all the fun i had with the SNES titles from rareware.

PseudoElite
PseudoElite

I don't get why Nintendo didn't make a DKC game earlier, the fans obviously wanted it.

jhpeter
jhpeter

What ???!!! No Goldeneye in Wii list ?

Toysoldier34
Toysoldier34

@Yams1980 DK, Mario Galaxy, Smash Bros, Metroid are three great games for Wii. There aren't tons but there is still many very fun games. If you can find a used one in the $80-$120 price range then it is worth it. I myself don't play it tons, but I get enough out of it from a few great titles.

Toysoldier34
Toysoldier34

I was playing this earlier today in 2P mode with my girlfriend... I had well over 50 balloons(lives) saved up because while I do die I generate way more from secrets that I use... I had to go to the store and buy 30 more =/

Yams1980
Yams1980

I almost bought a WII so I could play this, but decided to buy it for one game would be kinda pointless

Patrickstar1986
Patrickstar1986

I guess the only thing I'd change about SMG or DKC is the lack of challenge. I know some feel its hardish however these are two game with the same exact control scheme that I mastered in the mid 90s. While thats refreshing to play something familiar, it really felt like a "VR" add on pack. I just played through SMG in two sittings, only having the 8-Bit Luigi Purple challenge kill me more than five times. Mostly the reason of death is always from the camera being the same exact mess it was on the 64, its better but when you want control, half the time you can't for no reason. I just don't get how Mario still has the same crap camera scheme all based without a fluid stick. As for DK, I have little complaint. However I've finished DKC 1-3 multiple times so again my the plusses are familiar tight controls, yet along with that comes an understanding of all the things like timing high bounces off enemies. Somethings that are not always understood off the bat. Yet it's nice to see my childhood isn't destroyed by fanchise changing decisions. *Glares at Other M* My only qustion being the amount of things in SMG that were only used once. The vine that you can spin in circle on the Penguin Bowl level, the snow that moves when mario and your cursor moves around on the snow bunny level, and the whole Red star deal. Why make a power up thats never implimented yet available whenever you in the hub? Yet onto SMG2 I go. The only game Ive played that suggests Mario lives centuries (100 years between star showers) or the first game didn't happen. Either way it feels like the plot is hurried and is crushed (The whole luma thing is just a device for you to save the princess rather than vice versa) to let you play the game. Which is probably the best thing about a game that once was going to be a level pack. All in all. Awesome games, great job!

metalkid9
metalkid9

bought a wii just for this game :P

justhat1
justhat1

great game, and people may throw the wii under the bus as far as graphics,and lack of third party support but the truth of the matter is this gen microsoft and sony are playing for 2nd place.

JOKER677
JOKER677

The hells wrong with this guy sounds like he's bored, find a new job complaining about the controls

amaan4ever
amaan4ever

smg2 is one of the top ten best games ever. You may think I'm exaggerating but if you play it then you will know what I'm talking about. Congrats to DK i will try it very soon

sgt-hawkins
sgt-hawkins

i had to lol at alex saying this game was brutal some of the later levels feel like they are just punishing you for getting to them

sman3579
sman3579

Congrats to DKCR and Pokemon Black/White

Alex4789123
Alex4789123

I loved this game but i have three things i hope they change if they make a sequel. Bring back the kremlings, include more kong family members and animal friends, and not make it so hard. I mean i like a challenge but damn this game was brutal lol. I would also like to see another 3d adventure game like DK64 but on the wii.

madsnakehhh
madsnakehhh

The game totally deserve those sales, it's an amazing game and the best Wii game of the year, after SMG2 of course.

Henninger
Henninger

Pretty good numbers 4 a game that isnt multiplat.

stEElyDaN909
stEElyDaN909

This pretty much guarantees a sequel! :D

thetravman
thetravman

This is great news. I have great respect for Retro for taking a long abandoned series and making an excellent quality reboot. Congrats.

Darth_Tyrranus
Darth_Tyrranus

Super Mario Galaxy 2 and Donkey Kong Country Returns were both excellent games. I just got 200% completion in Donkey Kong.

twilight_link9
twilight_link9

Wow, I really need to play Donkey Kong now... What amazed me was the amount Black & White has sold in Japan alone, half of HGSS sales...

firesage
firesage

I just beat donkey kong country returns, what a hard game, it took alot of lives to beat the game, something that is not around in other games as much, difficulty to this extent, but in such a good way, really great game and I cant wait for the second one, i do hope they put some more animal friends to ride back into the game though, but that is the only thing I wished they would of done but that is just my opinion, still loved the game, totally worth a 9.0 or a 9.5 rating

mariokart64fan
mariokart64fan

well seams like wii had a good 2010 afterall , --- all of its games were rated 8 plus well nearly all , of its big ones, and ya who dont like dk, i got that day one same with ge007 im getting kirby and metroid other m very soon , since i didnt pick thos yet and the new kirby dreamland as well as that pandora tower and zelda wii game , , those are my next big buys besides 3ds which is already on preorder

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Flint247

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SOLlD_SnAkE
SOLlD_SnAkE

well...theres no too many good game on Wii , thats why when a game like This one or Mario is out...everybody wants to buy it!

Units420
Units420

Agree with the praise for DKCR. I asked for it for Xmas thinking I was gonna get a solid platformer and was absolutely tickled pink I got a great one. Its the first game outside of a Rock Band, Just Dance or any other casual game on any system that my girlfriend plays along with me and loves it just as much.

HyruleanLink
HyruleanLink

Great fan response to DK. Lets hope that we will see DK again soon!

King_Dodongo
King_Dodongo

Hats off to retro, looking forward to Donkey Kong Country Returns Trilogy! :P

Meinhard1
Meinhard1

Hell. Yes. DKCR 2, I'm ready.

zequex
zequex

Looks like someone got trigger happy with the thumbs down. :) Don't know why. DKCR is a slick game and lots of fun.