Pikmin 3 US sales reach 115,000 units

Nintendo reveals first-month sales for new strategy game; 6.47 million 3DS units sold during 2013 so far.

Pikmin 3 has sold 115,000 combined physical and digital copies in the United States since launch on August 4, Nintendo announced today, citing data from research firm the NPD Group.

Another August release--Mario & Luigi: Dream Team--sold nearly 190,000 combined physical and digital units, Nintendo added. That game was released on August 11.

Nintendo also called out New Super Luigi U, saying the game has now sold nearly 120,000 copies. It was originally released as downloadable content for New Super Mario Bros. U in June and became available at retail earlier this month.

The 3DS was the top-selling games system for August in the US, beating out the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Nintendo said today that is has now sold more than 6.47 million systems so far in 2013, up more than 30 percent compared to this time last year. Thus far in 2013, nine 3DS games have sold at least 250,000 copies.

Nintendo also provided updated 2013 and lifetime sales figures for various 3DS and Wii U games. Check out the list below.

Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon - 863,000 units (2013)
Animal Crossing: New Leaf- 739,000 units (2013)
New Super Mario Bros. 2 - 406,000 units (2013), 1.85 million units (lifetime)
Fire Emblem: Awakening - 390,000 units (2013)
Mario Kart 7 - 352,000 units (2013), 2.84 million units (lifetime)
Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity - 298,000 units (2013)
Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D - 268,000 units (2013)
Super Mario 3D Land - 265,000 units (2013), 2.86 million units (lifetime)
Lego City Undercover: The Chase Begins - 264,000 units (2013)

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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danusty
danusty

pikmin 3 sells 115,000 in one month and disney infinity sells 294,000 in just 2 weeks in the US alone hahaaaaaaaa!

fadersdream
fadersdream

Everyone does understand it's Pikmin?

What were people hoping for?

crocodileman94
crocodileman94

Wether the Wii U becomes a failure or not, it has already entertained me more than the Wii did.

D1N02982
D1N02982

Wow that's not that much

RoyialNetwork
RoyialNetwork

really curious if it didn't sell well because of the game itself. Or if because of people in the US not having a WiiU?

kbaily
kbaily

The funny thing is, Nintendo is probably still making a profit off this while other companies are declaring 3 million units sold a failure.

ludvig69
ludvig69

those are brutal numbers...i expected a lot more than that.  xmas is a make or break for this system to be a success.  yes it will survive..but wow...not even 250k sold of a flagship game?  ouch

wgerardi
wgerardi

All the shit I talk about Nintendo... at the end of the day it means nothing to them when they are rolling in money from 3DS.

BrutalPandaX2
BrutalPandaX2

That's not a bad number for a start and Wonderful 101 is not out yet.

tooki
tooki

Interestingly, that's the same number of WIiUs that have been sold.  Could this be positive proof that the only reason to own a WiiU is this game?

dummpymonkey123
dummpymonkey123

People see those numbers and think wow so small but you've got to look at it from Nintendo's point of view they are efficient and because majority of those games are made internally I'm sure the cost is a fraction of other makers meaning 2-3-4 hundred thousand can mean success versus millions

sirslimyscott
sirslimyscott

Like I said before it's the 3DS that's killing the Wii U; there is no need in getting a Wii U as the 3DS pretty much has the same games, but at a cheaper price,also Pokemon.

b74kd3th
b74kd3th

I wonder how much of a loss this is on their books. This is a paltry number

Thatonepiecefan
Thatonepiecefan

Too bad Pikmin didn't sell so well :(

I loved the game <3 !

Halloll
Halloll

Luigi's Mansion was an excellent game.

YearoftheSnake5
YearoftheSnake5

Not bad, considering the small userbase. Sales should continue to grow as more people get Wii Us this holiday. Pikmin 3 is awesome and deserves good sales.

John_Aguilera
John_Aguilera

Pikmin 3 is a lot of fun. I always have to have some sort of juice or fruit when I play tho lol.

Toysoldier34
Toysoldier34

I will get Pikmin 3 when I get a Wii-U. I just need a few more solid titles to justify the purchase of their next model that has decent storage.

bunchanumbers
bunchanumbers

Most nintendo first party games are called evergreens. Which means they are still popular and sell long after release. Don't be surprised if Pikmin 3 and other nintendo games sell more as the user base increases. 

Elem187
Elem187

10% attach rate for Pikmin 3 is amazing numbers. Especially for an extremely niche franchise like Pikmin.

Nintendo titles are evergreen anyways, it will continue to sell over the entire life of the system. If Nintendo can hold that 10% attach rate until the end of the generation, Pikmin 3 will be insanely profitable considering how inexpensive it was to make (Shiggy + a very very small dev team = little development cost)

nathanjones007
nathanjones007

@b74kd3th How so?

3ds the top selling hand held console in the world in 2013!  Pikmin 3 selling 115k in August United States alone. (it has sold over 400k worldwide as a side not with a user base of approx 3.7 million.)

Hardly a failure when you put things in perspective. 

Elem187
Elem187

With only 1million Wii U's in North America thats actually really good. 10% attach rate.

justinka777
justinka777

@RoyialNetwork overall I would defiantly recommend playing it but if you can to get it cheaper or borrow it then you should.

justinka777
justinka777

@RoyialNetwork might be not having a wiiu. I loved it, but it did seem a little like there wasn't much thought to replay ability aside from trying to get a faster time. then there is the bingo battle that's fun but again could have made that more interesting by adding more options.

ewjiml
ewjiml

@kbaily  

Keyword: probably.  Source on Nintendo's finances when they have been burning through 220 million $$ last quarter? 

nathanjones007
nathanjones007

@ludvig69 I get what you are saying but pikmin 3 is an exclusive niche game. Also worldwide this game has sold at least 400k. By Christmas it will go higher.  So if you look at the size of the user base ( around 3.7 million)these sales figures are impressive.

cousinmerl
cousinmerl

@wgerardi that system is making money for them - maybe the next 3ds should be able to connect to the tv and replace the console.

jon2435
jon2435

@tooki That is the single biggest issue with the system.  There are very few reason to own a Wii U.  I see it going away in 2014, but for now it is what is.

Keep em coming Nintendo.

DukeMagnum
DukeMagnum

@dummpymonkey123 you're right, nintendo makes the same cheap little quaint games they have been making since the 90s. remember, you heard it from a nintendo fan first.

Elem187
Elem187

Its a ridiculously cheap game to make, there is no way it cost more than 10 million to make. It already made that money back by a factor of 6.... the attach rate is 10% which is a really really good number. With it being an evergreen title, it will keep selling over time as more and more people buy the console..

It will probably eventually sell in the neighborhood of its predecessors, which will make it some serious bank in relation to how much it cost to make.

19James89
19James89

@b74kd3th 115,000 copies refers to the US market alone. Pikmin 3 has shifted around 450,000 copies in under two months. Given there's around 3.6-4 million Wii U's owned, I'd say that Pikmin 3 has been a success.

danusty
danusty

@Thatonepiecefan I just don't see Pikmin being one of those system sellers/games that everyone wants.

Elem187
Elem187

Pikmin 3 didn't cost 220 million.. it would be lucky to break the 5 million dollar cost to make.

danusty
danusty

@19James89 @b74kd3th with so few copies sold, there ain't no way it's a success, it would be a success if at least 2 or 2.5 million of the U owners actually bought it. but that's just my personal opinion without actually knowing how much it actually costed to make and produce the game which chances are, was pretty expensive to make.

Toysoldier34
Toysoldier34

@trdrstv @Toysoldier34 @19James89 External hard drives are slow, especially when compared to SSD. The native storage is the best option and since I am not dying to have one right now I can wait for a better model. It isn't just the storage space but the speed of that storage as well.

The Wii-U has such small storage because they use a much faster memory type than other consoles do which costs more and performs far better.

Similar to the original Wii, I have tons of games on an SD card in the system and every time I play a game off the external storage it has to temporarily copy the game back over since it can't run the game directly from the external source due to the slow speed.

NightWolfe978
NightWolfe978

@b74kd3th Yeah, if anything it's decreasing. Nintendo lost me after that disaster they called Gamecube.

danusty
danusty

@BrutalPandaX2 @danusty you do know that that's not all the money nintendo is getting for those games sold for part of those $60 go to the retailer who sold the game (unless they were all downloaded from the wii ware or whatever it's name is). also, the game cost some money to develop and produce and probably nintendo also had to pay some money for marketing, so yeah.

BrutalPandaX2
BrutalPandaX2

@danusty $60 * 450,000 = $27,000,000.

That's not a bad start for a Pikmin game on a bad selling console.

trdrstv
trdrstv

@Toysoldier34 @trdrstv @19James89  Considering no consoles current or future (PS4 or XBone) use SSDs I don't think that's a fair comparison.  Nintendo already stated they aren't / won't add a HDD and their solution was to allow External HDDs. If you're waiting for Internal storage larger than 32 GB, it's worth noting that the Wii's internal storage was never increased from 512 MB, so when you say you're "Waiting for a model with more storage" I think that means you're going to skip the Wii U then.


Personally I think 32 GB is plenty as I won't be downloading many games, I prefer discs, but for those who want to go all digital External HDD's (USB2.0 or better) still have better throughput than DVDs or Blurays so it's not going to be unplayable to do it that way. 

19James89
19James89

@trdrstv Zelda Windwaker HD will help Wii U sales increase, but I don't think Wii U sales will increase drastically until games like Mario Kart 8, Super Smash Bros, X, Zelda Wii U and Fire Embelm come out in 2014/2015. Then I believe Wii U sales will see a sharp rise, but Zelda WWHD will definitely boost sales for sure. 

trdrstv
trdrstv

@19James89 @b74kd3th I'd be curious to know what the Sales are like for the month of October. I've been holding off until the Price drop and will get my Zelda bundle next week. I know a few people doing this too, so hopefully it helps drive momentum going into Christmas.