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Thread: Pikmin 3′s Effect on Wii U Sales in Japan – Updated

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    Pikmin 3′s Effect on Wii U Sales in Japan – Updated




    ***Update*** August 23rd, 2013

    I’ve expanded the data to include the previous eight weeks before Pikmin 3′s release in Japan. In addition to that, I’ve also updated the current Wii U sales after Pikmin 3′s release.

    Eight Weeks Before Pikmin 3 (Wii U systems sold a week – Japan)

    Week 1: 6,037

    Week 2: 5,648
    Week 3: 6,680
    Week 4: 6,330

    Four Weeks Before Pikmin 3 (Wii U systems sold a week – Japan)

    Week 1: 5983
    Week 2: 5329
    Week 3: 7060
    Week 4: 8251

    Six Weeks After Pikmin 3 (Wii U systems sold a week – Japan)

    Week 1: 22,199
    Week 2: 14,280
    Week 3: 11,373
    Week 4: 10,038
    Week 5: 9,950
    Week 6: 12,047

    ***Update*** Added August 23rd, 2013
    In the six weeks since Pikmin 3 has been released, the Wii U has averaged 13,314.5 units sold a week. In the eight weeks prior to Pikmin 3 being released the Wii U averaged 6,414.75 units sold a week.

    In the previous eight weeks before Pikmin 3 launched in Japan, the Wii U totaled 51,318 units sold. In the six weeks after Pikmin 3′s release in Japan, the Wii U has totaled 79,887 units sold. In two fewer weeks, the Wii U has sold 28,569 units more.

    It’s getting harder and harder to say Pikmin 3 has not been a ‘system seller’ for Nintendo. The data just contradicts that statement.
    Another interesting thing to note is Nintendo is well on its way to crushing theirabysmal 160,000 units sold in Q1. In Japan alone, Nintendo has sold 79,887 Wii U’s since Pikmin 3′s release in Japan on July 13th. About half of the worldwide total for their Q1 sales they reported. Sales in America and Europe have went up since Pikmin 3′s release as well.

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    It's a grave shame that Pikmin hasn't been a system seller in Europe. It would be interesting to see how Pikmin 3 has faired in the UK.

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    But is it enough? How do these post-Pikmin numbers stack up against the PS3/X360/Wii units?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Juice View Post
    But is it enough? How do these post-Pikmin numbers stack up against the PS3/X360/Wii units?
    How do you think it stacks up against 3 consoles with 6 years of gaming backlogs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Juice View Post
    But is it enough? How do these post-Pikmin numbers stack up against the PS3/X360/Wii units?
    Of course not. One guy will not turn the system into an absolute hit overnight. What this is is a start. Once a steady stream of first party games rolls our the hardware sales will rise, and then when Mario Kart drops we'll probably see them spike.
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    Quote Originally Posted by D Moness View Post
    How do you think it stacks up against 3 consoles with 6 years of gaming backlogs.
    A 6 month old console should outsell a 6 year old console.

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    Of course not. One guy will not turn the system into an absolute hit overnight. What this is is a start. Once a steady stream of first party games rolls our the hardware sales will rise, and then when Mario Kart drops we'll probably see them spike.
    I understand this point, and I am happy to see the Wii U receive a bump in sales. With increased sales comes increased software production so I am anxious for a Wii U sale surge. Hopefully Sonic, Wind Waker HD (bundle?), and Mario World 3d can get Nintendo back into the race before it's too late.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Juice View Post
    But is it enough? How do these post-Pikmin numbers stack up against the PS3/X360/Wii units?
    No it's not enough, but that's not the point. The point is that Iwata was right. It's about the games, not the price. As more good (especially 1st party) games come out, the more units will sell. The good news? Pikmin was just game #1. W101 next month, Wind Waker and Sonic in October, Donkey Kong in November and Mario in December. And this doesn't even include multi-plat games like Rayman, Watch Dogs, Batman, etc. There's also a few games without firm release dates like Wii Fit U, Wii Pary U, and Yarn Yoshi.

    Then.... BIG titles like MK8 and SSB...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Juice View Post
    A 6 month old console should outsell a 6 year old console.
    Since when? When do you think the PS3 started outselling the PS2?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Juice View Post
    A 6 month old console should outsell a 6 year old console.
    Yeah an old system that is cheaper then a newly released console with many cheap games will always be outsold by a newly released console with a handful of premium priced games. Of course that will always happen. After the release the ps4 will inded outsell the ps3 and the xbox 1 will outsell the 360.

    I will eat my hat if that happens
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kennyj View Post
    Since when? When do you think the PS3 started outselling the PS2?
    took a couple years, PS2 outsold it for a long time lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by Juice View Post
    A 6 month old console should outsell a 6 year old console.
    Funny, history usually proves that wrong as it is pretty common for the previous generation console to outsell the new one for at least the first year but in some cases it takes years for the new console to outsell it's predecessor. I think we will see that happen with all consoles this generation with even the XB360 and PS3 outselling the XB1 and PS4 for quite a while.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kennyj View Post
    No it's not enough, but that's not the point. The point is that Iwata was right. It's about the games, not the price. As more good (especially 1st party) games come out, the more units will sell. The good news? Pikmin was just game #1. W101 next month, Wind Waker and Sonic in October, Donkey Kong in November and Mario in December. And this doesn't even include multi-plat games like Rayman, Watch Dogs, Batman, etc. There's also a few games without firm release dates like Wii Fit U, Wii Pary U, and Yarn Yoshi.

    Then.... BIG titles like MK8 and SSB...
    Yeah I think we all agreed that the price point isn't an issue. I mean a video-console launching at < $350? That's pretty good now-a-days. I've also acknowledged that the bump in sales is good news, and that I hope for the 4th quarter line-up to really build some Wii U sales momentum.

    Quote Originally Posted by bobiroc View Post
    Funny, history usually proves that wrong as it is pretty common for the previous generation console to outsell the new one for at least the first year but in some cases it takes years for the new console to outsell it's predecessor. I think we will see that happen with all consoles this generation with even the XB360 and PS3 outselling the XB1 and PS4 for quite a while.
    A 6 month old console should outsell a 6 year old console. Who doesn't own a ps3/x360 that still wants one? However, the Wii U is selling consoles to everyone (except for the few who already bought one).

    I think that PS4 and Xbone will have an exceptionally tough time outselling their predecessors considering that most of their launch games will be made available for their previous consoles. For example, one of the few reaons to purchase a ps4 at launch is for Killzone, otherwise many people will be content with the lessened graphics of Madden, AC: BF, and CoD on their ps3.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Juice View Post
    Yeah I think we all agreed that the price point isn't an issue. I mean a video-console launching at < $350? That's pretty good now-a-days. I've also acknowledged that the bump in sales is good news, and that I hope for the 4th quarter line-up to really build some Wii U sales momentum.



    A 6 month old console should outsell a 6 year old console. Who doesn't own a ps3/x360 that still wants one? However, the Wii U is selling consoles to everyone (except for the few who already bought one).
    Again history backs up what bobiroc and others were saying, the logic above ''who doesnt own a ps3/360 that still wants one'' can be brought back to the PS2 vs PS3. You could say ''who doesnt own a PS2 that still wants one''. Apparently a ton of people did as the PS2 kept outselling PS3 for years

    So really the logic of ''a 6 month old console should outsell a 6 year old console'' doesnt really hold up according to history when other consoles are cheaper,have a vast and big library of cheap games like others said. Not everyone immediately jumps into the next gen of systems that follow. A lot of people wait till price drops or wait till the library for their current system fickles out and then they're forced to upgrade,which could take years.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Juice View Post
    Who doesn't own a ps3/x360 that still wants one? However, the Wii U is selling consoles to everyone (except for the few who already bought one).
    You should ask Billy that, he just bought a ps3 a few weeks ago for the first time. Maybe you will get the same reason we keep telling you.
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    Those reasons do not change the fact that Nintendo gets to sell its console to all gamers, whereas SONY is limited to selling only to those gamers who do own a console and still want one. Theoretically, the Wii U should outsell the PS3.

    In either case, we could simply use the other console numbers as a benchmark of what the Wii U wants to achieve and how far below they are in sales.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Juice View Post
    Those reasons do not change the fact that Nintendo gets to sell its console to all gamers, whereas SONY is limited to selling only to those gamers who do own a console and still want one. Theoretically, the Wii U should outsell the PS3.

    In either case, we could simply use the other console numbers as a benchmark of what the Wii U wants to achieve and how far below they are in sales.
    In one ear and out the other.... lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by Juice View Post
    But is it enough? How do these post-Pikmin numbers stack up against the PS3/X360/Wii units?
    Well the good news is that the Wii U is now starting to outsell the Wii.

    Quote Originally Posted by Juice View Post
    Those reasons do not change the fact that Nintendo gets to sell its console to all gamers, whereas SONY is limited to selling only to those gamers who do own a console and still want one. Theoretically, the Wii U should outsell the PS3.

    In either case, we could simply use the other console numbers as a benchmark of what the Wii U wants to achieve and how far below they are in sales.
    "Should" is the key word. What should happen and what actually happens are usually two different things.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WoodenSaucer View Post
    "Should" is the key word. What should happen and what actually happens are usually two different things.
    I purposefully used the word "should", and then bolded it in a later post to emphasize the difference between "should" and "actually". It's widely known that the WiiU sales are disappointing and that includes the new numbers. Are the increased sales encouraging? Yes.

    Pikmin 3 seems to be the best (and maybe only) reason to own a Wii U right now. NintendoLand and NSMBU are fun and all, but not enough to warrant a console purchase. Pikmin 3 is the first must-own game and fortunately for the Nintendo, there seems to be about three more before the end of the year.

    I predict that in terms of console sales, the WiiU will be more like the 3ds and less like the Dreamcast.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Juice View Post
    Pikmin 3 seems to be the best (and maybe only) reason to own a Wii U right now. NintendoLand and NSMBU are fun and all, but not enough to warrant a console purchase. Pikmin 3 is the first must-own game and fortunately for the Nintendo, there seems to be about three more before the end of the year.
    Well, Pikmin 3 did encourage enough gamers to buy Pikmin 2 into the Top 20 in JP.

    I also disagree with the assessment that Pikmin 3 is the only "must own" title on the Wii U. While I stated in my review of Lego City Undercover that it is not a system-seller, I also stated that it is a must have for any Wii U library.

    I'd go so far as to say that anybody who likes Batman Arkham City will find the Wii U Armored Edition to be the definitive version and a must own on the Wii U. I could actually go on with that statement, but it gets boring seeing the same sentence repeated over and over with only small variation(s)

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    I predict that in terms of console sales, the WiiU will be more like the 3ds and less like the Dreamcast.
    Oh, most certainly. I think I might even have to start agreeing with some people on these forums and say that I am also starting to catch the hint of a price drop. More importantly, there are a plethora of new games coming, so I do believe we should see another marked increase in sales.

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