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The Not So Popular Pikmin? (22/7/13)

July 22, 2013

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So, the second entry in to the World Nintendo News blog format begins. Before we start though, I want to make an announcement about what’s happening to the site. As you may well have noticed, I posted a notice earlier today saying that there will be a large amount of articles posted over the upcoming month which, on their own, won’t make much sense. This is because they are all part of a guide we are making for Animal Crossing: New Leaf, which should be completed in the next month or so. Anyway, there will be lots of posts about stuff like the controls for Animal Crossing: New Leaf, so when you see them just ignore them.

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Pikmin 3

Back with Nintendo, and news about the sales of  the new Wii U title Pikmin 3 in Japan have been released. Pikmin 3 was released in Japan on July 13th; the European and North American versions of Pikmin 3 will launch on July 26th and August 4th. The sales figures show that Pikmin 3 sold marginally more copies then the GameCube original in it’s first week. However, Pikmin 2 for the Nintendo GameCube sold just under double the amount of copies which the Wii U version of the series has in its opening week. Have a look at the sales figures for each titles open week underneath:

  • Pikmin – 90,000
  • Pikmin 2 – 160,000
  • Pikmin 3 – 92,720

As you can see, the Wii U version hasn’t reached anywhere near the amount of sales which Pikmin 3 collected, which proves a point which I stated in yesterdays blog. No matter how good a game Pikmin 3 is, the series is no longer popular enough to be selling the amount of Wii U consoles Nintendo need it to. On top of this, the sales of Wii U consoles in the UK aren’t picking up as a result of Pikmin 3’s near release. If you look at the Amazon charts, you’ll see that although Pikmin 3 sits in 7th place, the most popular Wii U bundle is down at 45th. This is lower down then the PS4, Xbox One and 3DS XL. Again, this proves my point from yesterday that Wii U sales won’t start picking up till the mass of blockbuster releases are released in Q4 2013.

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Mario & Luigi: Dream Team Bros.

Talking about sales, the 3DS title Mario & Luigi: Dream Team Bros. has retained its third place position in the UK charts. The RPG game which has now been out for over two weeks in the UK has been popular with the British gaming public, and is not the only 3DS game to do so. Animal Crossing: New Leaf has fallen from 2nd to 4th, which is still an impressive position considering the game has been out for over a month. You can see the full UK charts for this week here.

Finally, there has been some footage for Pokemon X & Y released today, which was originally shown on Japanese television earlier today. Make sure to check it out here, as it really gives a good impression of the game ahead of its worldwide release this October.

Again, remember the Animal Crossing: New Leaf articles are part of the guide, and not just randomly floating about. See you tomorrow.

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