Pikmin 3 Makes Japanese Chart Debut at Number One, Boosts Wii U Hardware Sales

Light on the horizon

The Wii U has endured a largely consistent loss of momentum in 2013, which a release lineup that — despite some excellent titles — has largely failed to inspire substantial sales. Nintendo has, unsurprisingly, lined up a significant range of titles for the second half of 2013, starting off with Pikmin 3.

The latest title in the series — which had two entries on the GameCube — has come in at number one in the latest Media Create Charts; released on 13th July, it accumulated 92,720 physical retail sales (eShop downloads aren't included) in its debut weekend. The standalone retail disc of New Super Luigi U placed fifth in the chart.

1. [Wii U] Pikmin 3 – 92,720 (New)
2. [3DS] Yokai Watch – 53,654 (New)
3. [PS3] Earth Defense Force 2025 – 37,024 (191,713)
4. [3DS] Tomodachi Collection: New Life – 26,065 (1,259,847)
5. [Wii U] New Super Luigi U – 24,881 (New)
6. [PSV] Toukiden – 20,853 (186,963)
7. [PSP] Toukiden – 19,262 (118,404)
8. [PS3] Dead Island: Riptide – 18,462 (New)
9. [PS3] Metal Gear Solid: The Legacy Collection – 17,599 (New)
10. [3DS] Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D – 12,963 (206,322)
11. [PS3] Gundam Breaker – 10,224 (242,819)
12. [3DS] Animal Crossing: New Leaf – 10,088 (3,325,123)
13. [3DS] Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon – 9,184 (825,026)
14. [PS3] The Last of Us – 9,158 (173,181)
15. [PSP] Hanayaka Kana, Ware ga Ichizoku: Tasogare Polarstar – 9,046 (New)
16. [PSP] DanganRonpa: Academy of Hope and High School Students of Despair (PSP the Best) – 6,106 (91,204)
17. [3DS] Digimon World Re: Digitize Decode – 5,912 (50,952)
18. [3DS] Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millennium Girl – 5,870 (106,914)
19. [Wii] Taiko Drum Master Wii Super Wonderful Edition – 5,203 (516,866)
20. [PS3] Atelier Escha & Logy: The Alchemist of Dusk Sky – 5,031 (72,873)

In the hardware stakes, the 3DS LL (XL) remains the number one, continuing its remarkable run; for Wii U there's the welcome sight of a meaty bump in sales taking it up to second place behind its portable brethren. The results are below, with last week's sales in parenthesis.

3DS LL – 29,594 (29,716)
Wii U – 22,199 (8,251)
PlayStation Vita – 15,662 (20,776)
3DS – 13,841 (14,506)
PlayStation 3 – 12,698 (11,683)
PSP – 5,830 (5,768)
Wii – 1,434 (1,334)
Xbox 360 – 393 (313)

It's a welcome boost for Nintendo's home console, and after an encouraging increase eyes will shift to next week as we see whether the system can maintain some momentum during Pikmin 3's first full week; as for 3DS, it just keeps on selling regardless.

[via gematsu.com]