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Animal Crossing: New Leaf Stays Fifth in UK Charts as Pikmin 3 Drops Out of Top 20

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

Staying power

The UK charts have emerged for this week, giving a picture of how Nintendo's games are performing in the British market; there's some decent news on the 3DS front, once again, but a continuing loss of momentum for the Wii U's latest big release.

The positive news is that Animal Crossing: New Leaf has continued to sell well even though it's been on the market for around two months, coming in at fifth place in the all-format chart. Some other 3DS titles are still hanging around in the top 40, too — Mario & Luigi: Dream Team is in 17th place, with Luigi's Mansion 2 and LEGO City Undercover: The Chase Begins occupying 22nd and 33rd place, respectively.

In a slightly disappointing week for the Wii U, Pikmin 3 has fallen back to 23rd place, underlying the limited user-base of the system and the brand's inability to shift significant numbers on its own; as part of a fleshed out library later in the year, however, it'll surely be a welcome addition.

Perhaps a special mention is also due for The Smurfs 2, which is on every Nintendo system except for Wii, as well as the Xbox 360 and PS3 — it's up to third place after a month on the market, despite not exactly being acclaimed as a quality release; the power of branding.


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manu0 said:

I still can't get the hair cut I want...or better yet: how do you revert to the default one? ((



Quickman said:

New Leaf is a monster! I managed to hold off buying an AC game for years but even I caved in and picked this up.

Smurfs 2 reminds me of the days of LJN (shudders)



-KwB- said:

Pikmin 3 has been selling a lot through the eShop ! European eShop Pikmin 3 sales are the highest of the (50 EUR) games available to download !!! Even higher than Mario Bros. U !!



AMR said:

Pikmin 3 is still doing well on online stores as well it's #3 on all platform chart



MAB said:

That means alot of PS360 owners bought Smurfs 2 because those systems dominate UK



Smitherenez said:

I would like to know is how many consoles Pikmin 3 was able to sell in the west.
It's also amazing to see AC is still holding up so well, I wonder how well Pokemon will fare!



kevinaa said:

@Frapp that is even Worse. If u look at wiiu only its 11. If big games can't turn wiiu around, its dead. But they need to advertise, I've not seen one commercial since christmas. Nintendo wants wiiu to fail.



ricklongo said:

@kevinaa How exactly is that worse? It's a very respectable showing for a console on its infancy and with a install base that's still a LOT smaller than every competitor. Infact, I believe it's the first Wii U game to achieve this lingering presence on the UK individual top 20.



Alshain01 said:

I hated Pikmin but loved Pikmin 2... so yeah not interested in Pikmin 3, it's the stupid time limit, it saps the "fun" value out of the game.



WingedSnagret said:

@Alshain01 The way Pikmin 3 goes in regards to time is almost nothing at all like the first Pikmin. You can go back however many days you want and save from that point if you wanted to fix a screw up, and gathering fruit grants more days (up to 99 days in fact). A far cry from the fixed 30 days I should say.



dumedum said:

Really interesting @Frapp. Makes Nintendo look really good.

Pikmin 3 only dropped from 5 to 11.
Luigi's Mansion II from 9 to 8.
Mario & Luigi Dream Team from 4 to 6.
Animal Crossing keeps at number 3.

Nintendo has 7 titles in the top 40 making it the biggest company. The only downside is that the platforms' only other game is Smurfs, so not enough third party revenues on its consoles.



koochiekoo said:

The ssiue is that here in britain most people dont know what Wii U is and pikmin is not very popular. We need the BIG titles such as mario 3d land, zelda and mario kart. My wii u has been gathering dust , come on nintendo pull your fingers out!



AhabSpampurse said:

@Alshain01 yeah dude, I had the same concerns going in but 3 is absolutely nothing like 1. There is an element of constriction insofar as you need at least 1 fruit portion to live for another day, but I took my sweet time and finished with well over 50 portions of fruit. If your perception of 3 being similar to 1 is holding you back from picking up a copy, you're doing yourself a grave disservice as the game is an absolute gem.



Alshain01 said:

@WingedFish @AhabSpampurse Thanks for the info, I might give it a second look but WW:HD and W101 are budgeted now. Not sure this will squeeze in anytime soon. Of course if Nintendo had made this information known, it might not have dropped out so fast. They still have a serious PR problem.



ledreppe said:

I'm dissppointed to see M&L Dream Team only in 17th. It's a fantastic game and deserves better sales. Oh, is this the UK charts cause it only released in US last week, so it would be dissapointing if it were the US charts.



element187 said:

Not surprising. Even if every single Wii U owner in the UK purchased Pikmin 3 (actually probably did happen) it wouldn't be enough to sustain the game on the charts... How many units are in the wild in the UK? less than 500,000 ? 250,000?

A bigger question is how many in North America have purchased it? Most like at least 50% of Wii U owners out there most likely.



Kirk said:

Many people just like me did say that this was neither going to be a big system seller nor a big seller itself.

It's a really good game for sure but it's just not the game that's going move Wii U's in the numbers Nintendo is hoping for and indeed desperately needs.

A BIG AAA Mario platformer, Mario Kart, Zelda, Smash Bros or Pokemon game on Wii U would do a lot better job at moving systems.

Hey, maybe even a big third party game like GTA V might help too, if only Wii U were getting big third party games...



XFsWorld said:

Mario & Luigi: Dream Team will sell better in US. The series has always sold better in US.



valcoholic said:

@-KwB- yeah, nintendo did it totally right for once. I bought the game online because of this W101-combo-deal.

but in the end, if it would've stayed in the charts AND selling well online, this would've been good news.

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