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Pokémon X & Y Hit 11.61 Million Worldwide Sales as Nintendo Lists 3DS and Wii U Million Sellers

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

The Wind Waker HD and Super Mario 3D World included in Wii U list

Nintendo has released its Q3 financial results, which begin to reinforce the disappointing reductions in projections. While Nintendo has cited lower than expected sales for 3DS and Wii U hardware, with the latter being particularly damaging to profits at this time, it has also highlighted a number of software successes from the past nine months — 1st April to 31st December 2013.

The following are the games listed in the results for achieving notable sales, with all numbers covering the financial year period of nine months unless otherwise stated — they're only lifetime sales for those released after 1st April 2013. Please note that only rough figures are given in some cases, though firm numbers will likely be revealed soon.


3DS

Pokémon X & Y — 11.61 million sales

Tomodachi Collection — 1.82 million sales (Japan only)

Animal Crossing: New Leaf — 3.52 million sales (2.79 million in North America and Europe)

Mario & Luigi: Dream Team — 2 million sales (1.54 million in North America and Europe)

The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds — 2.18 million sales (1.85 million in North America and Europe)

Wii U

Super Mario 3D World — "over one million units"

The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD — "over one million units"

Wii Party U — "over one million units"


The runaway successes are clearly X & Y, though the three million sellers on Wii U give some positives in the face of negative results for the system. We're also slightly surprised — but delighted at the same time — to see those figures for Mario & Luigi: Dream Team.

Let us know your thoughts on these figures. Are there any surprises in there?

[via nintendo.co.jp]

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User Comments (40)

Peach64

#3

Peach64 said:

Animal Crossing: New Leaf — 3.52 million sales (2.79 million in North America and Europe)

I always thought New Leaf was already a ridiculous success in Japan before the Western launch, surely it's over a million sold there? The best bit of news is the Mario and Luigi sales for me. I'd love to see Fire Emblem's numbers too.

seronja

#4

seronja said:

i feel sorry for the wonderful 101, such a great & underrated game but verry poor sales... also i feel bad for pikmin 3 too, plenty of us have been waiting for pikmin 3 & when it came out it didn't not even sell that good but it also didn't sell systems... i'm glad about zelda tho, a remake made over a million sales & it wasn't even popular among zelda fans when it first came out on the gamecube :) could you also post fire emblem & zelda a link beetwen worlds sales?

WYLD-WOO

#5

WYLD-WOO said:

X + Y + Bank = Loads of money

Imagine what Nintendo sales would have been like without them cheeky little creatures

DrkBndr

#6

DrkBndr said:

@Peach64 It was a big succes in Japan.

These are only the sales of 2013, while it came out in 2012 in Japan and 2013 in the rest of the world. Most of the Japanese sales happened in 2012, which is why the number for Japan this year is under 1 million (which is still good for a game that's been out for over a year). AC sold 3 million in Japan last year if I remember correctly.

Kolzig

#8

Kolzig said:

The Wonderful 101 (and Pikmin 3) did not sell because those were not advertised or hyped in any way.

LoBo

#9

LoBo said:

Pikmins & Wonderful 101 we're marketed at the wrong time , games like Smash brothers , Mario kart , Zelda , F-zero , DK , Metriod ,Bayonetta 2 ,should have been high priority for Nintendo , knowing full well a new console was on the drawing board , instead they left it late developed the console and released it to a mass market of fans who had no desire to play Pikmin or wonderful 101 which in my opinion should have been non priority games for Nintendo , they are Foreign to most Nintendo fans hence why such low sales figures for these games .. but still we have been promised 2014 is going to be the year.

FX102A

#10

FX102A said:

What caught my eye is that Mario & Luigi (really need to buy that one) and Zelda: ALBW (the perfect fusion of nostalgia and new ideas, utterly amazing) sold predominantly more in the West than its home market.

Xaltheron

#12

Xaltheron said:

Nice, I had no idea Dream Team had sold that well, 2 mil is pretty damn good for a M&L game. It gives me hope that they will continue the series.

vattodev

#13

vattodev said:

@Kolzig And because most gaming sites pushed very hard to bash every Wii U game before SM3DW. W101 was certainly the one that got hit harder.

vattodev

#14

vattodev said:

@LoBo I may be wrong, but they were not developed by the same teams. What happened is that Pikmin 3 was already in late development when the Wii U was announced, so they migrated the game and W101 is a 3rd party cooperation.

cookiex

#15

cookiex said:

Do these numbers include digital sales? I would suppose so since the numbers I've seen for WWHD are about 800k retail, and here it's over a million.

Very nice results for Pokemon, almost double of what Black & White 2 did lifetime and it's quickly closing in on Black & White 1.

MadAdam81

#16

MadAdam81 said:

Considering how such a massive percentage of their sales are from English speaking consumers, maybe Nintendo should put more of an emphasis on Western customers. If they focus on English speaking consumers as much as they do for Japanese consumers, then I am sure their sales will increase.

unrandomsam

#20

unrandomsam said:

@Humphries90 Well in the SNES/Super Famicom - A Link to the Past sold better in Japan than Europe. For Zelda far too much of it is not interesting because it is exactly the same every time and the bosses are not made difficult enough first time around. (Oracle of Seasons was great in that respect).

unrandomsam

#21

unrandomsam said:

Don't think if population is taken into account one country does that bad when compared to continents.

Humphries90

#22

Humphries90 said:

@R-Moss
sigh

It's really not though is it? Of all the children's/mini game compilations/shovelware games, Skyward Sword is not one of the worst games on the Wii is it?

sinalefa

#24

sinalefa said:

No surprises, as tried and true IPs sell while more unique things like Pikmin 3 and W101 do not.

Spoony_Tech

#25

Spoony_Tech said:

I called the Pokemon X/Y over 10 million before the end of the year! Scary it could continue to grow over 15 million by this time next year! That's like a 33% ownership ratio! As it stands now just over 20% own it and that's crazy!

KillerGBH

#26

KillerGBH said:

just release the biggest HD / 3d pokemon adventure rpg on Wii U . i think it should make a difference overall. im sure many people will be attracted by that ^^

rjejr

#27

rjejr said:

How much money would Gamefreak make w/ a Skylanders/Disney Infinity type game? They already make the $5 toys, all they need to do is stick a chip in them. Skylanders story mode is pretty close in design to the 2 Pokepark games. I don't forsee a Disney Infinity "Toy box" mode but obviously a battle arena. And of course a camera. Gotta use that Gamepad NFC for something besides Rumble U. .

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RQuieXLwu4c

They show the action figures at the 1:30 mark.

The zoo habitat setting in "Pokémon the Movie: Genesect and the Legend Awakened" where the final battle occurs would make a nice game setting for Pokepark 3.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tn5BvytJooA

brewsky

#30

brewsky said:

Hmmm...it seems Fire Emblem Awakening has not quite cracked the million mark yet.

SecondServing

#31

SecondServing said:

Man, for a 3D Mario game, that's pretty piss poor. Mario games usually at least sell 3 million copies. Hope Wii U picks up steam in 2014 with DK, MK8, and Smash.

aaronsullivan

#32

aaronsullivan said:

Any game released for the Wii U, of course, is destroyed in numbers before the 2013 Holiday season when the number of Wii U's sold doubled up. Pikmin 3 was hit hardest as it was always a secondary game, and sadly it takes some dedication to really love. (First play through was only so-so for me, but I really enjoy it now) Wonderful 101 was a complete unknown with a teen rating and was never going to sell systems. Nintendo still promotes it from time to time which is good, but you've got to be really into challenges and high scores and perfecting battle skills to love that game. That reduces your audience right there as well. It's a tough one.

In retrospect, the games were not the mass market type of draws that the Wii U needed (obviously) until the very end there. This year's games are in an entirely different league already. Here's hoping.

@R-Moss
Skyward Sword didn't connect with a small group of people. You are in that group. Sorry about that. Must kinda suck to be there.

CaptMcCloudAran

#33

CaptMcCloudAran said:

Nintendo, just make a great pokemon stadium/snap/rpg/fighters/whatever for WiiU and see the money flow like a waterfall.

ColdingLight

#34

ColdingLight said:

I'm so happy those two games are selling like crazy. They really are the best Pokemon games in quite some time.

Mizzah_Tee

#35

Mizzah_Tee said:

@SecondServing Mario 3D World currently sits at 1.7 million sold. And Nintendo games are "evergreen" which means they sell consistently well throughout a consoles life cycle. When all said and done 3D World will sell above 8 million. Super Mario Bros Wii sold 800,000 copies this year :)

luckybreak

#37

luckybreak said:

my favorite wii u title is still pikmin 3. it was a system seller for me, although i did wait to get the wind waker bundle.

luckybreak

#38

luckybreak said:

also the multiplayer games in nintendoland are wayyy underrated! metroid blast is incredibly fun.

IceClimbers

#39

IceClimbers said:

Those Pokemon X/Y sales are mighty impressive. Fastest and best selling Pokemon games in a long time. Well deserving of it too.
The 3DS sure has one impressive library.

WitchSugoi

#40

WitchSugoi said:

B&W was at 11.5 million units seven months into it's lifespan. December was X&Y's third month so it's outpacing B&W considerably. This is more impressive when you consider there were a lot more DS's out there at the time than there are currently 3DS's. Like Spoony_Tech pointed out earlier, that is a crazy ownership ratio. I can see this game matching B&W's total by the end of the upcoming fiscal year if momentum keeps up.

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