Sonic Lost World was one of a small batch of major Holiday season releases to push the Wii U in the retail market, though the Nintendo-exclusive title was also available on the 3DS. Both games were different experiences — as is likely to also be the case with Sonic Boom and its separate development teams — and Sega Sammy's latest financial reports provide figures on the worldwide sales performance of Lost World.
As of 31st December 2013, Sonic Lost World (Wii U and 3DS) had sold 640,000 units worldwide, making it the second-highest selling new major packaged video game for the company, coming in behind Football Manager 2014 on PC. Those numbers represent just over two months of sales from the October release, and it appears to be the case that the 3DS version accounted for over 50% of that figure.
In a tentative comparison, the multi-platform Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed sold nearly one million units in its launch window in 2012, with 260,000 of those units being on Wii U; at the end of that financial year the number of Wii U sales for that title had progressed to 310,000 units.
As for Sonic Lost World as a Wii U and 3DS exclusive, those numbers aren't too bad, coming in just 40,000 units behind the popular PC football management sim. They may not be the numbers that Sega had in mind, nevertheless, and fall well short of first-party sales — on Wii U — that saw a number of Nintendo titles pass one million sales on the system; Super Mario 3D World was the Wii U standout with 1.94 million sales up to 31st December.
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