Last Friday saw the launch of Pikmin 3 Deluxe on Nintendo Switch, a new and improved port of Pikmin 3 which originally released on Wii U. In an unusual turn of events, the Switch version hasn't managed to outperform the original game in its opening week sales – in the UK, at least.
Thanks to the Switch's significantly higher install base, we've seen plenty of Wii U ports jumping over to Nintendo's newest console and enjoying great success. As one example, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe on Switch has already sold more than 26 million copies worldwide – with that figure ever-rising – compared to the Wii U version's final total of just 8.45 million.
Pikmin 3 hasn't followed suit, however. GamesIndustry.biz reports that in terms of physical sales in the UK, the Switch version's opening week sales are down 18.5% when compared to the original Wii U release. Physical chart data shows that the game debuted in seventh place, being outperformed by plenty of other Nintendo titles which have been available for some time.
It's worth noting that Nintendo doesn't disclose its weekly digital sales data, and if digital sales were included, that 18.5% gap likely wouldn't be quite as severe. Digital sales are on the up across the board, after all, even more so thanks to the current pandemic, and we're sure plenty of Pikmin fans have chosen to download a copy of the game this time around.
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