The kind folk over at NeoGAF have estimated that the Wii U sold 140K units on the back of Mario Kart 8 in June in the United States. The Nintendo 3DS managed to sell 150K in June in the US. We’ve already reported that Mario Kart 8 was the second best-selling video game software in June and Tomodachi Life was the ninth. You can read what Nintendo had to say about the results, here.
- PS4: Number 1 best selling = 269K
- Xbox One: Doubled sales from the previous month = 197K
- 3DS: 150K (up 55% over May, was 225K last June)
- Wii U: ~140K (up 233% over last June)
After firing out of the gate at the end of May, Mario Kart 8 had an even stronger second lap. The game was the top-selling physical software SKU in the U.S. in June, and sold more than 470,000 physical and digital units. This brings its lifetime total to more than 885,000 units in the U.S. alone. Mario Kart 8 is also driving new momentum for the Wii U platform and its library of great titles, which includes an industry-best 15 games with a Metacritic score of 85 or higher. Sales of hardware and software in June 2014 were up 233 percent and 373 percent, respectively, over June 2013. For the first half of the year, total sales of Wii U hardware and software have increased by 48 percent and 129 percent, respectively, over the same period in 2013.
“These results reinforce the power of the Mario Kart franchise and speak to a bright future for the Wii U platform,” said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. “History has shown that Mario Kart games tend to have an extremely long tail. We fully expect Mario Kart 8 to continue to drive momentum for our hardware and software business through the holidays and into the foreseeable future.”
Nintendo 3DS also had a strong month: Hardware sales in June increased by more than 55 percent over sales in May, and Tomodachi Life sold more than 175,000 combined physical and digital units after launching on June 6.
Looking ahead to the rest of 2014, Wii U has a great lineup of upcoming games and amiibo, Nintendo’s foray into the toys-to-life category, that will help Nintendo build on its Mario Kart 8 momentum. Notable titles on the way include: Hyrule Warriors (Sept. 26), Bayonetta 2 (October), Super Smash Bros. for Wii U (Holiday) and Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker (Holiday). Likewise, three of the most anticipated games of the year are coming exclusively to Nintendo 3DS in 2014: Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS (Oct. 3) and Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire (Nov. 21).
The NPD Group have revealed the best-selling video games in the United States during June. Watch Dogs tops the bill, but Mario Kart 8 comes gliding in at second. Tomodachi Life has also performed well as it comes in at number nine. Here’s the best-sellers for June.
1. Watch Dogs (PS4, 360, Xbox One, PS3, PC)
2. Mario Kart 8 (Wii U)
3. Minecraft (360, PS3)
4. UFC (PS4, Xbox One)
5. FIFA 14 (PS4, 360, Xbox One, PS3, Vita)
6. NBA 2K14 (360, PS3, PS4, Xbox One, PC)
7. Wolfenstein: The New Order (PS4, Xbox One, 360, PS3, PC)
8. Call of Duty: Ghosts (360, PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Wii U, PC)
9. Tomodachi Life (3DS)
10. Grand Theft Auto V (360, PS3)
This week’s Media Create sales charts are now in from Japan. As expected Yokai Watch 2 was the game that Japanese consumers were most excited about, and it shows, as the game sold a staggering 1.3 million units in its opening week. Thanks to Yokai Watch 2 the Nintendo 3DS sold 61.956 units, whereas the previous week it only sold 27.338. Wii U sales seem to be on a downward trend with the console only managing to sell 8.658 this week. Here’s the Japanese software and hardware charts.
- [3DS] Yokai Watch 2: Ganso / Honke (Level-5, 07/10/14) – 1,316,707 (New)
- [PSV] Freedom Wars (SCEJ, 06/26/14) – 20,617 (252,665)
- [3DS] Yokai Watch (Level-5, 07/11/13) – 19,153 (1,195,287)
- [Wii U] Mario Kart 8 (Nintendo, 05/29/14) – 15,143 (527,366)
- [3DS] Taiko Drum Master: Don and Katsu’s Space-Time Great Adventure (Bandai Namco, 06/26/14) – 14,713 (92,220)
- [PS3] Watch Dogs (Ubisoft, 06/26/14) – 10,273 (53,957)
- [3DS] Pokemon Art Academy (Nintendo, 06/19/14) – 7,465 (63,922)
- [PS3] Grand Theft Auto V Low Price Version (06/26/14) – 6,121 (18,570)
- [PS4] Watch Dogs (Ubisoft, 06/26/14) – 6,000 (82,378)
- [3DS] Pokemon X / Y (Pokemon, 10/12/13) – 4,738 (4,101,986)
- [3DS] Pro Evolution Soccer 2014: Aoki Samurai no Chousen (Konami, 05/22/14) – 4,666 (67,111)
- [PS4] FIFA 14 (EA, 02/22/14) – 4,569 (63,447)
- [PS3] Pro Evolution Soccer 2014: Aoki Samurai no Chousen (Konami, 05/22/14) – 4,279 (148,779)
- [PS3] Kamen Rider: Battride War II (Bandai Namco, 06/26/14) – 4,194 (77,494)
- [3DS] Monster Hunter 4 (Capcom, 09/14/13) – 3,684 (3,307,700)
- [3DS] Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth (Atlus, 06/05/14) – 3,024 (245,399)
- [3DS] Mario Kart 7 (Nintendo, 12/01/11) – 2,973 (2,349,594)
- [3DS] Animal Crossing: New Leaf (Nintendo, 11/08/12) – 2,950 (3,758,394)
- [PSV] Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment (Bandai Namco, 04/23/14) – 2,925 (222,886)
- [PSV] God Eater 2 (PlayStation Vita the Best) (Bandai Namco, 04/24/14) – 2,731 (New)
Hardware Sales (followed by last week’s sales)
- 3DS LL – 55,531 (21,914)
- PlayStation Vita – 38,907 (18,438)
- Wii U – 8,658 (9,961)
- PlayStation 3 – 7,763 (7,511)
- PlayStation 4 – 7,150 (7,876)
- 3DS – 6,425 (5,424)
- PlayStation Vita TV – 1,803 (2,217)
- PSP – 779 (1,579)
- Xbox 360 – 140 (180)
Ubisoft today announced their quarter one results for 2014. The report was dominated by news that the company’s recently released Watch Dogs has shipped eight million copies worldwide.
Sales for the first quarter of 2014-15 came to €360 million, up 374% (or 386% at constant exchange rates) compared with the €76 million recorded for first-quarter 2013-14. The first quarter sales figure was higher than the target of approximately €310 million announced when Ubisoft released its full-year 2013-14 results. The company also provided a breakdown of sales via platform and as you can see the Wii U didn’t generate very many. However, Ubisoft is still bringing out Watch Dogs to the platform later this year.
Industry analyst David Gibson has tweeted that Mario Kart 8 sold a respectable 512,467 copies in June in Japan. The numbers come direct from Japanese sales tracking publication, Famitsu. We should get the Japanese Media Create sales through tomorrow.
Wondering just how many units of the critically acclaimed The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time were sold? Well this graph details precisely how many copies were shifted along with the majority of other Zelda titles. As expected it’s Ocarina of Time that sold the most amount of units while Four Swords Adventures sold the least. There’s plenty more graphs to check out here, if you’re interested.
Minecraft is now the second best-selling video game ever, beating the iconic Tetris on the Game Boy and Super Mario Bros on the NES. The only game it hasn’t yet beaten is Wii Sports which as you’ll remember came bundled with Wii consoles. Minecraft has sold a staggering 54 million and Wii Sports sold 82 million. Nintendo has already said that they’d like Minecraft on Wii U. The game is coming to Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PS Vita.
Analyst David Gibson has revealed on Twitter that Nintendo sold 450K units of Mario Kart 8 in three days in the United States, Mario Kart 7 on the other hand sold 250K. Nintendo also said that Mario Kart 8′s attach rate in the United States was 18% versus 7% for Mario Kart 7 on Nintendo 3DS. WiiU sales were apparently up 4.1x week over week vs Mario Kart 7 which saw Nintendo 3DS sales up 2.4x.
Today, Ubisoft announced ongoing record sales for Watch Dogs, which has sold-through more than 4 million copies in its first week, positioning it as the best-selling new IP at launch across the video game industry. Having already broken sales records in the first 24 hours following its release, Watch Dogs is now the company’s best-selling game ever in week one.
“The results we achieved in the first week of launch are amazing and prove Ubisoft’s commitment to developing new blockbuster IP and thoroughly new-gen experiences,” said Darren Bowen, UK Sales Director.
The launch of Watch Dogs on consoles and PC was accompanied by the release of a free companion app, ctOS Mobile. The app allows gamers toconnect with the Watch Dogs universe from anywhere, at any time, and is designed to enable revolutionary dual-screen gameplay, or even to be enjoyed as a standalone experience without the main game. ctOS Mobile has already been downloaded and played more than one million people. Watch Dogs will also be released on the Wii U system from Nintendo in Fall 2014.
Watch Dogs is set in Chicago and lets players become Aiden Pearce, a brilliant hacker seeking justice following a violent family tragedy. Pearce hacks into Chicago’s Central Operating System (ctOS), which controls the city’s infrastructure (security cameras, traffic lights, public transportation and more) as well as key data on the city’s residents. The game uses the all-new Disrupt game engine to deliver stunning visuals and an incredibly immersive world.