Nintendo President Says He’s “Very Grateful” For Splatoon Sales

Splatoon has been nothing short of a success for Nintendo, and considering it’s a brand IP, it has performed extremely well in the United Kingdom, Japan and the United States. It’s not too surprising as it’s a great game coupled with a gorgeous art style and super fun gameplay. Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has informed investors that he is extremely grateful for Splatoon sales as they weren’t too sure how well the game would fare.

“Having received high recognition from our consumers for its novelty, this title’s sell-through sales reached 1 million units in less than a month from its release. We feel very grateful for this, since our view was not so optimistic prior to release, for it being a non-series title.”

Japan: Wii U Sells 16K, Nintendo 3DS Sells 25K

The charts from Japan are out thanks to Media Create, and the week shows the anticipated decline in Wii U sales. While Splatoon’s numbers are down again (expectedly) from last week, it remains in third place on the chart for the second week in a row. As a result, it seems that Wii U sales took a 5K dip, week over week.

New Nintendo additions to the list include Rhythm Heaven: The Best+ (at number 1) and  Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butoden (at number 2). As a result, Nintendo consoles have control over the top 3 titles this week, with a 10K Nintendo 3DS boost. In the top 20 games, Nintendo 3DS and Wii U hold a commanding 13 titles (11 and 2, respectively). For more information, check out the full chart below:

Software Sales (followed by lifetime sales)

  1. [3DS] Rhythm Heaven: The Best+ (Nintendo, 06/11/15) – 157,591 (New)
  2. [3DS] Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butoden (Bandai Namco, 06/11/15) – 74,660 (New)
  3. [Wii U] Splatoon (Nintendo, 05/28/15) – 53,198 (266,929)
  4. [PSV] The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky Evolution (Falcom, 06/11/15) – 20,484 (New)
  5. [Wii U] Mario Kart 8 (Nintendo, 05/29/14) – 9,661 (1,029,263)
  6. [PSV] Minecraft: PlayStation Vita Edition (SCE, 03/19/15) – 9,657 (199,989)
  7. [PS4] The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (Spike Chunsoft, 05/21/15) – 8,723 (111,834)
  8. [PS4] Alien: Isolation (Sega, 06/11/15) – 6,227 (New)
  9. [PSV] Shiren the Wanderer 5 Plus (Spike Chunsoft, 06/04/15) – 6,070 (22,295)
  10. [3DS] Girls Mode 3: Kira Kira Code (Nintendo, 04/16/15) – 4,891 (151,194)

Hardware Sales (followed by last week’s sales)

  1. New 3DS LL – 19,620 (10,677)
  2. Wii U – 16,413 (21,169)
  3. PlayStation 4 – 10,822 (11,763)
  4. PlayStation Vita – 10,797 (10,829)
  5. New 3DS – 4,329 (4,086)
  6. PlayStation 3 – 2,633 (2,716)
  7. 3DS – 943 (2,089)
  8. 3DS LL – 880 (1,039)
  9. PlayStation Vita TV – 566 (610)
  10. Xbox One – 100 (219)

NPD: Here’s The Best-Selling Video Games For May In The United States

The NPD Group has revealed exactly which video games sold the most during the month of May. You will be pleased to know that Splatoon managed to slip straight into the top ten and came in at number five, which is more than acceptable. However, it was the Witcher 3 which took the top spot fending off the likes of Super Smash Bros and Minecraft. Here’s the best-selling games in the United States during last month.

But May’s biggest surprise is probably Nintendo’s Wii U exclusive Splatoon. The colorful shooter did not debut until May 28, which means it only had three days of sales on this chart. Despite that, it was able to come in at No. 5 overall. This is impressive for a new intellectual property that is not widely available on all systems.

  1. The Witcher III: Wild Hunt (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
  2. Mortal Kombat X (PS4, Xbox One)
  3. Grand Theft Auto V (PS4, Xbox One, 360, PS3, PC)
  4. Minecraft (360, PS3, Xbox One, PS4)
  5. Splatoon (Wii U)
  6. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare (PS4, 360, Xbox One, PS3, PC)
  7. NBA 2K15 (360, PS4, Xbox One, PS3, PC)
  8. FIFA 15 (PS4, Xbox One, 360, PS3, Wii , 3DS, Vita)
  9. MLB 15: The Show (PS4, PS3)
  10. Super Smash Bros. (3DS, Wii U)

Nintendo 3DS Is The 8th Nintendo System To Sell 15 Million Units In The United States

“Software sells hardware” has been Nintendo’s mantra for nearly 30 years. And, when you consistently make fun, unique, exclusive games featuring the likes of Mario, Link, Donkey Kong and Pokémon, you can sell a lot of hardware! The most recent example of this phenomenon is Nintendo 3DS, which has become the eighth Nintendo system to sell at least 15 million units in the United States, according to Nintendo’s internal sales figures. Since its U.S. debut on March 27, 2011, Nintendo has supported the system with a massive lineup of AAA games such as Super Mario 3D Land, Pokémon X, Pokémon Y, Mario Kart 7 and Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS. Each of these titles has a Metascore of 85 or higher and has sold more than 2 million total units in the United States alone.

Despite being on the market for more than 50 months in the United States, the Nintendo 3DS system continues to resonate with gaming audiences and bring new players into the Nintendo hand-held experience. Through the first six months of 2015, sales of Nintendo 3DS hardware have increased by more than 50 percent over sales in the same period in 2014. Much of this growth can be attributed to New Nintendo 3DS XL, the latest addition to the Nintendo 3DS family, which launched on Feb. 13 and introduced several new features such as face-tracking 3D, new controls and amiibo support.

“While crossing 15 million units is certainly a significant milestone, we are equally excited about the new momentum we’ve created in 2015 thanks to new hardware and an unrivaled library of software,” said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s Executive Vice President of Sales & Marketing. “With more great games on the way and a hardware system for every type of gamer, 2015 is shaping up to be one of the stronger years yet for Nintendo 3DS in the United States.”

Since the Nintendo Entertainment System first debuted in the U.S. in the fall of 1985, nearly 270 million units of Nintendo hardware have been sold in the United States. This includes nearly 145 million units of hand-held hardware and nearly 125 million home console units. By surpassing 15 million units sold in the United States, Nintendo 3DS joins an elite list that includes some of the biggest names in the history of gaming, including Game Boy, Game Boy Advance and Nintendo DS, the best-selling video game system ever in the United States.

 

Japan: Wii U Sells 21K, Nintendo 3DS Sells 18K

The charts from Japan are out thanks to Media Create, and the week shows the “Splatoon bump” is still in affect. While Splatoon’s numbers are down from last week’s debut, it tops the chart for the second week in a row, doubling The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt’s lifetime sales. More importantly, Wii U sales have seen a moderate increase while Nintendo 3DS has stayed relatively the same.

New Nintendo additions to the list include Stella Glow (at number 4) and New Atelier Rorona: Hajimari no Monogatari – The Alchemist of Arland (at number 8), In the top 20 games, Nintendo 3DS and Wii U hold a commanding 13 titles (10 and 3, respectively). For more information, check out the full chart below:

Software Sales (followed by lifetime sales)

  1. [Wii U] Splatoon (Nintendo, 05/28/15) – 68,913 (213,731)
  2. [PSV] Shiren the Wanderer 5 Plus: Fortune Tower and the Dice of Fate (Spike Chunsoft, 06/04/15) – 16.224 (New)
  3. [PS4] Natsuiro High School: Seishun Hakusho (D3 Publisher, 06/04/15} – 13.868 (New)
  4. [3DS] Stella Glow (Sega, 06/04/15) – 13.332 (New)
  5. [PS4] The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (Spike Chunsoft, 05/21/15) – 13,272 (103,111)
  6. [Wii U] Mario Kart 8 (Nintendo, 05/29/14) – 12,884 (1,019,603)
  7. [PSV] Minecraft: PlayStation Vita Edition (SCE, 03/19/15) – 10,708 (190,332)
  8. [3DS] New Atelier Rorona: Hajimari no Monogatari – The Alchemist of Arland (Koei Tecmo, 06/04/2015) – 8,352 (New)
  9. [3DS] Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai DX (Sega, 05/28/15) – 6,867 (48,309)
  10. [PS3] Natsuiro High School: Seishun Hakusho (D3 Publisher 06/04/15) – 6,772 (New)

Hardware Sales (followed by last week’s sales)

  1. Wii U – 21,169 (17,713)
  2. PlayStation 4 – 11,763 (12,272)
  3. PlayStation Vita – 10,829 (12,517)
  4. New 3DS LL – 10,677 (11,170)
  5. New 3DS – 4,086 (4,129)
  6. PlayStation 3 – 2,716 (3,069)
  7. 3DS – 2,089 (1,418)
  8. 3DS LL – 1,039 (919)
  9. PlayStation Vita TV – 610 (529)
  10. Xbox One – 219 (522)  TEST

Japan: Wii U Sells 17K, Nintendo 3DS Sells 17K

The charts from Japan are out thanks to Media Create, and this week sees Splatoon debut at 144,818 units, which is higher than last week’s top spot, Witcher 3’s, total lifetime sales so far. There are only two new Nintendo titles, both on the Nintendo 3DS– Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai DX at number 2, and Downtown Nekketsu Jidaigeki at number 7. Hardware sales are up across the board, especially as Splatoon has boosted Wii U sales to more than double from last week. You can check out the sales for yourself below:

Software Sales (followed by lifetime sales)

  1. [Wii U] Splatoon (Nintendo, 05/28/15) – 144,818 (New)
  2. [3DS] Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai DX (Sega, 05/28/15) – 41,442 (New)
  3. [PS4] The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (Spike Chunsoft, 05/21/15) – 22,454 (89,839)
  4. [PSV] Minecraft: PlayStation Vita Edition (SCE, 03/19/15) – 12,449 (179,625)
  5. [Wii U] Mario Kart 8 (Nintendo, 05/29/14) – 11,654 (1,006,719)
  6. [PSV] Cross Ange: Rondo of Angels and Dragons tr. (Bandai Namco, 05/28/15) – 11,215 (New)
  7. [3DS] Downtown Nekketsu Jidaigeki (Arc System Works, 05/28/15) – 9,444 (New)
  8. [3DS] Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition (GungHo Online Entertainment, 04/30/15) – 8,920 (252,479)
  9. [3DS] Assassination Classroom: Grand Siege on Kurosensei (Bandai Namco, 03/12/15) – 6,620 (75,242)
  10. [PSV] Nobunaga’s Ambition: Sphere of Influence with Power-Up Kit (Koei Tecmo, 05/28/15) – 6,360 (New)
  11. [3DS] Girls Mode 3: Kira Kira Code (Nintendo, 04/16/15) – 6,282 (140,808)
  12. [XBO] Psycho-Pass: Mandatory Happiness (5pb., 05/28/15) – 4,593 (New)
  13. [3DS] Pokemon Omega Ruby / Alpha Sapphire (Pokemon, 11/21/14) – 4,501 (2,631,071)
  14. [PSV] Possession Magenta (Idea Factory, 05/28/15) – 4,172 (New)
  15. [3DS] Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS (Nintendo, 09/13/14) – 3,507 (2,237,443)
  16. [PS4] Final Fantasy X | X-2 HD Remaster (Square Enix, 05/14/15) – 2,994 (2,237,443)
  17. [3DS] Dragon Ball Heroes: Ultimate Mission 2 (Bandai Namco, 08/07/14) – 2,858 (207,938)
  18. [Wii U] Mario Party 10 (Nintendo, 03/12/15) – 2,607 (146,290)
  19. [PS4] Earth Defense Force 4.1: The Shadow of New Despair (D3 Publisher, 04/02/15) – 2,554 (45,143)
  20. [3DS] Animal Crossing: New Leaf (Nintendo, 11/08/12) – 2,526 (3,977,777)

Hardware Sales (followed by last week’s sales)

  1. Wii U – 17,313 (7,611)
  2. PlayStation Vita – 12,517 (11,352)
  3. PlayStation 4 – 12,272 (12,096)
  4. New 3DS LL – 11,170 (10,134)
  5. New 3DS – 4,129 (3,609)
  6. PlayStation 3 – 3,069 (2,627)
  7. 3DS – 1,418 (687)
  8. 3DS LL – 919 (827)
  9. PlayStation Vita TV – 529 (423)
  10. Xbox One – 522 (308)

Japan: Wii U Sells 7K, Nintendo 3DS Sells 15K

The latest sales are in from Japan, courtesy of Media Create, and things have shifted slightly from last week. Not a hugely exciting week. Witcher 3 for the PlayStation 4 take the top spot, debuting with 67,000 sales and knocking Final Fantasy X way off the top spot. The top Nintendo title is still Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition at number 3, but decreasing in sales from last week. Hardware sales are pretty similar, give or take 1,000 units for some. Nintendo still have the most titles in the charts, but are more challenged by the PlayStation Vita and PlayStation 4 this week. Take a look at the charts for yourself:

Software Sales (followed by lifetime sales)

  1. [PS4] The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (Spike Chunsoft, 05/21/15) – 67,385 (New)
  2. [PSV] Minecraft: PlayStation Vita Edition (SCE, 03/19/15) – 11,898 (167,176)
  3. [3DS] Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition (GungHo Online Entertainment, 04/30/15) – 10,876 (243,559)
  4. [PSV] Lovely x Cation 1&2 (5pb., 05/21/15) – 6,835 (New)
  5. [3DS] Girls Mode 3: Kirakira Code (Nintendo, 04/16/15) – 6,313 (134,526)
  6. [Wii U] Mario Kart 8 (Nintendo, 05/29/14) – 5,758 (995,065)
  7. [PS4] Final Fantasy X | X-2 HD Remaster (Square Enix, 05/14/15) – 5,591 (21,504)
  8. [PSV] Abunai Koi no Sousashitsu: Eternal Happiness (QuinRose, 05/21/15) – 4,266 (New)
  9. [3DS] Pokemon Omega Ruby / Alpha Sapphire (Pokemon, 11/21/14) – 4,081 (2,626,570)
  10. [3DS] Bravely Second: End Layer (Square Enix, 04/23/15) – 3,393 (138,298)
  11. [3DS] Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS (Nintendo, 09/13/14) – 3,221 (2,233,937)
  12. [Wii U] Mario Party 10 (Nintendo, 03/12/15) – 2,720 (143,683)
  13. [Wii U] Xenoblade Chronicles X (Nintendo, 04/30/15) – 2,625 (104,137)
  14. [PS4] Dying Light (Warner Bros., 04/16/15) – 2,518 (46,969)
  15. [3DS] Animal Crossing: New Leaf (Nintendo, 11/08/12) – 2,317 (3,975,250)
  16. [3DS] Yokai Watch 2: Shinuchi (Level-5, 12/14/14) – 2,280 (2,608,486)
  17. [Wii U] Super Smash Bros. for Wii U (Nintendo, 12/06/14) – 1,989 (638,100)
  18. [Wii U] Dragon Quest X: Legend of the Ancient Dragon Online (Square Enix, 04/30/15) – 1,963 (107,305)
  19. [PS4] Earth Defense Force 4.1: The Shadow of New Despair (D3 Publisher, 04/02/15) – 1,861 (42,589)
  20. [3DS] Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate (Capcom, 10/11/14) – 1,842 (2,529,565)

Hardware Sales (followed by last week’s sales)

  1. PlayStation 4 – 12,096 (11,489)
  2. PlayStation Vita – 11,352 (10,685)
  3. New 3DS LL – 10,134 (11,340)
  4. Wii U – 7,611 (6,428)
  5. New 3DS – 3,609 (3,483)
  6. PlayStation 3 – 2,627 (2,964)
  7. 3DS LL – 827 (790)
  8. 3DS – 687 (742)
  9. PlayStation Vita TV – 423 (439)
  10. Xbox One – 308 (148)