Major japanese retailer and rental chain Tsutaya says that Pikmin 3 is the best-selling game this week in their stores. Taketo Matsuo, Tsutaya’s Director of the Game Rental Planning Group, says that sales of Pikmin 3 are similar to those of New Super Mario Bros U and are helping drive hardware sales at the retail chain. We should get official confirmation on Pikmin 3 and Wii U hardware sales in Japan when we get this week’s Media Create sales figures.

“Pikmin 3, that came out nine years after Pikmin 2, is having a really good start. Sales at Tsutaya are comparable to the release of Super Mario Bros U and have driven greater sales of  Wii U units.”

Thanks, Kallum and Gaminglord



  1. This will keep happening, from Pikmin to next year Zelda WWHD. Games will drive console sales. My prediction is that Nintendo Wiiu will sold 4million units maybe more.
    With 5 million units, every third party will come to the console again, even EA.
    For ps4 and xbox one, to gain 2+ millions units sold they will need all 2014 with games,they will do it. But wanted or not, Nintendo WiiU will have an advantage. Nintendo needs to have at least 3 good system sellers for 2014, to keep the momentum. Smash/Mario Kart/ and..?
    (sorry 4 my english and bad grammar)


  2. Can someone tell me, apart from this and wonderful 101. What other exclusives do I have to look forward to this year (Wii U). Seems like none. It’s a major wait until mario in December.


  3. my pussy is so wet… im horny… and am squeezing my wet pussy between my sexy thighs… I want olimar to attack me with his rock hard pikmim. aaaaaaah!


  4. This is good news, I’m glad to see Pikmin doing well. I’ve always loved the series and I genuinely hope it does well here in the west as well.

    I recently bought a Wii U especially for this


    • Well nintendo is selling the console at a loss. One WiiU game purchase makes up for the loss. If they bundled the game with the console, they would loose money.


      • Kinda disagree here, If they bundled it, people would buy the console get Pikmin 3 for free as a nice incentive and then proceed to buy some of the other stellar (not system seller) games for the console, Lego City, NSMBU/Luigi U, MH3 Ultimate, Scribblenauts,

        I don’t think they’d take a loss in fact I believe bundles help in the long run so long as they sell enough


  5. From now every month a nice game, some months more nice games. you can choose from, Pikmin 3, Wonderfull 101, Rayman legends,splinter cell blacklist, Sonic Lost world,Zelda WW ,Batman origins,Cod Ghost,Watch dogs,Mario 3d world,Donkey kong,Assasins creed 4. And Iwata says that there are more games to confirmd?????


  6. THis should really happen, its the only real normal Wii U exclusive. monster hunter was available on 3ds also, and this is only on Wii U. It needs more exclusive titles and it will work. Pikmin wont rescue the console but it will stabilize it for the time being!


  7. I’m not surprised. It is the best Wii U game to come out in Japan and it came out in the middle of a drought. If it didn’t sell well I would be like WTF!?!?


  8. WiiU as was told to you unbelievers is selling well due to Miyamoto’s genius.

    Of surveyed AskMen users, significantly more said they’d purchase a PlayStation 4 vs. Xbox One. 39% of respondents said yes to PS4, compared to 12% who expressed interest in buying Xbox One. 3% said they’d buy both, while the majority — 46% — said they’d spend money on neither.

    Quote : IGN article


  9. Wow I’m actually surprised. I didn’t really think it would be a system seller anywhere but it’s nice to see that it is selling systems over there. To what degree it’s selling remains to be seen but it’s nice to finally see some positive news of Wii U hardware sales. Don’t know how well it will push sales in the west but once again we’ll just have to wait and see.


  10. Even though I don’t have a Wii U yet, I’ll probably buy Pikmin 3 when it comes out. Because I KNOW I’ll EVENTUALLY get a Wii U. And I really want to show my support for this game.


  11. This really shouldnt be a surprise…its Japan, its a Miyamoto game…therefore its a big success. I wish Iwata (Since he is the COO of Nintendo of North America now) would make ALL games get global launches like Pokemon X/Y.


  12. What a shock a quality production exclusive to the platform sells well

    Oh and haters please fuck off now, move on to dooming the Xbone post launch

    The Lark


    • Funny how this good news only one article about this is found. Yet if Pi min was not selling it would be about 12 journalist reporting this in seconds.


      • http://qz.com/104888/on-the-30th-anniversary-of-nintendos-iconic-console-the-company-is-facing-an-existential-crisis/

        Just another example of how they make Nintendo look as if its close to its doom when it’s not even near that…

        But ofcourse High Command is resposible for almost 50% of the failure with the Wii U…

        But to say that they have failed completely is not correct in any way as 3DS continues to deliver great first party games and third party alike…


        • 50? They are responsible for every thing. they push the wii u to a corner and give 3ds all the love. Then they think it will sell good or even great? I heard that you are a swede, please tell me are there any commercial about the wii u there? Europe is the worst place for wii u no advertisement at all


          • In Sweden and I suppose it’s similar to most of Europe, Nintendo used to be very popular here but when the Wii came, everybody started treating it like a child’s toy even though many bought it in the end…

            However Swedish people are very USA friedly and would gladly bend over for them at any time which they are doing right now anyway…

            And thus comes the love for the Xbox and PS3…

            PS3 because it has power and games and the Xbox mostly because it’s american and has the same games people here likes like FPS and Sports…

            Nintendo advertised the Wii quite alot here but people still hated it after a while and now rejects Nintendo because they do not have these FPS games they love and now they take their “hate” on the Wii U automatically…

            So in my country it’s both the consumers fault and Nintendo’s for the immense lack of advertising…


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