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Wii U and 3DS Sales Increase Thanks to Donkey Kong and Bravely Default

Wii U and 3DS Sales Increase Thanks to Donkey Kong and Bravely Default

by Steve CullumMarch 14, 2014


Lately, it seems many people are talking about the so-called demise of Nintendo. Apparently, they are falling apart, and they should just quit and make cell phone games. We could probably argue that point all day long. (If you want to, please head to our forums to discuss it!) Anyway, it seems that Nintendo has not been doing as bad as people think, in terms of software.

We received some numbers from Nintendo of America yesterday that show Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze at more than 130,000 sold in its first eight days. This also helped the Wii U hardware to jump up almost 25% in sales compared to last year at this same time.

As for the Nintendo 3DS, Fire Emblem Awakening was one of their “surprise hits” last year, and Bravely Default sold more than 10% better than Fire Emblem in its first three weeks. Both Donkey Kong and Bravely Default were on the top 10 list for best-selling software in February at number two and four, respectively. Pokemon X and Y also sold more than 130,000 in their fifth month, bringing their overall sales to 3.4 million in the USA.

Nintendo is hoping their next few months will continue this trend. Today, they launched Yoshi’s New Island on Nintendo 3DS. Disney Magical World is coming to 3DS on April 11. May 2 will bring both Mario Golf: World Tour and Kirby Triple Deluxe to 3DS. Finally, Mario Kart 8 hits the Wii U on May 30, as the only upcoming big Wii U game of the spring.

For more information, feel free to check out the official press release below.



Donkey Kong Drives Wii U Sales, Bravely Default Outpacing Fire Emblem

Strong new releases helped sales of Wii U software and Nintendo 3DS software in February increase by more than 180 percent and more than 25 percent, respectively, over the same month last year. Wii U software sales were driven by the Feb. 21 launch of Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, which sold more than 130,000 combined physical and digital units in its first eight days on the market. This helped sales of Wii U hardware increase by nearly 25 percent over the same month last year.

In early 2013, Fire Emblem Awakening launched for Nintendo 3DS and became one of the surprise hits of the year. Bravely Default, which launched for Nintendo 3DS on Feb. 7, improved on the launch of Fire Emblem Awakening by more than 10 percent, selling more than 200,000 combined units in just over three weeks.

Other sales milestones achieved by Nintendo in February include:

  • Bravely Default and Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze finished as the No. 2 and No. 4 best-selling software SKUs for the month of February.
  • Pokémon X and Pokémon Y for the Nintendo 3DS system sold more than 130,000 combined units in their fifth month on the market. This brought the life-to-date total to more than 3.4 million combined units in the United States alone.

Over the next few months, Nintendo will launch a series of games from fan-favorite franchises including Yoshi’s New Island (Nintendo 3DS, March 14), Disney Magical World (Nintendo 3DS, April 11), Mario Golf: World Tour (Nintendo 3DS, May 2), Kirby: Triple Deluxe (Nintendo 3DS, May 2) and Mario Kart 8 (Wii U, May 30).

*Data regarding physical sales of games in February are from the NPD Group. Data regarding digital downloads of games and combined physical/digital life-to-date numbers are from Nintendo’s internal sales figures. All numbers, unless otherwise stated, are specific to the United States only.

About The Author
Steve Cullum
Steve is a Senior Editor for NintendoFuse. He has been a Nintendo fan since the NES and Game Boy. His favorite types of games are action platformers, multiplayer “party” games, and any game that is pure fun and pulls him in for hours. Steve has been blogging for NintendoFuse since 2008.

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