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Heavy Hitters Lead to Significant Wii U, 3DS Software Sales Increase in February

by Aaron R. Brown - March 13, 2014, 5:29 pm PDT
Total comments: 14 Source: Press Release

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze and Bravely Default lead the pack for Nintendo.

February 2014 software sales for both Nintendo 3DS and Wii U rose above February 2013 sales thanks to both Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze and Bravely Default.

In February, Wii U software sales were 180 percent higher than software sales the previous February. 3DS software sales also rose 25 percent when measured up to last year's sales.

The heavy increase of sales is due in part thanks to Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze and Bravely Default. Tropical Freeze managed to sell over 130,000 copies in the mere eight days it was on the shelves in February. Bravely Default, released on February 7, dished out over 200,000 units on the market in its remaining few weeks of the month. These numbers surpassed Fire Emblem Awakening's launch by 10 percent.

Pokémon X & Y also sold strong last month with a combined total of 130,000 copies.

Talkback

arnoldrobinsonjrMarch 13, 2014

NOW THATS NINTENDO POWER

Nile Boogie ReturnsMarch 13, 2014

slow and steady

leahsdadMarch 13, 2014

Quote from: Nile

slow and steady

Said Sega in the 90's.

Luigi DudeMarch 14, 2014

Quote from: leahsdad

Said Sega in the 90's.

Technically Sega did the knee jerk reaction many on the internet want Nintendo to do and just killed their system too early, leaving a gap of about two years of nothing before the Dreamcast was released.  This was one of the factors that killed that system since many didn't exactly trust Sega anymore because they didn't want to buy a system that could be killed in less then 3 years.

broodwarsMarch 14, 2014

Are you saying actually HAVING new Wii U software in February this time increased Wii U software sales compared to last year's complete no-show? Man, who'd have thought?  ::)

Mop it upMarch 14, 2014

Nice number for Bravely Default, glad to see.

Considering the smaller number of days for DKCTF, those might be nice numbers as well. Hope it keeps it up next month.

Kytim89March 14, 2014

A clear indication that Nintendo needs to throw as many of their first party titles they can muster to gain Wii U sales. The release of a new Star Fox, F-Zero, Metroid, Star Tropics, Advanced Wars, Fire Emblem, etc, would push the Wii U further to surpassing the Gamecube in sales.

jarodeaMarch 15, 2014

A pretty lackluster month for anything not called PS4 or XBOne.  Those 3DS sales in particular are alarming, hopefully Nintendo will eventually realize the $200 handheld market only briefly existed (the DSi has turned out to be worse for Nintendo that I ever imagined, sending Iwata hurtling off in the wrong direction just as the market raced off in another).

Quote from: broodwars

Are you saying actually HAVING new Wii U software in February this time increased Wii U software sales compared to last year's complete no-show? Man, who'd have thought?  ::)

Iwata's grand scheme revealed, no new games means next year's paltry sales look amazing.

Quote from: Mop

Nice number for Bravely Default, glad to see.

Considering the smaller number of days for DKCTF, those might be nice numbers as well. Hope it keeps it up next month.

Agree with BD, but too early to say for DKCTF other than they aren't obviously great or terrible.  Even looking at past performance it difficult given the different install bases between Wii and Wii U, different demographics, starkly different software situations, different release times, and simply too few games to directly compare for a baseline.  We'll get a better idea in a few months.

Quote from: Kytim89

A clear indication that Nintendo needs to throw as many of their first party titles they can muster to gain Wii U sales. The release of a new Star Fox, F-Zero, Metroid, Star Tropics, Advanced Wars, Fire Emblem, etc, would push the Wii U further to surpassing the Gamecube in sales.

Clearly, and to do so they need to expand, buy new developers, and make partnerships with others... in 2009.  I wonder if GCN sales are even possible at this point, the GCN had a pretty nice mid-life revival (outsold the PS2 a few months in NA iirc) but then again it died shortly thereafter.  Hey, there's one way Nintendo can boost the Wii U, drop it to $100 (or was it $150), with a choice of 4 or 5 great games people would actually want, and do it right before Mario Kart comes out.

ShyGuyMarch 15, 2014

Heavy Hitters sounds like an extreme baseball game from Acclaim in the early 90s.

azekeMarch 15, 2014

Quote from: ShyGuy

Heavy Hitters sounds like an extreme baseball game from Acclaim in the early 90s.

I read it as Heavy Hitlers...

Aaron BrownAaron R. Brown, Previews EditorMarch 16, 2014

Quote from: ShyGuy

Heavy Hitters sounds like an extreme baseball game from Acclaim in the early 90s.

I suppose I could have worded that differently. Thanks for pointing that out.

smallsharkbigbiteMarch 16, 2014

Quote from: Luigi

Technically Sega did the knee jerk reaction many on the internet want Nintendo to do and just killed their system too early, leaving a gap of about two years of nothing before the Dreamcast was released.  This was one of the factors that killed that system since many didn't exactly trust Sega anymore because they didn't want to buy a system that could be killed in less then 3 years.

Well, Sega killed the Sega CD, 32X, Saturn, and then Dreamcast all very quickly.  That's a little different than moving on from just one failure.  Nintendo moved on from the Virtual Boy pretty quickly and didn't suffer a setback in the portable sector. 


Surprising they usually supported the consoles with lots of games.  The Saturn had 596 games released for it and the 688 games.  It would be almost impossible for the Wii U to hit that many games even if they support it for 5 years. 

smallsharkbigbiteMarch 16, 2014

"Dreamcast 688 games".  No edit button. 

ShyGuyMarch 16, 2014

Quote from: Aaron

Quote from: ShyGuy

Heavy Hitters sounds like an extreme baseball game from Acclaim in the early 90s.

I suppose I could have worded that differently. Thanks for pointing that out.

Naw man, no differently, that's the best part!

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