Pikmin 3 Deluxe officially the best-selling entry in the franchise in Japan

A new record!

Not that long ago, we mentioned that Pikmin 3 Deluxe was the fastest-selling entry in the franchise in Japan, and also noted that it would likely be the best-selling soon enough. That time has official come.

Thanks to the latest sales charts in Japan, we know that Pikmin 3 Deluxe has hit 513,225 physical units sold. That means it beat out the previous record-holder, which was the original Pikmin and its 502,996 units sold. Obviously Pikmin 3 Deluxe became the best-selling entry a few weeks back thanks to digital sales, but we don't have the official numbers on that. With physical sales locked in, there's no disputing the record!


Good for Pikmin.
I never have given it a try myself. It’s up there with Fire Emblem and Splatoon as the bigger Nintendo franchises I haven’t even tried.

I personally don't think this version of Pikmin 3 is the one to play.

I assume you haven't tried them because you don't like the genre? I recently replayed the first Pikmin on GCN and it's still a very fun take on RTS games.

I don’t dislike the genre. I sunk many hours into RTS games like Battle for Middle Earth back in the day. I just never got around to getting into the series and not really compelled to get into it.

If you have the chance, I recommend trying the original Pikmin. It's short and sweet. If you don't like it, at least you didn't sink a lot of time into it. If you do like it, you can play the series in order and see its evolution Smile

Gotcha. I just know some people don't like the genres of the games you mentored (like I personally don't care for multiplayer shooters, which is why I fell off Splatoon pretty quick when I tried it).

Well I can't recommend those first two Pikmin games enough. They're just an absolute joy to play. The third one was good on Wii U, but I seem to be in the minority that thinks the Switch port is too fussy to enjoy.

Still waiting for 4 after that if it was iwata or miyamoto commented on that!

It was Miyamoto, and it was back in 2015 that he said "We can confirm that Pikmin 4 is now in development" and then a couple years later Hey! Pikmin for 3ds came out. Seems more likely that that's what Miyamoto meant by "Pikmin 4" than a Pikmin game being quietly developed for 6 years so far and not even a logo or additional mention of it.

That or it was canceled since it would have been for the Wii U and could have utilized the Wii U's features in a very specific new way.

If I remember correctly, there was also a statement that Hey Pikmin wasn't the referred game. I'm sure they had their reasons to can whatever Pikmin 4 was, though.

Miyamoto announced in in 2015. But previously he did announce Pikmin 3 for the Wii in 2008. So they are likely working on 4, but until now it was just a couple of people and not full-time (just as it happened with 3). I say until now, because 3 seems to be selling well worldwide, and if it sells well enough in their eyes, they are more likely to increase the staff of 4 and really get the ball rolling

Every 1st party game on Switch becomes the best selling/fastest selling in the franchise. Take a hint Nintendo, start using some of your older IP and bring new life into them instead of relying on Mario, Zelda, Pokemon, Kirby, Fire Emblem, and Xenoblade year after year...

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People have been wanting Nintendo to go 3rd party. Nintendo is just teasing a preview of what a 3rd party Nintendo will be like.

People if you don't want Nintendo to be like this, buy their A-and-B-level titles in addition to Nintendo's AAA-stuff. Yes that even means buying games that have changed their formulas (Paper Mario and so on). By not buying these lesser titles, Nintendo sees they have to keep strict focus on AAA-development and puts less time into lesser offerings (includes rereleasing older titles for the 100th time each).

Who knew that a game on a platform with the largest install base of any Nintendo platform ever that has Pikmin games could sell the most? The Wii sold 5 million units, and had 2 Gamecube ports. While the Switch has sold 7 million units in Japan(thus far), and despite Pikmin 3 being a Wii U port(with some insisting that all these ports are essentially new because the Wii U was a flop), it was always likely to sell better.

The Wii has a bigger install base. Don't know for sure if the Wii install base then was bigger than Switch now, however.

I specified Japan, this story is about Pikmin sales in Japan. And as I said lifetime sales of Wii in Japan is 5 million, sales of Switch are 7 million. Those are 7 million Switch active users. Pikmin and Pikmin 2 on Wii released earlier in the Wii's lifespan than Pikmin 3 Deluxe on Switch.

I didn't see the Japan part, my bad.

Where are you getting 5 million in Japan though? The Wii had sold 10 million in Japan by this time. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wii (see chart under Reception:sales)

Good to see. A charming bunch of games, still rather ruthless at times. Don't let the cuteness fool you =) Still good to see it's doing great. Will get into more gamers' hands and this should be enough to kickstart Pikmin 4's actual production.

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