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Pikmin 3 Deluxe is the Best-Selling Pikmin Game in Japan

Pikmin 3 Deluxe is the Best-Selling Pikmin Game in Japan - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 01 February 2021 / 2,815 Views

The Wii U port, Pikmin 3 Deluxe, released for the Nintendo Switch on October 30 and is already the best-selling entry in the franchise in Japan with over 500,000 units sold. 

The game in roughly two months has sold 513,225 units in Japan, which tops the original Pikmin on the GameCube with 502,996 units sold. Pikmin 2 ended up selling 483,027 units in Japan. It should be noted the figure doesn't include digital sales.

Pikmin 3 Deluxe is the Best-Selling Pikmin Game in Japan

Here is the list of Pikmin sales in Japan:

  1. Pikmin 3 Deluxe – 513,225
  2. Pikmin – 502,996
  3. Pikmin 2 – 483,027
  4. New Play Control! Pikmin 2 – 237,064
  5. Pikmin 3 – 232,313
  6. New Play Control! Pikmin – 170,866
  7. Hey! Pikmin – 157,007

Thanks, NintendoEverything.

A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at or on Twitter @TrunksWD.

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Jranation (on 19 January 2021)

Pikmin > Waifu games

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INCITATUSBR (on 19 January 2021)

I think the only missing relevant WiiU ports now are The Wind Waker HD and Twilight Princess HD

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Darwinianevolution INCITATUSBR (on 19 January 2021)

Xenoblade Chronicles X still isn't out, though.

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JWeinCom INCITATUSBR (on 19 January 2021)

Nintendoland. And if anyone says it's not relevant, I'll cry.

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SvenTheTurkey JWeinCom (on 20 January 2021)

Yeah. It had some good games on there. Zelda and metroid in particular. But they were all pretty fun.

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VMCJonCarter (on 21 January 2021)

Wonder how it went in the west. Like US, UK & Europe and Australia and New Zealand i did get the game.

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siebensus4 (on 20 January 2021)

After Mario Party, Smash, 3D Mario and Animal Crossing we have another best selling game of a longtime franchise on Switch.

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siebensus4 siebensus4 (on 20 January 2021)

...and Zelda of course ^^

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SvenTheTurkey (on 20 January 2021)

Hopefully pikmin starts picking up steam like fire emblem and animal crossing. Maybe we'll get pikmin 4 soon. It has only been 8 years since pikmin 3. Lol.

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PAOerfulone (on 19 January 2021)

I don’t really care that much for Pikmin, but this is excellent news for Pikmin fans! As it shows Nintendo that there is an audience for the franchise and it has potential if given the chance.
Hopefully this will open the door for some other dormant Nintendo IPs to make a comeback like F-Zero, Star Fox, and Earthbound.

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Ryotsu PAOerfulone (on 19 January 2021)

This does make sense, that with the success of a game of old Nintendo consoles it is encouraged to remove forgotten IPs instead of waiting to see if they marry a sequel

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Metallox (on 19 January 2021)

It will reach a million in Japan someday, it's incredible to say the least.

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Darwinianevolution (on 19 January 2021)

Makes sense, this is the first mainline Pikmin game on a handheld, and the Switch is in its way to become one of the best selling consoles in Japan. It would be weird if it wasn't the best selling one.

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UnderwaterFunktown (on 19 January 2021)

Glad to see it doing well. Hope it manages to do the same globally.

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Real (on 21 January 2021)

It hasn't even been that long at all it's selling fast

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Ryotsu (on 19 January 2021)

Well, goodbye Pikmin 4

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pikashoe Ryotsu (on 19 January 2021)

Doesn't this make pikmin 4 more likely?

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Ryotsu pikashoe (on 19 January 2021)

No, If Pikmin 3 deluxe is so successful then Nintendo no longer needs to make Pikmin 4, the same thing will happen as with Mario Kart

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Darwinianevolution Ryotsu (on 19 January 2021)

I don't think that's the case. Another Mario Kart would canibalize the sales and playerbase of the first one, whereas Pikmin 3 doing well might make people want a sequel.

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160rmf Ryotsu (on 19 January 2021)

How you explain Zelda BOTW sequel?

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Ryotsu 160rmf (on 19 January 2021)

Zelda BOTW came out at the same time on both consoles, it is not a sequel to the previous console

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Kakadu18 Ryotsu (on 19 January 2021)

Even if Pikmin 4 won't release on the Switch, it will come eventually because Pikmin 3 Deluxe shows, that the franchise has potential.

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Ryotsu Kakadu18 (on 19 January 2021)

Only when Pikmin 3 deluxe stops selling will they release Pikmin 4, perhaps on the next Nintendo console

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ireadtabloids Ryotsu (on 20 January 2021)

Based on those sale curves they could release the next game in about five months time as sales won’t be very strong by then.

Strong sales are good for the chances of Nintendo releasing a sequel, but sales are not strong enough to make this another evergreen title that Nintendo will be hesitant to replace.

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Ryotsu ireadtabloids (on 20 January 2021)

Nintendo will not make a sequel to Pikmin or Mario Kart in a long time so as not to spoil the sales of the deluxe versions, this will be the case until these versions stop selling what is expected for Nintendo

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Metallox CaptainExplosion (on 19 January 2021)

It most likely didn't. I mean, I'm almost totally convinced that it didn't. It's quite curious that it did so well in Japan in the first place.

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160rmf Metallox (on 19 January 2021)

Maybe it already did. But since we don't have concrete numbers for the other regions, only Nintendo have this information. Maybe they will share some info if it cross 2M in sales... Or not. Who knows. This franchise won't pull some big numbers to be bragging about it, that is certain

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UnderwaterFunktown 160rmf (on 19 January 2021)

We will get an update in Nintedo's next quarterly report assuming it has shipped over 1 mil, which seems very likely.

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Jranation Metallox (on 19 January 2021)

If Pikmin3 DX does Xenoblade numbers then im sure it is saved.

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