Nintendo is counting a lot on Pikmin 3 to drive the sales of the Wii U, and one day before the release of the Media Create software and hardware charts there are already signals of some degree of success.
The major japanese retailer and rental chain Tsutaya released its own weekly charts and Pikmin 3 is indeed at the top, followed by Level 5′s Youkai Watch, Earth Defense Force 4 and the two version of Toukiden (the PS Vita version is 4th and the PSP version is 5th).
According to Taketo Matsuo, Tsutaya’s Director of the Game Rental Planning Group, strong sales of the game are also moving units of the console (as reported by ManTanWeb).
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.
The fact that he used Super Mario Bros U as a term of comparisons helps us put the statement in perspective: during its first week of sale in Japan Mario’s latest platformer moved 163,528 units, which is a very respectable amount, even if it was completely beaten by Yakuza 5 (that sold 356,757 copies). Of course that was the release week of the Wii U in Japan, so the installed base was still very small.
Tomorrow we’ll get last week’s Media Create sales charts and we’ll be able to see just how much Pikmin 3 helped the Wii U in the archipelago of the rising sun.