Pikmin Just Set a New Bar in Japan

Pikmin 3 Deluxe Has Become the Best-Selling Pikmin in Japan

Pikmin 3 Deluxe has officially become the best selling Pikmin title in Nintendo’s home country of Japan. Pikmin 3 Deluxe sold over 170,000 copies in Japan during its first week and according to compiled sales data from Japan, Pikmin 3 Deluxe has sold 513,225. The original Pikmin title was the second best-selling title in the series in Japan, selling 502,996 while Pikmin 2 sold 483,027. Pikmin 3 Deluxe is available right now exclusively for Nintendo Switch.

According to Japan game sales data for the Pikmin series, Pikmin 3 Deluxe sold 513,225, while Pikmin sold 502,996, and Pikmin 2 rounded out the top three with 483,027. New Play Control! Pikmin 2 on the Wii sold a less impressive 237,064. The original release of Pikmin 3 didn’t sell quite as much as Pikmin 3 Deluxe, selling only 232,313 in Japan to date on the Wii U.

The Pikmin series has been a staple for Nintendo since 2001, and the original Pikmin re-released on the Nintendo Wii as New Play Control! Pikmin which only sold 170,866 units in Japan, a clear contrast from the recently released Pikmin 3 Deluxe. Finally, Hey! Pikmin on the Nintendo 3DS (which took the series to 2D platformer levels) sold 157,007 units since it released in 2017, setting the lowest bar for the series as Pikmin 3 Deluxe now set the highest bar.

Pikmin 3 Deluxe continues to prove that re-releasing Wii U titles on the Nintendo Switch is a profitable idea for Nintendo and something that consumers are interested in. Which title or titles in the Pikmin series have you purchased since the original released in 2001? Have you been playing Pikmin 3 Deluxe like so many Japanese gamers? Let us know in the comments below!