Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon Sells 85% In First Week

Saturday, March 30th, 2013

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Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon

Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon was Japan’s best-selling game last week, moving 280,151 copies. Considering the 3DS’ consistently strong sales in Japan, this isn’t necessarily a surprise. What is interesting, however, is the high ratio of copies sold to copies shipped out to retailers by Nintendo. According to Media Create, Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon sold 84.79% of its first shipment in Japan.

This means that Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon shipped about 330,406 copies. Compare these numbers to a game like Super Mario 3D Landwhich sold 343,492 copies in its first week. This could simply mean that Nintendo doesn’t have as much confidence in the Luigi’s Mansion franchise as it does in the Mario franchise. However, this could also give us some interesting information about Nintendo’s current sales strategy.

When Super Mario 3D Land came out, Nintendo had not begun releasing day-and-date digital versions of retail games. In that game’s case, shipping a larger amount to retail makes sense. Seeing as how Nintendo has had a decent amount of success with the eShop lately (Fire Emblem: Awakening being a recent example), it stands to reason that they might want to see their digital sales rise even further. In turn, the amount of physical copies they ship may decrease. After all, games sold on the eShop will net more profit than games sold at retail. If Nintendo can accurately judge the number of physical copies their games will sell, it wouldn’t surprise me if we see this trend continue.

But then again, it could all just be a fluke. Who knows?


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  • It wouldn’t surprise if Nintendo wants to up their digital sales for a game. I hope they don’t short change Wii U physical copies, though. I really don’t want to pay $90 for an external hard drive. If only they’d put more storage space on the system.

    • fjurbanski

      Who knows, maybe $90 for a 1TB HDD is cheaper than what Nintendo would charge for a 500GB HDD built into the Wii U. That’s a question we’ll never know the answer to, though.

  • Keep in mind that Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity was released on the same day as Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon. Naturally, anything with Pokemon in the title is going to do better than something like Luigi’s Mansion. If Nintendo had spaced the release dates of these games further apart by a couple weeks or so, both of them would’ve had better sales.

  • Thedude3445

    I really dislike this new move towards digital prices, especially when the prices on the eShop are exactly the same. The SD card on the 3DS is only so big, and buying multiple cards and having to carry them all around would be… exactly the same as carrying around multiple game cards….

    • fjurbanski

      Well if you get a 32 GB SD card you probably won’t need to buy another one for years. I’ve downloaded a ton of games (including full retail games) and have barely scratched the surface of my SD card.

      So it does make it more convenient than carrying around multiple cartridges.

    • FrancisUnderwood0482

      I never thought of it that way. Thanks for changing my mind.

  • Dark side of digital distro

    Until Nintendo guarantees that I won’t have to buy my games a second time when they move to the next handheld gen or even release yet-another 3DS version, I’m not buying digital games from them when there’s a hard copy.

  • FrancisUnderwood0482

    as long as Nintendo doesn’t F us all by moving to another Memory Format on their next handheld I’m ok with this.
    That being said I prefer physical so I’m going to be a lot more vigilant about pre-ordering from now on. Got burned on Xenoblade Chronicles and ended up having to Pirate it.

    • fjurbanski

      Well Xenoblade was definitely a special case. But it would be interesting to see pre-orders become more common. I haven’t preordered anything since the PS2 era. Nothing is ever sold out when I go to buy it, even on day one.