Yoshi’s New Island debuted on the Nintendo 3DS handheld last week. Although the game did do somewhat reasonably during its first week, coming in second place behind Yokai Watch 2, the game still sold a somewhat lower-than-expected 58,000 units. This figure amounts to roughly 58% of the total shipment, meaning that Nintendo shipped about 100,000 units of the game to retailers for launch.
Yoshi’s Island DS, on the other hand, did much better in Japan than its successor. When the DS version of Yoshi’s Island first launched in Japan in 2007, the game sold 303,000 units in the first week, more than five times better than Yoshi’s New Island. Even more interestingly, Yoshi’s Island DS sold through 85% of its initial shipment at launch.
Media Create, the tracker behind all of the data, sites one reason for Yoshi’s New Island’s potentially lower sales. Since the game was Japan’s “Recommended Software” for August, everyone who bought a 3DS or 3DS XL during the game’s launch week received the game for free. This could have potentially lost the game nearly 40,000 units in sales. Nevertheless, the numbers would have still amounted to be quite a bit less than Yoshi’s Island DS.