Sales Success in Japan
Fans of Donkey Kong Country were thrilled to see Nintendo give Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze a second chance at life on the Switch. The Wii U version, while a fan favorite for its incredible platforming setpieces, failed to ignite much interest at its launch. According to Media-Create, the game only sold around 35,000 copies at its launch in February 2014.
However, the Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze has apparently found a much better home on Switch. The game launched just last week in Japan to an astonishing 88,000 copies sold. This is more than double the original launch of the game. Additionally Tropicla Freeze is already nearing the original game’s lifetime sales of 135,000.
Is it because the Switch has proven to be a healthier ecosystem for games? This isn’t the first time that a Wii U exclusive has performed better on the Switch. Bayonetta 2, for example, sold over 100,000 more on the Switch than the Wii U in the same timeframe according to Nintendo during their investor’s meeting back in April.
Regardless, it’s great to see wonderful games like Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze get a new lease on life! Tropical Freeze is a fantastic platformer and widely considered to be one of the greatest platformers of all time. Thankfully it doesn’t look as if Tropical Freeze will be lost to time in the Wii U’s. Hopefully Nintendo will get on porting more of their fantastic Wii U library to the Switch!