It seems that another Wii U game has found incredible success on the Nintendo Switch, as the Switch version of Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze has already outsold the Wii U's version lifetime sales within the space of two weeks in Japan.
Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze was first released on the Nintendo Wii U in 2014 to mass critical acclaim. This love from the video game review websites turned out to be unrequited, as the game sold poorly throughout its run. Since 2014, the Wii U version of Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze has only sold 1.72 million copies worldwide. The game only managed to sell seventy-thousand copies during its first month in Japan.
These sales numbers were considered to be hugely disappointing for a game that was being lauded as the best non-Mario platform game ever made.
It seems that Donkey Kong's luck is about to change, as the Nintendo Switch version of Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze has already sold 122.719 copies (via the Game Data Library Twitter) within its first two weeks of sale in Japan. The Nintendo Wii U version of the game has only sold 118.774 copies in Japan since the game was first released in 2014.
Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze has also dominated the Japanese sales charts for the past two weeks, although the same could be said for many Nintendo Switch games. The top ten sales chart in Japan is currently filled with games like Splatoon 2, Mario Kart 8 Delux, Kirby: Star Allies, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Super Mario Odyssey. The most high-profile non-Nintendo game that is still selling well is God of War for the PlayStation 4.
Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze isn't the only game to receive more attention on the Nintendo Switch, as the Switch port of Bayonetta 2 has already outsold the original Wii U version of the game. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe has also come close to outselling Mario Kart 8, even though that was the best-selling Wii U game of all time.
The sales for Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze mean a lot of good things going forward. There is a good chance that we will see more games in the series in the future. We will also likely see more ports of Wii U games that were unfairly ignored the first time around.