Pikmin 3 Deluxe may not be blowing the sales charts away like Animal Crossing: New Horizons, but it's not a failure by any stretch of the imagination. As a matter of fact, the game is putting up some of the best numbers the franchise has seen in Japan.
With this week's Japanese sales numbers, Pikmin 3 Deluxe managed to sell 499k physical units so far. Considering the game released at the very end of October, that's quite an impressive number for the franchise. It also makes Pikmin 3 Deluxe the fastest-selling entry in the franchise for Japan.
The way data is trending, Pikmin 3 Deluxe will soon be the best-selling entry in Japan as well. Pikmin 2 sold roughly 480k units, while the original Pikmin did over 500k. Pikmin 3 Deluxe is at 499k, but again, that's just physical numbers. For all we know, Pikmin 3 Deluxe could be the best-selling entry already when you factor in digital numbers.