Nintendo has released their sales numbers for a number of key software titles at their third quarter financial briefing, including the sales numbers for two Zelda titles. A Link Between Worlds, the Nintendo 3DS sequel to 1991’s A Link to the Past, sold 2.18 million copies worldwide since its release, including 330,000 copies in Japan and 1.85 million copies overseas. Meanwhile The Wind Waker HD, on the Wii U, has sold a total of 1.15 million copies worldwide since its launch this past fall, with 90,000 copies being sold in Japan and 1.06 million copies being sold overseas. It is important to note that these sales numbers run through December 31st, 2013, and A Link Between Worlds was released in Japan on December 26th.
While the Japanese sales numbers of The Wind Waker HD may seem somewhat disappointing, the game has sold over 1 million copies globally on a system that has an install base of a mere 5.86 million units. That means that there is roughly a 20% attach rate with Wind Waker HD on Wii U systems worldwide despite low hardware sales, and if the Japanese numbers were excluded from the equation, that number would go up to 26%. Considering this is a remake of a 10 year old game that came out relatively recently (September/October), the numbers are not as bad as they may seem.
What do you think of The Legend of Zelda’s sales performance? Is the series still going strong?