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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?

Source: Nintendo [1], Nintendo [2]
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  • MusubiKazesaru

    technically it’s a sequel to Link’s Awakening

    • Jaidyn Reiman

      I don’t think its cited as such. I fact, is Link’s Awakening ever mentioned in A Link Between Worlds once? It was advertised as a sequel to A Link to the Past. Still looks like a glorified remake to me, honestly.

      • MusubiKazesaru

        A Link Between Worlds takes place several centuries after aLttP, thus comes after Link’s Awakening on the timeline. Secondly it is an amazing, stand-alone game that can be counted as amongst the best in the series

        • Morgan

          It was marketed as a sequel to ALttP and is even called “Triforce of the Gods 2” in Japan. The original concept was even to remake ALttP for the 3DS.

          • MusubiKazesaru

            Perhaps that was the concept, but that’s not what happened.

          • Morgan

            It takes place in the same game-world as ALttP. It references that game’s events. It is a sequel to ALttP.

          • Arya Stark

            and still occurs after OoX/LA since those games also proceed ALttP.

          • Morgan

            yes but it doesn’t have much relationship or references to those games story-wise. It does to ALttP though.

          • X-factor

            True, but that doesn’t change the fact that it happened centuries after ALttP. And that OoX and LA both shared the same Link as ALttP, meaning they “must” have happened back-to-back. Making ALBW come after ALL of it.

          • Morgan

            Yes but ALBW uses the same game-world as ALttP, hence it is its true “successor”. I’m not necessarily disagreeing with you — I don’t really believe ALBW is a sequel to ALttP, but that’s the way it was marketed and the way Nintendo presented it. Even so much as the title in Japan is “Triforce of the Gods 2”. So take it as you will.

          • theTomas117

            How about this. It’s a sequel to ALttP and a spin off of LA. A sequel is something that takes place in the same universe, usually with the same locales. ALBW doesn’t share that with LA but does with ALttP.

      • Robert Rolfe

        Have you played it yet?

  • badgerking

    Just wanted to point out that the numbers from the first source are listed as being in the tens of thousands, so it would be 330,000 units for ALBW and 90,000 units for Wind Waker HD in Japan.

    • Morgan

      I apologize for the error the charts list things in an odd way, I will get on fixing this right now.

      • Guest

        No worries. πŸ™‚

    • Morgan

      It should now be fixed. Thank you for pointing this out.

      • badgerking

        No worries, and no problem. πŸ™‚

  • johnnyyy29

    Zelda Parallel Worlds and Goddess of Widsom are now available on Rose Colored Gaming!! There are only 50 sets so you have to act fast!

    • Morgan

      we already have a story on this, there is no need to spam please.

      • johnnyyy29

        No, you have the story that they will be available soon, not that the preorders are now active and that people need to rush to get their copy if they wanted one.