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Wind Waker HD drowns during first week on sale in Japan, worst debut in series history


When Game & Wario and The Wonderful 101 bombed during their first week of sales in Japan, many people chalked it up to those series having niche appeal. While The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD was never going to move a lot of copies since it is a remake, the re-do of the 2003 GameCube classic had the series worst Japanese debut in history. Well, in Zelda’s history that is.

Wind Waker HD released on September 26th in Japan and Media Create is reporting that during the tracking week of September 23rd through September 29th the game only sold 30k copies.

How bad is that? That is less than all of the NES Zelda remakes for the Game Boy Advance. Yes, that means it sold less in its first week than Zelda II: The Adventure of Link for the GBA.

I can’t imagine Nintendo saw this coming. Wind Waker HD doesn’t seem to have had much of an impact on Wii U Japanese sales at least. Hopefully things look better in the west for the game’s sales.

I imagine that if Lego City Undercover can managed to move more than 100k units on the Wii U in America than Wind Waker HD should at least post 100k plus. That said, how much will the two week early release of the game on the eShop impact sales?

It could possible split sales so we might hear in a week or two that the digital version sold X amount in September and then hear next month that the retail version sold Y amount in October. We’ll have to wait to find out!