Hyrule Warriors only moved 57% of its stock, but it helped Wii U sales considerably

By Stephany Nunneley, Saturday, 23 August 2014 19:37 GMT

Hyrule Warriors released in Japan last week, and while it wasn’t a number one debut, coming in second place to juggernaut Yokai Watch 2 is rather impressive.

According to Media Create (thanks Gematsu), the Koei Tecmo title sold 69,090 units, and as previously reported, helped bolster Wii U sales.

It was the only new title released for the period on Wii U, and the only other top 20 entry for the system was third place Mario Kart 8.

Media Create noted after its sales chart was released that Hyrule Warriors only sold through 57.33% of its shipment despite the Bon festival going on.

Wii U sold 18,161 units during the period compared to 13,598 the week prior. While that’s a nice surge, as Siliconera notes in the link above, the user base for the console in Japan only stands at 1.8 million.

With Hyrule Warriors likely to appeal more to Warriors fans than Zelda fans, the fact the game only sold through 57% of its shipment, could indicator that fans of both franchises are either confused over what it’s supposed to be, or that it’s for more of a niche market.

Then again, the game had only been available for three days. The sales reporting period ended on August 17 and the game was released on August 14.

Who knows. The game could sell gangbusters come next week. We’ll let you know once the latest Media Create report is released.

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