How Did The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D Do In Japan?

By Ishaan . June 24, 2011 . 8:27am

Following a rather bitter experience with The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks, Nintendo sent out a substantially lower number of copies of Ocarina of Time 3D to Japanese game stores for the game’s launch last week. Going by sales tracker Media-Create’s report, their estimates were right on the money.


The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D sold 164,110 copies in its first week in Japan. Media-Create say this amounts to 90.02% of all copies of the game that were sent out to retail shops for selling.


For reference, Spirit Tracks received a colossal shipment of over 580,000 copies when it was released back in 2009. Unfortunately, it sold less than half that number at launch, which resulted in the game quickly being slashed in price. Demand and supply being more balanced in the case of Ocarina 3D should help prevent a repeat of that scenario.


Meanwhile, Level 5’s The Little Battlers was a notable success, too. That game sold 166,187 copies on the PSP in its first week, which amounts to 80.47% of all copies that were sent out to stores. It should be very interesting to see how both games hold up in the weeks to come.

  • malek86

    Looks like Level 5 too learned something, from Ni no Kuni.

    • Very good point. I hadn’t thought of that, but I can totally see it now. Identical scenario for both Ocarina and Little Battlers. :)

      For anyone that’s wondering — Level 5’s last original game, Ni no Kuni, had an initial shipment of 600,000 units. Just like Spirit Tracks, that didn’t work out too well for them. Read more here:

      • At least i imagine they could sell off all that initial shipment eventually :P. I remember those days, really worried Level 5 made an error when they did such a great game T_T

        • I don’t think Level 5 have too much to worry about; they have their fingers in a lot of different pies. :)

          • …And I am just eating one, thanks Ishaan..>_>

  • d19xx

    I’m sure Zelda will do a lot better outside Japan. 

    • Exkaiser

      I dare say, there’s not a whole lot of room to do a “lot better” than selling through 90% of your initial shipment. I’d say that’s pretty fantastic. It’s all relative. ┐(‘~`;)┌.

      • d19xx

        All I’m saying is Zelda sells better outside Japan…

        • Exkaiser

          All I’m saying is that OoT didn’t have much room in Japan to sell better. I’m not really making a serious point here.

          Everyone knows that Zelda’s more popular in the West.

  • andref

    Might be stretching it a bit but I suppose handheld zelda games don’t sell to well in Japan

    • That’s strange, because handhelds (DS/PSP/3DS) seem to be more popular over there. But you’re right.

    • Zelda in general isn’t as popular in Japan, even on consoles. Twilight Princess sales were below expectations. The cel-shaded ones on DS have done the best so far, aside from the Spirits Tracks miscalculation. 

  • Who was the one that told me Zelda shipment got sold out in the selling gaming ranking >_>? 

    Anyhow, regardless, level 5 pwned nintendo that week :D! Great doing guys, they are getting into a really strong market with a good presence

    • ninjaonizuka

      yup little battlers is fun :p i hope they localize it 

    • Suicunesol

      Twas I, my friend. And what I meant at that time was that OoT sold out in some major retailers–not that it sold out across the board. Just because there’s still some copies left from the first shipment (which is almost always the case) doesn’t mean most stores will have copies left. For all we know, the copies left are sitting on the shelves of little-known countryside retailers.

      But maybe I’m just talking out of my ass. We’ll see the figures next week.

      I want to see NA sales figures a little more, though. But NoA seems too embarrassed to reveal that information.

      • I’m pretty sure they’ll be keen to let those out come NPD day next month. Zelda is like the first big 3DS game, after all.

        • I imagine they will, or just give the general statement that 3DS has now sold more than 1mln units in the US with maybe 200K LoZ:OoT 3D units being sold…though the rest of the summer is bleak, empty release slate it seems.

      • I see, still, Battle Robots had like 30k more, but yeah, ive heard from a long time that OoT or… Zelda in general, isnt that popular in japan, as how it is here.

        Im looking forward to see how much love has Zelda these days if we can someday see the NA sales…

        • Tom_Phoenix

          30k more? I am preety sure the difference in sales was closer to 2k.

  • Ocarina of Time is classic.

  • Spirit Tracks was a trainwreck.

    • Croix

      I see what you did there, but I agree with what you said.

    • YsyDoesIt

      Well played.

  • Why is it in the PSP part? D:

    •  Danball Senki, the superior game outsold it.

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