Zelda: A Link Between Worlds Sells 400,000 Copies In U.S.

By Ishaan . December 12, 2013 . 10:11pm

The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds has sold 280,000 copies since its November 22nd launch in the U.S., Nintendo announced today.


Additionally, Nintendo noted that total sales of the title reach over 405,000 units if one were to include the special edition Nintendo 3DS XL bundle that came with a download code for the game.


Meanwhile, Pokémon X and Pokémon Y sold more than than 225,000 copies each during the month of November. Total sales of the game in America thus far are at 2.35 million units.


Finally, Super Mario 3D World, which launched on November 22nd as well, sold over 215,000 copies in its first eight days on the market.


On the hardware front, Nintendo 3DS sold close to 770,000 units in November, bringing total sales in America to nearly 10.5 million.

  • Arcm

    Nice numbers hopefully the Wii u will pick up some steam when Smash Bros, X, and the new Zelda wii U comes out.

    • XypherCode

      I’m really excited for X. But I don’t think it’ll really help Wii U in terms of sales. Unless Nintendo would really bring out the big marketing guns out especially in the US. I hate to admit it but JRPGs aren’t really strong sales-wise anymore and only specific audiences still has their JRPG flare. Well Dragon Quest X did help out a lot with the Wii U sales so I might be wrong on this though. :)

      • James Enk

        i hope Nintendo markets X as much as it deserves a game like that should be in the vanguard of your library reminding ppl that if you want to play this awesome game you muct buy a WiiU

        • XypherCode

          I agree. But one problem is that Monolith Soft isn’t really a type of studio that stands out like the rest even if their games surpasses others in some or all categories. Studios like (Naughty Dog, Ninty’s own EAD, etc.) Nintendo also needs to market and spread the names of their own developers so people can actually and carefully gauge the caliber of the studio and make them aware that they’re making this very cool game. The cool thing about their marketing right now is that in both X’s trailers they’re actually showing off the logo/name of the studio and of course the big names that’s handling the project. Like how PlatinumGames does with their trailers, not to mention so much in the games themselves. Monolith has got to establish a name for itself and to the public.

          • PreyMantis

            I agree. Nintendo need to market X and other exclusive Wii U games if they want their system to sell more. As far as the commercials in the states, they’re really casual and targets only and mostly families and kids. It’s not bad if they want to get some market on the casuals, but what about those uninformed gamers (trust me, there are a lot of them)? Back here where I live, we have a gaming building where people can play their systems or borrow from. Whenever I have my Wii U out to play, many of the people that passes by thinks the gamepad is just an add-on to the original Wii, a new handheld system by Nintendo, or just a Wii HD. Some of them also thinks that it’s just a system for children because of the casual commercials on TV, in which of course I disprove by showing the more mature-looking games. Don’t bury me, but it saddens me that this is what these people think of the system due to Nintendo’s failure in marketing the system properly.

          • James Enk

            yeah i agree with you and i think is something they are trying to do, in an interview they talk about how they want to make them selfs known the same way Bethesda in known

      • Shuga Suenaga

        honestly X is the only thing making me want a WiiU… I mean smash bros, mario kart, zelda too, but X is the game im most hyped for.

  • Space_Ghost

    It’s good to see the 3DS doing well here in America. As the other commenter said, hopefully the Wii U keeps getting better.

  • As much as I like 3DS, I think it’s time for Nintendo to start looking into how soon they can release their next portable device.

    In Japan, 3DS has failed to outsell last year’s figures (despite Pokémon and Monster Hunter) while in the U.S., sales are relatively flat compared to the system’s first year on the market (although, sales were higher than 2012).

    These aren’t “bad” figures by any stretch of the imagination, but they aren’t as good as they should be, considering the time and money that’s been invested in the platform. I honestly think it’s time for a new portable from Nintendo, and soon… maybe as soon as early 2015. The new system could co-exist alongside 3DS.

    Of course, just releasing a new platform isn’t going to help. At this point, I think it’s painfully obvious that it needs to be more than just a dedicated games device. As wonderful as the games on 3DS are, the system is already starting to show its age in a few ways, and we’re only in year three.

    • Xerain

      They should release a new game boy! This one could record all of the gameboy games you already own into ROMs int eh system memory so you could take them with you. They’d only be able to go into internal memory, though.

    • Namuro

      Personally, I think the 3DS can still keep going for a while longer, but I would love to see a new Nintendo handheld as well. I just can’t imagine what they’ll add into the next console.

      If Nintendo really do go ahead and release a new handheld early; do you think Sony will follow suit?

      • I think Sony should step out of the handheld market, to be honest. It clearly isn’t working for them. They’ve had to bend over backwards in attempts to get Vita sales to improve, and they still haven’t. That effort could be better spent on their consoles.

        • michel

          From a technical point of view, you are right. But I want to add that it will be a very sad day for gamers like me when Sony decides to abandon the handheld market. I got back into gaming thanks to the PSP… :(

        • Deekei

          i think the vita has a long life though. it was just a machine that was abit ahead of its time and games are coming out slowly. to be honest though, i doubt they would try to implement touch functions as much because of vita tv, but honestly i havent played any games which implemented it very well.

          • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

            Ahead of its time? Really?

            Its just a multimedia device in an age where everyone has one of those in its pockets.

          • I wouldn’t call either 3DS or Vita ahead of their time. I would say Vita was the wrong device for the current market altogether, while 3DS was a safer, temporary solution.

          • John Diamond

            I agree with you that they should be working on a new handheld. But i don’t think that the 3ds or vita should step down anytime soon. The handhels has lots and lots of life left in them. Also, although the sales aren’t as good as last year, they still are by no means terrible or bad

        • $77496739

          It’s working for the publishers who keep putting games on the Vita.

          • That may be the case for certain publishers, but it’s not working for Sony. They wasted a lot of time and money on Vita to no real effect. I would argue that, ultimately, the Vita’s biggest accomplishment has been its appeal to indie developers, which Sony channeled into indie support for PS4. Outside of that, they’ve seen no real gain from Vita.

          • $77496739

            The effect is clear. Publishers putting more and more games on the Vita. You should know, you’re a game journalist.

          • Yes, Vita software sales are through the roof, I’m sure.

        • neo_firenze

          If you had to judge based on today’s capabilities, I see where you’re coming from. However, I think it’s still a little too soon to make that judgment about Vita for one big reason – Sony’s Gaikai/streaming plans that we’ll likely understand a lot more in the first half of 2014. If Vita becomes capable of handling streaming of a large library of PS1/PS2/PS3 titles, that’s a REALLY compelling feature for a device that’s already pretty nice from a hardware perspective.

          The PS4 connectivity is interesting, but I’d agree that it’s not really a killer feature for most people (despite that fact that I’ve had a great time playing PS4 Lego Marvel almost EXCLUSIVELY in my bed on Vita, streaming from PS4). But cloud streaming of a Sony subscription service with dozens/hundreds of available games? Hmmm.

          • Thing is, if streaming did get to the point where one could flawlessly stream and play the entire PlayStation library, wouldn’t people much rather do that on their PS4s? I can’t imagine a lot of people will buy a Vita for that sole purpose when the PlayStation console they already own—one that has the promise of a well-rounded library of games—will be able to do the same.

          • Jero

            But how could that in any way harm the vita? Yes, people would prefer to do it in the ps4 but if you’re wondering whether to get the 3DS or the vita that would give a huge boost to the Sony console.

          • Why would it give a huge boost to the Vita? If they think that Vita will do the same things their PS4 does, all the more reason they would opt to buy a 3DS instead, since it will actually have things (ie; games) to differentiate itself from whatever PlayStation systems they own.

    • TheRealMalek

      Does sales consider 3ds + 2ds or 3ds only ? But yeah sales aren’t those of the ds. I think that the main problem is tablets and the fact that people don’t understand the difference between this one and the “normal” ds.

      And sorry i don’t agree on “more than just a dedicated games device” just look at the vita, she’s way beyond and will never go where 3ds is…

      • And sorry i don’t agree on “more than just a dedicated games device” just look at the vita, she’s way beyond and will never go where 3ds is…

        That’s because Vita is inferior to smartphones in features and inferior to 3DS in its games library. You can’t be inferior in every aspect… you need to have at least one really strong, standout feature that people can latch on to. In the case of 3DS, it’s the games, which is why it’s still managed to survive.

    • Grape Monet

      I don’t really agree that it needs to be more than a dedicated handheld device, especially if it can be sold for $150 or less, but I do agree that the system is showing it’s age. I’m not sure how you see it, but for me, it’s not the lack of horsepower that’s a problem so much as it is the low screen resolution. The 3DS has what it effectively a 240p screen (both of them), and the games look all the worse for it. I’ve been playing Pokémon X and I was thinking how much better this would look if the resolution was bumped up to at least 480p, if not higher.

      • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

        There are far prettier games than Pokemon on the 3DS.

        Its not really the screen resolution either.
        The games are prettier in 3D at +4 brightness

        If your going for 3D nintendo’s going to need to upgrade the handheld into like a mini WiiU in about 4 years

      • Suicunesol

        High screen resolution equates to more horsepower. They’re not separate. A machine needs more horsepower to display more pixels.

    • Lumi

      If they make a new improved handheld that’s compatible with the current 3DS games, that’s a good move. If it isn’t, that’ll just be trolling and they won’t want that

      • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

        That’d probably happen in like 5 years when they can shrink the WiiU’s internals

      • ronin4life

        All this talk has me wondering if we are going to see another DSi like situation where they could introduce a sort of in-between 3ds console upgrade…

    • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

      3DS Sold 1.25 million last week so…

      And 3DS has more hardware to sell Pazudora just came out and Zelda will in

      They’ll make another handheld in 3-5 years times. might be peddled as a third pillar in the same fashion as gba was.

      You’re jumping way to quickly off the handle.
      Nintendo pumped the 3DS full of software, DS numbers were what they were due to things like brain age and the like. They’ll bring out more and more software. Personally I think watching P&D-Z’s performance will tell you where the industry might go.

      • They’ll make another handheld in 3-5 years times. might be peddled as a third pillar in the same fashion as gba was.

        In that case, their portable line is dead. They don’t have 3-5 years. They need to move on in two years at the most. 3DS has okay-ish support at the moment, but publishers aren’t going to stick around forever when smartphones are constantly beckoning to them.

        • ronin4life

          I don’t think that is the case. I mean, we have Square saying mobile properties can be moved to Consoles, and Puzzle and Dragons just saw a 3ds standalone version.
          I think the reality is in between these two semi extreme stances: 3ds is facing a dev problem, but it will be more than fine for awhile now. Nintendo needs to keep at it, and I am sure they are, but they aren’t quite up against the wall yet on this matter.

        • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

          And the smartphone bubble is going to pop . Shit places like rovio are making more money of of merchandising.

          Just like they did in the land speculation boom in the 1920’s

          Things have a certain flow, reading that flow and adapting is how you survive.

          See…. There are only a few who can get that P&Z D success. And still mobile games, they dont have the same ceiling potential that console games do.

          So consoles have a harder line of entry. So If P&D performs well, they’ll move to a more supportive business

          Besides Im sure NIntendo makes enough money from Darumeshi Sports Store.

          That things is pure evil fun lmfao.

          Nintendo’s going to leverage the 3DS to push some of their B-tier franchises and make new ones. I’ve no doubt of that. I mean just look at how well the streetpass software has done.

          All this business tomfoolery is just marginalized perspective without looking at the full scope of where this industry is heading and where it needs to go.

          All mobiles are , is a more popular form of PC that doesnt play games as well as consoles do. They each have their place in the market.

          I think Nintendo believes 3D will play a key role in keeping the public interested in handhelds in a future marked with more differentiators in the form of VR and the like. As such they’ll need to wait out for a higher tech ceiling. But the issue with this is budget. And people arent in search of super high end experiences on phones or handhelds at the moment. So I think the 3DS can hold it off as long as it needs to.

          By the end of the year Im sure 3DS will be at like 43-5 million total units sold

    • MaximDualBlade

      Ishaan I’ve seen you post things for some years now, but this is too much in my opinion. A new handheld from nintendo and sony retiring from the handheld market. Aren’t you the guy who says that complete domination of anything in a market makes the consumer unhappy? And I have a personal observation: Ragnarok Odyssey Ace sold 31k on it’s release week and you didn’t say anything positive about it, but you just said this about Bravely Default For The Sequel “That said, 35,000 copies for what is essentially the same game with a few upgrades is a rather impressive feat in itself.”

      I’d like to chat with you more in private, but it’s my first time on disqus and i don’t know if that is possible. Nice day

      • Ragnarok Odyssey Ace sold 31k on it’s release week and you didn’t say anything positive about it, but you just said this about Bravely Default For The Sequel “That said, 35,000 copies for what is essentially the same game with a few upgrades is a rather impressive feat in itself.”

        Ragnarok Odyssey Ace was an expansion pack—effectively a Monster Hunter-esque “G” upgrade to the original game with new content—and was marketed as such. I wouldn’t say it did terribly, all things considered, but it didn’t do well.

        Meanwhile, Bravely Default FtS is the exact same game with tweaks made to help streamline the player’s experience. It’s even called “For the Sequel”. They weren’t even trying to hide the fact that it was basically a niche release to help test out features for Bravely Second.

        You need to look at things in context. It isn’t as simple as one game selling 31k and another game selling 35k, and thus, they’re both equally successful. The nature of the products in question isn’t something that can be ignored.

        • MaximDualBlade

          Ok. another thing is that I see lots of enthusiasts waiting for bravely default on the west and I thought ” geez this will sell really well” , then I read your article and I was kinda shocked, plus I like ragnarok odyssey, I still play it so like previousy stated, “it was personal” because they sold the same amount and one gets praise while the other gets nothing.

          I also know that western and japanese(because all these jrpgs come from there) points of view are very different, and basing my sales predictions on my market, when it’s a sales charts from japan was wrong, but you get my point.

          Also both are games, and both sold the same quantity the release week, but one was way more hyped than the other.

          Also the portbegging, I think there should be more control, because I have seen various persons asking for a tales games or persona 5 for wiiu or xbox and that’s cool, but the moment someone ask for bayonetta 2 or X on xbox or playstation, they get warned. Not fair. No portbegging whatsoever!

          • You do realize we can’t be everywhere at once. We shoot down as much portbegging as we possibly can.

            Most of it tends to be concentrated in posts about games like Monster Hunter, Bayonetta and so on, which is probably why you see those get shot down more quickly. Our moderators know to expect trouble in those posts, just as they know to expect trouble whenever a sensitive subject like Mega Man comes up.

            Also… has it ever occurred to you that X is a Nintendo game? Monolith Soft is a Nintendo studio. Meanwhile, Bayo 2 is being funded and published by Nintendo. Food for thought.

          • MaximDualBlade

            I know all that. I’ve been coming regularly to this website for some years now. With X they must be dreaming jajaja, but with Bayo2, they have a valid reason, and don’t pretend to not understand the fans. I know the game is completely funded by nintendo but still understanding it’s nice. By the way I have not played Bayonetta, I’m just here because I’ve read the controversy since the game was announced.

            And another food for thought it’s that you’re a moderator on this site, maybe the most important moderator(anyone disagrees in that?) and you very frequently seem to be in favor of Nintendo and that’s not cool in my opinion. There should be no brand loyalty when it comes to modding.

            Or another hypothesis of mine is that only in the handheld market (meaning no ps3/wiiu/xbox) you favor Nintendo. And this point is personal again, because your argument is basically that the vita has few games and that they don’t have variety, and they have variety man, and the 3ds has good games of course but you seem to hate(strong word perhaps) the fact that sony wants it’s share of hunting action.

            My argument on that is that you always call other hunting games like ” mh clones” and that’s unfair because you know that mh took after games such as PSO1 and diablo. It was just the first popular game in the genre,and it’s perfect for japan, so i don’t see what is the problem with sony trying to get it back, after all mh3 was their stronghold. And they play differently and of course the graphics vary. Ragnarok plays different from MH4 and MH4 plays differently than Soul Sacrifice. the base of the game is the same to “hunt giant beasts” but you don’t call every sport that uses a ball a copy of “the ball game” right?

          • There is no “understanding” or “like” or “dislike” here. It doesn’t matter what someone likes or dislikes when it comes to how well or badly a product is doing. If it’s doing well, it’s doing well. If it’s not, it’s not, and you have to accept things for what they are.

            I’m sorry that you can’t understand market realities and choose to attribute everything to bias when the platforms you like aren’t doing well and sales figures are clearly disappointing. I’m afraid I really don’t have much else left to say to you.

            What I will say is that if you constantly keep bringing the bias card up, sooner or later, one of the other moderators will get annoyed and end up warning or banning you. Thus far, you’ve contributed absolutely nothing of value to this discussion. You’ve come in here armed with no facts, dropped accusations of bias, and played the semantics game, all to no particular point.

            Calling people biased when they point out the realities of the market is the easiest thing in the world to do. If you have anything of real value to add, I’d be happy to partake in a debate with you. However, if all you have is your bias card, which is frankly, completely worthless, then I’m afraid I have nothing left to say.

          • MaximDualBlade

            I never used the word biased. that sounds like “total fanboy towards something” and I only said you favored nintendo: you make it sounds like i said ” you like someone” and you interpreted “you raped someone”. After all mods are human and like you just said, they have preferences and limited quantities of patience.

            I’m not trying to delude myself, or you, my objective was to chat with you in private but you didn’t answer me on that, because I said “it’s personal” and yet you didn’t want to pm me(i don’t know if that is possible on disqus).

            And this article is about how good this zelda game sold, and yet your first comment was: “As much as I like 3DS, I think it’s time for Nintendo to start looking into how soon they can release their next portable device.” that seems out of place, so why not comment, or do you prefer a mindless dislike?

            And props to you because I’ve learned a lot on the gaming market on this website, so that’s a plus and the fact that you take into consideration all the jrpgs or niche games is another plus

          • Not so sound rude, but I don’t think you understand what the word “bias” means. Also, I hope you feel good about yourself, because you’ve taken what I was hoping was going to be a productive discussion about the future of portable devices and derailed it into garbage and finger-pointing. Thanks for that. :)

          • MaximDualBlade

            No you aren’t rude, I actually deduced what bias was from the context of your previous statement and lots and lots of other forums on the internet. I have never looked for the actual description and no one has ever explained the definition to me. And you are a cat with lots of smooth hair. I just deduced that your hair is smooth.
            And there is a very clear like/dislike/understanding when it comes to any market that wants to make benefits/profits/grow in a competitive market, especially one as competititve and varied as the gaming market, where you have to cater to certain specific demographics. You don’t make a bishoujo game hoping that sports fans are gonna buy it , so you base your work to adress the fans that will buy.

          • Herok♞

            There are no pms on disqus

    • David García Abril

      Eeer… What the hell are you talking about?

      The 3DS is performing brilliantly, and now with the 2DS branch is doing even better…

      Please, tell me that you’re not falling for that “handhelds aren’t doing well because they don’t have smartphone numbers” B.S. that other people are falling for…

      • No, I’m making the argument that, for the amount it’s sold, 3DS is seeing less software support than it should, and that’s because that support is being channeled into phones.

        It isn’t a question of hardware sales in the case of 3DS, it’s a question of the publishing model for phones being more cost-effective for publishers. 3DS, in its current state, can’t compete with that model.

        • ronin4life

          I don’t think there is much that can be done about that.
          And if there is some way to improve the situation, I bet they could do it with 3ds instead of making a whole new console.

    • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

      I kinda agree with you here sadly.T_T The 3DS is doing okay sure. Hell, i can even picture it achieve around 75 mil here but my biggest concern is not that.

      My biggest concern is the fact that there are lesser and lesser company wanting to support handheld compared to mobile phone market here.
      We had see how Capcom invest tons and tons of money towards smartphone market. Sega leading huge group of gaming company in Japan to create their own mobile game ecosystem. Square throwing more money to mobile market too.

      Moving from bigger company, we had seen more and more middle size company closing down(Neverland) or simply move on to mobile market here.(Cave, Irem, etc.)

      And to make thing worst, indie market or what we called as doujin market is also much smaller compared to the world as the doujin had some kind of tradition? of offering their game for free or selling the game for very very cheap which is not really helpful for Nintendo here.

      In the end, i simply can’t see how Nintendo franchise alone is possible to carry this whole industry here except if we see those crazy Wii/DS phenomenon once more. However for that to happen, is not easy at all.

      I myself actually are hugely confused on what is the proper step that Nintendo should take here. Should Nintendo tries to make their own exclusive smartphones even when they are so inexperienced on that front?
      Should Nintendo keep committing in this market here and hoped that one day, they will be able to revitalize the market once more?
      Or Nintendo would need to move all their power toward their consoles to make sure that they will be able to create another pillar to stand alive in the future?

      There are simply to many thing to concern here and i can’t imagine what’s going on the head of Iwata everyday here.T_T

      • My biggest concern is the fact that there are lesser and lesser company wanting to support handheld compared to mobile phone market here.

        Bingo. That’s the number one concern here. Hardware sales aren’t great, but that’s because there’s less software as compared to things like Nintendo DS (and even PSP).

        I’m not sure what the solution is either, to be honest. Nintendo definitely do not have the experience required to launch a smart device all by themselves, as per Iwata’s own admission. They would be dipping their toes into a line of technology where they have no advantage whatsoever.

        The only effective solution I can think of is some sort of partnership with an existing device manufacturer. Someone like Panasonic or Toshiba. I would say Samsung, but judging by Nintendo’s tendencies, they would prefer to partner with a Japanese company.

        The other thing to take into consideration is that Nintendo’s next portable and console will share architecture and operating systems. They merged their portable and console hardware groups into a single team this year, with the intent of creating two platforms that will be capable of running the same software and applications. So, whatever they do on the portable side will influence the console side as well.

        It’s a complicated situation to be in. I’m not sure anyone can accurately predict what they’ll do, because there are so many solutions, but they all require Nintendo to be a more liberal organization than it is now.

        • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

          I don’t think that Nintendo would join Samsung here considering that they had almost zero colab here?

          I am actually thinking that maybe Nintendo can colab with Google or even Apple here? Considering how Google is very huge now?

          • Yeah, but those are both American companies, and well… Nintendo haven’t really shown much of an understanding of how western developers think, or a willingness to really work extensively with companies in the west.

        • kylehyde

          Pretty much nintendo needs to stop being too nationalist at the time of choosing partners. A Samsung partnership would help them a lot. They have the resources and they have the experience for making a smart device.

    • Herok♞

      How much more did 3DS sell last year in Japan, because I feel once you reach a certain point software sales will stay very high but hardware sales won’t be as high as they once were.

      • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

        I think around 500k more.

        • Herok♞

          If its only a difference of that much then 3DS is fine, I really do think now that people own the consoles the numbers are going to go down, not going to plumment of course but most people who want one have one after all it would have been out 3 years next year and the heaviest hitters have left their mark already.

          • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

            But you must not forget here that the software sold is lesser here. Which is also contributed by the small company support here.T_T

          • Herok♞

            I really don’t think the software sold is that bad off here in the US or Europe after all handhelds aren’t as big here and MonHun isn’t that much of a heavy hitter, and I was commenting primary about Japan there

          • We’re talking about both worldwide as well as Japan, specifically. Even in Japan, the 3DS isn’t getting as much support as DS and PSP did, despite the fact that it is the leading platform on the market.

          • Herok♞

            I see the lack of support from companies as a result of the mobile boon in Japan, since it seems like a easier way to make more money with less of a risk then that comes with making full titles.

          • Exactly my point. It’s either great portable games on dedicated devices or (mostly) terrible social games on phones. There’s no middle ground. That’s what Nintendo should ideally strive to achieve.

          • Herok♞

            Honestly I see what you mean, I miss out on a ton of awesome IOS stuff since I don’t have a mobile device that isn’t my 3DS or Vita. If Nintendo did something like that I feel that it would be a great buy.

    • Rytan

      But what would they use for the gimmick this time? That’s the thing with Nintendo. They aren’t going to put something new out unless they have a new way to draw attention to them. Touch pads, dual screens, motion controls, gyro, 3D, a controller that doubles as a screen… what new “innovation” could they even come up with next?

      I don’t really see Nintendo going beyond being products being a gaming device, either. They don’t need that. They’ve always been about games over anything else. Maybe that’s considered “ancient” thinking these days, but I appreciate it. I don’t need my consoles or handhelds to do anything other than play games.

      • Well, that’s the question, isn’t it? What would their big unique feature be? So many questions. But I do think it’s safe to say that they need to get on with it. 3DS doesn’t have the luxuries that DS and PSP did in their time. The portable games market is pretty brutal these days.

        • Rytan

          It’s a sad, sad state for portable games. People used to gladly buy up the latest handheld but now with phones, they’d rather invest $40 in 40 sub-par mobile games than one amazing game. It’s even worse since I gave up consoles. At least I’ll finally be getting a decent PC, but handheld games will always be my preference.

      • XypherCode

        I get you. But that’s thing about Nintendo’s “gimmicks”. Most of their games complements well with those like with the 3D aspect in Mario 3D Land and is quite fun and adds to the experience. Will you be playing bowling the traditional way again? Nope. I’m actually looking forward to their next big “innovation” especially on the handheld side. But honestly I don’t see anything else to innovate beyond what they already did with the 3DS. More beef and a bigger screen? Yeah. I believe they’ll just make use of existing features and just improve on them creatively.

        • Rytan

          But see, that’s only going to cause more confusion unless they drop the DS title. People STILL think the 3DS is just a more expensive DS. But yeah, bigger screens with bigger resolution would be amazing. I still want to get a 3DS XL but I figure I’d wait until my original 3DS was unusable.

          • XypherCode

            Well IMO by now the naming issue for the 3DS is steadily going away (but not entirely of course). But yeah they should drop it on their next portable. What I’m worried about is the naming for Wii U. Now that’s a very serious problem. Not only that it confuses people, the brand name itself (Wii) already made a reputation for itself for being like a console for kids, etc. even if it’s not entirely true and that very reputation is quickly moving on to Wii U. Heck the GameCube has more hardcore titles if not on par with the PS2 in it’s generation. They need to fix that with their next console.

            The regular 3DS isn’t really bad so you can still hold-off buying an XL except if you badly want those bigger screens. It’s still just 3 years of the hardware so maybe you can wait for a new 3DS revision down the line.

    • GuyAlpha

      It’s perfectly fine. They should ride it out as far as this generation of consoles goes.

    • ShawnOtakuSomething

      I think the 3DS can keep going for another 5 years or more.

    • Yan Zhao

      Why the hell would Nintendo need to start looking at the next handheld when the 3DS is pretty much the best handheld console right now?

      • Because it isn’t about “right now,” it’s about ensuring that their portables have a future in these times of publishers abandoning traditional games in favour of F2P and social games because it’s more cost efficient.

        • Bacon_n_Lettuce

          Nintendo’s already having enough trouble promoting the Wii U as it is. Along with that, differentiating the Wii U from the Wii along with the existence of the 2DS is already confusing enough to some people (parents esp.). I really, really don’t think adding yet another console to the mix would benefit them at this point.

          What they need to do is strengthen the online distribution on their existing systems. Making it easier for developers to develop and distribute free-to-play and social games through the eshop, making better use of Mii-verse, all those types of things. They haven’t yet dug themselves into a hole so deep that they can’t get out of it.

          • What they need to do is strengthen the online distribution on their existing systems. Making it easier for developers to develop and distribute free-to-play and social games through the eshop, making better use of Mii-verse, all those types of things.

            I agree that this is part of the solution. What I’m not so sure about is that the way 3DS is designed can support features such as these without developers jumping through hoops.

    • kthanxyousuck

      Too much of a rush IMO. They don’t have any competition from Sony and if the problem is smartphone gaming and tablets then a new portable isn’t going to change that. The decrease may just be that people aren’t buying portables like they use to and they may never go back up to the numbers of the DS days. The 3DS is JUST picking up steam and with the introduction of the 2DS it’d be rather pointless to introduce a new system within the next 2 years. They have a lot more games targeted to older children/adults than the DS ever did which I think will help it longevity wise, along with the release of new kirby and SMB. Plus it’s starting to get a lot of indie support.

      And as far as handhelds anyway, there’s really nothing I can see Nintendo having left but to make the next portable a Wii U gamepad looking system. Dual screens are great but anything bigger than the XL screens will look ridiculous.

  • DrPik

    I’ve found these amazing 3D screenshots from Zelda : http://www.3ds-screenshot.com/gallery-the-legend-of-zelda-a-link-between-worlds.html

  • sakusakusakura_nyo

    Great game. It took me five days to finish it. I love the 3D effect and the ending was awesome too, but I wouldn’t say it’s better than Twilight Princess.

  • fairysun

    I am one of the 405,000 sales. :D

  • ronin4life

    I like how they say how much 3ds sold but not WiiU… @[email protected];;
    Though I have heard it saw ~300% increase from last month, and SM3DL has in the US more than outpaced sales in Japan… which could be a good sign.

  • Yan Zhao

    Those numbers are way lower than I expected. Im disappointed really. Playing this game brought me joy that I havent experienced since my SNES childhood. Everyone who owns a 3DS needs to buy this.

    • kthanxyousuck

      How are they low? These are US sales only and the game has only been out 3 weeks. I’m sure a lot of people are getting it for christmas/

  • Jirin

    I have very mixed feelings about Link Between Worlds. They did such a fantastic job on the game mechanics, but they made the dungeons so simple and boring compared to Link To The Past with so much more hand-holding. I miss Zelda games that make you reason out the way to get through dungeons.

    If they had a “Link Between Worlds Second Quest” which had the same mechanics but harder more labyrinthe dungeon configurations, that’d be my GOTY.

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