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The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D Sees A Strong Launch In Japan


On February 14th, Nintendo released The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D in Japan and the game sold 230,065 copies in its first week (or first two days, rather). In their weekly report, Japanese sales tracking firm Media Create have shared further insight into how the game performed at launched.


Media Create say that pre-orders for Majora’s Mask 3D began just one month before its release. Despite this, its sales were almost the same as the last Zelda game on 3DS, The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds (224,143 copies sold at launch).


Majora’s Mask 3D saw 79,000 pre-orders while A Link Between Worlds saw 75,000. Additionally, Majora’s Mask sold through 85.92% of its shipment at launch, while A Link Between Worlds’ sell-through was 83.47%. Given the similarities in the pre-orders and launch sales for both games, one can assume that Majora’s Mask 3D has successfully captured the Zelda fanbase in Japan.


The question now is how it will sell in the months ahead. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D has sold well over 575,000 copies in Japan. Meanwhile, A Link Between Worlds—which was released two years later—has sold around 430,000 copies. There’s still room for Majora’s Mask 3D to grow, so it should be interesting to see just how many more units it can move over the next year or two.

Ishaan Sahdev
Ishaan specializes in game design/sales analysis. He's the former managing editor of Siliconera and wrote the book "The Legend of Zelda - A Complete Development History". He also used to moonlight as a professional manga editor. These days, his day job has nothing to do with games, but the two inform each other nonetheless.