This Week In Sales: Hyrule Warriors


Period: The week of August 11th – August 17th (2014)

Top-seller: Yo-kai Watch 2 (3DS) – 118,526

Nintendo 3DS sales: 9,429 | Total sales: 9,576,035

Nintendo 3DS XL sales: 42,365 | Total sales: 6,447,438

PlayStation Vita sales: 20,825 | Total sales: 3,042,439

Vita TV sales: 1,491 | 133,452

Wii U sales: 18,161 | Total sales: 1,889,911

PlayStation 4 sales: 6,913 | 665,760

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Last week, Koei Tecmo released Hyrule Warriors in Japan, and the game sold 69,090 copies in its first week. Meanwhile, Wii U sales for the week increased to 18,161, with the assistance of both Hyrule Warriors as well as the long weekend due to the Obon festival.


I’m not certain what to think of Hyrule Warriors’ debut. 69,090 copies isn’t really much to write home about, but we have no idea how much Koei Tecmo expected to sell, and how many copies they shipped. Unlike other “Warriors” spin-offs in Japan (GundamOne Piece), this one isn’t based on a particularly popular franchise either. Zelda on home consoles has not performed very well over the past few years.


The only new release that charted during the week was Monster Hunter Frontier G for Vita. Frontier is an online, subscription-based Monster Hunter game and the retail “Beginner’s Package” version sold 21,169 copies.


The #1 spot for the week, as has been the case lately, went to Yo-kai Watch 2, which barely dropped in sales from the week prior, once again thanks to the long Obon weekend. The 3DS role-playing game is now at 2.21 million copies sold. Other software—especially on the Nintendo 3DS—benefitted from Obon as well, with several games seeing a slight increase in sales over the week prior.


Finally, Senran Kagura 2 doesn’t appear to be doing well at all. The game sold just 9,624 copies in its second week, so it’s going to be a while before it sells through its first shipment entirely.


The top-20 software sales chart for last week is as follows:


Lw Tw Title Weekly Sales Total Sales Sys. Publisher
01. 01. Yo-kai Watch 2: Head/Founder 118,526 2,212,518 3DS Level 5
New 02. Hyrule Warriors 69,090 New WiiU Koei Tecmo
05. 03. Yoshi’s New Island 29,933 144,162 3DS Nintendo
06. 04. Mario Kart 8 28,221 627,635 WiiU Nintendo
02. 05. Dragon Ball Heroes: Ultimate Mission 2 27,273 108,857 3DS Bandai Namco
06. Monster Hunter Frontier G (Beginner’s Package) 21,169 New PSV Capcom
04. 07. Ultra Street Fighter IV 11,604 53,931 PS3 Capcom
08. 08. Taiko Drum Master: Don and Katsu’s Great Space-Time Adventure 10,879 138,721 3DS Bandai Namco
09. 09. Yo-kai Watch 10,420 1,245,042 3DS Level 5
03. 10. Senran Kagura 2: Deep Crimson 9,624 56,119 3DS Marvelous
15. 11. Pokémon Art Academy 6,644 91,232 3DS Nintendo
11. 12. Grand Theft Auto V (Bargain Edition) 6,286 45,283 PS3 Take 2
12. 13. Pokémon X and Y 6,053 4,127,888 3DS Pokémon Co.
20. 14. Mario Kart 7 5,535 2,368,112 3DS Nintendo
26. 15. Mario Party: Island Tour 4,728 423,075 3DS Nintendo
16. 16. Gundam TriAge SP 4,705 41,748 3DS Bandai Namco
18. 17. Freedom Wars 4,542 280,209 PSV Sony
21. 18. Animal Crossing: New Leaf 4,447 3,774,698 3DS Nintendo
24. 19. Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment 3,984 238,539 PSV Bandai Namco
27. 20. Monster Hunter 4 3,796 3,327,503 3DS Capcom


Sales data acquired from 4Gamer and Media Create.

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.