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:


LwTwTitleWeekly SalesTotal SalesSys.Publisher
01.01.Yo-kai Watch 2: Head/Founder118,5262,212,5183DSLevel 5
New02.Hyrule Warriors69,090NewWiiUKoei Tecmo
05.03.Yoshi’s New Island29,933144,1623DSNintendo
06.04.Mario Kart 828,221627,635WiiUNintendo
02.05.Dragon Ball Heroes: Ultimate Mission 227,273108,8573DSBandai Namco
06.Monster Hunter Frontier G (Beginner’s Package)21,169NewPSVCapcom
04.07.Ultra Street Fighter IV11,60453,931PS3Capcom
08.08.Taiko Drum Master: Don and Katsu’s Great Space-Time Adventure10,879138,7213DSBandai Namco
09.09.Yo-kai Watch10,4201,245,0423DSLevel 5
03.10.Senran Kagura 2: Deep Crimson9,62456,1193DSMarvelous
15.11.Pokémon Art Academy6,64491,2323DSNintendo
11.12.Grand Theft Auto V (Bargain Edition)6,28645,283PS3Take 2
12.13.Pokémon X and Y6,0534,127,8883DSPokémon Co.
20.14.Mario Kart 75,5352,368,1123DSNintendo
26.15.Mario Party: Island Tour4,728423,0753DSNintendo
16.16.Gundam TriAge SP4,70541,7483DSBandai Namco
18.17.Freedom Wars4,542280,209PSVSony
21.18.Animal Crossing: New Leaf4,4473,774,6983DSNintendo
24.19.Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment3,984238,539PSVBandai Namco
27.20.Monster Hunter 43,7963,327,5033DSCapcom


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.