This Week In Sales: Zelda: Wind Waker HD Fails To Impress


Period: The week of September 23rd – September 29th (2013)

Top-seller: Monster Hunter 4 – 213,278

Nintendo 3DS sales: 40,487 | Total sales: 8,685,025

Nintendo 3DS XL sales: 93,757 | Total sales: 4,201,950

PlayStation Vita sales: 6,031 | Total sales: 1,840,923

Wii U sales: 5,909 | Total sales: 1,084,635

<< Last week’s software sales chart


Last week saw a large number of new games released in Japan, although none of them managed to dethrone Monster Hunter 4 from its top-spot on the software sales chart. The game sold another 213,000 copies last week.


At the #2 spot was The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Flash on PS Vita. The game sold close to 82,000 copies, but PlayStation Vita hardware sales barely saw an increase for the week, coming in at 6,031 units sold.


Meanwhile, the PlayStation 3 version of Trails in the Flash sold another 68,000 copies, indicating that it was a wise decision on Falcom’s part to put out a multiplatform release.


The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD was released in Japan last week, too, and sold a mere 30,000 copies. Unfortunately, just as Trails in the Flash failed to lift Vita sales, The Wind Waker HD didn’t do much for Wii U hardware sales either, with the system selling a mere 6,000 units for the week.


Finally, Nippon Ichi’s Battle Princess of Arcadia was released last week as well, and sold an underwhelming 9,000 copies in its first week on store shelves.


The top-20 chart for the week was as follows:


Lw Tw Title Weekly Sales Total Sales Sys. Publisher
01. 01. Monster Hunter 4 213,278 2,402,077 3DS Capcom
New 02. The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Flash 81,622 New PSV Nihon Falcom
New 03. Warriors Orochi 3 Ultimate 80,398 New PS3 Tecmo Koei
New 04. The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Flash 67,718 New PS3 Nihon Falcom
New 05. Armored Core: Verdict Day 59,184 New PS3 From Software
New 06. My Little Sister Can’t Be This Cute: HappyenD 31,054 New PS3 Namco Bandai
New 07. The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD 30,264 New WiiU Nintendo
New 08. Warriors Orochi 3 Ultimate 25,483 New PSV Tecmo Koei
04. 09. Tomodachi Collection: New Life
9,269 1,450,520 3DS Nintendo
New 10. Battle Princess of Arcadia 9,252 New PS3 Nippon Ichi
09. 11. Youkai Watch 8,578 187,825 3DS Level 5
06. 12. Disney Magic Castle: My Happy Life 7,575 279,559 3DS Namco Bandai
08. 13. Animal Crossing: New Leaf 7,431 3,425,003 3DS Nintendo
05. 14. Mario & Luigi: Dream Team 7,361 318,600 3DS Nintendo
03. 15. Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn 6,866 216,156 PS3 Square Enix
New 16. Starry☆Sky ~After Winter~ Portable 6,074 New PSP Asgard
New 17. Meiji Tokyo Renka 5,963 New PSP Broccoli
New 18. Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion 5,569 New 3DS Spike Chunsoft
New 19. Armored Core: Verdict Day 5,088 New 360 From Software
13. 20. Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon 5,007 906,547 3DS Nintendo


Sales data acquired from 4Gamer, Media Create and

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.