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Wii U Sales up 685% in UK
If Nintendo knows anything, it’s that a remake of a Nintendo game with a new coat of polish sells quite well. I personally snagged a 3DS back in 2011, with the Ocarina of Time remake being a reinforcing factor. This has trickled over to whole franchises, with Mario, Donkey Kong, Link, and the rest of the gang receiving regular installments on most of Nintendo’s major consoles.
This by itself hasn’t hindered Nintendo sales so much as it has bolstered them. Many of us flock to recapture the experience we’ve had with a game years after the fact. As much as the new offers an exciting foray, there is something to be said about the appeal that lies within the familiar. This is the platform that Nintendo uses to charm its way into the homes of its core demographics.
The recent sales figures exemplify this perfectly. In recent weeks, Nintendo has released a new bundle for The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD. The Wii U bundle includes the game, a Zelda-themed control pad, and a digital copy of The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia.
This bundle has proven to be tempting to some, and too tempting to others. Nintendo reported a 685% increase in UK sales in last week. Let me repeat that yet again: a 685% percent increase in sales. Since the game’s release in 2002 (2003 outside of Japan), Wind Waker has seen varying degrees of commercial success, though initially being well-received by critics.
Most of the figures seem to reflect initial sales: Nintendo likely saw no resale earnings from the games, it’s safe to assume that interest in the games rose sharply, and don’t necessarily reflect the low sales figures that prompted Nintendo to revert to previous animation styles in The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess. The latest figures seems to strongly support the argument that many players warmed to the the style in the very least. Luckily, your local retailer should have a few more bundles in the back. Nonetheless if you’ve been contemplating grabbing the Wii U Legend of Zelda bundle, one must make haste: Nintendo has a reputation for selling their collector’s editions in smaller quantities than their other counterparts in the industry.