Wii-U sales up nearly 700% as Wind Waker hits shelves

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#1 Posted by Animal-Mother (26231 posts) -

Sauce Is this just a temporary boost?

Nintendo has not been having an easy time of it so far this year but the latest reports from the UK may offer some comfort, with sales of the Wii U jumping 685 per cent in the last week.

The reports (via gaming site MCV) suggest that the boost is due to the release of the HD remake of Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker.

The title was originally released for the GameCube more than a decade ago but its cel-shaded art-style has proven to have enduring appeal, with 'Wind Waker HD' entering the all-format gaming charts at the number 4 spot this week.

"We have long believed that software sells hardware and it's great to see that reaffirmed this week with an uplift of Wii U hardware sales to coincide with the launch of The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD," said James Honeywell , Nintendo’s head of consumer marketing in the UK.

This has long been Nintendo’s message regarding poor sales of the Wii U. Although the eight-generation console shifted just 160,000 units between April and June this year (leading to Asda, the UK’s second largest retailer, removing the hardware from stores) this can be blamed, at least partly, on a dearth of titles utilising the company’s beloved franchises.

Nintendo’s familiar characters certainly still have the power to attract gamers, as the recent global launch of the latest games in the Pokémon franchise shows: Pokémon X & Y (the first titles in the series to be rendered in full 3D) entered the UK charts in third and fourth place this week, whilst in Japan they games have sold out after pre-orders of 1.26 million.

The release of X & Y also coincides with the launch of the 2DS: Nintendo’s surprising decision to create an entry-level handheld gaming device, stripping the 3DS of both its 3D capacity and its hinge.

Although the ‘slice of cake’ form factor took many by surprise, the 2DS might prove to be a winner with younger generations. The 3D technology on the 3DS never wowed critics and Nintendo even had to warn gamers under seven not to use the console because of it.

By dropping the 3D tech, the breakable hinge, the price of the console, and then adding the latest Pokémon titles into the mix the 2DS has become a very attractive package, and will likely experience a similar spike in sales ahead of Christmas.

However, it should be remembered that these estimations are relative, and whilst a 685 per cent sales bump is an appealing figure, Nintendo has yet to release details of exactly how many consoles are being sold.

#2 Posted by charizard1605 (54495 posts) -

So it sold 685 consoles then?

#4 Edited by Michael0134567 (28651 posts) -

Game's a system seller.

#5 Posted by clyde46 (43685 posts) -

Game's a system seller.

Pretty sad state of affairs when an HD remake is a system seller.

#6 Edited by charizard1605 (54495 posts) -

@clyde46 said:

@Michael0134567 said:

Game's a system seller.

Pretty sad state of affairs when an HD remake is a system seller.

See also: Persona 4 Golden and PS Vita

#7 Posted by clyde46 (43685 posts) -

@clyde46 said:

@Michael0134567 said:

Game's a system seller.

Pretty sad state of affairs when an HD remake is a system seller.

See also: Persona 4 Golden and PS Vita

Sony are allowed to do that.

#8 Edited by charizard1605 (54495 posts) -

@clyde46 said:

@charizard1605 said:

@clyde46 said:

@Michael0134567 said:

Game's a system seller.

Pretty sad state of affairs when an HD remake is a system seller.

See also: Persona 4 Golden and PS Vita

Sony are allowed to do that.

Sorry, I keep forgetting.

#9 Posted by I_can_haz (6484 posts) -

Not trying to troll here but 700% of nothing is still nothing lol.

#10 Posted by DaX_Factor (98 posts) -

So it sold 685 consoles then?

I don't know why this just cracks me up :)

#11 Posted by KBFloYd (12787 posts) -
#12 Posted by DaX_Factor (98 posts) -

Zelda has always been able to sell Nintendo systems. That is one game that has one of the strongest fanboy cults cultures.

#13 Edited by KungfuKitten (20676 posts) -

@DaX_Factor said:

Zelda has always been able to sell Nintendo systems. That is one game that has one of the strongest fanboy cults cultures.

You know, if I get a tattoo it might be a Zelda one too... At first I thought it was geeky but the series speaks to me and as an obsessed videogamer it gave me some of the best memories. Plus Zelda art tends to look good. Unlike most tattoo's out there.

#14 Posted by TheEroica (13078 posts) -

@clyde46 said:

@Michael0134567 said:

Game's a system seller.

Pretty sad state of affairs when an HD remake is a system seller.

what's even more sad is that Bayonetta 2 looks effing amazing and no one will even buy it... What type of message does that send a company wishing to make money?

#15 Posted by AznbkdX (3116 posts) -

@clyde46 said:

@Michael0134567 said:

Game's a system seller.

Pretty sad state of affairs when an HD remake is a system seller.

what's even more sad is that Bayonetta 2 looks effing amazing and no one will even buy it... What type of message does that send a company wishing to make money?

The story of many Platinum games unfortunately...

#16 Edited by LegatoSkyheart (24324 posts) -

@clyde46 said:

@Michael0134567 said:

Game's a system seller.

Pretty sad state of affairs when an HD remake is a system seller.

what's even more sad is that Bayonetta 2 looks effing amazing and no one will even buy it... What type of message does that send a company wishing to make money?

What type of message does that say about the consumers?

#17 Posted by AznbkdX (3116 posts) -

@TheEroica said:

@clyde46 said:

@Michael0134567 said:

Game's a system seller.

Pretty sad state of affairs when an HD remake is a system seller.

what's even more sad is that Bayonetta 2 looks effing amazing and no one will even buy it... What type of message does that send a company wishing to make money?

What type of message does that say about the consumers?

I've always thought we sucked tbh. :P

#18 Posted by GD1551 (9155 posts) -

Pretty much says it all about the nintendo fandom.

#19 Posted by freedomfreak (38278 posts) -

Got one myself. Too good to pass up.

#20 Posted by linkdarkside (6251 posts) -

i more interested on the next console Zelda game.

#21 Edited by Sword-Demon (6872 posts) -

I got one of those bundles, along with Pikmin 3 and Wonderful 101. so far I'm very pleased with the purchase.

#22 Posted by Mario1331 (8815 posts) -

new gamespot is confusing