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Nintendo: The Legend of Zelda Wind Waker HD Can be a System Seller

For the past 8 months, Nintendo hasn’t been doing so hot lately in the sales performance department with the period between April and June being their worst. In order to remedy this clearly problematic issue, Nintendo is planning on launching a number of high profile system-selling franchises onto the console with Nintendo UK believing that The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD is one of arguably many. (3DS, Nintendo, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD, Wii U)

ritsuka666  +   867d ago
Zelda is a massive system seller and ... will appeal to allot of youngsters and sell systems , wich is a good thing for Nintendo.
Eonjay  +   867d ago
Yes, assuming the parents don't get the kids GTA V instead - facepalm - The $299 pack with Zelda is a great deal when compared to what $349 got you just a weak earlier. And the remake looks great BTW... even though it is a... well a remake. I can't find this package on Amazon though but it is listed on Will this be enough to get them to their 8 million unit goal by year end... I'm not that confident.
ritsuka666  +   867d ago
It's true a lot of people don't realize that newer Zelda games in fact sell very well.
Yep  +   867d ago
Not sure what's up with all the disagrees. Perhaps fanboys thinking you were being sarcastic.
PopRocks359  +   867d ago
A remake of a game from Nintendo's slowest selling console could prove to be quite helpful to Wii U, especially with the limited edition bundles. But I wouldn't call it one of the heaviest hitters. I imagine Mario making a bigger impact since that one is technically a newer game.
Yep  +   867d ago
Market that b***h. Then you have my permission to sell.
pecorre  +   867d ago
It was the only reason why I got a gamecube 10 years ago. I still have my copy. However, I'm not getting a Wii U only for a remake.
Trago1337  +   867d ago
If they advertise the hell out of this game.
overrated44  +   867d ago
I've legitimately been thinking of buying a Wii U since I saw the Zelda themed console. Looks really good.
LightofDarkness  +   867d ago
No. A fully fledged sequel or successor using a similar art style would've moved some consoles, but a remake is only going to appeal to those who've already bought a Wii U; i.e. for the promise of more Nintendo fan service.

I still have mine, but if it continues to suck I'm going to use it to trade in against an Xbox One or something (PS4 already paid off!).
1upgamer99  +   867d ago
What do you mean "if it continues to suck" There are a ton of great games out now for Wii U and allot more coming before the Holiday. Also the ports of Splinter Cell and Rayman are better on Wii U than other consoles.

Donkey Kong, Sonic, 3D Mario World, Monster Hunter Frontier G, those are just a few of the games, not to mention all of the ports like Deus EX, Assassins Creed, etc. All this year. I don't know I am liking the Wii U much more now. There are an awful lot of games out for it now.
BosSSyndrome  +   867d ago
Assassin's Creed isn't a port. It's releasing at the same time.
SlapHappyJesus  +   867d ago
I am pretty sure Persona 4 is a good example that a port or a remake can actually move hardware. If only for a while, anyway.
jmc8888  +   867d ago
I think it's funny that people, especially Nintendo think Wind Waker can be a system seller. If it WAS a system seller, wouldn't it have been a system seller when it was a new game the 1st time around?

Pulling a game from a system that didn't sell, and then saying now a decade later it will help this system sell is pretty funny.

It's like saying they remastered Brady Bunch episodes and it will anchor NBC's fall primetime schedule. Or even worse, something that people didn't watch much of.

Don't get me wrong, I'm sure the game is fun, and I'm going to purchase it sometime before the end of the year (the game, had the system since launch), but to think this is going to be a system seller is a bit crazy.

Can it increase system sales above what they would have been without it...and thus be pushing systems? Sure.

Is it going to get people running out and buying a Wii U like a proper new Zelda game would? No. Not even close. To even suggest that it will be a 'system seller' is pure lunacy.

This is a stop gap measure until their bigger 1st party titles come in. It's a nice stop gap, but it is a stop gap.

This isn't going to drive 5-10-20 million Wii U purchases. 50,000? 100,000? Sure. But that's not a system seller.

I think we'll find the game is heavily bought, and why not get the Wind Waker bundle for the same price rather then some other version, but I doubt it really increases console sales like a system seller should.... and remember Xmas time was probably going to see a bump up in Wii U sales anyways. But if this doesn't take console sales from tens of thousands and turn that into millions per month (even if only for a few months), then it isn't a system seller.
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jmc8888  +   867d ago
LOL at people disagreeing with reality.

Remember I pre-ordered the Wii U, and like the console.

But reality is reality.
duducus  +   867d ago
It's actually selling surprisingly well though...
The game isn't even out on retail and the miiverse community is already pretty large...
TheDivine  +   867d ago
The Zelda bundle isn't really a system seller for joe blow but its a system seller for Nintendo fans like me who always planned on getting one but never had a reason. 300 for a Zelda themed console, with a remake of one of the best games ever, and a dd of Hyrule Historia is a flipping steal. Problem is there's no other reason to own one for me, not one exclusive. There will be when X, SMT x Fire Emblem, Metroid, the new Zelda, and maybe a new Kid Icarus release. Nothing else interests me although Wonderful 101 and Pikmin 3 look decent.
imXify  +   867d ago
We'll see. The Wind Waker/WiiU bundle is in direct competition with the cheaper GTAV/PS3 bundle so I have doubts.

When you buy you vote, so I'll see what people vote for.
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admiralvic  +   867d ago
How do those two things relate to one another?

Wind Waker Wii U is a limited edition console, which is something Nintendo does right. It's very rare for any of their LE's to stick around for months and some of them (like Pikachu) sold out within days. These won't last till Xmas, though the real limit is how many they made, over how well it sold. Similar to how The Wonderful 101 sold poorly in Japan. Sure there were a lot of reasons it sold poorly, but still on paper it could never have sold more than 30,000 copies in Japan, where as GTA V could have sold 1 million copies without it being impossible to find.

The other problem is that there is no real reason to buy the GTAV PS3. The PS3 is at the end of its lifecycle (will probably be supported for a few years more), but this means a lot of people already own the system and others might stick with what they got or rather update to the PS4. At least in the Wii U's case we have less adopters, so there is a infinitely larger demographic to buy the console. There is probably more GTA V PS3's than Wind Waker Wii U's, so it's not really fair to compare.
_QQ_  +   867d ago
I have actually been to a couple stores where the WW bundle was out of stock.Pretty much everyone i knew who was in the fence about Wiiu picked one up.
MNGamer-N  +   867d ago
I can't wait for my Gannondorf figure pre-order bonus!
linkenski  +   867d ago
Not for me. Try harder Nintendo. I'm not buying a system for a slight graphics upgrade for a game I already own and have beaten over 3 times. I'll buy it when I get a Wii U, but I'm not buying one for it.
mhunterjr  +   867d ago
I love Zelda, but I doubt a remake of a 10 year old game, that wasn't much of a system seller, will compel folks to buy the Wii u.
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LetoAtreides82  +   867d ago
The original sold under 5 million copies, not exactly a system seller.
deafdani  +   867d ago
It is when the console it was released on sold only 20 million units. Roughly 1 out of each 5 Gamecube owners had that game.

Context is a nice thing.
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LetoAtreides82  +   863d ago
5 million isn't a system seller no matter what. 1 out of 5 isn't impressive when there's just around 20 million Gamecubes. What this shows is that this game couldn't save the Gamecube, and it won't be saving the Wii U.
LordDhampire  +   867d ago
yes, zelda games sell good, I love zelda games, I bought my wii, 3ds and wii for zelda games but a zelda remake of windwaker is not a system seller

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