So how does a game outsell the console its made for?
People buying the game before getting a hold of the system(I know a few) and people buying two copies(one collector's/special edition to keep sealed) and another to play.
the people buying two copies to keep one sealed don't really realize that these things hold no value... it's not going to be worth any more money than what they spent on it now.
they keep hold of the collectors edition which will most likely hold some value.
i have a few that now if sold would be 2-3x what i payed when it was released as you can no longer get them.
Not even. They're too ubiquitous nowadays.
There are two things I have seen in my years of gaming as it pertains to value. nintendo games (those made by nintendo themselves) hold their value if not increase over time. And the other is PS1 RPG's also hold their value, even more so than PS2 or PS3 RPG's or any other console RPG's.
So zigg... you would be wrong in thinking this game will hold no value.
Nintendo limited edition anything actually increase in price over the years.
I actually sold a $20 Final Fantasy 7 copy online for $40. Lucky I sold it before it went on PC
To summarize some people are stupid
If only that were actually true, you have seen the prices for old Zelda stuff on eBay. Even recent stuff £10.99 for an amiibo sold out in minutes and now £49.99+ Zelda stuff holds it value.
It will be worth tons of money (even now it's worth something) stop haiting, it's zelda.
My Conker's Bad Fur Day sold above retail almost 15 years after release.
You all are not realizing that just because one person is willing/silly enough to buy something from you for X dollars more than what you paid for it doesn't mean it actually holds value. the rarity just isn't there for that to happen.
Ummm.... do you know how collector's items work pertaining to value?
@junmei: yes, and these "collector's items" are too mass produced to really be considered collector's items.
Just shows you how much people went crazy about this game I guess
"You all are not realizing that just because one person is willing/silly enough to buy something from you for X dollars more than what you paid for it doesn't mean it actually holds value."
Except it's not just one person, you can sell a lot of older sealed Nintendo games easily on places like Ebay for it's original value or more.
Just about anything Zelda on the Gamecube that is sealed goes for more than what it retailed for.
@monster: that still doesn't mean it holds value - people sell all kinds of crap for exorbitant amounts of money on ebay (that's where the guy who bought NMS for 2K, is it not?). ebay is definitely not the place to go by as far as market value is concerned.
Nothing of what you said changes the fact that some people bought extra copies and will make extra money out of them.
They hold value to the collector. I still have the 1st gamestop power up rewards halo action figure in box... idk why but it has a value to me. At 1 point it was selling for over $100 on ebay . Also I would love the jugger nog fridge
If you can't go by sales on sites like Ebay or Amazon to estimate the value of an item that is no longer being sold in retail, then what can you go by? I imagine it would be very difficult nowadays for a collector to go out and find a particular game that is still sealed, without using the web to find it.
And the person that bought No Man Sky for $2000, bought it because it was an early copy, that's a little different than buying something rare that's no longer be produced.
@monster: things like that can get appraised by someone/an organization who's properly qualified to do such a thing. places like ebay, and amazon have people/scalpers that just go out of their way to gouge unsuspecting individuals (like, again, charging $2,000 for an early copy of No Man's Sky or $300+ for a $60 mini NES) just to make a quick buck.
@81BX: I'm talking specifically about monetary value, not sentimental value. with how things are made these days, people cannot expect to buy a "collector's edition" copy of a video game, and expect it to be worth hundreds or thousands of dollars 20 years down the line.
what makes something a collector's item is the rarity of the object or how many of them are left (say, in the case of a vintage car, book/comic book, etc...).
Sure, but an appraiser doesn't just make up the prices, they see what an item is currently being sold for and then give an estimation, some even use sites like eBay to estimate a price, either way many have valued certain sealed Zelda games at more than their original cost. And do the online markets not affect the value of merchandise sold elsewhere?
We don't know if sealed copies of BOTW will hold/increase in value years from now or not, but it has happened with many Zelda games.
I got two copies...one is sealed and put along side my Zelda collection.
...That's quite possibly the saddest thing I've ever heard.
Maybe because it was on Wii U?
Title says zelda for switch outsold switch
Im not gonna respond for the fear of looking stupid.
@OMGitzTHatGuy Your question proves you DIDN'T read the article not even a third of it. That was already addressed and no it was not including Wii u sales. Wii u sales of Zelda was over 460.000 copies by itself. And SWITCH Version of Zelda was 925,000 copies.
Learn to read the actual article
Be easy on him we all make mistakes by not reading first
People may have purchased the game for someone else as a gift?
lol yea here's a game for a system you don't own. Enjoy yourself.
You're so blinded with nintendo hate you're lacking common-sense.
If I buy a nintendo game for a friend who has a switch....that counts as a sale. No?
Uhh... I bought the game. But I don't have switch. Game is still shrink wrapped and collecting dust.
I just bought it to support Zelda. I had no idea the game would outsell the console.
Next_Gen - the point they are trying to make is that if you have a switch and your friend has a switch.. and you buy Zelda for you and yourself.. 2+2=4.
The article is saying 10 /=/ 20
Being that 10 is the Switch and 20 is Zelda for Switch. They don't equal.
People are buying more than one copy... for some reason.
Or, people are buying the game, while not owning the system.. for some reason.
It still counts as a sale but you wouldn't make said purchase if they didn't have a Switch, so the same question still applies.
What.... How the hell did you get Nintendo hate out of that? If you buy it for someone who has a Switch, obviously that doesn't count towards Zelda *outselling* the Switch, no? You have a Switch. They already have a Switch. You buy 2 copies of Zelda. That's still 1:1 Lacking common sense lol
Lol, I don't get it.
Thats not what im saying. I dont have a switch....but i can still buy the game for someone who does.
That doesn't answer the question at all. The point is that the game sold more copies than the console itself.
That is still 1:1 my good man. 1 Switch sold, 1 copy of Zelda given to your friend. Yes, you can buy the game for someone who has a Switch. You can buy any game for someone who has a Switch, or a Xbox, or a PlayStation. How does that relate to Zelda selling MORE than the Switch itself? You know that's what we're talking about, right? That's not 2 copies of Zelda sold just because you bought it for a friend.
Most likely they are just counting shipments to stores and not actual sell through to customers. They are behind on switch manufacturing but were able to meet store demand for the game.
Most likely this^
It's sad you've got so many agrees because that doesn't even make any sense. Breath of the Wild on Switch is fairly easy to find and the Nintendo Switch is not. If the game is so easy to find then how could they have shipped only slightly more copies of Breath of the Wild on Switch than the Switch itself sold? Even if you assumed it's shipped numbers and the real attach rate for Zelda is 60%, then there would only be around 350,000 copies of the game left in the wild (during March). However most stores have had plenty of copies of it. If it was shipped numbers, not sold, the numbers would be much higher.
The people that are agreeing with this assumption also didnt read the article. So yes your right it is sad he is getting so many agrees.
Why would someone make such a wild assumption based on their local stores having a few copies? There wouldn't need to be 350 000 copies in stores for you to see a bunch on shelves, it could actually be well under 100 000 left over. And of course some people probably went digital instead of physical, it's an option many got used to with current gen consoles and even the wiiu/3ds.
Oh please. The shipped number would be much higher. Breath of the Wild is readily available pretty much anywhere. The Nintendo Switch is not. Who in their right mind would think that Nintendo shipped less than a million copies of Zelda for Switch at launch?
people were buying it to make a profit on ebay
people were buying it just to keep for the future when the swith is actually worth buying
stop it with your obvious logical answer, people are having fun coming up with creatively pointless answers.
It's easy, Demand and retail availability for the game outstripped the retail availability of the console... It isn't rocket science... 😂😂😂
Simple yes, but Why would I have Demand for a game that I can't play (SINCE I CAN"T GET A CONSOLE)?
They gave two actual reasons in the article.
1, a collectors copy.
2 Get what you can so you have a game once the system becomes availible you will have everything without them
next running out of games. Simple.
Again... The console launched with less units, than the software... Given that Zelda is popular and was highly reviewed and hyped, Nintendo flooded the retail channel, as a result people bought the game while the console quickly sold out. And it's common for launch software to be larger in shipments than console launches. So people will buy software with hopes they'll snag the console without pre-ordering...
Scalpers with the master and special editions
Did this ever happened before? Zelda is a true system seller damn
According to the article NOPE never! The next highest attach rate was 50%. This has a attach rate of 102% DANG!
My assumption is a combination of collectors edition and overseas buyers. The figures are just for the U.S., maybe people ordered it from the Amazon etc to save money or due to stock availability in their country.
@sd11 I think your another winner.
when its a great game on a piece of shit console
Best game I've played in years.
People are buying the game ready for when they get a Switch.
We have a winner!
They wanted to taste it. Duh.
LOL!!! We have a second winner!
Thats randomly the first thing i did with Zelda myself. I did manage to do it in a way that meant i only needed to buy only 1 copy though.
Someone forget its on the WiiU too?
That total isn't getting counted here
Given that I'm not whitelisting the site to read the article, cause sites that ask are often especially intrusive with ads, I'm just assuming.
Article says no Wii U Version sold 460,000 copies it has it's own SKU/UPC number! Does not play on the SWITCH. Different format.