Zelda Gets Mediocre Debut in Japan, Monster Hunter Stays on Top on Major Retailer's Sales Charts

Like every Monday the major Japanese retailer Tsutaya released its software sales charts, that can be considered a good indicator of what happened in the Japanese video game market last week due to the the fact that the retail and rental chain has a very high number of stores spread across the whole country.

Monster Hunter 4 stays on top for the 3rd week in a row, while the new old Zelda fails to make a big splash.

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jonatan2213944d ago

Nice to see The Legend of Heroes: Sen no Kiseki do better on PS VITA than PS3!

HardcoreGamer3943d ago

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snitch_puck3943d ago

True that. I'm tired of a PS3 version of a game in Japan always winning versus the Vita ESPECIALLY if that game is quite niche in the west. Tendencies would be that localization will only end up for the PS3 version. I'm the kind of gamer that seldom play Japanese RPGs on the living room. Handhelds are the best place for JRPGs as the gameplay never wavers even in short bursts. and its fun playing Legend of Heroes on the train isn't it?

Knushwood Butt3944d ago

Nintendo wasted their time porting Wind Walker when they could have made a new game or even a new IP.

AsimLeonheart3944d ago (Edited 3944d ago )

Nintendo like playing safe instead of taking risks. A new game in existing franchise is safe and an HD port of an existing game is even safer. I wonder what they intend to do with all that money they have? Take it to their graves like Pharaohs? Swim in it like Uncle Scrooge? Because they sure don't seem like they to want to spend it on developing new games or IPs.

Xof3943d ago

Not quite. Nintendo may be very conservative when it comes to game design (post-GCN), but they have taken HUGE risks with all four of their most recent consoles (NDS, 3DS, Wii, WiiU)--and those risks have paid off magnificently.

In terms of the Wind Waker port, it was very much a smart and necessary move for Nintendo. It would have been impossible to develop a wholly new Zelda title within the same time frame, and Nintendo desperately needs to expand the WiiU's library of quality titles.

There are plenty of legitimate criticisms one can levy at Nintendo, but this sure as hell ain't one of 'em.

stragomccloud3944d ago

The reason they ported an old Zelda game was so they could get a feel for the hardware and not go into developing a new Zelda game blindly figuring things out with one of their flagship titles.

Theyellowflash303944d ago

They are working on a new Zelda game. They made Wind Waker to hold off Zelda fans. And Nintendo did launch a new IP right before that: The Wonderful 101

PopRocks3593943d ago (Edited 3943d ago )

I love how some of the usual 'critics' whine and moan about getting disagrees from "delusional Nintendrones" and then proceed to click the disagree button on a comment that states nothing but facts that lay in Nintendo's favor.

Hypocrisy at its finest right there.

Edit: Also kudos to Knushwood Butt calling the game a port when it doesn't use the original game's assets at all. Exactly where were any of you when this game was getting rave reviews (and continues to do so)?

AbortMission3943d ago

No one cares that Nintendo is releasing a port. The only problem people have with this is that Nintendo is acting like it's a brand new game and marketing it as such and giving it such a steep price. It's greed and stupidity as well as laziness.

Theyellowflash303943d ago (Edited 3943d ago )

@AbortMission - Its not a port, its a remake.

But, If no ones cares they are releasing the game, why did it top the eshop charts in many regions?

Why is the collectors edition selling out?

Why did many people go pick up the Wind Waker Bundle?

Many people haven't played Wind Waker, and they have added plenty of features to the game to make it worth the money. Off TV play, Miiverse, HD graphics, faster animations, ect.

Its worth the $49.99, and if you're part of the Digital Deluxe program you could get it for cheaper.

DejectedJeff3944d ago

Yeah windwaker is one of the worst selling 3d zelda titles.
But to be fair it isnt a port, its a pretty well done remake.

Werix3573944d ago

yeah definitely, i thought Nintendo were pretty desperate when they announced WWHD. Plenty of better games they could have ported too.

Pozzle3944d ago

To be fair, the reviews for Wind Waker HD are all extremely positive, which is great for a 10+ year old game. Not every HD port has aged so well.

With that being said, Nintendo should have launched the Wii U with a new Zelda game (or, like you said, a new IP). People would be more inclined to buy a brand new console if there was a genuinely new and exciting experience to go along with it. As it stands, I doubt many people will be willing to part with $299 so they can play a slightly upgraded version of a game that has been available since 2003.

Misaka_x_Touma3943d ago (Edited 3943d ago )

someone didn't watch January Nintendo Direct. Where they clearly stated this game is to hold us over to til the next Zelda.

Not mention it help the new game in design, gpa map and art style.

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linkenski3944d ago

I don't see why they would expect the game to be a multimillion seller anyway. Most hardcore fans already have the Gamecube version and there's still a lot who don't like the artstyle.

Theyellowflash303944d ago

3D Zelda game have never been massive sellers in Japan. The Original Wind Waker barely broke 1 million units. Same goes for Skyward Sword

However, there are enough improvements over the gamecube version to justify playing it again.

rambi803944d ago

Also, i dont think zelsa is as big of a deal in Japan as it is in the west

DejectedJeff3944d ago

Really is no stopping the 3ds. Pokemon launching worldwide in a week, global sales will skyrocket

the_Predator3944d ago

Actually, this is misleading as it does not take into account digital sales of the game. And considering the digital version was released before the physical copy it is safe to say that the majority sales were done digitally.