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Hyrule Warriors moved only 57% of its first shipment in Japan

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Hyrule Warriors was expected to be something of a best seller in Japan, but as we saw by last week’s Media Create numbers, the game only managed to sell just shy of 70k copies during its first week available on the market. This gave a boost to Wii U consoles sales in Japan as well, jumping from 13k to 18k within the same week, but will the game continue to sell? Today Media Create reported that only 57.33% of the shipment for the game had been sold in the first week.

Many people expected Hyrule Warriors to perform amazingly based on Japan’s love of the Dynasty Warriors series and the many crossovers it has seen in its time. However, the Legend of Zelda series on consoles has always been a hard sell in Japan, where the handheld reigns supreme. It should also be taken into consideration that the current market for the game is only about 1.8 million, as that is the number of consoles sold in the country at the time.

We’ll just have to see if Hyrule Warriors manages to do better in the West, where The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD did manage to sell 1 million copies shortly after release.

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