Today, Media Create released its weekly report for video game sales in Japan, providing us with more sales data for Week 10.
During that week, a total of 526 000 games were sold, which amounts to 97.71% of Week 9 sales (which were slightly up compared to Week 8). What happened is that sales of already-released game dropped (92.56% of Week 9 sales), but even the increase for new games (105.16% of Week 9 sales) wasn’t enough to compensate.
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD is one of the games that came out during Week 10 in Japan, and it had a rather good debut with 52 282 units sold. That’s 56.82% of the Day 1 shipment sent to retailers, which means Nintendo shipped 92 013 units for launch. This HD remaster sold 40% of Week 1 sales of the original version on Wii (around 139 000 units).
According to Dengeki, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess sold around 47 000 units during launch week (sellthrough ratio: 50%). Then, they go on to compare it with its predecessor on GameCube and Wii U. The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker sold 726 000 units since launch on GameCube, and 72 000 units since launch on Wii U. In other words, the GC > Wii U ratio is about 9.9%.
If The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD has a similar ratio with the Wii / GameCube versions, then it will sell about 52 000 units. In other words, the HD remaster of The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess is already guaranteed to do better as a HD remaster the The Wind Waker HD. In fact, if we look at Media Create number, it’s already the case.
According to retailers reports, shipments for Pokkén Tournament are pretty big, which isn’t too surprising since Pokémon is a popular series, Monday is a public holiday, and next week is also the start of Spring Break for Japanese kids and students. In other words, retailers expect rather good sales for Pokkén Tournament. On Wednesday afternoon, we will get the first sales data for it.
Finally, the games from the Happy Price Selection (on Nintendo 3DS) had a slow start, which isn’t all that surprising for budget re-releases (Nintendo is hoping they will sell well on long periods of time, not necessarily at launch).