Hyrule Warriors a Hit in Japan, Wii U Sales Jump - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 20 August 2014 / 10,007 Views

Hyrule Warriors, The Legend of Zelda and Dynasty Warriors crossover, launched in Japan last week with strong sales. The game sold 78,733 units in its first week, according to Famitsu. With the launch of the game sales for the Wii U jumped to 17,717 units.

The game is the second bestselling game in Japan for the week, behind Yokai Watch 2 which remains at the top. There are six 3DS games in the top 10 and two Wii U games. The other two games are for the PlayStation Vita and PlayStation 3.

Hyrule Warriors launched in Japan on August 14. The game will be released in Europe on September 19 and on September 26 in North America.


A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. Outside, in the real world, he has a passion for the outdoors which includes everything from hiking to having received his B.A. in Environmental Studies. You can contact the author at wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.

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snyperdud (on 20 August 2014)

80k seems a little low to be considered a hit, if you ask me.

Trentonater (on 20 August 2014)

It is for a zelda game on the Wii U. Zelda isn't popular in japan and the Wii U isn't terribly successful.

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FujiokaMidori (on 20 August 2014)

Already sold more than Splinter Cell on Wii U worldwide :D

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Michael-5 (on 20 August 2014)

70% jump is a jump, but 7,000 units is.......not much. 80,000 sales is also kind of weak.

FujiokaMidori (on 20 August 2014)

Now see how XOne will actually never pass Wii U sales :D And here come the haters.

drake_tolu (on 20 August 2014)


Clyde32 (on 20 August 2014)

Why is it that you are so against Hyrule Warriors?

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drake_tolu (on 20 August 2014)

Because Musou is crap!!!!!!

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andrewclear (on 21 August 2014)

This is Japan, 80k is pretty respectable for a console release. Also, the sales just was about 7-8k for the wii u, which is impressive. The Wii U has been the best selling console in the region ever since Mario Kart 8 was released. The 7-8k jump that people find unimpressive, is actually more than what the PS4 has been selling on average per week, over the past few months. The Vita got a nice boost, but handheld systems are king in Japan. Also, that boost was from Monster Hunter, which for some reason was beaten out by a Wii U Zelda/Warriors crossover, which isn't that impressive for a Monster Hunter title in Japan. All the Wii U haters in this thread, must be because it is doing better than the idol-worshipped PS4 in Japan.

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DemoniOtaku (on 20 August 2014)

Yeah, even for a Musou game is pretty low, considering that Vita releases of some of those games got +100k being multiplatform with PS3...

bnuyen@outlook.com (on 20 August 2014)

whoah! that much just on the first week! :D I just cant wait for this game!!!

NickK (on 21 August 2014)


WagnerPaiva (on 20 August 2014)

I predict at least 1 million worldwide.

Jranation (on 20 August 2014)


Rogerioandrade (on 20 August 2014)

Considering that Hyrule Warriors is a HOME Console game, it sold well. If it reaches about 150k lifetime it will be ok.

mizorefan (on 20 August 2014)

Even Lightning Returns managed to sell better in the first week. It sold bad for a game that had some hype.

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shikamaru317 (on 20 August 2014)

I voted 100k in the prediction thread and thought that I was probably underpredicting. Looks like I actually overpredicted.

Drakrami (on 23 August 2014)

So, enlgihten me.... One Piece Warriors game: The game was a huge success in Japan, in its first week it sold over 655,774 copies Zelda Warriors game: sells 78k, vgchartz: omg it's a hit.

ExplodingBlock (on 22 August 2014)

Was expecting 25k HW but 17 is close enough Maybe Hyrule Warriors will actually gain sales like how Tomodachi did in the West?

S.Peelman (on 20 August 2014)

A "hit" is kind of stretching it... With 78k and 17k hardware, I'm "underwhelmed".

ryuzaki57 (on 20 August 2014)

This is the boldest spin of the week! impressive "jump" of 5K units from already terrible sales. Vita rose 4K, can you make a nice article for that too, Mr. Angelo?

ICStats (on 20 August 2014)

"Hit" is relative on Wii U.

ICStats (on 20 August 2014)

"Hit" is relative on Wii U.

WhiteEaglePL (on 20 August 2014)

I don't like the release dates - all weeks apart. For a dying Home Console market in Japan, I think this is pretty decent - also due to Warrior games less popular there as they used to.

WhiteEaglePL (on 20 August 2014)

I don't like the release dates - all weeks apart. For a dying Home Console market in Japan, I think this is pretty decent - also due to Warrior games less popular there as they used to.

bnuyen@outlook.com (on 20 August 2014)

whoa!! just on the first week wow!! I just cant wait for this game!! :D

cheshirescat (on 20 August 2014)

Now that's some spin. Hyrule warriors sold about as well first week as some of the dynasty warriors empires games, and they are niche even amongst the musou games. I'll be interested to see if it can find a way to capitalize on those fabled "nintendo legs", as musou games have traditionally been heavily front loaded.

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cusman (on 20 August 2014)

If only Nintendo was in tune and on top of US / EU markets like it focuses on the worthless Japan market... things would be very different.