It was announced today that Hyrule Warriors, the spin-off Zelda title developed by Koei Tecmo, has surpassed 1 million units shipped. This is great news for a couple reasons, and it is very nice to see a collaboration like this sell well.
It was noted that Nintendo and Koei Tecmo were pleased with sales of the title later last year, stating it met their U.S. expectations, and exceeded their sales expectations in Japan. However, we had no official number yet, so it left many to speculate on how well – or how badly – the game was received in terms of sales.
This is great news; this shows that third party developers can move software on the Wii U (granted, Koei Tecmo had the luxury of using one of Nintendo’s most cherished franchises), and that 2014 was good for the Wii U outside of just Mario Kart 8 and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. I have greatly enjoyed Hyrule Warriors and all the DLC content thus far; sinking a good 65 hours into the title.
Hyrule Warriors is out now, with the upcoming “Majora’s Mask DLC Pack” coming next month.