The Legend of Zelda is undeniably a staple in the video game world, although its influence has vastly waned over the years. Regardless, Nintendo’s beloved adventure series has to have at least one million loyal followers out there who have purchased a Wii U, correct? Tecmo Koei is counting on it!
The Dynasty Warriors developer is hoping that its collaboration with Nintendo, the both marvelous and marvelously silly looking Hyrule Warriors, will be able to break the one million sales point. Speaking with Japanese business magazine Nikkei Trendy, Tecmo Koei president Yoichi Erikawa says it is counting on Nintendo’s overseas fans to help hit the mark.
“In addition to our Warriors series fan base, Nintendo’s The Legend of Zelda is also a very popular series with a large fan base, and I think it will become a great new market because of The Legend of Zelda’s legion of fans overseas, we are aiming to sell more than one million copies worldwide.”
For what it’s worth, Dynasty Warriors is not nearly as popular in America as it is in Japan, where it enjoys a very loyal fanbase full of gamers who buy every game in the expansive series. The questionable overlap of that group comes from how many Dynasty Warriors fans actually own Wii U consoles. My guess is not too many, but it remains to be seen how many will pick up a Wii U just for the novelty of a Zelda crossover.
On the other hand, the Wii U and Dynasty Warriors fanbase in America is likely even more minuscule at this point, but certainly of the six million or so Nintendo fans who own a Wii U now, at least a million are starving for something that isn’t a character-based platformer. Hyrule Warriors might not be the Legend of Zelda game we are looking for, but at least it is something!
Nintendo hasn’t made it easy with its draconian ownership policies, but if it’s offering a cheap entry price for a shallow yet satisfying hack n’ slash game. Sign me up, please!