Though it has taken some time for the software to really take off, Nintendo is proud to announce that The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D is the 3DS’ third title to cross the 1 Million unit sales mark. Selling over 200,000 units in Japan and close to 800,000 in the US and Europe, Ocarina of Time 3D is only the console’s third breakout success, but should continue to sell well once the price drop hits.
A high priority pick up on any 3DS owner’s list, Ocarina of Time 3D took all of the beloved elements from the N64 version and improved upon them with updated graphics, a boss battle mode, and the addition of the Master Quest. Our review of the game proclaimed it worthy of the prime spot in your 3DS collection and clearly tons of gamers agreed.
Some will be quick to point out that the 3DS, a console that is unique its design and features, is boasting a classic title from the 90s as one of its top sellers, and they would be absolutely right. Ocarina of Time 3D is definitely the first must-have purchase for the console, but it’s also going to feel very familiar to the vast majority of 3DS early adopters (read: Nintendo fans).
Gamers who are still suspect of the console’s viability — in areas like software offerings and the 3D’s flaws — held off from purchasing despite the enticement of Ocarina, and were justly rewarded with a price drop.
Still, Ocarina of Time 3D remains the top candidate for a first purchase, so don’t expect those sales numbers to plateau just yet. It’s only a matter of time before the PS Vita debuts — an event that is sure to prompt Nintendo to pull out their big guns like Mario and other remakes like Star Fox.
Nintendo has made a conscious effort to increase their product awareness with this announced price drop, and Legend of Zelda has given gamers a familiar friend to introduce them to the new tech. Now that they’ve broken ground with this game, let’s bring on the new stuff.
Were you one of the 1 Million to pick up Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D? What do you think will be the first new non-remake/update title to cross this same threshold?