Although these sales figures are not yet confirmed, VGChartz are reporting that The Wind Waker HD has sold over 152,000 copies in North America in its first week, and that the game has boosted Wii U sales in the region to over 35,000, a jump of 31%. These figures are in stark contrast to those in Japan, where reports still had Wii U selling only 5,000 consoles after the release of Wind Waker HD. Interestingly, these large figures coming out of North America do not include eShop sales of the game, where Wind Waker HD is reportedly doing extremely well.
The title’s success in North America can no doubt be attributed in large part to a huge marketing push by Nintendo that saw them release a Wii U Deluxe bundle that included the game, as well as a GameStop exclusive version that came packaged with a Ganondorf figurine. Nintendo is hoping that The Wind Waker HD will continue to drive console sales, because with the delay of Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze until 2014, the struggling Wii U can expect to see very little first-party software support for the holidays.