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Topic: Is Hyrule Warriors still considered a niche game?

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nathanjones007

Well Temco Koei and Nintendo seem pretty happy. According to vgchatz( not doctrine but numbers as a guideline) this game has topped 840k physical sales as of 3 Jan 2015. For arguments sake with digital sales combined i would say 1 million! To me when a game hits a million its not a niche. I wonder who defines a game as a niche? To be honest this game has exceeded my expectations.
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KryptoniteKrunch

With that many sales in under a year and since it's based off the mega popular Zelda franchise, no I wouldn't consider it niche.

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CaviarMeths

Before release, it may have seemed like something capable of firing on all markets. Dynasty Warriors is hugely successful in Japan, but not so much in the west. Zelda has traditionally been a franchise much more popular with westerners than Japanese gamers too. Bringing these two together could have brought out the best of both.

Unfortunately, it hasn't sold as well as a Zelda game in the west and it hasn't sold as well as a Warriors game in Japan. By that metric, it is still niche, or at least less desirable than its separate halves. Even Wind Waker HD, a remaster, sold better. Regardless though, it's one of the more successful Wii U games. You can take that any way you wish.

EDIT: Milestone reached!

コーエーテクモゲームスは、Wii U用ソフト「ゼルダ無双」の累計出荷本数が全世界で100万本を突破したことを明らかにした。

Rough translation: Koei Tecmo has revealed that Hyrule Warriors for Wii U has passed one million cumulative shipments worldwide.

There's also some nifty wallpapers here, grab them up if that sort of thing is your bag.

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martinskrtel37

It's never going to be big with most Zelda fans.

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Octane

I think it is because it's the genre that is niche. If it wasn't for the Zelda skin, I doubt it would've ever reached a million sales.

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Octane wrote:

I think it is because it's the genre that is niche. If it wasn't for the Zelda skin, I doubt it would've ever reached a million sales.

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Dezzy

A brand new experimental game reaching 1 million sales, as it looks like it probably will, is pretty impressive really.

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arojilla

As a Zelda fan I have little interest in Hyrule Warriors. There's stuff I actually like, but it's still a Warriors game in the end. I guess I'd get it if I hadn't such a large backlog already.

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rockodoodle

This is the one release i passed on. Will prolly get it soon.

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crimsoncavalier

I have zero interest in Warriors games. I find them ... blah. Even with a Zelda theme, the core gameplay is the same, and that's a type of game I do not like. I also don't like that they used Skyward Sword models for some of the enemies instead of Twilight Princess, especially the bokoblins.

I'm happy for the game, and the game developers, and the gamers that are all enjoying this game, but it isn't for me and never will be.

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Justlink

crimsoncavalier wrote:

I have zero interest in Warriors games. I find them ... blah. Even with a Zelda theme, the core gameplay is the same, and that's a type of game I do not like. I also don't like that they used Skyward Sword models for some of the enemies instead of Twilight Princess, especially the bokoblins.

I'm happy for the game, and the game developers, and the gamers that are all enjoying this game, but it isn't for me and never will be.

I wished they included Majora's Mask Enemies like Real Bombchu's and Goht

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crimsoncavalier wrote:

I have zero interest in Warriors games. I find them ... blah. Even with a Zelda theme, the core gameplay is the same, and that's a type of game I do not like. I also don't like that they used Skyward Sword models for some of the enemies instead of Twilight Princess, especially the bokoblins.

I'm happy for the game, and the game developers, and the gamers that are all enjoying this game, but it isn't for me and never will be.

I wished they included Majora's Mask Enemies like Real Bombchu's and Goht

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jdarrell

I consider a game niche based on how specific of an audience it targets. Imo the mainstream audience here expects games to impress them with flash or be more complex than a Warriors title.

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unrandomsam

Whether something is niche seems to be decided prior to release by people who review games. (Instead of after release judging by sales which is the sensible way to do it because if it is pre determined then it is much more likely to sell badly).

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Kaze_Memaryu

To an extent, it's a double-niche game, since the target audience consists of fans of both Zelda games and Musou-types, which is really specific, although I wouldn't know whether that's rare. Also keep in mind that Nintendo consoles aren't really known as go-to-platforms when looking for Musou-types, to begin with.
KoeiTecmo really should be glad that Hyrule Warriors sold so well, because it was a very risky gambit they pulled here.

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Grumblevolcano

Hyrule Warriors is a fantastic game though I do think Majora's Mask stages should've appeared in the Legend mode. Maybe something like Cia warping each group of heroes to one of the main areas of Termina (e.g. Impa's group to Snowhead, Lana's group to the Great Bay, Link's group to Woodfall and then all of them meet up at Ikana Canyon). Then saving Termina from destruction warps them back to Hyrule where the story we got continues.

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