When Nintendo released The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D last month, the company was making a calculated bet: That a remastered version of one of the best-regarded games ever, made exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS handheld, would help propel sales of that $249.99 device.
The strategy may be working.
Since releasing the game on June 19, Nintendo has sold more than 283,000 copies in the U.S., according to the company. They also moved 143,000 3DS handhelds in June, up 47% from an estimated 97,000 in May.
Nintendo hasnít released year-to-date 3DS sales figures, but by my math, they probably sold around 830,000 units in the U.S. between when the product launched on March 27 and the end of June.
That means that 1 out of every 3 Nintendo 3DS owners in the U.S purchased a copy of Ocarina 3D in the last two weeks of June alone.
Video game retail sales figures released last week by NPD Group put Ocarina of Time 3D in fifth place overall for the month, and mark it as the bestselling handheld-only title.