It appears that some people just can’t wait for the Nintendo Switch to restock in stores to play The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (2017) and the game is driving sales of pre-owned Wii U consoles.
In a statement to The Express, Eric Bright, Senior Marketing Director of Gamestop, has said “with The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild coming out, we’re seeing great results in our pre-owned Wii U sales,” he confirmed.
“We’re selling a lot of pre-owned Wii U consoles along with brand new Wii U copies of Zelda.”
Nintendo’s latest entry to The Legend of Zelda series has proven to be the so called ‘system seller’ for the Nintendo Switch, with the game reportedly having been purchased by 89% of people who picked up the console, according to Game Revolution.
Since launching on 3rd March 2017, the Nintendo Switch has been hard to find at nearly every retailer, with new shipments being sold out within hours of arrival. For some who are either unable to get hold of the new console or just want to get their hands on the new Zelda title, the Wii U version is a decent compromise.
Bright continued: “Breath of the Wild has reinvigorated sales of the Wii U with Nintendo Switch being sold out at so many retailers. The Switch launching and Zelda launching completely racked up the Wii U market.”
The Wii U, which sold a little over 13.4 million units during its lifecycle, could see interest invigorated for its other titles, despite Nintendo ending production of the machine in early 2017.