‘Wind Waker HD’ Outsold By ‘My Little Sister Can’t Be This Cute: Happy End’

When The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker was originally released, it had its fair share of detractors. Those hoping for a more mature approach to the series were tremendously disappointed, and the sudden and abrupt graphical shift left an initial sour taste in the mouth of some. After actually playing through it, however, it became one of the best loved games in the series and one of the standout titles on the Gamecube. It was just an all around great game the had a fantastic adventure and a unique, memorable art style. So, of course many people were excited for the HD remake that recently came out for the Wii U. Strangely, though, people in Japan were less excited about Wind Waker HD than they were for the visual novel Oreimo, Happy End, which is known in America as…uh…My Little Sister Can’t Be This Cute: Happy End.

How excited were they for this game that has a title which sounds like even owning should land you on some sort of government watch list? Well, according to the Media Create Sales, it actually outsold Wind Waker HD last week. But, hey, who knows. Maybe it tells some sort of riveting story about something unrelated to cute little sisters, and the title was just a botched translation. An odd sounding and very unfortunate botched translation, sure, but I bet it is perfectly innocent. Let’s just go check out the summary of the light novel series the game was based on that is up on Wikipedia.

“Kyosuke Kosaka, a normal 17-year-old high school student living in Chiba, has not gotten along with his younger sister Kirino in years. For longer than he can remember, Kirino has ignored his comings and goings and looked at him with spurning eyes. It seemed as if the relationship between Kyōsuke and his sister, now fourteen, would continue this way forever. One day however, Kyosuke finds a DVD case of a magical girl anime which had fallen in his house’s entrance way. To Kyosuke’s surprise, he finds a hidden eroge (an adult game) inside the case and he soon learns that both the DVD and the game belong to Kirino. That night, Kirino brings Kyosuke to her room and reveals herself to be an otaku with an extensive collection of moe anime and younger sister-themed eroge she has been collecting in secret. Kyosuke quickly becomes Kirino’s confidant for her secret hobby. The series then follows Kyosuke’s efforts to help his sister to reconcile her personal life with her secret hobbies, while restoring his broken relationship with her and realizing the true feelings they have for each other.”

Um. Nope. That doesn’t sound better than Wind Waker. To be fair, I don’t know exactly what this game is about, but judging from the images on the trophy list, I don’t want to know. And there is no title with the words “happy end” and “cute little sister” that I would ever want to be anywhere near in the first place. This just sounds several different kinds of creepy. I don’t know what kind of fandom this is supposed to appeal to, and I don’t know how the fandom grew large enough to surpass Wind Waker in sales. Besides, Link already has an adorable little sister in Wind Waker, so it should be a slam dunk.