I'm hoping Nintendo is taking something from this because Majora's Mask was so under-appreciated for its time. I'm hoping that one of the things they learn is that people can be accepting of new formulas and ideas. I would love to see Zelda have a great deal of NPC interaction that are actually meaningful to the story like in MM. Also the improved Bomber's Notebook is brilliant for giving you some guidance without handholding or giving information away and would be nice to see in more games.
Not surprised at all. Sunset Overdrive came out at the worst time of the year for a new game to be successful in. The Order launched at a time when it should have cleaned up. The fact that it didn't is very telling.
I've been dreaming (well not literally) of seeing it on the top 10 of NPD.. if only it could get to the top 10 of NPD... and it did! Combined with European performance we can now say it's firmly established in the west.