Another loose end to tie up… very well.
Did everyone that bought the PS3 buy it at release for $500+? No, in fact everyone I know bought the Slim model after it released near the tail end of 2009. Did everyone buy the Xbox 360 at release for $400+? No, given the issues with the red ring of death many people waited until Microsoft cut the price to $300 in the middle of 2009 or subsequently released the slim unit circa 2010. Relatively speaking if individuals could afford to spend that much money on these videogame systems at their release, they would have been able to pay for the PS2 with the third instalment without blinking an eye at III’s release and this was before either of the two consoles developed a decent library.
Also, no offense but I knew Soul Edge and Calibur intimately before I knew Legend of Zelda and after trying the gamecube version I was stunned by the positive reception of Link in II. He was the worst sword and shield user out of the four in that game and still beloved for no other reason than he was from something mainstream. Additionally, given the general lack of fighting games on the Cube and awkward controller layout for most fighting games, if individuals were looking for a fighter on the Cube they would have a hard time passing up Soul Calibur II even without Link.