In a surprise to no one, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild has officially become the 2nd highest-selling game in the franchises’ deep history. According to Nintendo’s earnings reports, the latest Zelda release has sold approximately 7.8 million units globally, so far. The bar graph below highlights this:
To put this into a little more perspective, Breath of the Wild is the highest-selling Zelda game in Japan to come out within the last 20 years, selling almost 1 million units there. This is remarkable as Japan generally avoids open-world RPG’s; in fact, the previous highest-selling Zelda game there was The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass, which was designed specifically for the Japanese audience.
While Breath of the Wild has been a huge success, we must remember that it was a launch title game. Ironically enough, this isn’t the first time a Zelda was released for launch: the best-selling Zelda game of all-time, Twilight Princess, also partnered the Wii for its release. As we wrote about earlier, the Switch is slated to continue to receive support for the next few years, more than likely aiding Breath of the Wild in taking the crown for the best-selling Zelda game ever.