Some numbers recently shared on Resetera show that Breath of the Wild is approaching Ocarina of Time as the best selling Zelda game in Japan in the last 20 years. The latest numbers show Breath of the Wild has sold over 950,000 retail copies in Japan and has nearly reached the one million mark. With the exclusion of digital sales, Breath of the Wild has now surpassed Phantom Hourglass as the best selling Zelda game of the 21st century in Japan in less than a year. In Japan, Ocarina of Time on the N64 reached a total 1.25 million copies sold which seems very doable for Breath of the Wild which will be celebrating its one year anniversary soon.
Worldwide, Breath of the Wild was reported at selling 4.7 million copies on the Switch through the end of September 2017 with over a million copies sold on the Wii U as well. After the holiday season it is likely that number has crossed the 5 million mark, a number which not many Zelda titles have reached. Although previous Zelda titles have received sales boosts from remakes (Ocarina of Time 3D has sold nearly 5 million copies), Breath of the Wild is just the third Zelda title to reach 5 million copies sold on its original platform, along with Ocarina of Time for the N64 and Twilight Princess for the GC/Wii.
The strong sales numbers both in Japan and worldwide reflect what a success the game has been after being heralded by many as one of the best games ever made. It leaves many with high hopes for whatever comes next in the Zelda franchise as well as the Switch in general which has been selling at an incredible rate as well.
Chris started loving video games at a young age, playing Super Mario World and Star Fox on his parents’ SNES. Although Nintendo (the Switch in particular these days) is still front and center for him, he also spends a fair amount of time on his PS4 and PC. He is also a huge fan of the Fire Emblem and Star Fox franchises. Chris enjoys watching basketball as well and is a huge fan of the Portland Trail Blazers.
Plays: Switch, PS4, PC.