Breath of the Wild is Now the Second Best-Selling Zelda Game in the Series

Breath of the Wild is Now the Second Best-Selling Zelda Game in the Series

Takes your breath away.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is now officially the second best-selling Zelda game in series history. Only The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess has outsold the most recent 3D Zelda adventure.

The data comes by way of Nintendo's financial results briefing earlier this week. The Kyoto company revealed that Breath of the Wild shipped 6.7 million units worldwide for the Switch. Including the Wii U's previously reported 1.08 million units sold, the total sales figure for Breath of the Wild is 7.78 million units worldwide.

Meanwhile, Twilight Princess sold 8.85 million units worldwide across both the Wii and GameCube. Trailing Breath of the Wild is The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, which sold 7.6 million units on the Nintendo 64.

The success of Breath of the Wild has been astounding, especially considering its close adoption rate along with the Nintendo Switch, which has also seen incredible sales numbers. Granted Breath of the Wild was the Switch's sole, first-party launch game, but as our Game of the Year of 2017, Breath of the Wild deserves the critical praise that has followed its sales success.

While it's probably only a matter of time before Breath of the Wild either overtakes Twilight Princess, or inches closer towards it, I'm actually glad Twilight Princess has done so well. It's secretly one of the best games in the series, and more people need to acknowledge that truth.

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Matt Kim

News Editor

Matt Kim is a former freelance writer who's covered video games and digital media. He likes video games as spectacle and is easily distracted by bright lights or clever bits of dialogue. He also once wrote about personal finance, but that's neither here nor there.

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