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

Takes your breath away.

News by Matt Kim, .

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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  • Avatar for Vaporeon #1 Vaporeon 7 months ago
    Twilight Princess is the best-selling Zelda game? Wow, I guess that makes sense. I was a part of the Wii release hype back then. It was nuts.
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  • Avatar for Ralek #2 Ralek 7 months ago
    Seems like a given that BotW will overtake TP this year to be honest. If nothing changes dramatically, only a fraction - like 1 in 15 or so - of new Switch owners needs to end up buying BotW this year for it to overtake TP.
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  • Avatar for Wellman2nd #3 Wellman2nd 7 months ago
    I hope this doesn't seal the idea into someone important head that every Nintendo console needs to launch with a Zelda game or port.

    I like Zelda games when they really have time to master the hardware.
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  • Avatar for SargeSmash #4 SargeSmash 7 months ago
    @Wellman2nd : I dunno, seems like I'm a sucker for buying a Nintendo system that has a Zelda title at launch. Did it for both the Wii and Switch, but passed on the Wii U until Super Mario 3D World came out.
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  • Avatar for Minkukel #5 Minkukel 7 months ago
    Wouldn't have thought TP was the best selling one, but it makes sense.

    I love TP but BotW definitely deserves to go well over its numbers.
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  • Avatar for NiceGuyNeon #6 NiceGuyNeon 7 months ago
    Twilight Princess was the best 3D Zelda before Breath of the Wild. It's dungeon design was the best the series had ever seen, and while Skyward Sword had some nifty stuff like the pirate ship and the ancient cistern, as a whole the package couldn't top Twilight Princess.

    That said, I'm glad Breath of the Wild has been doing this well. It's one hell of a game.
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  • Avatar for Irvyne #7 Irvyne 7 months ago
    Does that include the remakes? Because surely Ocarina, Majora, Wind Waker and Twilight received more sales through their re-releases.
    *gazes at 3 copies of Twilight Princess on shelf*Edited February 2018 by Irvyne
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  • Avatar for cldmstrsn #8 cldmstrsn 7 months ago
    Anyone know the sales number for Twilight Princess HD on Wii U?
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  • Avatar for Daikaiju #9 Daikaiju 7 months ago
    Wind Waker was robbed...
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  • Avatar for novacav #10 novacav 7 months ago
    @Wellman2nd Same. And personally, even though Breath of the Wild is fun, I hope it doesn't seal in their brains that all Zeldas should be this way either. I still enjoy linearity and a compelling story.
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  • Avatar for moochan #11 moochan 7 months ago
    @cldmstrsn Was wondering that too. I feel it didn't sell as well as Wind Waker HD but it should have sold somewhat well.

    I always wondered which sold more TP or SS. Guess it makes sense that TP topped it with it being a launch game and by the time SS came out lots of Wii owners stopped caring about the Wii. I feel BotW will take the top spot since not only is it a good game but on a system that people are excited about unlike Wii which had a lot of hype that died out after a year or so.
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  • Avatar for riderkicker #12 riderkicker 7 months ago
    @cldmstrsn You don't want to ask Nintendo.
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  • Avatar for riderkicker #13 riderkicker 7 months ago
    I am shocked as nobody really talks about TP any more and then I thought about it... It makes sense as it is a launch game on Nintendo's best selling home console. Geez I wish Link Between Worlds ranked higher oh well.
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