Whilst Zelda is a big hitter for Nintendo in the west, it doesn’t carry quite the same weight in Japan. That said, Breath of the Wild is still performing rather well, and has now surpassed Twilight Princess in terms of units sold. The 709,091 copies snapped up by Japanese gamers make it the 5th best selling Zelda title of all time in the country. It still has some ways to go to reach the 1.2m copies sold of Ocarina of Time but eclipsing Twilight Princess‘ tally of 642,607 is no mean feat. It’s even more impressive when you consider how difficult it still is to get your hands on a Switch in the region.
For those interested the top ten selling Zelda games in Japan are below. Not surprising, given the prevalence of mobile gaming there, are the performances of the handheld games like Phantom Hourglass and Spirit Tracks which occupy the 2nd and 6th spots respectively, as well as the 3DS remakes of both N64 games.
1. Ocarina of Time – Units sold: 1,257,205
2. Phantom Hourglass – 908,434
3. Majora’s Mask – 876,575
4. Wind Waker – 837,391
5. Breath of the Wild – 709,091
6. Spirit Tracks – 700,373
7. Twilight Princess – 642,607
8. Ocarina of Time 3D – 613,328
9. Majora’s Mask 3D – 464,196
10. A Link Between Worlds – 443,630