To say Breath of the Wild is popular, well received, and one of the all-time best-selling games would be an understatement. The game’s popularity is plainly apparent, to the point that there was a time just after launch when Switch versions of the game were selling faster than Nintendo Switch hardware. As a result, it should come as no surprise to hear that Breath of the Wild‘s acclaim isn’t an isolated event.
While the game is garnering hundreds of awards, and smashing sales records in the West, it is also selling extremely well in Nintendo’s native Japan. Check out the graph below to see a comparison of first week to lifetime sales for games from the series beginning with Ocarina of Time.
With over 957,572 physical copies sold for Nintendo Switch in Japan, Breath of the Wild is now runner-up only to Ocarina of Time‘s impressive 1.25 million lifetime copies sold. Perhaps more impressive is that the sales data reflected here doesn’t include digital versions of the game for Nintendo Switch, and isn’t factoring the latest sales data of either version for the Wii U. In just under 11 months at market, Breath of the Wild has managed to soar ahead of sales for every single Japanese Zelda release over nearly the last two decades.
The series has traditionally held global popularity, however, the games have always had a broader fan base in regions like the United States, Europe, and Australia. Breath of the Wild‘s incredible sales have certainly been nothing short of miraculous, reaffirming its status as one of the greatest releases of the past decade, and perhaps even securing it a spot on the ever-growing list of all-time greatest games.
What are your thoughts on the game’s success? Would you rank Breath of the Wild near the top of the Zelda series? Leave a comment below and let us know how you think the game has held up since launch.