Breath of the Wild has recently surpassed 1 million sales in Japan, making it only the second Zelda title to date to surpass such a milestone in the country. The current franchise record-holder is the illustrious Ocarina of Time for the Nintendo 64 at 1.25 million.
Approximately 871,528 Switch copies of the game were sold alongside 133,024 on the Wii U. Titles that have ran the 1 million mark closest with over 750,000 copies sold include Majora’s Mask and, somewhat surprisingly, Phantom Hourglass. Perhaps this is a good time to suggest a re-release of Wind Waker HD on Switch?
Breath of the Wild has been incredibly popular worldwide, selling over 5 million copies despite Miyamoto’s modest target of 2 million worldwide back in 2016. Link’s latest adventure had an outstanding attach rate of more than one copy to each Switch console, which reaffirms how highly regarded the title is. And as a launch title with recently released DLC, there is sure to be plenty of life ahead for Breath of the Wild in terms of sales for those who have not yet had the pleasure of enjoying Hyrule 100 years after the Great Calamity.
After less than a year of Switch, it’s exciting to watch the sales numbers for Breath of the Wild grow. With luck this may usher in more great Zelda titles on the system beyond the upcoming Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Version.