As reported by Media Create earlier this week, Breath of the Wild has sold more than 1.25 million copies in Japan across both Nintendo Switch and Wii U, making it the new best-selling Zelda title in the country and bumping Ocarina of Time to the number two slot.
Many thought it wouldn’t happen, as Ocarina reigned as the best-selling Zelda title in Japan since its release in 1998. By September 2017, just six months after its release, Breath of the Wild had sold more than 709,000 copies in Japan, surpassing Twilight Princess and Spirit Tracks but still shy of Ocarina‘s record. A few months later it was runner-up to Ocarina, and in February of this year it surpassed the 1 million mark in Japan for Switch and Wii U combined, making it the second title in the series to do so. Now, nearly 20 years after its release, Ocarina finally surrendered its position to the very installment that broke the structure Ocarina had set not only for the Zelda series, but for 3D gaming as a whole.
Breath of the Wild has sold more than 10 million units worldwide on both the Switch and Wii U as of March this year, and doesn’t show signs of losing steam any time soon. It’s unsurprising, considering the game’s drastic break from the Zelda convention (or rather, its return to it), and considering how widely received it has been in the last year and a half. Only time will tell if Breath of the Wild will hold the honor for highest-selling Zelda title for the next 20 years.