Ever since its first title on the NES back in 1986, The Legend of Zelda franchise has been a huge success for Nintendo, selling just shy of 110 million copies for the entire series. In August of this year, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild ranked 6th on the monthly top ten list of best-selling Nintendo Switch titles.
According to The NPD Group’s Mat Piscatella, that means that Breath of the Wild has been on the top ten list every single month since its March 2017 release, which is a period of 42 consecutive months where it has never charted lower than 7th.
US NPD SW – The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild was the 6th best-seller of Aug on Nintendo Switch. It has ranked among the top 7 best-sellers on Switch for 42 consecutive months. It is as the 10th best-selling game on Nintendo platforms in US tracked history. pic.twitter.com/i1Zonk4Co8
While it’s no surprise that the game is popular because new Zelda games usually sell several million copies, Breath of the Wild‘s continued popularity is something no one at Nintendo could have expected.
The previous best-selling entry in the series, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, sold 13 million units between it’s original Nintendo 64 release in 1998 and it’s 3DS remaster from 2011. The Switch edition of Breath of the Wild alone has sold 18.6 million units, making it the fourth best-selling game on the console. Factoring in the additional 1.6 million copies sold on the WiiU, Breath of the Wild has sold over 20 million units, easily towering over the 13 million sold by Ocarina of Time.
The only thing that might be able to dethrone Breath of the Wild is its highly anticipated sequel that was teased at E3 last year. However, if past sales tell us anything about future sales, direct sequels to Zelda games never sell quite as well as the original. That said if Breath of the Wild‘s sequel only sells 10 million copies, half of what the original sold, I can’t imagine that Nintendo would be disappointed.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is out now on Nintendo Switch and Wii U. If you haven’t picked up the game yet you can grab the game physically on Amazon to help support DualShockers. For more on Breath of the Wild 2 make sure to check out this article on its rumored production.
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