The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Has Sold 1 Million Units in Japan

Oct 27, 2017
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Between its Switch and Wii U versions, Breath of the Wild has sold over 1 million units to consumers at retail.

The Switch version accounts for 871,528 units while the Wii U version accounts for another 133,024 units. (Probably more, as we haven't had updated Wii U numbers in months)

This makes Breath of the Wild the first Zelda since Ocarina of Time to break the 1 million unit mark in Japan.

All sales data from Media Create.
 
Oct 27, 2017
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I could bet it will take over ocarina of time with well... time.

It seems japanesse loved the phrase in the game when zelda says "link I'll flow you away with my breath of the wild". Good times.
 
Oct 26, 2017
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I thought Zelda was more popular than that in japan.
Zelda was very similar to Metroid in sales patterns for a long time. it was the west carrying the franchise for a long time. they finally managed to get back up there in the homeland.

now, let's see if they can do the same with Metroid Prime 4 for Metroid.
 
Nov 12, 2017
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prepare for BotW style Zeldas for decades.
I imagine Nintendo will be able to keep the open/freeform nature of BOTW and inject plenty aspects of other 3D Zeldas just fine. Their next is going to be a 50/50 blend of BOTW and OOT. I'm calling it.
 
Oct 27, 2017
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Well Breath of the Wild has surpassed expectations.

Pretty sure back at the old place. Many speculated that it was going to be incredibly hard for BOTW to reached a million. But legs for days for Zelda, even after a Opening that was considered "disappointing" at the time.
 
Oct 27, 2017
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Zelda was very similar to Metroid in sales patterns for a long time. it was the west carrying the franchise for a long time. they finally managed to get back up there in the homeland.

now, let's see if they can do the same with Metroid Prime 4 for Metroid.
Well Zelda was no slouch in Japan tho. It sell would sell very well.
 
Oct 26, 2017
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Keep in mind this graph does not contain the Famicom, Super Famicom or first Game Boy Zelda. I believe the Famicom (Disk System and later Cart) version of the First Zelda is still the best selling of the series.
 
Oct 25, 2017
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Not much but probably a touch higher with digital. I imagine Switch retail alone may eventually crack 1mil though.
 

Cybersai

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It's weird how poorly Zelda sells in Japan. Doesn't Japan love adventure games with RPG elements? And Breath of the Wild looks like anime!

They should love it
 
Nov 2, 2017
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Nice. Glad to see it selling so well. Just started really playing this in the last couple days. First Zelda game I have played since the original on NES. I suck at the game though and have only played several hours.(still in the Great Plateau area,) Some enemy just hit Link once or twice and I saw the game over screen. Lol. I like how the map shows a red X where I got poor Link killed.
 
Oct 28, 2017
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Nintendo was able to maintain 2D and 3D Zelda at the same time. No reason to think they can't maintain something similar going forward... Just don't expect non-BotW style to be the big budget games.
Honestly, this isn't QUITE like the RE4 situation. Nintendo can very easily bring back classic dungeons and "better story" (I honestly don't value Zelda stories that high, but whatever) within the formula.
 
Oct 25, 2017
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Happy for the people who enjoyed it even though I’m not among them. A bit sad that this will likely mean the series sticks to this formula for a while.
 

Lord Brady

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As a big fan of Spirit Tracks, Phantom Hourglass, and Between Worlds, I want more "portable" Zelda style games, but I'm really happy for Breath of the Wild's success.
 
Oct 27, 2017
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As a big fan of Spirit Tracks, Phantom Hourglass, and Between Worlds, I want more "portable" Zelda style games, but I'm really happy for Breath of the Wild's success.
Yeah, hopefully we'll get a Switch overhead style Zelda sometime in the next year or two.

Always happy to see BotW doing well. It was the shift the series needed and I suspect it will only get better.
 
Oct 25, 2017
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It's amazing how powerful the DS was that it could push such a mediocre title like Phantom Hourglass as one of the best selling the franchise. Looks like Switch is also doing the same for a similar mediocre Zelda title.
 
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It's amazing how powerful the DS was that it could push such a mediocre title like Phantom Hourglass as one of the best selling the franchise. Looks like Switch is also doing the same for a similar mediocre Zelda title.
That's certainly one way of spinning it, sure

It depresses me that a consistently high quality Japanese made franchise like Zelda struggles like this in Japan when the rest of the world can't get enough of it.
Japan is just a smaller country with a smaller market is all. It's a huge deal that it passed this milestone in less than a year to me, especially given that the series isn't a guaranteed winner in Japan 100% of the time. Heck, it was a big deal when Splatoon 2 passed 2 million since that's a threshold rarely met in this country.
 
Oct 25, 2017
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It depresses me that a consistently high quality Japanese made franchise like Zelda struggles like this in Japan when the rest of the world can't get enough of it.