Breath Of The Wild is already the best-selling game in the Zelda franchise, and now it’s managed to ship nearly 18 million units.
It’s not hyperbole to refer to The Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild as one of the best games ever made. Even if we ignore the critical reception, its initial sales numbers were exceptionally strong, and they have only been going up.
In fact, the most recent financial reports from Nintendo have revealed that it has managed to ship 16.34 million units worldwide. And that’s only taking into account the number of Switch copies sold.
It’s easy to forget but the game released on Wii U as well, and the last known sales numbers for that version were estimated as being 1.6 million.
Combined, this means Breath Of The Wild has collectively pushed an estimated 17.95 million units.
According to this chart from Siliconera, that is more than double what Twilight Princess, the second-best selling game in the series, managed to ship in its lifetime.
Much like Breath Of The Wild, Twilight Princess also launched on two consoles, the Wii and the GameCube, selling at least 8.85 million units altogether.
With these numbers, Nintendo may have some extremely high expectations for Breath Of The Wild 2, which, at the time of writing, still has no release date and no new information has been revealed since the teaser trailer from last year’s E3.
We do know that Monolith Soft, the Xenoblade studio, which assisted with development on the last game, will be returning to work on the sequel and are even currently recruiting for a Zelda-focused team.
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