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The Legend of Zelda: The Breath of the Wild for Switch Tops 3 Million Units Sold at Retail

The open world action adventure game from Nintendo - The Legend of Zelda: The Breath of the Wild - has reached a new sales milestone. The game has surpassed three million units sold at retail, according to VGChartz estimates.

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EddieNX 1171d ago

That is absoloutely insane on the current installed base. GOTY easily so far.

trunkswd1171d ago

It has been a while since a console launched with a must own game.

OtakuDJK1NG-Rory1171d ago

The Wii with Twilight Princess was the last one and that was 2006.

freshslicepizza1171d ago

Nintendo is really the only one that can prove its own software sells hardware.

_-EDMIX-_1171d ago

"That is absoloutely insane on the current installed base"

Well....not really.

When you consider its one of the only top titles on the platform, from an install base that basically only buys 1 publishers games, its to be expected.

10th rider literally expected these exact sales and he called it.

EddieNX 1171d ago

Even if it were expected, its still hugely impressive. Credit where its due, Nintendo knocked it out the park!

Ricegum1171d ago

Eddie

I agree. Fantastic numbers. But let's not forget there are other platforms right? It seems like you only acknowledge Nintendo with the posts you come out with.

What happens now then? We wait for Mario Odysee for another lot of big numbers? Minus perhaps the DS, Nintendo have a real problem shifting big numbers, and Zelda alone just won't do.

EddieNX 1171d ago

I'm mostly interested in Nintendo. And you might want to do some research, Nintendos exclusive always do huge numbers even on the Wiiu... Switch has so many exclusives i'm looking forward to that I'd be happy just playing the Switch, however, I plan to upgrade my XB1S to an X to play my multiplats on.

Yohshida1171d ago

Tell me 1 other game with a 100% attachrate

_-EDMIX-_1171d ago

@Eddie- Who is saying they are not getting credit? People don't buy games they hate, clearly they did a great job to get those sales.

My point is simply that the install base buying this game, at that percentage was predicted because its also an install base that ironically also doesn't have the same content as other systems.

A install base that very openly mind you, makes it known they only seek to buy 1 publishers games.

That is like saying Activision Box's install base bought Call Of Duty at 80%, when you factor that the same said install base also doesn't have 95% of 3rd party games found else where and add in that the install base states stuff like this "Who buys Activision Box for 3rd party?" or "I only buy Activision box for Activision games, I own ___ for everything else", then clearly it makes complete sense when you get sales like that from such a install base.

This isn't about if Zelda is good or not, clearly it is good enough to warrant those numbers, this is about the install base bascially only existing to buy 1 publishers games.

That is something that doesn't happen on PS or XB or PC, because they actually have all the major 3rd party.

Its easy to have American Idol do huge numbers compared to other shows on your network when its the only major show on your network, lets say you have 10 shows...

If you had network that had 1000 shows, wouldn't that also mean you'd have MORE content for your users, thus not having them basically tuning in for 1 show?

Nintendo's sales come from fans of the publisher, because they are the only major publisher on their platform....yes, that means that is normal to see those sales in comparison to that install base.

The install base exist to basically buy Nintendo published games. PS install base is not basically just Sony published games, MS install base is not just MS published games. They have enough support that they are not the only reason to own the platform. Nintendo's own fans have openly stated they only buy their systems for Nintendo games...

I mean....even I get why they do, what else is really happening on their systems outside of just them?

Prince_TFK1171d ago (Edited 1171d ago )

Lol Edmix. I'm surprise you manage to find negative in every Nintendo article no matter how positive the article is.

When Horizon reach 3 million, N4G congrats Sony to no end. When BOTW reach 3 million, it because Switch has no game! Smh N4G.

_-EDMIX-_1171d ago

@Kun- If you read what I stated.."People don't buy games they hate, clearly they did a great job to get those sales"

So...I don't know what is negative about that. "When BOTW reach 3 million, it because Switch has no game! Smh N4G"

?

Except I never stated that, you did.

I'm only stating that 3 out of 5 million are buying Zelda on Switch, because that 5 million install base mainly only buys 1 publishers games.

My point is about the install bases interest, not saying that is the reason why Zelda sold good, the reason why 3 million of 5 million of a install base own a Nintendo system for. smh, that isn't saying Zelda is bad, again....slowly.

That is simply saying, the Nintendo install base mainly owns Nintendo systems for Nintendo the publisher, that is not the case for PC, PS or XB, the reasons are more spread out.

THUS, 5 million of that install base, I'd argue 98% own it for 1 publisher's titles.

Where are you getting that anyone is saying Zelda is bad? Where are you getting that Zelda only sold because Switch has no games?

Zelda sold because of the reason I stated in clear English. "clearly they did a great job to get those sales"

smh. Stop making up arguments no one has stated. So even when I say its selling cause its good, you are telling me I'm saying its selling by default of having nothing else?

No buddy, never stated that at all.

Again, most who own Nintendo systems, own them for Nintendo published titles, so its not strange that you see this percentage of Zelda to Switch owners, you'll see that on MOST Nintendo titles as the reason they own the system is for that 1 publisher, most times.

That is not the cause on PS, PC or XB, they don't have really any publisher that is getting 95% of the software sales in terms of the full install base.

Nintendo gamers buy Nintendo systems for Nintendo the publisher.
PS gamers for the mathematically fact do not solely buy PS for Sony the publisher
same for MS and clearly same for the open source PC.

Seriously, please stop trying to turn everything into this hate fest when the first 2 sentences I stated, very, very clearly "People don't buy games they hate, clearly they did a great job to get those sales"

Sm30001171d ago

Dude, any positive Nintendo news you're so quick to jump on, what gives? Does it help u sleep better at night?
Like damn, every n4g Nintendo article will have you in the comments saying something negative.
And I'm not another eddieNX, I don't worship at the alter of house nintendo

Erik73571171d ago (Edited 1171d ago )

Even on wii, with huge selection of games, Nintendo titles like Mario kart sold expectantly better than Sony so you can quit downplaying how Nintendo games are more popular. \

People get a Switch for Nintendo games.

For ps4 there's a solid 75% who literally get it for COD and FIFA

Not being sarcastic

_-EDMIX-_1171d ago

@Erik- "can quit downplaying how Nintendo games are more popular" Ok....did you even read what was posted?

"clearly they did a great job to get those sales"

"This isn't about if Zelda is good or not, clearly it is good enough to warrant those numbers"

So...no, no one is downplaying anything, I'm literally telling you, folks for the 3rd time, Zelda sold because someone wanted it, because its good game. Do you folks legit do nothing but assume everyone is hating on something? You didn't even bother to read me saying that was why it sold, simply assumed I was downplaying its sales.

Read. The game is a good game, thus will get great sales.

"Nintendo gamers buy Nintendo systems for Nintendo the publisher.
PS gamers for the mathematically fact do not solely buy PS for Sony the publisher
same for MS and clearly same for the open source PC"

Just like you stated..

"People get a Switch for Nintendo games.

For ps4 there's a solid 75% who literally get it for COD and FIFA"

I don't even agree with number either, I'd argue 80% of PS gamers, XB and PC own it for 3rd party titles like COD, Battlefield, Fifa etc.

Yes, I agree....that is my point.

Do you not really get we are agreeing on something or? lol

No downplaying, Zelda sold because it was good, this has nothing to do with good or bad, this is simply saying why 3 out of 5 million in the install base bought the game base on those percentages.

Like you stated, "People get a Switch for Nintendo games"

Yes...I agree, that is why I stated "Nintendo gamers buy Nintendo systems for Nintendo the publisher"

Soooo yea. Stop lying, stop making up fake arguments and stop assuming.

Zelda sold because its a great game, most Nintendo gamers buy Nintendo systems for that publishers games and most PS, PC and XB gamers are not buying the system for 1 publisher. Horizon selling 3 million very much shows that MOST of that install base doesn't only buy a PS for 1 publisher's game. That is something that only happens on Nintendo's systems.

You agree to that. Can you seriously not get that maybe, just maybe we agree on that with no BS spin? I think someone can tell you Zelda is the best game this year and you'd think it was some sort of trick or conspiracy or troll or subliminal message lol I'm downplaying Zelda by saying its a good game and should sell well? Come on folks This is taking exaggeration to just a whole new level. You've basically made up argument with zero proof to support the claim, my own words are showing you just the opposite.

MetalGearsofWar1171d ago

@Edmix
What exactly is the point of your posts?

wonderfulmonkeyman1171d ago

"from an install base that basically only buys 1 publishers games"

Indies and exclusives say you're wrong.
Just because many Nintendo fans don't go out of their way to drool over any CoD or Assassin's Creed that hits the system, that doesn't mean they don't buy anything outside of Nintendo's first party stuff.
That's a bone-headed anti-Nintendo misconception that needs to stop.

_-EDMIX-_1171d ago (Edited 1171d ago )

@Wonder- "Indies and exclusives say you're wrong"

Wrong about what? I said " basically" ie roughly.

"Just because many Nintendo fans don't go out of their way to drool over any CoD or Assassin's Creed"

??

Wait, so I'm wrong, but you are saying they "don't go out of their way" ummmm ok. So, they don't buy those games, but they do? smh. You need to relax and cool it with the agendas bud. You can't have it both ways. Either they are buying many titles diversely, or not. Mathematically, that is already shown what most buy.

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So is Erik wrong when he states "People get a Switch for Nintendo games" ???

Because based on what you stated "Nintendo fans don't go out of their way"....

This isn't trying to hurt your feelings, this isn't trying to make you mad, this is simply telling you a number that is factual.

MOST people buy Nintendo systems for Nintendo published titles. This is a factual thing that can be proven simply by math. NEVER did I say ZERO 3rd party games sell on Nintendo systems.

" that doesn't mean they don't buy anything outside of Nintendo's first party stuff." I know, so where did you actually ever read me say that?

I mean.....buddy, the damn comments even say this "Again, most who own Nintendo systems, own them for Nintendo published titles"

"most"

Not all, not EVERY LAST PERSON WHO BUYS NINTENDO SYSTEMS, nothing like that.

Soooo you can leave that BS narrative in the wind. You are only trying to use that agenda to argue. Nothing more.

Never stated anything remotely like that. Your own comments ironically are literally saying what I've been saying and even Erik.

"Nintendo fans don't go out of their way to drool over any CoD or Assassin's Creed" and "People get a Switch for Nintendo games" and "most who own Nintendo systems, own them for Nintendo published titles" .

So, they don't buy it to fit your argument, yet in the same post, they do buy it a lot and its a misconception? smh.

Stop looking to fight for just a second and realize we all agree with those statements. Too bad many of you don't even read long enough before getting so emotionally charged to realize the statements being made are not being done to upset you, or troll or fight you etc. We all believe that buddy. Not saying ALL, simply most. The numbers prove that. Its why PS, PC and XB do not have 1 publisher that is doing that for their top best selling titles.

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Big_Game_Hunters1171d ago (Edited 1171d ago )

That would leave roughly 700kdigital/mail order on switch when you take out1mil Wiiu versions sold from the 4.7mil total as of june 30th official numbers from Nintendo. Game should be well above 5mil now coming up on that 6.

Critic4l_Strik31171d ago

I don't get this site and the down votes...you are not even bashing or saying something negative about the system or the game...

TallonIV1171d ago

Yes this will easily win GOTY.

Uken121170d ago

Zelda has sold extremely well, is anybody really that surprised?

It didn't sell well because it was the only offering on the Switch btw. It actually helped sell more Switches. It sold well because it is an amazing game and appeals to a lot of people. I know many people who played or are playing it and never play other Zelda games, or games in general.

Also it was on Wii U.

@Edmix

So if most people buy Nintendo systems for the games they publish then why do people buy Sony or MS systems? Exactly the same reason. Saying that they have 3rd party support isn't enough. People buy XB1 for the exclusives, people buy PS4 for the exclusives. Many 3rd party games have been gimped on Nintendo Consoles in recent years, so yeah those are going to sell bad.
Also 3rd parties seem to do fine on Nintendo Portables.

Here is what sold Zelda: Botw.
- The Trailer that was launched in January, I didn't care about it until I saw that amazing trailer.
-The high reviews when it launched. And they were deserved
-The fact that it was open world and a fresh take on Zelda. For me it was like replaying Skyrim again without knowing what was going to happen.
-The Art Style.
-The name, Zelda titles are always refined and good games none the less. (Except Skyward Sword, that game was trash imo)

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PhoenixUp1171d ago

When you add in how much it has sold on Wii U, this game has sold a total of over 4 million

trunkswd1171d ago

It should easily surpass 5 million sold at retail by the end of the summer.

About30Ninjas1170d ago

That not counting how much it sold digitally I would maybe 6-7 million sold

generic-user-name1170d ago

I doubt digital sales add much for Nintendo.

XiNatsuDragnel1171d ago

Absolutely amazing + Horizon zero dawn supposedly past 3 million at retail = #ExclusivesDomatter

MetalGearsofWar1171d ago

What does that have to do with BOTW?

narsaku1171d ago

People here are Sony fans and have been desperately trying to say ZD is > than Zelda when the real world knows it's just another Sony AA.

WasimAkram1171d ago (Edited 1171d ago )

@narsaku

Nope, in fact you are desperate to post BS anytime you get the chance to downplay sony, so cut your crap already

@metalgears

He is maybe calling out Phil on his BS.

generic-user-name1170d ago

Because BOTW is also an exclusive, he is happy to see both doing so well. Don't be so defensive.

MetalGearsofWar1170d ago

@generic
But the article isn't about horizon?

stupidusername1170d ago

Exclusives do matter he said. Zelda and Horizon proves that. What's not to understand about that?
News about zelda and horizon hitting 3M came at the same time so using them as a point to say that exclusives do matter only makes sense.

Liqu1d1170d ago (Edited 1170d ago )

He's making the point that exclusives matter and he's using Zelda and Horizon to illustrate that point. Both are high profile exclusives that received high praise and are selling great. He wasn't trying to make this article about Horizon, he was trying to make it about exclusives to ridicule the people that downplay them.

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Uken121170d ago

They are saying both games are amazing and that their sales show that exclusives DO matter.

Praise on both sides, because it is about good games for gamers.

FallenAngel19841171d ago

This is on track to outsell Twilight Princess