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.
That is absoloutely insane on the current installed base. GOTY easily so far.
It has been a while since a console launched with a must own game.
The Wii with Twilight Princess was the last one and that was 2006.
Nintendo is really the only one that can prove its own software sells hardware.
"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.
Even if it were expected, its still hugely impressive. Credit where its due, Nintendo knocked it out the park!
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.
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.
Tell me 1 other game with a 100% attachrate
@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?
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.
@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"
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
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
@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.
@Edmix What exactly is the point of your posts?
"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.
@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. https://en.wikipedia.org/wi... https://en.wikipedia.org/wi... 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.
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.
PUBG GOTY wth dude
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...
Yes this will easily win GOTY.
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)
When you add in how much it has sold on Wii U, this game has sold a total of over 4 million
It should easily surpass 5 million sold at retail by the end of the summer.
That not counting how much it sold digitally I would maybe 6-7 million sold
I doubt digital sales add much for Nintendo.
Absolutely amazing + Horizon zero dawn supposedly past 3 million at retail = #ExclusivesDomatter
What does that have to do with BOTW?
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.
@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.
Because BOTW is also an exclusive, he is happy to see both doing so well. Don't be so defensive.
@generic But the article isn't about horizon?
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.
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.
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.
This is on track to outsell Twilight Princess
what about wii u?
About a mil.
Not surprising at all... It's sold on two consoles, one which barely has any games... Obviously people will buy it or they'll have bought a new console to collect dust...
"One barely has any game" Almost 5 months in and we had BOTW, Mario Karts, Arms, and Splatoon 2. Yeah I would expect to have at least 100 AAA games during that timeframe /s.
2 of the games you mentioned are also on the Wii-u... You're Sarcastic point didn't quite land did it? Why would one buy a switch if one is still satisfied with its Wii-u? Lol! Nintendo fanboys are so intense they fight between Nintendo consoles now? Lol! When a console launches it's normal to not have many games... It's also normal for someone to want to wait for a bigger library... In no way am I saying you made a bad call on buying a switch early... The only game I wanted from the switch I got for a nice discount on Amazon with a E3 pre-order sale for my Wii-u ... Obviously I wasn't passing that up to spend 300$more
"Why would you choose a game on Switch when you can get it on WiiU?" Probability
Better to use their consoles as FIFA and COD machines. Right?
"2 of the games you mentioned are also on the Wii-u.." Fact is, most Nintendo fans, even those that love the Wii U, have accepted that its time has passed and have moved on to the Switch. And most people didn't even buy the Wii U versions of those games because they never got a Wii U, but many of those same people are getting a Switch now. As a side note; I find it ironic that you'd try to paint someone as an aggressive fanboy, while at the same time using responses that are clearly framed in a way that tries to bait aggressive responses. Quite shameless of you, but hey, you do you.
What? How is me buying breath of the wild on day one for Wii-u make me "aggressive" I merely poking fun at the fact that people are upset at which version someone buys a game on, when both choices are from the same company... Nintendo enthusiasts are extremely sensitive... I own almost all Nintendo consoles (still do) and planning on getting a switch in the near future and it's not good enough... If I buy a Nintendo product, as a consumer it gives me all the rights in the world to complain or praise... I don't see why fans of Nintendo can't understand that... I guess it must say in the fine print "he who buys this product, must suckle at its teets and spread its milk to the world"
I bought Switch FOR Zelda. A lot of people buy Switch for Zelda. IT's not like people buy a new system with no games and then surprisingly see Zelda and buys it because it's the only game.
If I hadn't bought a ps4 pro in December, I probably would've picked up at switch at launch... I instead got zelda for Wii-u for 48$ promo on Amazon and decided it was good enough... When I buy a switch, I'll buy Zelda again and Nintendo will be vary happy I assume...
vgfartz going strong today, making stuff up as they go. Not saying it didnt sell well, just dont take this site serious.
Criticise VGChartz all you want but if you know a better games statistical gathering site please share.
I'll take their words over your crap anyday, thanks.
I am so excited to play this game, i aim to get my Switch in October for Mario and will be picking up Zelda too...cannot wait! It's been tough not buying it for my WiiU but I need to justify purchasing the SWITCH so I have to wait. I am currently playing through Wind Waker HD and will play Skyward Sword HD next, getting my Zelda fix for now :)
I bought it for Wii u... Perfectly good port... I'll buy it again when I buy a switch. Glad I played it on Wii-u since I lost all urge to buy a switch. Now I can wait a year or 2 for the library to grow. I felt it would've been collecting dust like my friends switch.... (he's still happy)
This is the quandary I found myself in, but then E3 came along and now I just cannot wait to play Mario, so I will view Mario v Rabbids as Zelda as extra justification 😁 The thing for me is, the price on hardware and software doesn't drop for donkeys with Nintendo so there is less reason to wait for the library to grow, I will just pick the titles up as the release every few months.
I hate Nintendo for that.... Waited months to buy wind waker HD on sale and I only saved 10$.... Im also interested in Mario, but each time I feel like I fall for it and end up disappointed... Lol! "this time I'll like this Mario game....." nope. Mario kart on the other hand is my jam, but completed it on Wii-u with all the dlc... I'm buying a switch, just not this year...
Well, the Switch version is the port, Breath Of The Wild was made for Wii U, ported to Switch. I might buy it again, maybe if its pretty cheap by the time I buy a Switch.
It better to get it now than later. If you have already ordered then you're good but waiting for Super Mario Odyssey you won't find one for awhile until February 2018.
Lol! Of course you'll be able to find one, and worst comes to worst you can always buy it digitally....
@SkippyPaccino Uh I was talking about the Switch itself not Breath of the Wild.
Congrats Nintendo. Keep on making great games. BOTW and Splatoon 2 are so far 2 of the best games for me this year.
Definitely impressive. That being said, a lot of launch games do get a big boost in sales if they are the standouts (which BOTW definitely is). For example, Resistance 1 sold way more than 2 and 3. Why? When you got a PS3, for a while most people were getting Resistance 1 and Motorstorm.
That that really the case though. It all depends on the next installment and how the previous was for people. Some IP will continue to grow in sales or some will be a slow burner or some just wont succeed. It all depends on the people who played it reaction and reception that will effect the future installment sales. Also the demographic plays apart of it.
I got a Switch recently and bought BotW. It's really good.
This is more impressive than horizon bc of Nintendo install base. Almost every zelda bought was purchased with a switch. The wiiU didn't sell well as we are all aware. I make the comparison bc both titles have sold the same amount. Being that n4g is a pro Sony site (I'm a pony btw) I'm sure this will be accompanied with a decent amount of downvotes
I don't know Horizon is a completely new IP from a developer that has only put out "good" FPS shooters, into honestly an ocean of other games plus 3rd party AAA's on the PS4 and sold that well. Against a Zelda IP that has what... at least 26 entries. Zelda also launched with a system launch that did not have really any other games worth the salt at launch. I feel HZD launch is much more impressive. Either way, both games are doing very well. During the Holidays if Sony and N are smart will do bundles with said games, they both will sell millions more.
I wouldn't say it's more impressive. Zelda's a 30+ year juggernaut. You kind of expect the New York Yankees, Dallas Cowboys and Chicago Blackhawks to make the playoffs, ya know? Why compare the two at all? Who buys a Switch without Zelda?
Who bought the Switch and didn't buy Zelda?
3m is all?