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Zelda: Breath of the Wild surpasses sales of Twilight Princess in Japan

Posted on September 9, 2017 by (@NE_Brian) in GameCube, News, Switch, Wii, Wii U

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild reached a major milestone in Japan this past week. Based on the latest data from Media Create, it has now outsold Twilight Princess.

Media Create has Breath of the Wild selling a total 576,067 units on Switch. You can add another 133,024 copies for the Wii U version. We should also note that Media Create hasn’t provided an update for the Wii U version in quite some time, so the sales there should be even higher.

As for Twilight Princess, total sales sit at 572,607 copies. The GameCube version also sold 70,000 copies.

Zelda: Breath of the Wild has sold a combined 709,091 units. It has slipped by Twilight Princess’ total of 642,607 copies.

In terms of Japanese sales, Zelda: Breath of the Wild is creeping up the Japanese charts as one of the best-selling entries in the franchise. It has already surpassed Skyward Sword, A Link Between Worlds, Majora’s Mask 3D, Ocarina of Time 3D, Twilight Princess, and Spirit Tracks. The next Zelda game to overtake is Wind Waker, which sold 837,391 copies.

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  • Nice.

  • Stuart

    This will become the best selling Zelda game. Period.

    • Reggie

      Correct me if I’m wrong, but wasn’t OoT the best selling?

      • Stuart

        Yes it was,it sold around 7-8 millions.

        • Reggie

          In that case, I wouldn’t say that BotW will be “the best selling Zelda game. Period.”

          • amak11

            It has the potential

          • Stuart

            Why not? This is what it is looking like for me. It is selling extremely fast and it will probably keep selling during Switch’s lifetime. BotW should be around 4 millions at this point,it is definitely possible.

          • I guess I could see that WW, but I don’t know how sales have kept up in the US and some EU territories to help that. I mean, OoT did incredible just in Japan, so I can only imagine how it did in the West.

            I would love for BotW to do that though~.

          • Stuart

            Remember something tho: OoT is the best selling Zelda WW,but Twilight Princess isnt much behind. And BotW is selling faster than TP in the same frame. I think its question of time,BotW will keep selling as the hardware itself keeps selling.

          • Metallox

            No, Twilight Princess is the best selling game of the series. Last figures brought by Nintendo put OoT at 7.6 million units on N64, Twilight Princess, on the other hand, has sold over 8.85 million units. You must count both the Wii and NGC versions since they released pretty much in the same launch window.

          • Jimmy Boy

            then by that definition, OoT’s ports put it at over 10 million, since you HAVE to count the 3DS sales as well.

          • Metallox

            If you put it that way, obviously yes, but we shouldn’t count re-releases because, well, I think it’s pretty obvious too.
            The NGC and Wii versions are part of the same original release of Twilight Princess, and the same goes for both the Wii U and Switch versions of Breath of the Wild.

            Both Ocarina of Time 3D and Master Quest, on the other hand, had already the gigantic legacy of the original N64 launch of 1997, that’s why I don’t count them.

          • Really? Interesting. I know TP did great in the West, but I didn’t realize it took off so well. I suppose I can see it doing the best worldwide at some point, looking at it like that.

          • Reggie

            My point simply because I doubt it will reach that total number of sales. But I’ve got a crowd of people ganging up on me, so eh.

          • Metallox

            It’s tracking ahead of Twilight Princess, which is actually the best selling Zelda game to date if you don’t count re-releases.

          • Jimmy Boy

            OoT is the highest selling game on a single platform, no Zelda title ever sold higher than 7.6 million on any one system. Wii Switch reach 7.6? We’ll see.

          • It’s the best Zelda game of all time, period

          • Tjnswitch

            i think these are just Japanese sale totals

        • Aline Piroutek

          When the install base of Switch reaches 8 million, it has potential to surpass Ocarina of Time.

          • Jimmy Boy

            it’s not going to keep a 1:1 ratio, that was only the US, and only because of 3 different versions were released (2 different special editions).

        • Jimmy Boy

          With the ports/remakes it’s over 10 million- they’re including TP’s ports in total sales, so it’s only fair.

      • Fredy Rodriguez Ortega

        the best selling is Twilight Princess with 8.58 M(NGC and Wii combined) ocarina is the second best with 7.60 M

        • Jimmy Boy

          Wrong. Ocarina of Time is 12.46 M (N64 and 3DS combined), Twilight Princess is second best at 9.59 M (Wii, NGC, and Wii U combined). You can’t combine sales for one, and not the other, so it’s only fair to look at total sales for both, and OoT wins handily.

          • Fredy Rodriguez Ortega

            http://vgsales.wikia.com/wiki/The_Legend_of_Zelda

            You don’t count the remasters they only count as separated games. I did not combine the sales of the remaster I did the wii and NGC because they were released almost at the same time and they had a similar timeframe of sellings

  • TP and SS aren’t too much special to surpass in Japan as they were the worst performing, but I think the fw and overall sales of BotW (in Japan) are truly something to celebrate. I’m so glad for the game~.

  • Aline Piroutek

    I still don’t know how the The Legend of Zelda series started to sell in Japan from nowhere. Metroid will sell like crazy now?

  • Man

    The colors has been cleaned! S-U-C-C-E-S-S!!

  • awng782

    Worldwide sales figures:
    The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild [NSW] (Mar 2017 – June 2017): 3.92 million
    The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess [Wii] (Nov 2006 – Dec 2007): 4.30 million

    Breath of the Wild came close to selling in 4 months what Twilight Princess sold in 13 months. Globally, the Switch version of Breath of the Wild will become the best selling Zelda SKU of all time; it should accomplish that achievement by 2019.

    In Japan, the Zelda franchise peaked with the NES original, which sold 1.7 million copies. Sales of each entry essentially trended downward since then (with some upticks here and there); the N64 version of Ocarina of Time was the last Zelda game to surpass 1 million copies sold. The Switch version of Breath of the Wild might to be the first Zelda game in nearly 20 years to reach 1 million copies sold at its current sales trajectory, but it will take some time.

    Still, outselling Zelda Twilight Princess in Japan is an impressive accomplishment, even with the relative softness of the franchise’s appeal over the last 2 decades in the region.

    • Jimmy Boy

      won’t be nearly, 2018 is likely to be the year (it’s dropping fast in weekly sales), which is 20 years after 1998’s Ocarina.

  • awng782

    Worldwide sales figures:
    The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild [NSW] (Mar 2017 – June 2017): 3.92 million
    The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess [Wii] (Nov 2006 – Dec 2007): 4.30 million
    Breath of the Wild came close to selling in 4 months what Twilight Princess sold in 13 months. Globally, the Switch version of Breath of the Wild will become the best selling Zelda SKU of all time; it should accomplish that achievement by 2019.

    • Metallox

      Correction there: Twilight Princess has sold over 8.85 million units to date.

      • awng782

        If you combined all SKUs:

        Twilight Princess [WII + GCN]: 7.26 million + 1.43 million = 8.69 million
        Breath of the Wild [NSW + WIIU]: 3.92 million as of June 2017 + 1.03 million as of March 2017 = >4.95 million as of June 2017

        • Jimmy Boy

          Don’t forget the 3DS, Ocarina of Time (N64 + 3DS) is 7.60 million + 4.86 million = 12.46 million worldwide. That will be one lofty goal for Breath of the Wild to top, but is doable since it’s also on Wii U (and selling, as stores still have Wii U games despite articles stating that the Wii U is officially done, games will still be sold for it through next year, because even GC saw games on shelves throughout 2007).

      • Jimmy Boy

        That’s a combined total, if you’re going to combine 2 platforms, then Ocarina’s total is 12.46 million to date. You’re counting 2 SKU’s, then the 3DS/N64 2 SKU’s make it 12.46 million, dwarfing Twilight Princess’s sales.

    • Jimmy Boy

      That’s worldwide, and doesn’t include the 3DS versions. It is now a wait and see if the Switch’s Breath of the Wild can top 7.6 million copies worldwide. If it does, it’ll be the highest selling on a single platform. However, if you look at weekly sales, the game has dropped dramatically in Japan since launch, and is really dependent on the West, as it’s likely topping out soon in Japan- Pokemon Sun and Moon are the same, dropping fast in Japan.

      • awng782

        There is a reason why I didn’t include sales of the remakes.

  • It took this long? Twilight Princess was crap

    • Jimmy Boy

      but Ocarina still has higher sales on a single platform, as well as the highest sales combined overall (people want to combine the Wii and GameCube totals, so in fairness since one is a mirrored version of the other, the 3DS version can be added to the N64, which dwarfs lifetime sales of any other game in the series).

  • Tjnswitch

    I loved TP’s bizzar-o style, i love the way SOME of those goddy elements were also intertwined into BOTW….I’m only 14 hours in to BOTW and its one of those feel good games i feel completely comfortable taking my time playing over the next few years….

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