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The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild has reached a new milestone in Japan. Between both Switch and Wii U, sales have surpassed one million units.

Breath of the Wild has sold 871,528 copies on Switch. Wii U accounts for another 133,024 units. Of course, the game has been sold digitally as well, though we don’t have a specific number in that area.

In Zelda: Breath of the Wild, the weather and environment around you are more important than ever before. Link goes up against some tough conditions, ranging from the blazing heat to frigid temperatures depending on your location. The weather is also a key element when scaling mountains. When it starts raining, you can bet that climbing will become much more difficult.

Giving players control of the weather was actually something the Zelda: Breath of the Wild team considered, according to Hidemaro Fujibayashi. The game’s director explained to Game Informer this month why it ultimately didn’t make sense in the end: it wouldn’t have been as fun and “would have increased the number of variables in the world.”

A new update has gone live for Zelda: Breath of the Wild. It primarily acts as a way of adding in support for more languages, though Nintendo says fixes have also been implemented.

The full patch notes are as follows:

  • You can now select Chinese (Traditional), Chinese (Simplified), or Korean in the language settings menu on the Switch console to display text in the selected language.
    • Voice Language selection is not supported for the above languages. If you choose “Match System Settings” in Options, voice data will be set to Japanese.
  • Various fixes to improve gameplay.

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Nintendo has published a new video interview with Eiji Aonuma and Hidemaro Fujibayashi, the series producer for Zelda and Breath of the Wild’s director respectively. The two talked about a few different topics, including The Champions’ Ballad DLC, what’s next for the series, and more. Watch the full interview below.


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Nintendo confirmed earlier today that The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild has shipped 6.7 million copies on Switch worldwide. Adding in sales of the Wii U version of about 1.08 million, the overall total should be roughly 7.78 million units worldwide.

The big takeaway from that number is Breath of the Wild is now the second highest-selling Zelda game. Only Twilight Princess has it beat globally with 8.85 million copies sold. Breath of the Wild could very well overtake it in time.

Nintendo has provided a new wave of photos showing the new Zelda: Breath of the Wild Link figure from Medicom. We’ve attached the images below.

This figure is fully posable and stands roughly 30 cm/12″ tall. It comes with Link’s sword, shield, bow, arrows, quiver, and other accessories.

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Eiji Aonuma has been involved with the Zelda series for many, many years. Yet out of all of the games he’s contributed to, Breath of the Wild may have been the most enjoyable one to work on.

Aonuma spoke extensively about the process of making Breath of the Wild in the latest issue of Game Informer. The reason why development was so enjoyable was due to the staff working on the game. Aonuma said that the team “took so much initiative, and were always looking at everything in the game with this eye to improve.” Even though Aonuma was worried about how Breath of the Wild would turn out, that feeling started to fade as he saw the staff put Breath of the Wild together.

Update (1/27): This is now up on Amazon UK, Amazon Germany, Amazon France, and Amazon Spain.


Original (1/13): When Zelda: Breath of the Wild originally launched last year, Nintendo teamed up with Piggyback for an official guide. The two sides are now working together on a new version.

Listings on retailer sites reveal The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild: Expanded Edition guide. The 512-page hardcover book covers everything in the main game plus the two DLC packs. A new concept art gallery is also included.

You can find a full overview of the guide below. Pre-orders are open on both Amazon and Amazon Canada. Based on the retailer’s information, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild: Expanded Edition guide launches on February 13.

Zelda: Breath of the Wild has done remarkably well in Japan. It’s the second-highest-selling Zelda game in Japan since Ocarina of Time, which released in 1998. All other entries that have released over the past 18 years have been outsold.

Since launch, Zelda: Breath of the Wild has sold 957,752 copies at retail. If digital sales were counted, the total amount is certainly over one million. The latest Wii U figures are also not counted here.

Zelda: Breath of the Wild producer Hidemaro Fujibayashi has actually been working on the franchise for quite awhile. He directed a few different entries, including Oracle of Ages/Seasons, Skyward Sword, and more.

Although Fujibayashi has greatly contributed to Zelda, he’s not quite sure what his lasting mark on the series will be. In his view, he’s still figuring that out.

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