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The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Has Sold Nearly 18 Million Units

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Sales

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild reached nearly 18 million units in worldwide sales, between its Nintendo Switch and Wii U versions.

At a financial results briefing for their third quarter, Nintendo announced that the game has shipped 16.34 million units on the Switch globally. The last known estimates for the Wii U version were 1.6 million units, which brings the game’s total estimated shipments to 17.95 million units.

Zelda Sales

That puts Breath of the Wild‘s sales far, far ahead of the second-highest-selling game in the series, Twilight Princess. That game has sold 8.85 million units between its Wii and Nintendo GameCube versions.

A sequel to Breath of the Wild was revealed at E3 2019, and is presently in development for the Nintendo Switch. It is believed that Monolith Soft, the studio behind the Xenoblade series of games, is assisting with development, just as they did with its predecessor. After development wrapped on Xenoblade Chronicles X, a large number of the design staff that worked on that game contributed to tasks such as game design, environmental art, and dungeon art on Breath of the Wild.

Monolith Soft now appears to have a dedicated “Production 2” unit for Zelda, and began hiring for this team last year.

Ishaan Sahdev
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Ishaan specializes in game design/sales analysis. He's the former managing editor of Siliconera and wrote the book "The Legend of Zelda - A Complete Development History". He also used to moonlight as a professional manga editor. These days, his day job has nothing to do with games, but the two inform each other nonetheless.