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The Legend of Zelda: The Breath of the Wild Sells an Estimated 1.49 Million Units First Week at Retail - VGChartz
The Legend of Zelda: The Breath of the Wild Sells an Estimated 1.49 Million Units First Week at Retail

The Legend of Zelda: The Breath of the Wild Sells an Estimated 1.49 Million Units First Week at Retail - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 09 April 2017 / 52,999 Views

The open world action adventure game from Nintendo - The Legend of Zelda: The Breath of the Wild - sold 1,489,475 units first week at retail, according to our estimates. First week sales can be viewed on the VGChartz Global Weekly Chart for the week ending March 4.

Breaking down the sales by platform, the game sold best on the Nintendo Switch with 1,117,237 units sold (75%), compared to 372,238 units sold on the Wii U (25%). 


Breaking down the sales by region, the game sold best in the US with 605,311 units sold (40%), compared to 488,418 units sold in Europe (33%) and 234,246 units in Japan (16%). Looking more closely at Europe, the game sold an estimated 91,804 units in the UK, 103,812 units in Germany, and 141,224 units in France.

The Legend of Zelda: The Breath of the Wild released for the Nintendo Switch and Wii U worldwide on March 3.


A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.


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55 Comments

Shikamo (on 09 April 2017)

Wonderful Game deserves much more.


Luke888 (on 09 April 2017)

Happy to be one of those 488418 , the game is a masterpiece


monocle_layton (on 09 April 2017)

Breath of tge Wild and Horizon Zero Dawn will hopefully continue to have decent legs. It feels great to buy such a wonderful game.


StreaK (on 09 April 2017)

It's pretty awesome that both games virtually did such amazing numbers. Especially horizon is shocking as I don't think anyone would believe it would be anywhere near the 2 million mark for a new IP. With Zelda, well, it's a given it was going to sell well.
Horizon is a masterpiece but I have to wait to play Zelda.


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Areym (on 09 April 2017)

Damn good sales, specially considering most were on the Switch. Well deserved


Green098 (on 09 April 2017)

First week? Don't you mean first 2 days if the numbers are from the week ending March 4th?


Luke888 (on 09 April 2017)

First Week is often a few days for most games since they tend to come out during the Weekend...


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Green098 (on 09 April 2017)

Ah I see.


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Qwark (on 09 April 2017)

The first day is where most of the magic happens though due to prevent orders but you are right it isn't a full week.


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Kristof81 (on 10 April 2017)

That's correct. Considering shortages of Switch it will be interesting to see week two figures.


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Kerotan (on 09 April 2017)

Congrats Zelda. You deserved your sales!


monocle_layton (on 09 April 2017)

What did you say that caused you to get disliked 4+ times?


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Kerotan (on 10 April 2017)

It's just my fan club disliking it lol. Anyway I see others have liked the comment to balance it out :)


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estebxx (on 09 April 2017)

I wanna buy a Switch just for this game.


Kristof81 (on 10 April 2017)

It's worth it. I clocked over 50 hours and still have plenty to discover. Not to mention I love the fact that with the Switch you can enjoy it anywhere ... as long as it's 3 hours or less :)


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Miguel_Zorro (on 10 April 2017)

As opposed to buying a Switch for 1-2-Switch?


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Mystro-Sama (on 09 April 2017)

Wonder how much it sold by now.


Kristof81 (on 10 April 2017)

Easily over 2 mil


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Poojipoo (on 09 April 2017)

Very good! This is definitely a game that will have long legs as more and more people pick up Switches. I wonder what digital sales were like as well!


NintendoPie (on 09 April 2017)

What happened to the totals on the chartz? 1.49 million is the total for Switch SW overall and Japanese sales are only showing up as ~180k. What's with the discrepancy here?


Azzanation (on 10 April 2017)

Not bad for the attach ratio of a brand new console. I can see this selling well thoughtout the year.


GuyDuke (on 09 April 2017)

Fantastic, absolutely stunning game. Probably the best in almost a decade.


Kristof81 (on 10 April 2017)

Congrats. It will sell buttloads as it's going to be the game to go with at any point of Switch's lifespan.


Kristof81 (on 10 April 2017)

Congrats. It will sell buttloads as it's going to be the game to go with at any point of Switch's lifespan.


dgboweniii (on 10 April 2017)

nice for the Wii U owners that it was an option. Bravo Nintendo.


CaptainExplosion (on 09 April 2017)

Should've sold more than Horizon: Zero Dawn. This is the way better game.


Green098 (on 09 April 2017)

Lifetime sales will be the true time to judge how both games did, since 2 million Switch's weren't even available on launch day, but both games are still great at the end of the day and are great titles for those to play on their respective platforms.


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Green098 (on 09 April 2017)

@Wiibaron The more number of players on a platform will have a more diverse range of players meaning it's going to be hard to produce a game that suits all their tastes so a 3% attach rate is very good on a platform with such a high user base, and most people who bought a Switch were Zelda fans getting it for Zelda. Though I see Botw having a good attach rate throughout the Switch's lifetime and that will definitely have the best chance to outsell Ocarina of Time.


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CaptainExplosion (on 09 April 2017)

@Wilbaron 3% of PlayStation owners is still a lot of people.


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Qwark (on 09 April 2017)

It's not like an 85% userbase is a very big achievement if you take into consideration this is the only AAA game that was available for the system on launch day. It's biggest competitors where a remake of bomberman and 1-2 Switch.


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StreaK (on 09 April 2017)

Actually, it is more like 4.5% of 56 million users. Which would be estimated at about 2.6 million sales which is what it actually did. But still amazing nonetheless. And that's 4.5% in just ONE freaking week buddy! Give this game a break, it's no Zelda with decades of history behind it. It would not surprise me if Horizon outselss Zelda in the long run THEN who'll be laughing???
Uncharted 4 has been out for like a year with 15% attach rate right now.
Time will tell.


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Shiken (on 09 April 2017)

Look at the dates. BotW sold in TWO DAYS what Horizon did in ONE WEEK. Zelda likely sold more than Horizon if you compare actual first week sales based on a seven day period.


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Ka-pi96 (on 09 April 2017)

@StreaK it was actually TWO freaking weeks, buddy :P


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Ka-pi96 (on 09 April 2017)

@Shiken Name a single game that had an actual seven day first week. Go on...
You may well find some, but the vast majority of games don't have 7 day first weeks. And considering the often 70%+ drop from 1st week to 2nd week despite that... yeah, an extra few days ain't gonna mean a thing. Zelda sold less than Horizon, there are legitimate reasons for that, but shorter first week is probably the weakest excuse there is.


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estebxx (on 09 April 2017)

They are both great games honestly (the quality is there for both), and despite being open world rpg games they are very different, which one you enjoy more is gonna come down to taste / personal preference, its the same reason why i cant pick between Bloodborne and Horizon both are great but they are so different its hard for me to pick one as my favorite.


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StreaK (on 09 April 2017)

@Ka-pi96 Ok, right right, TWO freaking weeks but I doubt it's a full 14 days worth. This stuff is kinda tough to compare unless BOTH games came out exactly on the same day.
In any case, Horizon still pulled off close to 2 million week one (which is like 5 days not a full 7 even).
Zelda may have sold more quicker, but I wonder which game had the bigger drop. Looking forward to next week's numbers. Uncharted 4 had an 82% drop week 2 going from 2.2 million to just 395, 000 copies. Horizon looks to be around 800, 000 week 2.


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Kwaidd (on 10 April 2017)

there just might be a few more ps4 out there in the wild than "U" and a brand new console?


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kodeindahjunk (on 10 April 2017)

Overrated. Nintentards keep praising it simply because it got 10 from ign just like GTA V. But did it sell like GTA V? No, of course it didn't.. Zelda is overrated and only people with low mental age praise it like it's the best thing after free food from garbage.


StreaK (on 10 April 2017)

Guys, a good example is the movie Avatar.It is not how fast you sell, sometimes it is more impressive when you do large numbers over a long period of time. Avatar didn't set any opening weekend records but damn did it do well in the long run. Avatar was also a new IP just like Horizon. Zelda on the other hand is like Star Wars - everyone's already looking forward to it cause they know what it is.


Nogamez (on 10 April 2017)

1st day bro......


Nogamez (on 10 April 2017)

1st day bro......


Knitemare (on 09 April 2017)

Good times for being a gamer!!


Random_Matt (on 09 April 2017)

What the other Switch owners playing?


Goodnightmoon (on 09 April 2017)

Shovel Knight, Bomberman, 1-2 Switch, Fast RMX, I'm Setsuna, Lego City or maybe they just got it earliear to play Splatoon testfire


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Luke888 (on 09 April 2017)

I've heard many retailers say that the typical scene is this: two 15-20 yo girls walk up to the shop assistant and say "We want the new Nintendo ! The one with the milking game ! " . I'm not even kidding.


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StreaK (on 09 April 2017)

What's the milking game???? lol


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Goodnightmoon (on 09 April 2017)

1,2 Switch


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StreaK (on 09 April 2017)

Ahhh ok thanks!


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KLAMarine (on 09 April 2017)

Aside from BotW, also playing Metal Slug and Blaster Master Zero.


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etking (on 09 April 2017)

Overrated game.


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monocle_layton (on 09 April 2017)

Thanks Mr.I-hate-anything-positive. Anything else you want to say?


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estebxx (on 09 April 2017)

Or maybe the game is just great and thats why everyone is singing its praises.


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monocle_layton (on 09 April 2017)

That made absolutely no sense.


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