The Legend of Zelda: The Breath of the Wild for Switch Tops 3 Million Units Sold at Retail

The Legend of Zelda: The Breath of the Wild for Switch Tops 3 Million Units Sold at Retail - Sales

by William D'Angelo, posted on 05 August 2017 / 29,882 Views

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 on the Nintendo Switch, according to VGChartz Global Weekly Chart for the week ending June 10.

The Legend of Zelda: The Breath of the Wild (NS) sold 69,507 units for the week ending June 10 to bring lifetime sales to 3,065,448 units


Breaking down the sales by region, the game has sold best in the US with 1,377,561 units sold (45%), compared to 845,249 units sold in Europe (28%) and 234,246 units in Japan (16%). Looking more closely at Europe, the game has sold an estimated 142,894 units in the UK, 213,796 units in Germany, and 226,240 units in France.

The Wii U version of the game has sold 1,060,372 units as of the week ending June 10.

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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13 Comments

Ggordon (on 05 August 2017)

I was sure horizon zero dawn would be the best of the year for me until i played this and without a doubt breath of the wild is the best open world game ive ever played and the best game of this gen


jrRodney (on 05 August 2017)

That is a powerful comment. I find Zelda BOTW to be an extremely fascinating game that allows you to approach the environment from any angle and at any pace. It just seem like a real breath of fresh air as a gamer.


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Ganoncrotch (on 05 August 2017)

I'll be honest... for me and my 30 odd years of gaming... I would happily rate Breath of the Wild as one of if not the best game I've played to date.


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OTBWY (on 05 August 2017)

I wholeheartedly agree. It is now easily in my top 5 of the best games ever made. Maybe even top 3. I want to live in that world.


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Ganoncrotch (on 05 August 2017)

I have done already for almost 250 hours :)


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Locknuts (on 05 August 2017)

Yep. It's up there with the best games I've ever played. Possibly even number 1. Not quite sure whether it beats Half Life or Metroid Prime though.


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Angelv577 (on 05 August 2017)

If I ever get a switch, this would be my first game.


AlfredoTurkey (on 05 August 2017)

Unstoppable attach rate.


Nogamez (on 06 August 2017)

Well I've been gaming since 1990, easily one of the best games I've played. Absolutely fantastic achievement.


monocle_layton (on 05 August 2017)

Who would've expected HZD vs BotW to be such an interesting comparison? Congrats to both for being successful


BraLoD (on 05 August 2017)

Nice


OTBWY (on 05 August 2017)

It's easy. Have a Switch, buy this game and play it. No questions asked. Just do it.


hush404 (on 05 August 2017)

It IS the game to own on switch. (not saying there arent other good games, but Zelda deff stands above the rest IMO). Someday when I get myself a switch I'll sink my teeth into it :)


STARLEZZ (on 05 August 2017)

The sales of Japan in this article are screwed


Jranation (on 05 August 2017)

Isn't it around 500k?


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Ucouldntbemorewrong (on 10 August 2017)

?


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gentii (on 05 August 2017)

Amazing and Gtreate Zelda Ever


Ljink96 (on 05 August 2017)

That's very impressive considering the install base of the Switch. Horizon is doing okay when compared to the install base.


Ucouldntbemorewrong (on 10 August 2017)

Actually more impressed with how Horizon sold given, it's a new IP, entered on PS4 where there are 3rd party AAA's and other exclusives. Zelda's IP is like on the 28th entry of that IP. And released on a new system at the time that had no other game to really buy with it.


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Ljink96 (on 10 August 2017)

Switch also had supply issues soon after launch and had over a 100% attach rate. It was also available on Wii U. Combined sales far surpass HZD even with Digital...


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Azzanation (on 05 August 2017)

3m sales without any bundles is very impressive. Best attrachh rate i have seen.


VAMatt (on 06 August 2017)

I'm pretty sure that the attach rate through June 10th was 95% or higher. It was really the only big game for the first couple of months after launch. It is not likely that high anymore. But, I'm sure that most people that buy a Switch in 2017 will also buy BotW.


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StreaK (on 07 August 2017)

To be fair, it is the only big AAA game to be ver released on launch day. Why would this be impressive? It's ZELDA! On launch! Of course every NES fan is going to get the game with the console.


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Naum (on 05 August 2017)

So this was from June 10? that's almost 2 months ago. no more recent numbers?