The Legend of Zelda: The Breath of the Wild for Switch Tops 4 Million Units Sold at Retail

The Legend of Zelda: The Breath of the Wild for Switch Tops 4 Million Units Sold at Retail - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 02 December 2017 / 7,469 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 four million units sold at retail on the Nintendo Switch, according to VGChartz Global Weekly Chart for the week ending October 14.

The Legend of Zelda: The Breath of the Wild (NS) sold 58,857 units for the week ending October 14 to bring lifetime sales to 4,000,619 units


Breaking down the sales by region, the game has sold best in the US with 1,756,780 units sold (44%), compared to 1,166,023 units sold in Europe (29%) and 624,192 units in Japan (16%). Looking more closely at Europe, the game has sold an estimated 191,931 units in the UK, 294,480 units in Germany, and 317,742 units in France.

The Wii U version of the game has sold 1,181,373 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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23 Comments

OTBWY (on 01 December 2017)

Very good numbers. Still selling so great months after release. I can see it beating OoT in sales.


Mystro-Sama (on 03 December 2017)

That shouldn't be hard considering how much bigger the market is than when OoT came out.


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OTBWY (on 03 December 2017)

Yet not a single mainline Zelda game on systems with bigger installbases has outsold it since.


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roadkillers (on 03 December 2017)

Yeah, OoT sold well even better than Twilight Princess..


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xl-klaudkil (on 01 December 2017)

Deserves so much more!!!


jonathanalis (on 01 December 2017)

Well, the attach ratio is between 1/4 and 1/3 per week, and Nintendo is manufacturing 10 million more switches until fiscal year ending. Só, we can expect a minimum of 6.5 million shipped Zeldas on switch. Counting digital, it will probably pass oot and wiis tp in its first year.


Azzanation (on 01 December 2017)

And i remember people saying Horizon Zero Dawn would outsell Zelda.. silly people.


Barkley (on 02 December 2017)

I mean... including digital Horizon is likely still ahead, it had sold 915k copies digitally by April 30th (for a total of 3.4m sales at the time.) But lifetime Zelda should take it. Not by such a large margin it's "silly" though.


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Barkley (on 02 December 2017)

Don't make me get out your Halo 5 and Gears 4 would outsell uncharted 4 posts. Now those were silly. ;)


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Azzanation (on 02 December 2017)

Oh please. MS dont bundle there games up like Sony do. Its strange to think that Halo 5 made more money than UC4 and sold half as much. Sony should stop giving them out for free haha.


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AngryLittleAlchemist (on 03 December 2017)

The way I see it, we've already seen Horizon's legs drop pretty significantly, and it's only surged up worldwide when there's been a sale. Zelda has kept going. I think Horizon has probably sold more on PS4 than Breath of the Wild has on Switch, but I think this is one of the rare cases where it's mostly due to install base. Zelda's legs can carry it far above Horizon. But I think Horizon is very impressive for a new IP, it will probably stop at 6.5-7 million sales lifetime, which is just crazy.


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AngryLittleAlchemist (on 03 December 2017)

Actually, doing the math right now, it's very up to debate whether Horizon or Zelda have sold more. If Horizon's digital attach rate is 27% and it's sales are 4.5 mil, than Zelda would only need a 16% attach rate to be even with Horizon. That's pretty small even if it's a Nintendo game.


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Flilix (on 03 December 2017)

Zelda was at 4.7M two months ago, so it's definitely over 5 million already.


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Barkley (on 03 December 2017)

@Azzanation, wow that's very pro-consumer to give away their biggest title for free! Excellent job PlayStation. #4ThePlayers indeed!


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Azzanation (on 03 December 2017)

@Barkley Yeah amazing way to make money. I guess its a good way to mislead there fans on something that is selling extremely well when the truth is it comes with the Consoles. What's next GTS outselling FM7 because that's being sold at $29 and bundled with even controllers.. them sales though.


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Barkley (on 03 December 2017)

Highest profits for PlayStation since '98 last year and forecast of $1.6b operating profit this year. WHILE giving away games for free! Wow PlayStation is killing it!!!

Shame they're misleading fans. They should just not announce sales like MS.


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StreaK (on 03 December 2017)

Hmmm, no one says anything about Super Mario Bros being one of the greatest selling games of all-time with 40+ million sold even though those sales are 100% tied to every console sold lol.


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Mnementh (on 01 December 2017)

Wow, Germany and France not only have beaten UK, they have done it by quite the margin.


Flilix (on 01 December 2017)

Does that surprise you? France likes Nintendo a lot, and Germany is a bigger country.


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Ggordon (on 01 December 2017)

This and mario odyssey should be with every switch owner or else sell your switch


RodrigoCard (on 01 December 2017)

So, 5,1 million in total, great!


Ganoncrotch (on 03 December 2017)

At retail alone that means it sold double the highest selling Zelda game on the Wii-U already (Wind Waker HD at 2m) Phenomenal.


Jranation (on 02 December 2017)

So over 50% attach rate?