Nintendo Sold More Zeldas On Switch Than Switch Consoles In March

by Joe Juba on Apr 13, 2017 at 08:05 PM

March was a big month for Switch, which moved so many units in its launch window that it became the fastest-selling console in Nintendo's history.  How do you top that kind of news? Maybe with the fact that Nintendo somehow sold even more Switch copies of its flagship game, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

On Switch alone, Zelda sold over 925,000 copies – which is amazing considering that the Switch itself sold about 906,000. In a press release, Nintendo attributes the numbers to "people who purchased both a limited edition of the game to collect and a second version to play."

On Wii U, Zelda sold almost 460,000 units, or roughly one-third of the game's approximate total of 1.3 million units. 

For more about Breath of the Wild, read our review or watch this video covering what you should know about the game. 


Our Take
People love Zelda. People get excited about new consoles. People like having great games to play on their brand new consoles. The formula for success can't be quite that simple, but Nintendo clearly tapped into something special with Breath of the Wild. I haven't even played it myself yet, but the enthusiasm for it in the Game Informer office is unavoidable – as it also appears to be outside the office.