The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is the highest-selling Zelda game in the United States. Released in 2017, Breath of the Wild instantly became one of Nintendo's most popular titles, and a sequel to it is currently in development.
Games like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild don't come around too often. Link's adventure across Hyrule gave players a true open-world experience. Many claim Breath of the Wild has the best open world of any video game. Players have spent countless hours roaming the vast fields of Hyrule to discover all of its secrets. In fact, according to a survey posted in March, players have spent more hours playing Breath of the Wild than any other Nintendo Switch title. Meanwhile, in Japan, the game remained a top 20 seller for two years. Its sales have been phenomenal in the U.S. as well.
According to Matt Piscatella of The NPD Group, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild has surpassed Twilight Princess as the best-selling Zelda title in the U.S. Interestingly, the number five spot is Link's Crossbow Training, somehow passing The Wind Waker and Skyward Sword.
Not sure how I missed it, but The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild became the best-selling Zelda game some time ago. Here are the top 5 best-selling Zelda property games in the U.S. life to date. pic.twitter.com/FBVozDoPxB— Mat Piscatella (@MatPiscatella) August 16, 2019
Breath of the Wild taking the number one spot is impressive, but what's even more monumental is that the Nintendo Switch version of the game would alone take the spot. According to a later tweet by Piscatella, Breath of the Wild for Switch would still be number one if the Wii U version was excluded. However, if it was just the Wii U version, the game would not even break into the top 10. This further shows how poor the Wii U sold, and that far more consumers own a Nintendo Switch.
One question many are likely asking is if Breath of the Wild's sequel can surpass its predecessor in sales. On the surface, it seems like it should. Almost everyone who bought Breath of the Wild enjoyed the game and would likely return for the sequel. However, as we see in the above chart, Majora's Mask did not exceed Ocarina of Time's sales, despite being a sequel to a game that was universally loved. Circumstances were a bit different to be fair. Majora's Mask released near the end of the Nintendo 64's lifespan, while Breath of the Wild's sequel is probably releasing more toward the middle of the Switch's lifespan. Time will tell, but either way, Zelda fans have something to look forward to.