Breath Of The Wild Is Officially The Best-Selling Zelda Game Of All Time (Sort Of)

The Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild is officially the best-selling Zelda game of all time, unless you count remasters, re-releases, and ports.

According to Nintendo, The Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild has sold just about 10 million units worldwide - that's 8.48 million on the Switch, and 1.5 million on Wii U - making it the best-selling Zelda game of all time.

Of course, this comes with quite a few caveats.

For one, Nintendo is counting two versions of the game as one for the purposes of sales. Sure, that's not uncommon - it's typical for publishers to look at sales across multiple contemporary video game consoles altogether. However, Nintendo is curiously leaving out the many remasters, re-releases, and Virtual Console ports of the previous games in their calculation.

The Legend Of Zelda: Twilight Princess was previously the reigning top-selling Zelda game, given that it sold almost 9 million copies between the Gamecube and Wii versions. While the HD remake of that game for the Wii U did not sell nearly as well, it's possible that combining that with the original game's sales would put it at or near the top.

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Then there is the critical darling Ocarina Of Time. That game sold 7.6 million units on the Nintendo 64, and was re-released for the 3DS to the tune of 4 million sales. That alone brings OoT to the top, but if we count Virtual Console (which we don't have accurate stats for), it's probably much higher even than that.

Still, we can't ignore just how well The Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild has done. While its sales are probably over for the Wii U version, the Switch version will no doubt continue to sell well as new players come to the system to try out what many critics called their game of the year for 2017.

Are any of you reading not yet Switch owners, but thinking of picking one up? Will Breath Of The Wild be your first purchase - or are you more of a Super Mario Odyssey fan?

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