Check off another milestone for Nintendo — The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild has managed to score a new achievement in Japan. This week, Gematsu confirmed that the game has officially sold one million units in Japan, making it the first Legend of Zelda game to do so in nearly 20 years with Ocarina of Time.
A number of other websites and outlets have pointed out that while the series has always had strong numbers, it has failed to reach certain peaks, goals, and milestones over the past two decades and that interest in the series has shown a decline in Japan.
The success of the Nintendo Switch, and subsequently being a fresh Zelda title on a new console (a launch title, no less), has essentially reversed that trend and made this particular game a mainstay — much like Ocarina of Time and Link to the Past had done before it. It also shows that people are still interested in playing it, as this would indicate that people are still buying the game over a year after it was released. That’s not a bad feather to have in your Minish Cap. We won’t know the full details of how well it sold until their next quarterly earnings meeting in August, but right now, we can’t see Nintendo being displeased with the news.