Nintendo’s got quite the challenge on its hands when it releases The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, the latest offering of the classic fantasy series. According to statements made by Shigeru Miyamoto at a recent investor question and answer session, Breath of the Wild sales will need to be around two million copies just to break even.
According to Mr. Miyamoto, however, that’s not as bad as it sounds. Most of the costs of the game are going to be covered by selling bulk shipments to distributors and gaming stores, so the amount of actual fans that will need to buy the game is diminished.
Even so, with the amount of buzz that Breath of the Wild has gotten, plus the buzz around the Nintendo Switch, personally I don’t think Nintendo will have much trouble selling over two million copies.
The last major Legend of Zelda game, The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, sold half again as many copies worldwide during its release period, and considering that this is the first Legend of Zelda game to come out in five years, there’s likely a lot of buzz for it already.
Breath of the Wild sales will also not be crippled by being reliant on one console, since the game is supposed to be releasing both as a launch title for the Nintendo Switch, and be a game for the Wii U. With both of these consoles, plus the fairly good sales of the HD re-release of The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, hopefully enough interest has been rekindled in The Legend of Zelda to get a lot of recognition.
Considering the open-world gameplay we’ll be getting, and the numerous extended previews of the game that have been at E3 and a variety of other gaming events, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will hopefully be an unqualified success for Nintendo.