Breath of the Wild has indeed been a breath of fresh air for the game industry as much as for Nintendo. Probably the best Nintendo launch title since N64 and one of the best launch titles ever, it has certainly done wonders for the Switch sales and our Zelda guides list. Surprisingly, it has also done very well for the ailing Wii U.
As GameStop reports, the sales for Wii U, specifically pre-owned Wii U have skyrocketed, alongside Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Senior director of merchandising at GameStop, Eric Bright, also said that “Breath of the Wild has reinvigorated sales of the Wii U with Nintendo Switch being sold out at so many retailers. The Switch launching and Zelda launching completely racked up the Wii U market”.
Switch sales are running strong and the console is even sold-out in some shops and areas, and Bright thinks this could be one of the reasons that Wii U sales are soaring again. People are trying to get their hands on Nintendo Switch, however, sometimes it is not available so they go for the next best thing. Analysts predict that Nintendo Switch might reach around 40 million units.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild has certainly done wonderfully, both with critics and the players. The game is huge and contains a great variety of areas, so much so that almost all previous titles are referenced in some landmark or other. This has gotten a large number of people discussing theories of the Zelda timeline and the Breath of the Wild being a kind of a hub, joining all the existing Zelda games and timelines together.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is out on Nintendo Wii U and Switch.