Turns out that few things can get in between Nintendo fans and their copy of the new Zelda game – not even owning a console to play it on.
Nintendo revealed that in the month of March the Nintendo Switch became the fastest selling console in company history. That is an achievement all on its own, no doubt fueled by the inescapable hype behind The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. In fact, the only thing that beat out the 906,000 units the Switch moved is the number of copies of Breath of the Wild sold on the console, rounding in at 925,000, according to Game Informer. That leaves just under 20,000 Zelda games without a console to call their own.
Maybe it can be attributed to people being unable to buy a Switch due to shortages and taking the game home to fantasize on how cool it will be. Maybe there are kids who are hogging their copy for themselves and the little brother has to buy their own copy. Maybe some people didn’t know it wouldn’t play on their Wii U. Regardless of the reasoning, the numbers are hard to ignore.
Meanwhile on the Wii U, Breath of the Wild sold over 400,000 copies, representing close to a third of the 1.3 million copies sold worldwide.
In case it wasn’t clear, this game is so good you should just buy it even if you don’t have the means to play it.