Breath of the Wild in UK
Since the launch of Nintendo Switch, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild was one of the biggest sellers in the system. In the UK, the game was the fourth best-selling game on the platform, but is now dethroned by a highly unlikely game: Minecraft. According to Christopher Dring of GamesIndustry.biz, boxed sales for Minecraft have now exceeded Breath of the wild, and quickly approach Super Mario Odyssey. If he manages to overtake Odyssey, it will become the third best-selling game on the system, behind Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and Animal crossing: new horizons.
Dring’s Tweet can be found embedded below.
Funny little thing, Minecraft on Switch has overtaken Breath of the Wild in the UK (boxed sales), and is getting closer to Odyssey. When it defeats Mario, it will be the No.3 Switch game in the UK overall (behind Mario Kart and Animal Crossing).
– Christopher Dring (@Chris_Dring) November 28, 2021
These sales figures only take into account physical units and not digital downloads. Unfortunately we don’t know how Minecraft and Breath of the wild stack up in this regard, although it’s hard to imagine that there would be a big difference. Given the popularity Minecraft is on Switch, it makes even more sense that Nintendo would choose to put Steve and Alex in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate!
It is worth noting that Minecraft is the best-selling overall video game of all time, but its success on Switch is a testament to the game’s performance after all these years. It also indicates how well the games are selling specifically on the system. According to recent figures from VGChartz, the Switch platform is only 6.92 million units above lifetime sales of the Nintendo Wii. One of the main differences between the Switch and the Wii, however, is the fact that so many games sell well on the Nintendo platform. In the days of the Wii, very few games managed to find success outside of those that appealed to the most casual gamer. In the Switch era, it seems like every good game has a chance to sell well, no matter how long it’s available on other platforms. As Switch approaches its sixth year in the market, it will be interesting to see how long this trend could continue!
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