‘The Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild’ Must Sell 2 Million Worldwide To Turn A Profit, Says Miyamoto

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'Legend of Zelda' for Wii U. (c) Nintendo

Nintendo’s shareholders meeting on Tuesday shed some light onto the company’s plans moving forward with the Wii U and the NX. During this meeting, Shigeru Miyamoto commented on rising development times and costs, using the next Zelda game as an example.

According to the Twitter user Cheesemeister, who was in attendance, Miyamoto spoke about the production crew and the time it is taking to create The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

“ Breath of the Wild has over 100 staff, and over 300 people in the credits, spending over five years,” Miyamoto said. “Our current efforts will be helpful in the next production. The costs will be recovered by selling in large volumes, passing two million sales. A game is a hit in the domestic market if it reaches 300k sales, but we’re targeting worldwide sales. Reviews on the internet get around. Details get pointed out, so our staff is working more than is required.”

For reference, the only Wii U titles that have sold over 2 million copies worldwide (as of Dec. 31 2015) are the following:

  1. Mario Kart 8 -- 7.24 million

  2. New Super Mario Bros. U -- 5.08 million

  3. Nintendo Land -- 5.02 million

  4. Super Mario 3D World -- 4.63 million

  5. Super Smash Bros . -- 4.61 million

  6. Splatoon -- 4.06 million

  7. Super Mario Maker -- 3.34 million

  8. New Super Luigi U -- 2.42 million

The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD sold just 1.69 million copies since its release in September 2013, so it doesn’t set a great precedent for Zelda games on the Wii U, but Breath of the Wild is Nintendo’s next big game. Breath of the Wild is set to bring the Wii U era to a close and usher in the NX in 2017, which is why Nintendo only brought this title to E3 2016, to get as many people playing and talking about the game as possible.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is set to release in 2017.

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