There’s little doubt The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild has boosted Nintendo Switch sales. It turns out The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild has also helped increase the number of Wii U sales, at least at GameStop.
In a recent interview with Game Rant, GameStop senior director of merchandising, Eric Bright, revealed the latest Zelda title has reinvigorated sales of pre-owned Wii U consoles. Bright said:
“With The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild coming out, we’re seeing great results in our pre-owned Wii U sales. We’re selling a lot of pre-owned Wii U consoles along with brand new Wii U copies of Zelda. 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.”
It’s likely another factor in the increased pre-owned Wii U sales is the limited availability of the Nintendo Switch. The new Nintendo console is in high demand and only a handful of units were available at launch earlier this month. Fortunately, new consoles are on the way for GameStop and other retailers, and Nintendo has doubled production to meet demand for the Nintendo Switch.
As for the quality of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Bright didn’t hold back on his feelings about the game. Along with calling the title one of the best games in the past decade, Bright recommended any gamer with the ability to play the game do so. Bright said:
“Nintendo is really zeroed in on provide high quality games, with Zelda being one of the most highly-rated games we’ve seen a while. It’s pretty much near perfect. If you haven’t played it, you should. It’s unbelievable that they were able to package this much in a game, and make it portable thanks to the Switch. Just an amazing game.”
Bright also recently revealed that the Nintendo Switch could potentially outperform the Wii in terms of sales. Games like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and others could help the newest Nintendo console reach that lofty goal. For now, analysts predict the Nintendo Switch will reach around 40 million units sold in the next five years, which isn’t even half the total sales of the Wii, which is just over 100 million sales. However, if Nintendo can deliver strong titles like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, along with high-quality accessories, it’s quite possible the Nintendo Switch will surpass the Wii in its success.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is currently available for Nintendo Switch and Wii U.