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The Legend of Zelda
The Legend of Zelda:
Zelda Wii U
Walkthrough
Overview

The following are various sales data for The Legend of Zelda franchise.  Every effort was made to consult NPD, Media Crate and Chart Track, as well as Nintendo’s own financial reports.  Some interviews were also also utilized.  However, some portions of the data are based on incomplete reports and speculation – which is clearly noted in a section below.  The report is in two parts – publicly official data, and data based on official sources and speculation based on the best possible information available at the time.


Official Sales Data
Zelda Series 57.34M

Individual All Time
7.60 – Ocarina of Time
6.51 – The Legend of Zelda
4.77 – Twilight Princess (Wii)
4.61 – A Link to the Past (SNES)
4.55 – The Wind Waker
4.38 – The Adventure of Link
4.27 – Phantom Hourglass
4.00 – Oracle of Seasons/Oracle of Ages
3.83 – Link’s Awakening
3.36 – Majora’s Mask
2.22 – Link’s Awakening DX
2.14 – Link’s Crossbow Training
1.90 – A Link to the Past/Four Swords
1.56 – Twilight Princess (GCN)
1.34 – The Minish Cap
0.30 – Four Swords Adventures

Combined Title Sales
7.60 – Ocarina of Time
6.51 – The Legend of Zelda
6.51 – A Link to the Past
6.33 – Twilight Princess
6.05 – Link’s Awakening
4.55 – The Wind Waker
4.38 – The Adventure of Link
4.27 – Phantom Hourglass
3.36 – Majora’s Mask
2.14 – Link’s Crossbow Training
1.90 – Four Swords
1.34 – The Minish Cap
0.30 – Four Swords Adventures

Notes:
- GBA re-release of The Legend of Zelda and The Adventure of Link not factored due to no sales data available, but it’s hard to imagine worldwide they broke more than a few hundred thousand, so probably around 200,000 at most each, or a .2 bump.
- Ocarina of Time/Master Quest data is sort of available.  The Wind Waker had 600,000 pre-orders roughly, and each of those came with the game in North America.  Europe had a similar thing with a collector’s edition version.  All Japanese versions of The Wind Waker came with the Ocarina of Time/Master Quest bonus. Thus, Master Quest probably sold around 2 million copies, and Ocarina of Time’s data should be increased by 2 million.
- Virtual Console data in North America as of September 2008 shows 100,509 downloads of The Legend of Zelda and 97,498 downloads of Ocarina of Time.  Factoring in Japan and Europe, both titles should receive a bump of no more than .2.  A Link to the Past and The Adventure of Link have roughly 100,000 downloads worldwide, and should be bumped .1.
- There is no accurate data on the Zelda: Collector’s Edition since it was available via a GCN bundle as well as a Nintendo Power subscription promotion.  However, worldwide, it is hard to believe the promotional game moved more than 100,000 copies, so each title in that bundle (The Legend of Zelda, The Adventure of Link, Ocarina of Time, Majora’s Mask) should receive a .1 bump.
- Animal Crossing (GCN) sales do not count towards The Legend of Zelda sales as it was just an unlockable feature that was optional.

If you factor in the above data, here are the new estimated charts…

Unofficial Sales Data
Zelda Series 60.74M

Individual All Time
7.60 – Ocarina of Time
6.51 – The Legend of Zelda
4.77 – Twilight Princess (Wii)
4.61 – A Link to the Past (SNES)
4.55 – The Wind Waker
4.38 – The Adventure of Link
4.27 – Phantom Hourglass
4.00 – Oracle of Seasons/Ages
3.83 – Link’s Awakening
3.36 – Majora’s Mask
2.22 – Link’s Awakening DX
2.14 – Link’s Crossbow Training
2.00 – Ocarina of Time/Master Quest
1.90 – A Link to the Past/Four Swords
1.56 – Twilight Princess (GCN)
1.34 – The Minish Cap
0.30 – Four Swords Adventures
0.20 – The Legend of Zelda (GBA)
0.20 – The Legend of Zelda (VCON)
0.20 – The Adventure of Link (GBA)
0.20 – Ocarina of Time (VCON)
0.10 – A Link to the Past (VCON)
0.10 – The Adventure of Link (VCON)
0.10 – The Adventure of Link (CE GCN)
0.10 – The Legend of Zelda (CE GCN)
0.10 – Ocarina of Time (CE GCN)
0.10 – Majora’s Mask (CE GCN)

Combined Title Sales
9.90 – Ocarina of Time
7.01 – The Legend of Zelda
6.61 – A Link to the Past
6.33 – Twilight Princess
6.05 – Link’s Awakening
4.55 – The Wind Waker
4.78 – The Adventure of Link
4.27 – Phantom Hourglass
3.46 – Majora’s Mask
2.14 – Link’s Crossbow Training
2.00 – Master Quest
1.90 – Four Swords
1.34 – The Minish Cap
0.30 – Four Swords Adventures

Officially, the Zelda series is still 10th in terms of best selling franchises at around 57M, right ahead of the Tom Clancy series.  Even with the unofficial sales data, the series would still be at 10 with 61M, trailing the FIFA series. Twilight Princess also has a real shot at become the second best-selling Zelda title of all time, which is saying something for a game both Miyamoto and Aonuma deemed a financial letdown in their home country of Japan.

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