The Legend of Zelda is one of the most prolific franchises in gaming. It’s been around since 1986, and has seen many mainline entries and spin-offs since then. To this day, Zelda remains one of gaming’s most revered IP. With the many iterations there have been, let’s look back at which Zelda games have sold the most units in the series’ history.
Last updated on August 3, 2023 at 6:22 a.m. PT.
The best-selling Zelda games of all time
These are the best-selling games in The Legend of Zelda franchise as of 2023.
|Title||Release date||Platform||Copies sold|
|Breath of the Wild||March 3, 2017||Switch/WiiU||30.7 million|
|Tears of the Kingdom||May 12, 2023||Switch||18.5 million|
|Twilight Princess||November 19, 2006||Wii/GameCube/WiiU||8.6 million|
|Ocarina of Time||November 21, 1998||Nintendo 64/GameCube||7.6 million|
|The Legend of Zelda||February 21, 1986||Famicom/NES/Game Boy Advance/GameCube||6.5 million|
|Ocarina of Time 3D||June 16, 2011||3DS||6 million|
|A Link to the Past||April 13, 1992||SNES||6.5 million|
|Phantom Hourglass||June 23, 2007||DS/WiiU||4.7 million|
|The Wind Waker||March 24, 2003||GameCube||4.6 million|
|The Adventure of Link||December 1, 1988||Famicom, NES||4.3 million|
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild sits comfortably as the best-selling Zelda game of all time, breaking Twilight Princess' previously held record by over 20 million. Its sequel, Tears of the Kingdom, managed to sell 10 million copies in less than a week after its launch, easily surpassing the sales numbers of Twilight Princess and bumping A Link Between Worlds out of the top 10.
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Would not have guessed Twilight Princess outsold Ocarina of Time
More Wii's sold compared to N64's, I bet?
that would make sense, I always think of it as a gamecube game I suppose
You have BOTW under switch/wii instead of switch/wiiu