The top 5 best-selling Zelda games ever in the U.S. include a weird entry

Best-selling Zelda | Link's Crossbow Training

To nobody’s surprise, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild currently holds the title of best-selling Zelda game. This happened some time ago for good reason. The game shakes up the very foundation of a modern Zelda formula and gives the player free range to do whatever they want. But what about the other best-selling¬†Zelda games in the United States?

Link’s Crossbow Training is a… classic?

Mat Piscatella, an analyst for the NPD group, has revealed the top five best-selling Zelda games for the U.S. Some expected fan favorites top of this list, but there’s one game in there that might surprise you: Link’s Crossbow Training at No. 5.

The game mainly existed to push the Wii Zapper peripheral, which it came bundled with, so this information actually makes sense. I can’t say I’ve ever played Link’s Crossbow Training, but I’m sure it must be fun.

Above that we have Majora’s Mask, which has a diehard fanbase. Despite being a black sheep among the rest of the games, Majora’s Mask still captivates new players to this day. Meanwhile, Ocarina of Time is sitting snugly in third place. The game revolutionized 3D action games for life, introducing lock-on systems and an overworld with a day/night cycle.

Coming in second is Ocarina of Time 2.0 — er, Twilight Princess. This game’s success is largely due to its darker story, large overworld, use of well-established Zelda formula, and the fact that it released for two consoles, being a Wii launch title.

Lastly, Breath of the Wild continues to be No. 1. It’s hard to imagine a Zelda¬†game that will surpass its critical reception, popularity, and sales figures. Maybe its sequel will give Breath of the Wild a run for its money.

What do you guys think of these NPD sales results? Did you expect a certain game to be higher or lower on the list? Let us know what you think in the comments below!


Adam Sherrill
I love all kinds of video games. I personally find the most enjoyment in JRPGs, Visual Novels, and pretty much anything Nintendo makes. I'm always open to discovering new types of games, so I'll be happy to check out anything someone suggests.