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Snipperclips opens as the Switch’s number 1 digital game, Zelda not even in the top 5

The Nintendo eShop updated its top-selling games category for this first time today, and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild failed to even chart in the top five! This might come as a shock considering how widely praised the game has turned out to be, but its fellow Nintendo-published launch title Snipperclips has stolen the iron throne as the best-selling eShop game since launch.

Over the last two weeks, the remaining best sellers are rounded out by indie hits Snake Pass, Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove, Fast RMX, Has-Been Heroes and The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth+.

All about size and the return to cartridges

There are plenty of reasons who Zelda would not open on top of the Nintendo Switches charts. For one, Snipperclips has been a very well received game as well, and positive word of mouth no doubt has spread throughout the fanbase.

As for the dominance of indie games, storage space is definitely a key to their success. The Nintendo Switch’s storage space, or lack thereof, isn’t that large and can only really handle smaller games that don’t add up to more than a GB of space. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild takes up a whopping 13.4 GB, meaning that it makes more sense just to pick up a physical edition.

And that’s also one disadvantage that Zelda has on the eShop. A physical edition exists, and Nintendo fans and Zelda fans still heavily operate with a collector’s mentality. They want physical products as long as Nintendo is making them, and I guaranteed this decision between physical and digital ownership led to a cartridge for a good many buyers.

Doesn’t matter. Zelda doesn’t need exposure, not with an attachment rate of nearly 1:1. Snipperclips and all of these great indie games do need exposure. Hopefully, their success gets the word out on them.


Ron Duwell

Ron has been living it up in Japan for the last decade, and he has no intention of leaving this technical wonderland any time soon. When he's not...