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.