It’s no secret that Playstation’s new IP has taken the world by storm. It features a strong, female protagonist in a world filled with robot dinosaurs. It features a compelling, oscar winning story. And it outsold Zelda on day one.
Outselling Zelda in particular is a feat. Zelda is one of Nintendo’s very few IPs that Nintendo constantly supports with new releases, while fan favorites like Metroid, F-Zero, and Earthbound are left to rot. BOTW was meant to revitalize interest in the brand, but instead, it was outperformed by a new IP featuring a female protagonist on day one.
This is not the first time that Playstation has outsold one of Nintendo’s biggest brands. Knack, a PS4 launch title, vastly outperformed the Wii U exclusive Super Mario 3D World. It did so well, in fact, it is well on it’s way to getting a sequel. Just as Horizon outsold Zelda.
It really goes to show that the interest in gaming has shifted from these stale Nintendo properties to new and fresh ideas from up and coming developers. People don’t want to buy endless Mario games or Zelda games. What they want is the cutting edge titles for the best selling console in the world, the PS4. Horizon Zero Dawn outselling Zelda is not at all unusual, and is, in fact, to be expected. Sony always wins, baby.