10 Video Games You Didn't Realise Secretly Bombed

10. The Legend Of Zelda: Skyward Sword

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You'd be right to assume that The Legend of Zelda franchise was effectively commercially bulletproof, with the series having sold an estimated 109 million units across the last 30+ years.

But there's one major outlier, and that's 2011's Skyward Sword, which is not only the worst-selling 3D Zelda game of all time with a mere 3.67 million units shifted, but it's also one of the worst-selling mainline Zeldas in the series' history.

Many likely presumed that it sold well by sheer virtue of being a critically acclaimed Zelda game, yet Skyward Sword's commercial prospects were dented severely by both Nintendo requiring players to purchase the MotionPlus peripheral to play it, and releasing the game at the tail-end of the Wii's life.

Despite the Wii having an install base of around 95 million in 2011, Skyward Sword's sales were eclipsed by The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild in just two months, despite releasing on the bomb that was the Wii U and the newly-launched Nintendo Switch simultaneously.


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