Such Skyward Sword hate in here.
I agree that it wasnâ€™t the best 3D Zelda entry, but it was good for what it was, and it had great dungeons. Itâ€™s not even my least favorite 3D Zelda. I agree it canâ€™t come close to Breath of the Wild though.
However, the low sales performance does make me worry a bit. Because Linkâ€™s Awakening, a game also held in much higher esteem than Skyward Sword, especially as a remake, also didnâ€™t light up the sales charts or had endless legs like Breath of the Wild has. And to top it off Age of Calamity performed much better than the original Hyrule Warriorsâ€™s Switch version (while that one was much better if you asked me). So the other Zelda games merely performed like the series did before Breath of the Wild did even though they released after.
Iâ€™m afraid Breath of the Wild in actuality didnâ€™t make many new â€œZelda fansâ€, it only made â€œBreath of the Wild fansâ€. Meaning the yet unnamed sequel will get good sales because itâ€™s tied to its predecessor, but a potential Zelda after that on a new system with a new Link and Zelda and a new story and setting and a different look will crash back down to the 5-8M sales the games had in the past.
I don't think that's the case. I do think that some people will not become 'Zelda' fans, but a significant portion will. The sales of Links Awakening were on par with the original release which shows that demand for Zelda is high. Skyward Sword has a lot going against it. It is the Zelda that differs the most in the amount of freedom. It was never that well received in the mainstream, was not improved a lot and had almost no marketing, at least where I live. Still it already outsold the original by a bit.
Even the game after the BOTW successor will be heavily influenced by BOTW so BOTW fans will find something to love in all coming games. 10 Million LT for new mainline Zelda games are a given at that point imo which is more than all games before BOTW sold.