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S.Peelman said:

I guess we'll just have to wait and see. Wait for about a decade until after the main Zelda after the BotW sequel has released and settled but whatever.
I agree that it will all depend on what kind of trajectory Nintendo takes the series in the future. If newer games are all offsprings of BotW like how MM to SS were Ocarina of Time-style games, or if they'll revert more towards the older gameplay style. I'm just saying, I'm not hammering down 15+ or 20+ million sales for every new entry in the series just yet.

And you shouldn't, because Nintendo has shown enough times that they don't make games based on rational business sense.

Not even Breath of the Wild 2 is a safe bet for 15m+ yet. We still have to see its overworld, because up till now the trailers have focused on floating islands in the sky. There shouldn't be any doubt that the overworld and the ways it can be interacted with is the key to Breath of the Wild's huge success, so if for whatever reason Nintendo decides to limit that aspect, BotW2's sales have a good chance to be disappointing, to the point that the original game will keep selling at a higher rate than the new game despite being six years older.

Legend11 correctly predicted that GTA IV (360+PS3) would outsell SSBB. I was wrong.

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