The upcoming adventure title The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild looks like it may be one of Nintendos most ambitious projects in a long while and that kind of commitment is never cheap.
In fact, now we know from a statement made by Shigeru Miyamoto at a shareholder meeting (as translated by Cheesemeister on Twitter) that the company needs to sell 2 million units of the game to make their money back.
"The costs [of production] will be recovered by selling in large volumes, passing 2 million sales. A game is a hit in the domestic market if it reaches 300k sales, but we're targeting worldwide sales."
It's not a massive gamble on the part of Nintendo as it is hard to imagine Breath of the Wild not selling a couple of million units even on Wii U.