Nintendo’s Latest Zelda Adventure, “The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom,” Sells Astounding 10 Million Copies in Just Three Days.
In a remarkable achievement, Nintendo has revealed that their highly anticipated addition to the Zelda franchise, “The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom,” has soared to new heights, selling an extraordinary 10 million copies within a mere three days of its release.
This extraordinary feat makes “Tears of the Kingdom” the fastest-selling Zelda game to date, surpassing the remarkable success of the critically acclaimed “The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.” For perspective, the legendary “Ocarina of Time,” which holds the highest rating on gaming-aggregator Metacritic, amassed a total of 7.4 million copies throughout its entire lifespan.
Exclusively available for the Nintendo Switch console, “Tears of the Kingdom” has already surpassed the sales of nearly every other installment in the Zelda series, trailing only behind its predecessor, “Breath of the Wild,” which captivated gamers worldwide. “Breath of the Wild,” released in 2017 for both the Switch and Wii U, achieved a staggering sales milestone of nearly 30 million units, according to the data provided by Statista.
The resounding success of “The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom” underscores the enduring popularity and unwavering fan base of the iconic Zelda franchise, as gamers eagerly immerse themselves in the captivating realms of Hyrule once again.
Elden Ring, the acclaimed winner of the 2022 Game Awards, has achieved remarkable sales, reaching an impressive estimated total of 20.5 million units as of March 2023. Developed by the creators of the renowned Dark Souls series, this captivating fantasy game has enjoyed multi-platform success, spanning across PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, and PC.
In addition, “Tears of the Kingdom” has emerged as the UK’s most prominent physical video game launch of 2023, surpassing even Hogwarts Legacy in terms of physical copies sold, according to GamesIndustry.biz. The enchanting world of Zelda has captivated gamers, with Tears of the Kingdom selling twice as many physical copies, solidifying its position as a major hit.
Piers Harding-Rolls, an expert from Ampere Analysis, shared insights , stating, “The extraordinary initial sales of the latest Zelda installment position it among the largest commercially successful games ever released. With estimated gross sales exceeding $600 million [£480 million], this title rivals some of the most outstanding launches, albeit falling slightly short of the absolute highest records.”
Harding-Rolls continued, “For instance, Grand Theft Auto V achieved over $1 billion in sales during its three-day launch period. Zelda has always been an adored franchise for Nintendo fans, but the triumph of the Switch console and the franchise’s evolution into an open-world experience have truly transformed its allure.” The enduring popularity of Zelda, combined with the innovation of an expansive open-world concept, has undoubtedly contributed to the game’s remarkable success.