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Nintendo announced today that Tears of the Kingdom sold 10 million copies within the first three days of its launch. This makes it, according to the company, the fastest-selling title in The Legend of Zelda series.
Devon Pritchard, Nintendo’s EVP of sales, marketing and communication, said in a statement, “We’re grateful for all of our fans who’ve shown their passion for The Legend of Zelda over the years, and these sales numbers for the latest installment continue to show the strong momentum for both the franchise and Nintendo Switch this year.”
Market analysis company GfK revealed earlier this week that Tears of the Kingdom had the biggest physical release of any game in the UK in 2023, and the second-biggest launch in UK history by revenue. Link’s latest adventure looks poised to break several more records within the next several months.
Nintendo revealed in its most recent financial earnings that the Switch’s sales are dropping off. In its explanatory notes, Nintendo said, “Nintendo Switch has entered its seventh year since launch, and while it will become more challenging to maintain the same sales momentum as before, our goal is to have more consumers continue to play Nintendo Switch for longer, leading to maximized sales. We aim to achieve this by maintaining high user engagement and conveying the appeal of not only new software titles but also titles released in previous years.”
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Tears of the Kingdom is one of the “new software titles” named in the financial outlook. Its sales numbers appear poised to fulfill the promise of the aforementioned maximized sales.
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