How became known from a recent Nintendo document, as of December 31, 2023, retail and digital sales of the action-adventure The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom reached 20.28 million copies.
For comparison: the American and British gaming bestseller in the form of the fantasy role-playing action game Hogwarts Legacy, by the end of 2023, managed to fly around the world in excess of 22 million copies.
According to the president of Warner Bros. Games by David Haddad, the result achieved made Hogwarts Legacy “best selling game of the year in the industry worldwide”.
Hogwarts Legacy took the lead in sales in the US, and Tears of the Kingdom finished the year in fifth place without taking into account the “digits”. The overall result of “Zelda” around the world could theoretically surpass that of its competitor, but this did not happen.
It’s worth noting that Hogwarts Legacy was released in February 2023, while The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom debuted three months later and exclusively on Nintendo Switch.
Despite the loss of Hogwarts Legacy at the end of 2023, the result shown by The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom has already allowed it to break into the top ten best-selling games in the history of Nintendo’s hybrid console.