Official Guinness World Records announced The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom has been recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the fastest selling Nintendo game of all time. The adventure action game sold 10 million copies in three days.
Released in 2009, New Super Mario Bros. for the Wii also earned that title – 1.4 million copies in 7 days and 10 million copies in its eighth week of release. It took Nintendo nine years to surpass that result. In 2018, a new record was set by Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, which sold just over 12 million copies in 24 days.
Less than five years later, the record was broken by a game in The Legend of Zelda series. On May 12, 2023, The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom was released on the Nintendo Switch as a top contender for Game of the Year. This is the sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, in which Link, along with Princess Zelda, must defeat Ganondorf before destroying the Kingdom of Hyrule.
The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom also broke another record, becoming the fastest-selling The Legend of Zelda game in its 37-year history. Before her, the title belonged to The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, which was released in 2011.