The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, an open-world action-adventure game for Nintendo Switch, has only been available for a few days and is already enjoying its first successes. At least in UK retail.
According to portal GamesIndustry.bizTears of the Kingdom had the biggest launch in series history (by a wide margin), beating Breath of the Wild (2017) by more than 2.7x.
Tears of the Kingdom has already reached eighth place in franchise history in terms of regional sales and second in terms of total sales behind Ocarina of Time (1998), Twilight Princess (2006) and Breath of the Wild . The price increase to 70 dollars was not in vain.
The novelty wasn’t the biggest launch for the Nintendo Switch. At launch, the Pokémon Scarlet and Violet outsold 12%. However, in terms of sales, Tears of the Kingdom still set a record for console, outperforming Pokemon by 8%.
Compared to other recent releases, The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom had the biggest launch in 2023, surpassing previous record holder Hogwarts Legacy by 54%.
The popularity of The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom contributed to its return to the top 10 and Breath of the Wild. Its predecessor’s sales are up 31% compared to the previous week.
The top 10 UK retail charts from 7th to 13th May are as follows (last week’s result in brackets):
- The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom (new);
- Hogwarts Legacy (1);
- Star Wars Jedi: Survivor (2);
- FIFA 23 (5);
- Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (4);
- Dead Island 2 (3);
- Super Mario Odyssey (6);
- The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (19);
- Animal Crossing: New Horizons (11);
- Minecraft Legends (8).