The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom came into the year with sky-high expectations in terms of both critical reception and commercial success. Following the 2017 game-of-the-year-winning Breath of the Wild, which sold approximately 30 million copies, as well as the many prior The Legend of Zelda classics dating back to the series’ inception in 1986, Tears of the Kingdom was arguably the most highly anticipated game in an extremely competitive slate of 2023 releases.
However, based on recently released data, Tears of the Kingdom has not only lived up to the hype but surpassed it, as the game has officially become the fastest-selling title in the history of The Legend of Zelda franchise. Let’s analyze TOTK’s impressive sales numbers as we break down the commercial performance of the new Nintendo Switch exclusive.
How Many Copies Has The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom (TOTK) Sold So Far?
According to a tweet from the official Nintendo of America Twitter account, on May 17, 2023, Tears of the Kingdom has sold a colossal 10 million copies in merely three days. The full statement says:
“The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom has sold over 10 million copies worldwide in its first three days, becoming the fastest-selling game in the history of the Legend of Zelda series. Thanks to those already enjoying Link’s latest adventure!”
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While it is certainly unsurprising that the latest title in the beloved franchise is selling millions of copies, the sheer sales volume in such a short amount of time is undeniably shocking, even for The Legend of Zelda series.
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Tears of the Kingdom is likely going to continue breaking franchise records, as the game hasn’t even been out for a week as of this writing.
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