You don’t need to be a top gaming industry analyst to know that Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom probably made Nintendo a mountain of money, selling 10 million copies just three days after launch. Other than that one revelation, Tears of the Kingdom’s total sales figures are a bit of a mystery at the moment, but we do know that its physical sales are outpacing those of the other big 2023 releases alone.
According to the latest data from Circana (thanks to IGN), Tears of the Kingdom took second place on the list of best-selling books of 2023 shortly after its launch, behind only Hogwarts Legacy. But what makes this feat even more impressive is that Nintendo only releases sales data for its physical games, meaning that Tears of the Kingdom’s physical sales alone are higher than most of the digital and physical sales of all major releases in 2023 combined .
This means that Tears of the Kingdom has already outsold the likes of Resident Evil 4 Remake, Star Wars Jedi: Survivor, Dead Space Remake, Dead Island 2, Street Fighter 6 and many, many others. With physical copies making up a pretty low percentage of a game’s total sales these days, it’s safe to assume that Tears of the Kingdom is well out of reach for any other big title coming out this year, and probably still is climbing.
Granted, we still have half of 2023 to go, with huge titles like Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 and Super Mario Bros. Wonder, aren’t out yet, though they may struggle to match Tears of the Kingdom’s smash hit. We also have games that don’t have release dates yet, such as the upcoming Call of Duty and EA Sports FC (formerly FIFA), which usually dominate the sales charts when they launch. Starfield is another title to keep an eye on, though we’d expect most of those playing it to grab it via Xbox Game Pass rather than buy it at launch.
At the very least, Tears of the Kingdom looks set to become the best-selling Zelda game ever, having managed to take third place in the UK earlier this month on physical sales alone. Twilight Princess and Breath of the Wild are the only games that Tears of the Kingdom has to beat, and it’s hard to imagine that it won’t overtake both of them when it’s on the market for a few more years.
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