No one doubted that The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom would become a hit and sell very well. The only question was how well. Well, Nintendo has an answer: in the first three days, the latest Zelda sold more than 10 million copies.
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As a result, Tears of the Kingdom is not only selling faster than any other The Legend of Zelda part in history, but also outselling any other Nintendo Switch game — and currently outselling all other Nintendo games across all of the company’s platforms in the US.
Separately, it’s notable that 10 million copies in just the first three days of sales are a lot even for multi-platform projects, while The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom is only available on Switch. Moreover, it is the first platform game whose cost in the USA is $70.
As you can see, all this did not become an obstacle for it, and Tears of the Kingdom has already sold a third of the circulation of Breath of the Wild – the total circulation of the previous part to date is 30 million. For comparison with other exclusives: God of War: Ragnarok sold 11 million copies in the first three months, and Horizon Forbidden West – “only” 8.3 million per year. Multi-platform hits sell much better but can also lose to the new Zelda: Hogwarts Legacy sold 15 million copies in the first month, and Elden Ring – 13 million in the first 5 weeks.
Separately, I would like to draw the attention of other publishers that The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom achieved such an impressive result without any combat passes, paid seasons, and online services. It turns out that it is also possible.