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The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom has topped 18.5 million sales

Nintendo says the title has made a "good start."

Chris Kerr, News Editor

August 3, 2023

1 Min Read
Key artwork for Tears of the Kingdom showing link crouched on a ledge

The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom topped 18.5 million sales in under two months.

As highlighted in Nintendo's latest fiscal report, the long-awaited sequel to Breath of the Wild had sold 18.51 million units as of June 30, 2023.

The sprawling open-world adventure only launched on May 12, 2023, meaning it managed to hit that milestone in roughly six weeks. For added context, the title initially topped 10 million sales in three days.

Commenting on the news, Nintendo said Tears of the Kingdom has made a "good start."

Tears of the Kingdom's good sales start

Tears of the Kingdom is how the ninth best-selling Nintendo Switch title of all time, breaking into the top ten ahead of New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe, which has sold 16.17 million units to date.

Breath of the Wild is currently the fourth best-selling Switch release with 30.65 million sales, but it's had a significant head start given it launched alongside the original Switch back in March 2017.

You can find out what the Game Developer team made of Tears of the Kingdom at launch by checking out our editor roundtable.

About the Author(s)

Chris Kerr

News Editor, GameDeveloper.com

Game Developer news editor Chris Kerr is an award-winning journalist and reporter with over a decade of experience in the game industry. His byline has appeared in notable print and digital publications including Edge, Stuff, Wireframe, International Business Times, and PocketGamer.biz. Throughout his career, Chris has covered major industry events including GDC, PAX Australia, Gamescom, Paris Games Week, and Develop Brighton. He has featured on the judging panel at The Develop Star Awards on multiple occasions and appeared on BBC Radio 5 Live to discuss breaking news.

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