It seems players were just dying to return to Hyrule. Nintendo revealed that The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom sold 10 million copies in three days. It’s now the fastest-selling game in franchise history, not to mention it’s already sold a third of the number of copies sold breath of the wild have done for the past six years.
In a press release to business wireDevon Pritchard, Executive Vice President of Sales, Marketing and Communications for Nintendo of America said:
Many players are returning to Hyrule with all its new mysteries and possibilities and the record-breaking launch of The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom For Nintendo Switch, we can’t wait to see what they create in-game and what stories they tell next.
Devon Pritchard, Nintendo
It’s a truly stunning result, not because Zelda wasn’t popular, but because it’s exploded in popularity.
If you take a closer look at the statistics, four million copies were sold in America alone and about 2.4 million copies in Japan. The remaining 3 million+ were spread all over the world, although it’s safe to say that’s the case in pretty much every country zelda I’ve got a fever right now. With an MSRP of $69.99, Tears of the Kingdom will also likely become the most profitable title in the series, even if it can’t keep up Breath of the Wild lifetime sales.
It’s far too early to even speculate on what might come next, but now we know for sure that Nintendo won’t be ditching that open-world style for the franchise anytime soon. Series producer Eiji Aonuma stated in a recent Interviewed by Game Informer that it would continue to evolve in this style for the foreseeable future. It’s not difficult to understand why. If you can move 10 million copies in a single weekend, why give it up?