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The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom Sells Nearly 500,000 at Retail in France

The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom Sells Nearly 500,000 at Retail in France - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 15 May 2023 / 6,563 Views

The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom has reportedly sold nearly 500,000 units at retail in France in its launch weekend, according to Le Figaro.

This figure is more than the best-selling game of 2022, FIFA 23, which sold 420,000 units in its launch week.

"On Friday alone, we sold 100,000 copies of Zelda, including 80,000 pre-orders," said Charlotte Massicault, the multimedia and gaming director for retailer Fnac . "This is a historic level for Fnac . Saturday evening, we were at 117,000 sales and we crossed 120,000 on Sunday via our website."

Massicault did warn there is a chance the game will sellout at several retailers, including Fnac, by the end of May. 

The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom Sells Nearly 500,000 at Retail in France

The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom debuted in first place on the UK retail charts and is already the eighth best-selling The Legends of Zelda game of all time in the UK. 

The game did set a record for the biggest The Legend of Zelda launch in history in the UK, easily beating the previous record holder - The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. It was also the biggest launch in the UK in 2023 with sales 54 percent higher than Hogwarts Legacy

The game had the second biggest launch ever for the Nintendo Switch in the UK. Launch sales were just behind Pokémon Scarlet / Violet. Launch sales were also 173 percent higher than The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Though, that game was a launch title for the Nintendo Switch.

The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom is available on the Nintendo Switch.


A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012 and taking over the hardware estimates in 2017. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel. You can contact the author on Twitter @TrunksWD.


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12 Comments
S.Peelman (on 15 May 2023)

So it is safe to say that this will be huge. I'm so happy Zelda is 'one of the big boys' now.

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AJNShelton (on 15 May 2023)

I want Nintendo to announce 10 million copies sold in 2 weeks

EDIT: Well it's officilaly 3 days

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NextGen_Gamer AJNShelton (on 15 May 2023)

I mean, that is not out of the realm of possibility. All of the numbers we are hearing so far are purely retail/physical copies, because of course that is all they can track. But on the Big N's breakouts for the past few years, they are about 60/40 in favor of digital sales now.

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pitzy272 AJNShelton (on 15 May 2023)

I’d say that’s a given. I was watching the Amazon top 100 for games, and I don’t think I’ve ever seen a game dominate the top of the charts for such a long period of time. The only argument against this being a behemoth was the higher proportion of physical versus digital games sold on switch compared to other platforms. But I figured that wasn’t a strong enough point. I think this could sell 30mil in 1.5-2 years.

I really don’t get it, personally. Breath of the wild was my first Zelda game, and I was very excited to become a Zelda fan, only to be left, disappointingly, very underwhelmed. I find the hype about BotW confounding. I might still play TotK some day though and hope to be converted. :)

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pikashoe pitzy272 (on 15 May 2023)

Just might not be for you, which is fine. There are a lot of videos on YouTube that go very in depth about why botw is so special to people also a few videos from the devs talking about the development process which is very interesting if you are into that kind of thing. It's definitely worth looking into just to gain a different perspective. Hopefully one day you'll be a fan:)

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anonymunchy pitzy272 (on 16 May 2023)

While I do personally think Breath of the Wild is a fantastic game, it is not the best entry into the Zelda universe. This would be Ocarina of Time or A Link to the Past, depending on 2D or 3D preference. Besides that, Tears of the Kingdom has pretty much improved every aspect of Breath of the Wild. Really makes BotW feel like a beta version.

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fedfed anonymunchy (on 16 May 2023)

I think OOT has and will always have the nostalgic charm and being the first to change Zelda forever said so, TOTK and BOTW are now first and second best Zelda games for me. For example i don't get a LTTP at all, my 4th best Zelda game is still the first one, back in 1986/87 that was ground breaking and mind blowing!

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holzi AJNShelton (on 16 May 2023)

It's probably 10 million in a couple of days.

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NextGen_Gamer holzi (on 17 May 2023)

Nintendo announced today, officially, that Tears of the Kingdom has sold through 10 million copies within its first three days of release (Fri-Sun). Yowzers

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Kakadu18 (on 15 May 2023)

Mind blown.

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Amnesia (on 15 May 2023)

This could mean 6-7 millions already worldwide. France does not like Zelda more than US and Japan, and France is 7% of Nintendo's market.

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fedfed Amnesia (on 16 May 2023)

absolutely and so well deserved!

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