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The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom Sales Top 10 Million Units Worldwide in 3 Days

The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom Sales Top 10 Million Units Worldwide in 3 Days - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 17 May 2023 / 8,507 Views

Nintendo announced The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom has sold over 10 million units worldwide in its first three days available. This matches what Pokémon Scarlet and Violet sold in its first three days last November.

This figure includes over four million units sold in the Americas, which is the fastest selling Switch game and Nintendo game for any platform in that region. The game also sold 2.24 million units in Japan.

"Many players are returning to Hyrule with all its new mysteries and possibilities, and with the record-breaking launch of The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom for Nintendo Switch, we can’t wait to see what they’ll create in the game and the stories they’ll share next," said Nintendo of America executive vice president of sales, marketing, and communications Devon Pritchard.

"We’re grateful for all of our fans who’ve shown their passion for The Legend of Zelda over the years, and these sales numbers for the latest installment continue to show the strong momentum for both the franchise and Nintendo Switch this year."

Read details on the game below:

In The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, which is a direct sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, players decide their own path through the sprawling landscapes of Hyrule and on the mysterious islands floating in the vast skies above. Discover new destinations, dangers, sights and puzzles that require wits and resourcefulness to overcome. Harnessing the power of Link’s new abilities, players will fight back against the malevolent forces that threaten the kingdom.

The Legend of Zelda action–adventure series started over 35 years ago with the Legend of Zelda game, which debuted in the United States in 1987 for the Nintendo Entertainment System. As the heroic Link, players go on an adventure battling foes and discovering hidden mysteries in vast fields and dungeons. As of March 2023, the series has sold more than 130 million units worldwide.

The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom is now available in Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch, the My Nintendo Store and select retailers at a suggested retail price of $69.99. The Nintendo Switch OLED Model – The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom Edition system, featuring a special design (game sold separately), is also available at a suggested retail price of $359.99.

Additionally, two accessories—a Nintendo Switch Pro Controller ($74.99 MSRP) and a Nintendo Switch carrying case ($24.99 MSRP), both with designs from The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom—are also now available to purchase.


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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41 Comments
archbrix (on 17 May 2023)

So, the RECORD launch sales of a brand-new entry in the Pokemon series last November are matched by a Zelda game... in a non-holiday month, no less. Imagine hearing that only 7 years ago...

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AJNShelton archbrix (on 17 May 2023)

It was a holiday period, it was Zelda day

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INCITATUSBR (on 17 May 2023)

Nintendo in its golden era

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TheLegendaryBigBoss (on 17 May 2023)

What an absolute beast, well deserved!

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Kakadu18 (on 17 May 2023)

Absolute beast! Love to see this!

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UnderwaterFunktown (on 17 May 2023)

Hell yeah! 2.24 mil in Japan is the real feat here, massive increase compared to previous Zelda games, but that also means it outsold Scarlet and Violet by a decent margin in the rest of the world.

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fedfed (on 17 May 2023)

this is amazing!!!!

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Mar1217 (on 17 May 2023)

Ooh putain !!

Those Japanese numbers are insane. BOTW took so much time to crawl to the 2M threshold but so did it worldwide to get to the 10M bar back then.
I got no doubt in mind that this title can do 20M !
Like, can it even manage to do it by the end of the year ....

  • +7
xl-klaudkil (on 17 May 2023)

Holy shiiiiit

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PAOerfulone (on 18 May 2023)

To think, before the Switch came out, Zelda never had a single game that even reached 9 million units sold lifetime. Now it just released one that sold 10 million on its opening weekend.
Simply incredible.

  • +5
Imaginedvl (on 17 May 2023)

10 millions... I mean wow

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AJNShelton Imaginedvl (on 17 May 2023)

Million*

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Imaginedvl AJNShelton (on 17 May 2023)

LOL I'm sorry man haha

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SanAndreasX (on 17 May 2023)

This game is a giga-beast. I'm not sure what I expected, but it wasn't 10 million in 3 days. And I bought it day one, as did my nephew.

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Azzanation (on 17 May 2023)

Zelda TOTK is absolutely amazing. Its what games are all about. Creativity and Adventure at its finest.

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PAOerfulone (on 17 May 2023)

Chalk another one up for the Switch and Nintendo.

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CaptainExplosion (on 17 May 2023)

Zelda's in the big leagues now!! ^^

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Slownenberg (on 17 May 2023)

Not surprising. I figured it'd do 10m opening weekend.

But I am surprised by the Japan numbers! I figured American sales would be about a million higher while Japanese sales would be about a million lower. Two and a quarter million opening weekend for Zelda in Japan is just insane. This means just from opening weekend total sales of TotK have already matched physical copies sold of BotW in Japan.

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dane007 (on 17 May 2023)

How many switch units were sold because of this game?

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SanAndreasX dane007 (on 17 May 2023)

That's a good question. The Zelda OLED and anticipation were apparently enough to boost the Switch to number one, if Trunks's posts in the forums are anything to go by.

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The Fury (on 17 May 2023)

Yeah, is okay... I guess. EDIT: Wow, people don't get sarcasm.

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SanAndreasX The Fury (on 17 May 2023)

This game has potential to be a sleeper hit.

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Pemalite (on 18 May 2023)

Well deserved, brilliant game.
Shows the Switch still has some life left in it as a platform.. Which may give Nintendo pause to rush out with a successor with great sales rate of software (I.E. Where they make the profits) being so strong.

  • +1
farlaff Pemalite (on 18 May 2023)

And the potential to release this again very soon in fashion next gen format; and I would totally buy it lolol.

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S.Peelman (on 17 May 2023)

Wow.

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Wman1996 (on 17 May 2023)

Massive. Is this the fastest-selling Nintendo game ever?

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Amnesia Wman1996 (on 17 May 2023)

Looks like not, they only announced "fastest-selling game in the history of the Legend of Zelda series"

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Kakadu18 Wman1996 (on 17 May 2023)

Looks like Pokémon is still slightly ahead, since in that game's PR they said it was the fastest selling Nintendo game ever but here they didn't.

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Wman1996 Kakadu18 (on 17 May 2023)

Yup. Looks like Scarlet and Violet outsold it a little. Also 10 million plus in this case.

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Gothemtry66 Wman1996 (on 29 May 2023)

Where's the proof? Scared Your precious pokemon will be dethroned?

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Kakadu18 Gothemtry66 (on 29 May 2023)

Proof for what? Are you trying to pretend like S/V didn't sell through over 10mil in it's opening?

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Gothemtry66 Kakadu18 (on 29 May 2023)

Ok nimrod pokemon got outsold by at least 4 mil on case u didn't read it right

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Kakadu18 Gothemtry66 (on 29 May 2023)

Who are you calling nimrod? Maybe you forgot, but Pokémon Scarlet/Violet sold through over 10mil in it's first three days just like Tears of the Kingdom. It's Sword/Shield and Brilliant Diamond/Shining Pearl sold through 6mil and got outsold by about 4mil and Legends Arceus sold through 6.5mil in the same timeframe. There's no need for your dumb attitude and no need to make shit up. Maybe you should try to read it right yourself.

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ClassicGamingWizzz (on 19 May 2023)

70 dolars gives you an amazing game , people will buy it, people want good games not shovelware that is cheap or rented

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SvenTheTurkey (on 18 May 2023)

The day before tears came out, I was talking to a friend and half jokingly said "this game is going to sell 10 million units in the first three days". And would you look at that?

I didn't think this game could outsell botw given that it's a late release and the successor will be out between holiday 2024 and March 2025, but if it sells well this year, I think it has a chance to get close.

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Eric2048 (on 17 May 2023)

Well damn...

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Zyphe (on 17 May 2023)

WooooZaaaaa!!! Not bad for what they called a $70 DLC!

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Lolilox69 Zyphe (on 17 May 2023)

38€ here, kisses. :)

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super_etecoon Zyphe (on 17 May 2023)

How is this comment being downvoted 11 times? Are people salty that the $70 DLC trope is dying a painful death at the hands of Nintendo alchemists?

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padib super_etecoon (on 18 May 2023)

The tears of the kingdom are quite salty.

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KratosLives Zyphe (on 19 May 2023)

I think they are under selling themselves. It's worth over $150

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