Nintendo’s iconic franchise, The Legend of Zelda, continues to demonstrate its enduring popularity as its latest installment, Tears of the Kingdom, achieves a remarkable feat by selling over 18 million copies in two months since its release.
The game’s exceptional success has propelled it to the ninth spot on the all-time best-selling charts for the Nintendo Switch, contributing significantly to Nintendo’s soaring profits, which have increased by an impressive 52% compared to the previous year.
Released in May as a direct sequel to the critically acclaimed Breath of the Wild, Tears of the Kingdom has captured the hearts of gamers worldwide, garnering a staggering 18.51 million unit sales.
The game’s instant success was evident from its phenomenal launch, with over 10 million units sold within three days. With this achievement, Tears of the Kingdom reinforced the franchise’s vital role in Nintendo’s success.
The Legend of Zelda series debuted in 1986 and has consistently embraced a captivating action-adventure format, centering around the beloved protagonist, Link, and boasting expansive open-world exploration.
Tears of the Kingdom masterfully continues this tradition, tempting players with ingenious gameplay, imaginative dungeons, and breathtaking landscapes, including the awe-inspiring Sky Islands and the mysterious Depths.
The impact of Tears of the Kingdom on Nintendo’s first-quarter sales data is nothing short of astonishing. The game accounted for nearly half of all software sales during this period, a testament to its widespread appeal and enduring popularity among new and existing Zelda fans.
Nintendo emphasized that while many sales were driven by Breath of the Wild owners, an increasing percentage of sales were attributed to new customers discovering the enchanting world of Zelda.
Breath of the Wild, the predecessor to Tears of the Kingdom, remains a beloved title in its own right, with an impressive 30.65 million units sold to date. Both games have solidified the franchise’s position as a cornerstone of Nintendo’s offerings, proving there is a solid and loyal market for Nintendo games, despite concerns about a potential decline in console sales.
As the Zelda series continues to break records and win the hearts of gamers globally, it remains evident that the magic of Hyrule and the captivating adventures of Link will forever hold a special place in the hearts of gaming enthusiasts.
Nintendo’s first-quarter financial results  underscore the enduring appeal of Zelda and highlight the boundless potential for future installments to capture the imagination of players for generations to come.