Nintendo’s ‘Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom’ Hit 20 Million In Sales

Nintendo announced that The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom has surpassed 20 million copies sold, placing it among the top 10 best-selling Switch games since the console’s launch. Currently, it comes in as the ninth best-selling game on the platform, despite its recent release in May last year.

The announcement came during Nintendo’s recent financial report, where Tears of the Kingdom topped the list of first-party Nintendo games released in 2023, outpacing other major titles. 20 of Nintendo’s first-party titles surpassed one million sales during the last financial year, with other strong titles including Super Mario Bros Wonder and Pikmin 4, selling 13 million and three million copies respectively.

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With the success of The Super Mario Bros. Movie, the Super Mario franchise saw a surge in popularity, as seen from the eight-million sales mark for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. This has further solidified its status as the best-selling Switch game, with cumulative sales reaching 61 million.

According to Nintendo’s list of its 10 best-selling Switch games to date, Animal Crossing: New Horizons comes in at second with 45.36 million copies sold, and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate at third, with 34.22 million sold. Alongside Tears of the Kingdom, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is also on the list at fourth, selling 31.85 million copies in total.

Nintendo’s net profit has seen a 13 percent increase over the previous year, reaching 490 billion yen in the most recent fiscal year. Despite this success, Switch console sales have seen a slight decline, dropping from 17 million units sold in between 2022 to 2023, to 15 million in the latest financial year. However, Nintendo has assured fans that a successor to the Switch is in development and will be announced within the current fiscal year.