(Paris) The adventure video game “The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom” sold more than 10 million copies worldwide in just three days, becoming the fastest-selling game in the entire saga developed by Nintendo.
For comparison, the video game “Hogwarts Legacy: Hogwarts Legacy”, from the Harry Potter universe, sold more than 15 million units worldwide in three months after its launch. February 10.
Eagerly awaited by players who had formed endless queues in front of stores to get it as soon as it was released overnight from Thursday to Friday, the new Zelda also succeeded in Europe and on the American continent with the best start on the Nintendo Switch console and the best launch of a Nintendo game “any console”, welcomed the group in a press release.
In Japan, it sold 2.24 million units, he revealed.
The Legend of Zelda saga, centered on the adventures of Link, a tunic-clad elf armed with a sword, began over 35 years ago. With these new figures, it exceeds 140 million games sold worldwide.
The latest installment “Tears of the Kingdom” (ToTK) is on course “to set a new record for the franchise”, now held by its predecessor “Breath of the Wild”, commented Charles-Louis Planade, analyst at Midcap Partners, interviewed by AFP.
Recognized as one of the best titles of the Switch, which it accompanied the launch in 2017, “Breath of the Wild”, which sold 29 million copies worldwide, revolutionized the video game format by “open world”, allowing more room for player creativity.
“ToTK” also seems to be unanimous: on Wednesday, it posted an average score of 96/100 on the Metacritic site, based on a hundred reviews from the international specialized press, and a score of 8.7/10 from the players.
“Seven years after its arrival on the market, the Nintendo Switch continues to attract players, like this new release breaking all all records”, declared the president of Nintendo Europe, Stephan Bole, quoted in the press release of the group. .
“These figures are to be compared with the very good sales of the PlayStation 5 since the beginning of the year. This demonstrates, if need be, the excellent health (of the market) of video games, ”notes Charles-Louis Planade.
According to him, “Tears of the Kingdom” “is a game that can approach a billion dollars in revenue. It’s very significant for a company that makes a turnover of just over 10 billion a year, “he told AFP shortly before its launch.
“The Legend of Zelda” series, emphasizing adventure and exploration, was created in 1986 by Shigeru Miyamoto, Nintendo’s star creator and father of famous characters like Mario or Donkey Kong.