After six years of waiting, we finally have The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom cartridge in our Nintendo Switch, and we couldn’t be happier. The press has already hailed it as a masterpiece, and players have been flooding the internet with pictures of the game.
For that reason, after being on sale for an entire weekend, we are going to take a look at the numbers that The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom has generated to determine if it has been a failure… or a Nintendo’s resounding success.
Delaying games, no matter how highly anticipated they are, is not always a good idea. And while The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild captivated nearly 30 million players worldwide, its sequel may not have fared well under the pressure and delays.
Not at all, Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom is a global success
While we don’t have the exact worldwide sales figures yet, as Nintendo typically reveals them later, we do have news from certain markets. Some of these markets are quite significant and allow us to make extrapolations.
For instance, in the United Kingdom, it has been confirmed that The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom is the second-largest launch for Nintendo… in its history. In over 30 years of releasing video games, this Zelda sequel has become the second-best-selling adventure.
Only ahead of it is the fitness game Wii Fit plus the balance board. Don’t ask, it’s an English thing. This means that, de facto, it is the best-selling Zelda game at launch in the history of the United Kingdom.
Later on, Nintendo will provide us with the exact numbers, as they have done before, such as with Breath of the Wild, which we know has sold a whopping 29.6 million copies in 6 years.
Twitter is on fire with Link building robots
And a clear sign that the game is selling like hotcakes and pleasing everyone is that social media has been flooded with memes, videos, and images of the game since Friday.
The freedom that the game gives to players, thanks to Link’s powers to interact with the world of Hyrule, is inspiring gamers to unleash their creativity and humor with their constructions.
We’ve seen giant robots, motorized planes, speedboats, and more. The game is not only impressive in terms of art and design, but it also provides players with a level of freedom that we have never seen before. After almost 40 years, the legend of Zelda continues to break the barriers of video games.
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