Tears of the Kingdom is the fastest-selling Zelda game in history

The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom
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The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom is the fastest-selling game in the series.

Nintendo has announced that Tears of the Kingdom has surpassed a staggering 10 million copies sold around the world in just three days after launch. This makes the latest Zelda title the fastest-selling game in Nintendo's long-standing franchise by quite some distance.

It's been over 35 years since The Legend of Zelda series first began, and it's fair to say it's never been bigger than right now. Tears of the Kingdom has clearly outsold Breath of the Wild, which launched as a day one Nintendo Switch launch title back in March 2017.

"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 instalment continue to show the strong momentum for both the franchise and Nintendo Switch this year," says Devon Pritchard, Nintendo of America executive vice president of sales, marketing, and communications.

It feels like all of social media is abuzz with talk of Tears of the Kingdom, ever since it first launched on May 12. Perhaps we shouldn't be surprised that the latest Zelda title is the fastest-selling entry in the series, given that people all across Twitter, YouTube, Twitch, and other social media and streaming platforms just can't get enough of it.

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Hirun Cryer

Hirun Cryer is a freelance reporter and writer with Gamesradar+ based out of U.K. After earning a degree in American History specializing in journalism, cinema, literature, and history, he stepped into the games writing world, with a focus on shooters, indie games, and RPGs, and has since been the recipient of the MCV 30 Under 30 award for 2021. In his spare time he freelances with other outlets around the industry, practices Japanese, and enjoys contemporary manga and anime.