Tears of the Kingdom Breaks UK Sales Records, Tops UK Boxed Charts

Nintendo's latest release, The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, has made a significant splash in the UK market, shattering records and topping boxed sales charts.
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Nintendo’s newly released The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom has been making waves in the UK gaming industry. The game has comfortably secured the title of the biggest boxed launch of any game in 2023, according to figures provided by GfK and shared by GamesIndustry.biz’s Christopher Dring.

In comparison with other high-profile 2023 releases, Tears of the Kingdom has sold 54% more than Hogwarts Legacy, another significant release of the year. However, the comparison does not provide a complete picture of the overall success of the game, as Nintendo does not share data on digital sales, and the adoption of digital downloads has been on the rise.

The comparison with Hogwarts Legacy is particularly noteworthy, as the latter launched on multiple platforms including PS5, Xbox Series, and PC earlier in the year and on last-generation consoles just last month. On the other hand, Tears of the Kingdom is exclusive to the Nintendo Switch. It’s worth noting that Hogwarts Legacy has yet to launch on the Nintendo Switch, with a release planned later in the year.

In terms of sales within the Zelda series, Tears of the Kingdom is currently the fourth largest in terms of revenue in the UK. However, it fell short of becoming the biggest UK Switch launch, with less success than Pokemon Scarlet and Violet’s release last year.

Nonetheless, Tears of the Kingdom holds the title of the biggest boxed video game launch of the year in the UK. Its opening week sales surpassed Hogwarts Legacy by more than 50%. The game also outdid the opening week sales of “Breath of the Wild,” the 2017 Zelda title, by more than 2.7 times, making it the biggest Zelda launch in history.

In terms of all-time sales, Tears of the Kingdom is the eighth biggest Zelda game, outpacing the 2011 release of Skyward Sword on Wii and The Wind Waker from 2003 on GameCube. When considering revenue, it ranks as the fourth biggest Zelda game, trailing behind Ocarina of Time, Twilight Princess, and Breath of the Wild.

Despite not being the biggest Switch launch in terms of unit sales, it was quite close. The opening week sales were only 12% lower than Pokemon Scarlet and Violet. However, in terms of revenue, ToTK is the largest Switch release ever, with an 8% increase over Scarlet and Violet. This boost in revenue can be attributed to the popular limited edition of Tears of the Kingdom, which carries a price tag of over £100.

The success of Tears of Kingdom has also positively impacted its predecessor, Breath of the Wild. Sales for the latter rose by 31% week-on-week, bringing it to No.8 in the charts for the week.

Shaun Savage

Shaun Savage

Shaun Savage is the founder and editor-in-chief of Try Hard Guides. He has been covering and writing about video games for over 9 years. He is a 2013 graduate of the Academy of Art University with an A.A. in Web Design and New Media. In his off-time, he enjoys playing video games, watching bad movies, and spending time with his family.

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