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The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom is off to a fast start at UK retail, comfortably earning the biggest boxed launch of any game in 2023.
According to GfK figures shared by the head of GamesIndustry.biz’s Christopher Dring, Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom sold 54% higher than Hogwarts Legacy, the other large release of 2023.
At the time of writing it’s the fourth biggest Zelda game ever in terms of revenue in the UK.
Nintendo do not share digital sales data, so it’s not an entirely clear picture of the overall success of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom due to the higher adoption of digital downloads.
On the Hogwarts Legacy comparison, it’s worth noting that Hogwarts Legacy launched on PS5, Xbox Series and PC earlier in the year, and late last month on last-generation consoles, while Zelda is a Switch exclusive.
Hogwarts has yet to launch on Nintendo Switch. In fact, the Nintendo Switch version has recently been delayed until late in the year, following a previous delay to July.
Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom isn’t quite the biggest UK Switch launch, reportedly managing less than Pokemon Scarlet and Violet did when it was released last year.
VGC’s The Legend of Zelda Tears of the Kingdom review calls the title “easily one of the very best games on Nintendo Switch”.
Other critics have heaped praise on the game in their write-ups too, with most agreeing it’s a worthy sequel to one of the generation’s best games and one of the long-running franchise’s high points.
You can read all the key verdicts over in our Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom review round-up.