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Tears of the Kingdom had the second biggest Nintendo launch in UK history

Only that pesky Wii Fit board lies in its path

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Last week, Nintendo finally launched its long-awaited Switch sequel The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom — And while Nintendo typically tends to keep its cards close to its chest regarding game sales, the numbers crunchers operating the UK Charts have already released some impressive stats.

As curated by Gfk, (and reported by GamesIndustry.biz), Tears of the Kingdom saw the second biggest Nintendo launch ever in the UK — that’s including all week one sales figures for all Wii, Game Boy, and SNES releases. Regarding revenue, the sky-high sequel is beaten out only by the 2007 exerciser Wii Fit, due to the expanded price of the Wii Fit Board peripheral. In terms of units sold, Tears of the Kingdom sits in fourth place after Wii Fit, and the combined sales taken from sibling Pokemon titles, such as Pokemon Sun & Moon or Pokemon Sword & Shield.

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Essentially, when viewed from a non-peripheral, non-double-pack standpoint, Tears of the Kingdom essentially had the biggest UK launch in Nintendo history — And that’s just referencing physical sales in one territory. When you factor in the success that was no doubt seen across th weekend in Japan and North America, then Tears of the Kingdom looks set to be an absolute all-timer for Nintendo, definitely resting in the premier league of the company’s sales charts.

This is emphasized by industry analyst Mat Piscatella, who suggests that Nintendo’s latest could find itself lingering in the sales charts “for years”, much like its Switch sibling Mario Kart 8.

The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom is available now on Nintendo Switch.

Tears of the Kingdom is the second biggest Nintendo launch in UK history [GamesIndustry.biz]

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