It’s hard to look at a record-setting launch in the U.K. and say that it meets expectations but with The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, that’s exactly what happened. Nintendo’s long-awaited follow-up to Breath of the Wild was always going to be a success, but selling 2.7 times its predecessor, over 50% more than Hogwarts Legacy (this year’s previous biggest launch), and it might end up pushing 2023 over 2022’s cumulative sales for the entire industry.
In terms of the franchise, Tears of the Kingdom is the biggest Zelda launch in history, and after only one week of sales, is the eighth best-selling game in the series. Pokemon Scarlet and Violet is still the best-selling overall launch in terms of unit sales, but that was a double-game release, so there’s a caveat.
The rest of the top five saw significant drops in sales, Hogwarts Legacy fell to number two with a 68% decrease, while Star Wars Jedi: Survivor had a 50% drop into third. FIFA 23 and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe saw a 43% loss and treading water with a 0% sales adjustment respectively.
Only one game was released the same week as Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, it is TT Isle of Man: Ride on the Edge 3, which debuts at number 31. The long-running racing franchise attempted to counter-program the Switch title, but sales were always going to be tempered due to the specific niche.
Dead Island 2 continues falling, going to sixth place with another 51% decrease. Two titles in the top ten benefited from Tears of the Kingdom, as Breath of the Wild jumped from 19th to 8th, a 31% increase in sales, and Animal Crossing: New Horizons climbed from 11th to 9th. Minecraft Legends, the last game on the chart, dropped from 8th to 10th, still holding strong despite the Day One release on Xbox GamePass.
Below are the best-selling boxed video games in the UK for the week ending May 13, 2023: