How far Link has come
For decades now, The Legend of Zelda franchise hasn’t been all that popular in Japan. It’s had a major audience in Europe and North America, but our friends in Nintendo’s homeland weren’t too keen on the series. That changed in a big way with Breath of the Wild, which paved the way for a major success with Tears of the Kingdom
The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom launched to 2,240,000 physical sales in Japan in its first week. That’s good enough to land Tears of the Kingdom in the top 10 game launches of all-time in Japan. Overall, Tears of the Kingdom managed to secure the 7th position in Japan’s game history.
It’s absolutely crazy to see that Zelda is now in line with the popularity of Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest in Japan, and specifically when those franchises were at their peaks. To get a better idea of how well things are going for The Legend of Zelda, you can see a breakdown of Japan’s top 20 best game launches of all-time in the chart below.