Tears Of The Kingdom Is The Top-Selling Retail Game In Japan This Year So Far

The new Switch exclusive has stood toe to toe against the giants this year.

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  • The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom is the best-selling retail game in Japan this year so far. It has sold a massive 1.847.948 retail copies as of September.
  • Pikmin 4 is in second place with 786.833 copies sold, and the latest Pokemon title in third spot has shifted over 773.049.
  • Final Fantasy 16 is the first non-Nintendo entry to appear in the list, standing at the seventh spot with 414.216 units sold.
  • The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom was released on May 12, 2023.

The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom has towered the game sales charts this year ever since its release. A recent report further solidifies its jubilant launch amidst other titles. The Japanese game sales data repository account on Twitter has provided an update on the best-selling retail games in Japan this year so far, and the latest Zelda game surpasses every other title. It has sold a massive 1.847.948 retail copies as of September.

The retail game sales in Japan were monopolized by Tears of the Kingdom, but Pikmin 4 has secured the second spot with 786.833 copies sold. However, the stark contrast of a million between Tears of the Kingdom and Pikmin 4 only shows the enormous popularity of the new Zelda game. The third and fourth slots were taken by Pokemon Scarlet and Violent and Kirby’s Return to Dreamland Deluxe.

The rest of the games on the list are relatively close; The latest Pokemon title in third place has shifted over 773.049. The new Kirby installment on the fourth spot has rolled over 479.529 retail units so far. The Mario Kart 8 Deluxe also climbed its way back to the top 5. On the other hand, the inception of Armored Core 6 and Momotetsu pushed the Resident Evil 4 remake out of the top ten list.


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As seen in the list, Japan has seen a massive surge in Nintendo retail game sales this year. Splatoon 3 is resting calmly on the sixth place. The first non-Nintendo entry to appear in the list is Square Enix’s Final Fantasy 16, in the seventh spot with 414.216 units sold. The insane number of games by the giant conglomerate was enough to confuse some users to think it was just a list of Nintendo titles. 

The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom was released on May 12, 2023, for the Nintendo Switch.

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Shameer Sarfaraz is a Senior News Writer on eXputer who loves to keep up with the gaming and entertainment industries devoutly. He has a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science and several years of experience reporting on games. Besides his passion for breaking news stories, Shahmeer loves spending his leisure time farming away in Stardew Valley. VGC, IGN, GameSpot, Game Rant, TheGamer, GamingBolt, The Verge, NME, Metro, Dot Esports, GameByte, Kotaku Australia, PC Gamer, and more have cited his articles.

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