Link’s latest adventure, The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, has already proven to be a massive success for Nintendo. The company announced in its November 7 earnings report that the open-world adventure game has sold nearly 20 million copies.
Who knows? Maybe Nintendo will continue to remaster and rerelease older Zelda games, like it did with Link’s Awakening in 2019. But that’s probably not going to be the franchise’s main priority in the immediate future.
Nintendo didn’t just give TotK its flowers in the earnings report. The company also shouted out other successes, including Pikmin 4 (2.61 million units since its July release) and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (57.01 million units in its entire lifetime). Elsewhere, Nintendo touched on hardware and software sales as a whole, saying that the Nintendo Switch sales have increased to 6.84 million units year-on-year while digital sales soared to 97.08 million units year-on-year. In other words, Nintendo’s having a better-than-expected 2023, despite the aging Switch hardware.
This all comes as Nintendo is in the midst of ongoing rumors about the Switch 2, which allegedly is comparable in power to the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Recent rumors suggest it could launch in the second half of 2024, with a design that may look a lot like the DS handheld. Nintendo’s President Shuntaro Furukawa dismissed those rumors as “inaccurate” during a press conference accompanying the earnings report, according to the Japanese newspaper Mainichi Shimbun.
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