Nintendo’s highly anticipated sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is set to be released in early May. That’s official, by the way. Nintendo announced that The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom will be released on May 12, 2023.
Breath of the Wild was an incredibly popular game for the Nintendo Switch. So far, Breath of the Wild has sold an amazing 29.49 million copies worldwide, making it the 22nd highest-selling video game ever.
In the first month after its release, Breath of the Wild sold 3.84 million copies worldwide. Can its sequel match that? Sportsbooks have jumped into that question by setting a gambling line on sales of The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom in its first month – will it sell more or less than 2.65 million units in its first month?
Sportsbook Sportsbook set the line at -120 for both OVER 2.65 million sales and UNDER 2.65 million sales in the first month. It could really go either way.
I guess the first question you have to ask yourself when trying to figure out if this game can sell more or less than 2.65 million copies in its first month is whether people are excited about this new game.
Absolutely. Tears of the Kingdom was named the most anticipated game at the 2022 Game Awards.
The Legend of #Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom is coming in 2023. What are your favorite The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild memories?— The Game Awards (@thegameawards) December 9, 2022
Or if you never played, there is still time to start your journey in Hyrule!
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Zelda is a massively successful franchise with diehard fans who have latched onto every game released under its banner. With the incredible success of Breath of the Wild, there’s no surprise that this follow-up game is so highly anticipated.
But 2.65 million sales in its first month won’t be made on name alone. Does this new Zelda game give something its diehard fans want? It sure looks like it will.
A recent promotional flyer handed out in Denmark seems to imply online play could be an option. That would be an additional game mode its predecessor didn’t have that is popular among gamers.
Not to mention there’s a possibility Breath of the Wild’s frustrating weapon durability mechanics may be nixed or at least tweaked in Tears of the Kingdom. Breath of the Wild’s weapons mechanics forced players to keep weapons they liked stored safely in their inventories instead of using them and ultimately breaking them. That may be a thing of the past in Tears of the Kingdom.
If online play is added and the weapon durability system is at least tweaked, sales for The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom could very well hit OVER 2.65 million copies in its first month.