Nintendo has revealed that its two heavy-hitters released in 2023, The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom and Super Mario Bros. Wonder, were both financial successes. Tears of the Kingdom sold over 20 million copies while Super Mario Bros. Wonder sold over 10 million copies since both games launched last year.
Speaking in its third quarter fiscal year report, Nintendo revealed that The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom sold exactly 20.28 million copies, making it one of the biggest-selling games of 2023. It trails just behind Hogwarts Legacy which sold an astounding 24 million copies since its launch. However, it’s worth noting that Tears of the Kingdom was exclusive to one platform while Hogwarts Legacy released on multiple platforms and console generations, so it had the added advantage by being more widely available. That said, 20 million copies is quite an achievement for a Switch exclusive.
Super Mario Bros. Wonder, the charming side-scroller released in October last year, managed to sell 11.96 million copies which is also crazy considering it launched just four months ago. It currently holds the record for the fastest-selling Mario game ever, selling 4.3 million copies in its first two weeks.
Other impressive sales figures mentioned in the report include Mario Kart 8 Deluxe which sold 6.79 million copies in its fiscal year 2024 (1 April 2023 – 31 December 2023), bringing its lifetime sales to 60.58 million. As it stands, it remains the best-selling Switch game of all time. Pikmin 4 also sold a generous 3.33 million copies since launch.
As for Nintendo Switch console sales, it managed to sell 13.74 million units in the company’s fiscal year 2024 and 139.36 million units in lifetime sales. This makes it the third best-selling console of all time behind the Nintendo DS (154 million) and the PS2 (155 million). At this rate, it’s possible that the Switch will surpass the PS2’s lifetime sales, though we’ll have to wait and see how that develops, especially with rumours of Nintendo’s next console potentially launching this year.