Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom partly blamed for 40% drop in US spending on games this year

July 9, 2024
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Video game hardware spending in the US was down 40 percent in May compared to 2023, numbers company Circana reports.

Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S sales all saw “double-digit percentage declines year-on-year” comparing figures up to May. Switch saw the most significant drop in spending, which Circana’s boss and industry analyst Mat Piscatella said could be “partially attributed to the strength of the launch of The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom in the May 2023 comparable period”. The game was a smash hit for Nintendo, and launched alongside a themed Switch OLED model.

PlayStation 5 was the top selling console in units and dollar sales in May. The console’s unit sales lead those of PlayStation 4 by eight percent.

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