Link's Awakening Leads UK Charts Over Borderlands 3

Link's Awakening Leads UK Charts Over Borderlands 3

It's the third time the Zelda series has ever led the UK Charts.

The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening might be a remake of a decades-old Game Boy game, but it's already taken a strong lead in sales against brand new titles. New numbers from the UK Boxed Charts are placing Link's Awakening at the top over games like Borderlands 3, and making it developer Grezzo's biggest success in remaking Zelda.

The charts (via GamesIndustryBiz) only track physical sales in the UK, but even by that metric, Link's Awakening made a mark for the Zelda series on the charts. Only Wind Waker and Ocarina of Time have hit the top spot in the UK in the past, signalling this Switch remake's power to attract eyes from all over.

It also helps that the Nintendo Switch is on a general upswing. In the US, the NPD Group tracked five Switch exclusives making the overall top 10 in sales for August, including Astral Chain and Fire Emblem: Three Houses. This summer has been a consecutive series of successes for Nintendo's hybrid handheld-from Super Mario Maker 2 and Fire Emblem having massive debuts, to the ongoing sales of Nintendo mainstays like Smash and Mario Kart.

Charting behind Link's Awakening are Borderlands 3 and fellow Switch exclusive Mario Kart 8: Deluxe, which has been a consistent seller in most sales charts. Gears 5 makes an appearance, as well as Grand Theft Auto V, which is still moving sales even after all these years.

Link's Awakening seems like a pretty solid remake for Grezzo, which previously handled the Ocarina of Time and Majora's Mask 3DS remakes. If this success signals more to come, I'm all for it. Or maybe it's time to dive into more user-generated content, if the Chamber Dungeon mode is any indication.

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Eric Van Allen

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Eric is a writer and Texan. He's a former contributor to sites including Compete, Polygon, Waypoint, and the Washington Post. He loves competitive games, live music, and travel.

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