Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom sales may have boosted Japan's GDP.

– Japan's Q2 2023 GDP preliminary report indicates 2.8% rise in semi-durable goods within personal consumption, boosting GDP.

– Mainichi Shinbun suggests Nintendo's game "The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom" may have contributed to this growth.

– Overall personal consumption in Japan declined 0.5%, showing negative trend due to prolonged high living costs.

– Semi-durable goods consumption, covering clothing and entertainment, surged 2.8% from the previous quarter.

– Cabinet Office attributes the growth to "new releases" of video game software.

– Q2 2023 saw major game releases including Final Fantasy XVI and Street Fighter 6, with Zelda game standing out.

– Nintendo released "The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom" for Switch on May 12, which potentially played a pivotal role.

– Video game releases likely played a significant role in boosting semi-durable goods consumption during the quarter.

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