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Nintendo Is Charging $70 for Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom

The long-awaited Nintendo Switch game launches on May 12, and it'll cost $10 more than most.

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The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom costs a little more than most Nintendo Switch games.


Have you already set aside $60 for The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom? You'll have to cough up another sawbuck if you plan on buying it from Nintendo's eShop.

Following Wednesday's Nintendo Direct presentation, the eShop displayed a price of $70 for the upcoming blockbuster. 

Stores like Best Buy and GameStop offered the option to preorder the game for $60 before halting preorders Tuesday, as documented by Twitter user @Wario64. As of Wednesday evening, preorders were back for $60 at GameStop and $70 at Best Buy. However, even the GameStop price had jumped to $70 on Thursday.

Tears of the Kingdom, the sequel to 2017's acclaimed Breath of the Wild, is scheduled to launch on May 12. Nintendo revealed a new trailer during Wednesday's presentation, as well as a collector's edition that will be released on launch day. That'll come with the game, a SteelBook case, steel poster, pin set and hardcover art book, and will set you back $130.

The UK Nintendo store does not have a page for the game, though you can preorder for £60 on Amazon. In Australia, only the collector's edition appears, for AU$190, on the official site, but you can preorder for AU$90 from retailers such as EB Games.

The big box, normal case, SteelBook case, box of pins, artbook and steel poster from The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom collector's edition

The collector's edition includes a bunch of cool stuff, but it's expensive.


Nintendo also revealed a new Link amiibo -- a small plastic figure that unlocks in-game extras -- that'll be released alongside the game. 

Other notable announcements from Nintendo Direct include Pikmin 4's July 21 release date, the surprise reveal of Metroid Prime Remastered, and the Nintendo Online service getting a slate of Game Boy and Game Boy Advance classics