Clear your calendar and put your Steam Deck in storage, because The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom for Nintendo Switch finally arrives on May 12. Nintendo hasn’t released extended gameplay footage yet, but from the glimpses we’ve seen so far, fans of 2017’s Breath of the Wild have a lot to look forward to. In the latest trailer, Link can be seen driving and flying around in new vehicles, which looks really fun.
There’s a lot of hype for the game, and Nintendo seems to have priced it accordingly. The standard version of The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom will retail for $69.99, which is $10 more than other Switch games. It can currently be pre-ordered from Amazon, GameStop, Best Buy, Walmart, and digitally through Nintendo. This is the first time Nintendo has released a $70 Switch game, but you won’t see that price on every new title. The publisher told polygon that pricing for games is considered on a case-by-case basis.
Nintendo has announced that a collector’s deluxe edition of Tears of the Kingdom will be available alongside the standard version at launch. Best Buy has a landing page, showing the contents of the $129.99 bundle. But currently, only the standard version is available for pre-order.
Best Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom pre-order deal
The $70 price tag is uncommonly high, even for a new Nintendo release, but there is a clever workaround for Nintendo Switch Online members. Nintendo Switch Online members can purchase a pair of Switch game vouchers for $99.98 through the Nintendo eShop. Each voucher can be redeemed for a single digital title on this list, regardless of cost, and you can bank up to eight vouchers for up to a year.
Ultimately, this saves you about $30 if you buy Tears of the Kingdom and another full-priced game. It’s a good deal, even though you have to pay to be a Switch Online member. If this all sounds a bit confusing, this article by polygon editor Cameron Faulkner which breaks the process down in detail.
Tears of the Kingdom pre-order bonuses and editions
While Nintendo doesn’t often include pre-order bonuses with standard copies of its games, some retailers have been known to bundle new releases with specific accessories to sweeten the deal. For instance, GameStop is currently offering a limited edition wooden plaque for anyone that pre-orders the standard edition of the game for $69.99.
If you’re feeling particularly adventurous, you’ll get a collector’s edition spoon if you pre-order a Japanese version of the game from Amazon Japan (spotted by Wario64). You’ll have to pay a little extra on import fees, but at least the game can be played on your Switch in English, since the Switch is region-free.
For those looking to add some new pieces to their curio shelf, the collector’s deluxe edition of The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom will be available for $129.99. While this version currently has a landing page at Best Buy, it’s unavailable to pre-order, but we’ll be updating this page as soon as that changes. The collector’s deluxe edition includes a physical copy of the game in addition to an array of items, including a concept art booklet, a steelbook case, a poster, and a set of four enamel pins.
Nintendo also announced a new amiibo that will be shipped on the same day as The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom. If you tap an amiibo figure while in-game, it changes the look of Link’s glider. Currently, you can pre-order the new figurine from Best Buy and GameStop for $15.99. By the way, Nintendo is restocking other Zelda-themed amiibo, so you can pre-order yours now.
Update (March 17): We added a mention of GameStop’s pre-order bonus, which is a commemorative wooden plaque. Plus, we noted that some Zelda-themed amiibo are available for pre-order.