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The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom Confirmed to be $69.99

The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom Confirmed to be $69.99 - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 08 February 2023 / 4,031 Views

Following Nintendo's latest Direct the Nintendo Store page for The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom has been updated with a price of $69.99. The Collector's Edition is priced at $129.99.

This follows the $69.99 price being made visible yesterday on the Nintendo Store page for the game before it was removed. GameStop, Best Buy, and Amazon at the time all stopped taking pre-orders for the game.

This is so far the only confirmed game from Nintendo to be $69.99. Another first-party game from Nintendo coming out later this year, Pikmin 4, has a price of $59.99 on the Nintendo Store.

View the latest trailer for the game below:

View the Collector's Edition trailer below:

The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom will launch for the Nintendo Switch on May 12.

A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012 and taking over the hardware estimates in 2017. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel. You can contact the author on Twitter @TrunksWD.

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Azzanation (on 08 February 2023)

Why are people suprised by this? We accepted it with the other two platforms. This has opened the door for all companies to follow.

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Salnax Azzanation (on 09 February 2023)

You may have accepted it, I certainly did not.

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Azzanation Salnax (on 09 February 2023)

I never accepted it. The floodgates are opened now so not much else i can do about it. I was one constantly on this site hating the price hikes.
Its now the standard, others will follow now.

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BraLoD (on 10 February 2023)

As much as gaming prices going up are just a normal trend, it does sound a bit more stingy when your game is way behind the times. Specially on Nintendo case, as that price is going to stick, completely different from the others doing it where you'll be able to find it way cheaper in a reasonable time frame.

The reasoning is simple: people are paying for it elsewhere, we also want that extra.

Even as I just have a fun time with Pokemon Violet (and I know Zelda will look and run better), that was one of the worst polished games I've touched in my life. It truly feels like they are trying to make fun of you for buying their game, it's outstading how could anyone think it was in any way, shape or form acceptable to ship it like that, and yet it did, and yet it broke all records, so yeah, it's all about the money, and just that.

It's funny Assassin's Creed became such a joke after Unity even Ubisoft had to really stop and do something drastic about it. Yet Pokemon Scarlet/Violet is so much worse than that, 8 years newer if I recall Unity release year correct, even after Sword/Shield was already so criticized about its lack of quality and polished they managed to release something in a way worse state to follow that up, and... nothing happens... at all.

Don't like to pay more for anything on PS5, will dislike it several times more on Switch, but it's just how it is from now on.

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SvenTheTurkey BraLoD (on 11 February 2023)

But supposedly the price increase on other consoles was due to increased development costs. Even if Nintendo's modern game is "behind the times" as you put it, that's only from a hardware perspective. The game is still being worked on for 6 years like any other AAA game. The cost of equipment to develop the game is the same. They're paying employees the same or more than other companies(Didn't they recently increase wages by 10%?). I don't see how it's relevant to even mention that as a reason it shouldn't be 70 dollars. Last I checked, the hardware price is indicative of the hardware. Software development is entirely different.

The reason Nintendo doesn't need to raise the price is that the game will sell 20 million copies and cover the development costs 10 times over. It's greedy, but we'll pay. And it might sting a little, but I don't think anyone is going to enjoy the game less or feel like it wasn't worth the money.

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BraLoD SvenTheTurkey (on 12 February 2023)

I'll be getting it, indeed, and I know very well how to separate my gaming experience from what I feel about the decisions a company make.
I'm not glad in the slight that it'll be more expensive, even less that coming from Nintendo it means that price is basically permanent and I have no way around it, but yeah, that won't affect my enjoyment at all.
About the hardware, well, it's not the game's fault the hardware it's on, but in the end the game is the way it is, that doesn't give it a free pass, I can't tell my eyes to stop looking at those horrible textures, poor framerate, complete lack of anti aliasing and horrendous shadows (talking about Violet here), it is indeed a massive thumbs down for a supposedly modern game experience.
Again, I know Zelda will look and run better, but BotW was already quite dated for a 2017 game, as a 2023 game (looks about the same) it'll feel worse as well.
Pay in mind that releasing a weak hardware to profit more on it is also part of the greedness of the company, so yeah, makes me feel a bit worse about it as well.
It's bad on any case, even with Sony's and other companies excuses for it doing themselves it's already sad, but I feel even worse about Nintendo doing it.

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SvenTheTurkey BraLoD (on 12 February 2023)

It should take a little sting out of it given the fact that image quality should be significantly better than botw. If Xenoblade 3 is any indication, they're using anti aliasing now. Monolith works fairly extensively on Zelda, so it follows that they might have implemented some of those techniques in Zelda from what we've seen. And that should pick up the frame rate as well.

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BraLoD SvenTheTurkey (on 13 February 2023)

I have Xenoblade sitting here and I should really get some time to play it.
A friend's fiancee that has been playing is all praise about it.

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SvenTheTurkey BraLoD (on 17 February 2023)

Definitely recommended.

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xMetroid (on 08 February 2023)

I mean, this game kinda makes sense at this price. It will be massive. I think raising all prices to 70 is too much tho

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KLAMarine (on 08 February 2023)

Inflation is here

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Slownenberg (on 08 February 2023)

Hey nobody should be paying $70 for this game. Get the two game vouchers for $100 available to NSO members. Use one voucher for TotK, saving you $20, thus making the basic NSO subscription (if you don't already have one) free for a year. And then you still get one more $60 at $50.

Of course this only applies if you are gonna get a digital copy of the game. If you are buying physical then you gotta pay the extra $20.

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2zosteven (on 08 February 2023)

id gladly pay $70 for this game, look at all the games that cost $60 with no were near the content, story, effort, or quality

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Mystro-Sama 2zosteven (on 08 February 2023)

You're missing the point though.

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Slownenberg (on 08 February 2023)

Well that is crap. No reason given. Just know everyone is gonna want to buy it so they jack up the price. Very Lame.

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VAMatt Slownenberg (on 08 February 2023)

The reason is that they are a business and they exist to make as much money as possible.

The reality is that once Sony and the few third parties that raised prices broke the ice, it was just a matter of time before the rest of the industry came along. For a while, it looked like Microsoft was going to play the good guy and hold pricing. But, once they announced the change to $70, that cleared the way for everyone else.

$70 is now the standard price of a AAA game.

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VAMatt VAMatt (on 08 February 2023)

I should say that Microsoft did play the nice guy and hold pricing for a while. They held out for 2 years, which was nice. But I think they got all the PR value that could out of that, and inflation being what it is, they decided to go to $70 as well. And that marked the end of the $60 AAA game.

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Kneetos (on 08 February 2023)


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KLXVER (on 08 February 2023)

Im getting the CE anyway. Hope this is not a trend to come though.

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SanAndreasX KLXVER (on 08 February 2023)

I am getting the CE, too. Sadly, I think it will be a trend, especially since this price point has already been accepted on PS5 and Xbox One. $70 isn't stopping people from getting Hogwarts Legacy.

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Giggity_goo (on 08 February 2023)

well no point in waiting on a price drop Nintendo ips on switch stay more or less full price

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pikashoe (on 08 February 2023)

Interestingly the price in ireland and I assume other parts of europe is the same as what BotW launched at.

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Kakadu18 pikashoe (on 09 February 2023)

BotW is already 70€, why would they raise it again? NA now has price parity with Europe.

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pikashoe Kakadu18 (on 10 February 2023)

Most ps5 games launch for €80. They aren't bringing prices in line with other consoles in Europe. Also €70 does not equal $70

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Kakadu18 pikashoe (on 10 February 2023)

I mean price parity with BotW and TotK in Europe. 70€ is 75$, which means it's still cheaper in the US.

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pikashoe Kakadu18 (on 10 February 2023)

I'm not really sure what you're trying to say here? The point is that they are raising prices to ps5/seriesx levels in America, but not in Europe.

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Kakadu18 pikashoe (on 10 February 2023)

My point is that other consoles don't anything to do with this. BotW and SSBU were 70€ before the PS5 and XBS were even announced. 80€ for PS5 games and 70€ for PS4 games is for literally all full priced games and higher than it should be.
This game is an exception in this case. Other games stay at 60€ and $. Why on earth would they raise TotK to 80€?

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pikashoe Kakadu18 (on 10 February 2023)

Of course other consoles have something to do with this. Do you think they'd be raising prices to $70 dollars in america if sony and Microsoft didn't do it first?
I know it's an exception. They would raise the price to €80 in europe because that's what Sony and Microsoft did, It's not some crazy concept. Raising the price to 80 in europe makes as much sense as raising it to 70 in america.
I have know idea why you even responded in the first place. All I was saying is that they didn't increase the price in europe while they did in america.

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Kakadu18 pikashoe (on 10 February 2023)

They did not raise the price to 80€ in Europe. TotK is 70€ just like BotW. It does not make just as much sense because 80€ is way more than 70$. And it would make even less sense doing it with only one game while all others are still at 60€. What I said in my original comment was that there was zero reason to also raise the price further in Europe.

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pikashoe Kakadu18 (on 10 February 2023)

I'm not sure what what the first line is in reference to? If its to do with zelda then i never said that it was raised 80 and if its to do with ps5/x prices they did raise them to 80. I know €80 is a lot more $70, but that is just the way prices are in europe. Most switch games being €60 is your only valid point, that probably is the reason why they didn't raise it to €80. Of course there's reason to increase the price in europe. In all likelihood nintendo will raise prices €70-80 with the next console, rather than the €60-70 it currently is.

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Spade (on 08 February 2023)

Voice acting added an extra $10.

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ice Spade (on 09 February 2023)

it'll be another $10 for achievements

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Mr.GameCrazy Spade (on 09 February 2023)

There's voice acting in Breath of the Wild, though.

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Kneetos Mr.GameCrazy (on 09 February 2023)

Breath of the wild now costs £59.99 on the Nintendo eshop
Used to be £49.99 (currently on sale for £41.99)

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Kakadu18 Kneetos (on 09 February 2023)

It was always £60 and 70€.

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