The next big Zelda game, The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, is a first for Nintendo as it will launch at $70 instead of the usual $60 that the company’s first-party titles sell for. In a new interview, Nintendo of America president Doug Bowser makes it clear that the sequel to 2017’s The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will justify the increase when fans find out just how “immersive” the game is.
“We’re looking at what the game has to offer,” Bowser told the AP (via VGC). “I think fans will find this to be an incredibly complete and immersive experience. The price point reflects the kind of experience fans can expect when it comes to playing this particular game. It’s actually a fairly common pricing model both here and in Europe or other parts of the country.” world, where the price may vary depending on the game itself.
$70 first-party games won’t be the new norm for Nintendo in the future. After making the decision to price Tears of the Kingdom at $70, a spokesperson added that the company will be examining the retail price of its titles on a “case by case” basis.
Nintendo follows Sony and Microsoft in the $70 first-party game space, with Sony starting to price PS5 games at $70 at the launch of the new console, and Microsoft saying the higher price for Redfall and Starfield reflects the “content, size, and technical complexity” of these titles.
The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom launches May 12th on Nintendo Switch and pre-orders are available now. The game could cost you more than $70, as a $130 Collector’s Edition and a new Link Amiibo will be released alongside the game itself and post-launch DLC is said to be in development.
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