UPDATE: April 26, 2023, 9:40 a.m. EDT This story has been updated with the latest information on pre-order availability. Here are some quick links:
Get out your rupees and plan your PTO accordingly: The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom(opens in a new tab) is slated for release on Friday, May 12, and pre-orders are officially live.
The highly anticipated sequel of 2017 breath of the wild is priced at $69.99, which is $10 more than Nintendo’s typical price for Switch games. (This puts Nintendo in line with other game publishers(opens in a new tab)like Xbox and PlayStation, which have started charging extra for first-party titles.) For gamers with even more wiggle room in their budget – and the patience to find it in stock – a $129.99 Collector’s Edition of EARLY will also be available at launch.
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Early Birds might recall that the base game was selling for $59.99 in September 2021, when pre-order listings first spiked; it didn’t even have a title or cover art at the time. No word on how retailers are handling customers who booked it at the time, but if you’re one of them we wouldn’t cancel anything just yet – you might have saved a few dollars.
If you missed that lower price, here’s some good news: The Super.com deal site(opens in a new tab) had EARLY pre-orders on sale for $67.99 at time of writing, and if you enter the promo code MASHZLDA at checkout, you’ll save an additional $8 to lock it down to the original price of $59.99. Shipping to the United States is free.
Otherwise, here’s a breakdown of the current availability of both editions at major retailers:
The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom ($69.99)
The base game could be reserved on Amazon(opens in a new tab)best buy(opens in a new tab)GameStop(opens in a new tab)Target(opens in a new tab)walmart(opens in a new tab)and in the My Nintendo Store(opens in a new tab) the last time we checked. Two of these retailers offer pre-order bonuses:
Best Buy is launching a free art print of EARLYthe pouch (a $9.99 value).
GameStop is offering exclusive wooden plaques while supplies last – note that they must be picked up in person at GameStop stores.
It should be mentioned that the My Nintendo Store does EARLY eligible for Game Vouchers, which is a sneaky way to get it at a discount if you want to pre-load it on your console before release. Nintendo Switch Online members can purchase a pair of two vouchers(opens in a new tab) for $99.98.
The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom Collector’s Edition ($129.99)
Splurge on the Collector’s Edition of EARLY gives you a SteelBook case, poster, pin set, and hardcover art book in addition to a copy of the base game. Every retailer that put it up for pre-order struggled to keep it in stock (see: Amazon(opens in a new tab)best buy(opens in a new tab)GameStop(opens in a new tab)and Target(opens in a new tab)), but we’ll update this post if it re-lists anywhere.