Nintendo has uploaded 10 minutes of new gameplay footage for The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, showcasing more of the game’s world, combat, and characters ahead of its May release on Switch. Presented by Zelda series producer Eiji Aonuma, this is the deepest dive into Tears of the Kingdom so far, which Nintendo has been incredibly secretive about since it was first announced at the end of the 2019 E3 Nintendo Direct.
As confirmed by Aonuma, development on the game is officially complete, and will be released alongside a Tears of the Kingdom Switch OLED Model that features Hylian crest designs on the console dock and controllers.
Originally envisioned as DLC for 2017’s Breath of the Wild, Aonuma said the development team had “too many ideas” for new DLC, so the studio chose to make a sequel instead. Arriving on May 12, Tears of the Kingdom will be the first Nintendo-published game to sell for $70 and is expected to be the company’s biggest release of 2023.
Nintendo of America president Doug Bowser said it will justify its high price tag when fans discover just how “immersive” the new Zelda adventure is.
“I think fans will find this is an incredibly full, deeply immersive experience,” Bowser said earlier this year. “The price point reflects the type of experience that fans can expect when it comes to playing this particular game. It’s actually a fairly common pricing model either here or in Europe or other parts of the world, where the pricing may vary depending on the game itself.”
While the standard price for Tears of the Kingdom is set at $70, there are a few ways to bring it down. You can use Switch game vouchers to get two games for $100, and Tears of the Kingdom is eligible for this promotion. In Japan, preorders of the game will include some very nice cutlery as an added bonus.
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