The next big Zelda game, The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, is a first for Nintendo as it will launch with a price tag of $70 instead of the usual $60 that domestic titles sell for. In a new interview, Nintendo of America president Doug Bowser explained that the sequel to 2017’s The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will justify the increase once fans learn how “immersive” the game is.
“We’re seeing what the game has to offer,” Bowser told the Associated Press (via CVG). “I think fans will find this to be an incredibly well-rounded and deeply 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, whether it’s here or in Europe or other parts of the world where the price can vary depending on the game itself.”
$70 first games won’t be the new norm for Nintendo going forward. After the decision was made to price Tears of the Kingdom at $70, a spokesperson added that the company will look at the retail price of its titles “on a case-by-case basis.”
Nintendo follows Sony and Microsoft in the $70 first-party gaming space, as Sony began pricing PS5 games at $70 when it launched its new console and Microsoft says the higher price for Redfall and Starfield reflects the “content, scale and technical complexity” of these. titles
The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom will launch on May 12 for Nintendo Switch, and pre-orders are available now. The game could end up costing you more than $70, as the $130 Collector’s Edition and new amiibo bundle will be released alongside the game itself and post-launch DLC is reportedly in development.
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