Recently, the price of so-called “AAA” games for the latest generation of consoles (the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X) received a general across the board price bump of $10. Nintendo, meanwhile, has continued its $59.99 price point for first party Switch titles as promised, even offering raises to its Japanese staff… but something is up, because the eShop page for upcoming blockbuster The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom showed a $69.99 price.
The price has since been removed from the page, and a number of retailers like GameStop and Walmart are still showing a $59.99 price for the game, so there are a couple different possibilities here. The first is that it was a simple clerical error, an intern who typed the wrong number and hit publish by accident. Those kinds of goofups happen, even with a publisher with as tight a lid as Nintendo’s. There also could have been some sort of firmer reason for the mixup, like an unannounced Digital Deluxe edition (though Nintendo tends not to do those). It also could just be a higher price and Nintendo hasn’t told retailers yet, though that would be highly unusual in its own right. This also came the day before a Nintendo Direct where we’ll presumably get a lot more info about the game, so it’s just a mysterious situation all around.
We’ll get a clearer answer during today’s Direct, with all hope. Tears of the Kingdom releases on May 12th, 2023.
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