It’s that time again – the famous 134-year-old card game company, Nintendo is back to the well to sell more Switches, and this time it’s The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom Edition Nintendo Switch OLED that yearns to be in your hand and entertainment centers.
This special edition Nintendo Switch OLED features unique Joy-Cons and Dock art inspired by the upcoming highly anticipated The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom.
Pre-orders for the venerable $360 laptop have just gone on sale, and as usual, that means themed designs for the Joy-Cons and the dock, as well as cool textured patterns on the back, which in this case looks like zen garden raking. It is currently marked as unavailable for delivery, so you may need to pick it up in person.
Expect inventory to be inconsistent for this first run – Best Buy has text on this page indicating it is in high demand and likely to sell out quickly. game stop also have a shop page up at the time of this writing, but has not started taking orders yet.
That doesn’t mean Nintendo won’t be producing more in the coming weeks and months – its best special edition, after all. Animal Crossing: New Horizons Switch Special Edition, remained available for quite some time after being sold out several times during the first few months of release. But if you want to add this beautiful new version to your collection, you need to act fast. One thing to note, like most Switch special editions, this themed console doesn’t actually include a copy of the game.
In addition to the new Zelda Switch OLED, Nintendo has released a Tears of the Kingdom theme. Nintendo Switch Pro Controllers ($75) and suitcases ($25) for all of you who lead the Triforce, both of which will start shipping with the new sequel to Breath of the Wild, releasing on May 12th. The console itself will appear a few weeks before April 28th.
IN Tears of the Kingdom, players will once again take control of Link, the legendary hero of Hyrule, while battling the forces of evil in a fantasy kingdom version with the same shaded look as Breath of the Wild, and with the inclusion of a new “return” ability that expands the playfield into various floating islands, which Nintendo refers to as “sky islands”, allowing Link to ride chunks of rock falling from the islands back to their place of origin above. If you haven’t watched it yet, Nintendo has released ten minute gameplay video today, featuring Link with several new abilities to manipulate the world around him to create new tools, structures, and weapons.
The game will be the first Nintendo Switch exclusive for $70, although right now Nintendo Switch Online members can pre-order it for less if they buy a couple of toys. Nintendo game vouchers for $100, allowing you to use each voucher to get a specific game in the game voucher catalog. This effectively makes the game $50 if you choose from most of the company’s own games or one of the more expensive third party games.