Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom Accidentally Appears for $70 on Switch eShop

In an apparent mistake, The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom briefly appeared on the Nintendo Switch eShop priced at $69.99.

The price for the game has since been removed, with the highly anticipated title now simply listing “releasing in 2023” once again.

It was quickly spotted by many on the Internet, though, including Wario64 who shared images of the page listing the price, alongside available pre-orders of the game for $59.99 at most stores. Several retailers in the United States have now taken down their pre-orders for Tears of the Kingdom, likely in anticipation of a price hike.

It’s possible that the price was an error, but if not, it’ll be the first time that Nintendo has sold the standard edition of a Nintendo Switch game above $59.99. A $70 USD price point could mark a shift for all Nintendo Switch games in the future, given the current rate of inflation across the globe.

A Nintendo Direct is set to take place later today which promises “roughly 40 minutes of information mostly focused on Nintendo Switch games launching in the first half of 2023”. It’s likely, then, that we could see the official opening of pre-orders for The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom announced during the Direct. As such, the eShop price may be accurate but was put up early by mistake.  

The Nintendo Direct broadcast is set to take place at 2pm PT (5pm ET / 10pm GMT) on Nintendo’s YouTube and Twitch channels.

While Nintendo hasn’t revealed that much about Tears of the Kingdom so far, The Legend of Zelda franchise has been making plenty of news. Apparent leaked images of a LEGO Zelda set cropped up on Reddit recently, and late last year, images purporting to be a Tears of the Kingdom OLED Switch also appeared online.

The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom will launch for Nintendo Switch on May 12th.

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