Nintendo’s first game to cost $70 is The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom. Doug Bowser, president of Nintendo of America, explained why Nintendo chose to raise the price of this Nintendo Switch game.
Bowser told AP News in a recent interview –
“We look at what the game has to offer.”
“I think fans will find this is an incredibly full, deeply immersive experience. The price point reflects the type of experience that fans can expect when it comes to playing this particular game.”
“This isn’t a price point that we’ll necessarily have on all our titles. 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.”
Bowser’s words are the same as what Nintendo has said in the past. Shortly after announcing that Zelda would cost $70, Nintendo said that it decides how much a game costs by “any Nintendo product’s suggested retail price on a case-by-case basis.”
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Tears of the Kingdom is the only Nintendo game that costs $70 right now. Bayonetta Origins: Cereza and the Lost Demon and Advance Wars 1+2: Reboot Camp are both coming out soon and are listed for $60. Even Pikmin 4, which comes out after Zelda and costs $70, will be sold for $60.
Nintendo still won’t say much about the second game in the Breath of the Wild series. The latest trailer, which was shown along with a Collector’s Edition and amiibo, showed new vehicles and enemy types, but we haven’t seen much of the game itself, which is coming out in less than two months. Given that it costs $70 and has the biggest file size of any first-party Switch game, the game must have a lot of secrets and content.
Zelda won’t be at PAX East later this week, even though fans are hoping Nintendo will tell them soon. Nintendo told the Boston Herald that they will be there, but they won’t be the only ones “Tears of the Kingdom: The Legend of Zelda will not be shown at PAX East 2023.”
Instead, Nintendo is likely to bring either Bayonetta Origins in March or the Advance Wars remake in April. Tears of the Kingdom will be available for Nintendo Switch on May 12, 2023. While you wait, be careful what you do on the Internet, because the Tears of the Kingdom art book seems to have leaked early.