On Friday, May 12, 2023, The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom will be published.
Nintendo often avoids disclosing the exact unlock periods for their games, but it appears that the firm has made a minor exception for a game of this magnitude.
A Nintendo representative confirmed the North American release dates to GameSpot. As follows:
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- North America
- East Coast US: Friday 12th May 2023, 0:00am EDT
- West Coast US: Thursday 11th May 2023, 9:00pm PDT
We’ve reached out to Nintendo UK for confirmation, but below we have made estimates for the global release times based on the unlock times for previous first-party titles (so bear in mind that some of these may well differ):
- Europe (ESTIMATE)
- UK: Friday 12th May 2023, 0:00am BST
- EU: Friday 12th May 2023, 0:00am CEST
- Japan (ESTIMATE)
- Friday 12th May 2023, 0:00am JST
How To Get Zelda: Tears Of The Kingdom ‘Early’
As you can see above, the game will probably go on sale for the majority of people at midnight on May 12. This occasionally results in the game being made available ‘before’ other regions of the world, including Australia, New Zealand, or Japan, thanks to the marvel of timezones.
We realize that every minute might mean when you have been waiting this long to return to Hyrule, even though this is only a matter of hours.
You may download the game a few hours ahead of time if you create an Australian or Japanese eShop account. Once the game is downloaded, you may play Tears of the Kingdom with your regular Switch account, but The download will be associated with the account from which you made the purchase.
You will need to use the regional currency for this option, which you may either accomplish by using an international bank card or by acquiring eShop credit for the regional shop.
Keep in mind that you will need to re-download the software from the same eShop if you transfer your data to a new Switch. Even if the game will still be fully accessible, it’s important to keep in mind so that you don’t lose any games by mistake.
Zelda: Tears Of The Kingdom File Size
Whichever eShop listing you look at, the advertised Tears of the Kingdom download size varies very significantly. The game’s file size on the NA eShop is 16.3 GB, compared to 16684.00 MB for the EU version.
In any case, you will be looking at a download size somewhere in the 16 GB region, which makes it a rather large one in Switch standards.
Digital Download Discount For Zelda: Tears Of The Kingdom
For the digital copies of Tears of the Kingdom, we are offering certain exclusive savings that are only available through us.
Tears of the Kingdom is now available from our shop for 5% less in the UK and Europe. On launch day, simply use the promotional code ZELDA5 at the checkout to obtain your reduced download code.
While there isn’t a deal on the game specifically for customers in North America, we are giving a $70 eShop credit voucher 5% off, which you may use to purchase the game yourself. Again, to save money online, simply enter the code ZELDA5 at the checkout.