The Nintendo eShop (Nintendo.com) listing for The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom was briefly listed for $69.99. Nintendo’s upcoming The Legend of Zelda title may potentially receive a price increase during its appearance at the February 8 Nintendo Direct.
The Nintendo eShop page for The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom was updated to remove the $69.99 pricing. Moreover, speculation surrounding the Nintendo Switch game points toward a potential price increase from $59.99 to $69.99 for first-party releases.
The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom Nintendo eShop Listing
Additionally, Amazon, GameStop, and Best Buy pre-orders for the game at its original $59.99 price were taken down according to Wario64. Nintendo has yet to confirm plans to increase Nintendo Switch first-party game pricing. However, recent events may be a sign of what’s to come.
Inflation may be a factor that’s touted for rising game prices. Nintendo recently increased employee base salaries by 10% in Japan as inflation affects the country’s economy. Nintendo’s decision to increase base salary wages was made following Japan prime minister Fumio Kishida’s call for companies to increase pay.
Despite inflation, Nintendo expects one of the most successful fiscal years yet for Nintendo Switch starting April 1, 2023. Moreover, Nintendo’s slate of announced games include The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, Pikmin 4, Kirby’s Return to Dreamland Deluxe, and Advance Wars 1+2: Reboot Camp. More games will be announced during the February 8 Nintendo Direct.
Nintendo Switch reached 122.5 million units sold worldwide, surpassing the PlayStation 4’s lifetime sales at 117.2 million units. Nintendo Switch sold eight million units worldwide during the 2022 holiday quarter. Currently, Nintendo Switch is the third-best selling console of all time behind the Nintendo DS and PlayStation 2.
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