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Nintendo Launches The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom on Nintendo Switch

Nintendo Launches The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom on Nintendo Switch

Author: Deborah Ross  /  2023-05-12 09:14:39

Nintendo Corporation is gearing up for the launch of its new game, The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, exclusively available on the Nintendo Switch gaming console. Gamers in the United States are eagerly anticipating the release of the highly-anticipated game, which will hit their Switch consoles on May 12 at 12 am EDT.

The new Zelda installment has been heavily promoted by Nintendo, offering fans a glimpse of the new features and improvements that await them. Following up on the critically acclaimed 2017 Game of the Year, Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Tears of the Kingdom has big expectations to fulfill.

The previews and trailers, along with some Reddit and Twitter-based leaks, suggest that the game builds upon what fans enjoyed about the original while addressing their criticisms. However, players must take some preparatory steps before embarking on their next journey in Hyrule.

For players in the United States, the game will be available from 12:00 am EDT on May 12, which translates to 9:00 pm PDT on May 11 for those on the West Coast. In addition to the game release, new Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom merchandise will also be available on the same day.

To ensure a seamless experience on launch day, fans should take some preparatory steps, including confirming pre-order status for physical editions and pre-loading the digital version onto their Nintendo Switch consoles in advance. The game is the largest first-party Nintendo Switch title, with a download size of 16.3GB, taking up over half of the onboard data storage for standard Switch models. Players should ensure that they have enough space on their consoles to accommodate this file size.

Fans of the spin-off series, Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity, may also find relevance to Tears of the Kingdom, as motifs and symbols from Skyward Sword have been spotted in several trailers for the new game. Players may also want to refresh their knowledge of the general plotline of The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD, which was recently re-released on the Switch and may also have relevance to Tears of the Kingdom.

Overall, Nintendo's launch of The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom is set to be a significant event for gaming enthusiasts, and players should be sure to brace themselves before the Zelda cyclone hits their Switch consoles.

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