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Doug Bowser Says Zelda Tears Of The Kingdom $70 Price Tag Reflects Game Quality




We're just two months away from the arrival of The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, the hotly-anticipated sequel to Breath of the Wild. While recent leaks have revealed some significant changes coming in the sequel, perhaps the biggest change is in the Game's price.

And if you were worried that Tears of the Kingdom won't be worth the price, Nintendo of America president Doug Bowser would like to put those fears to rest. In an interview with the Associated Press, Bowser said that Tears of the Kingdom will be worth the new $70 price tag.

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"We look at what the Game has to offer. I think fans will find this is an incredibly full, deeply immersive experience," said Bowser. "The price point reflects the type of experience that fans can expect when it comes to playing this particular Game."

Tears of the Kingdom screenshot showing Link using a rotating device to manipulate a large portion of a floating island

Tears of the Kingdom is available for $69.99 on the Nintendo eShop, the first Nintendo Game to embrace a new $70 price for triple-A titles. The move was largely seen as keeping parity with other studios raising prices for their first-party title releases, although Nintendo said at the time it won't universally price its Games at $70. Bowser reiterated that promise, saying it won't be the "price point that we’ll necessarily have on all our titles."

Elsewhere in the interview, Bowser was asked about the possibility of a Switch Pro or even a Switch sequel. Bowser replied with news that Switch sales "are still strong," and that the Switch still has "a very, very strong lineup coming." This is in stark contrast to Nintendo's move to skip E3 reportedly because it didn't have enough Games to fill the summer showcase.

One thing that a potential Switch 2 might still have to deal with is supply chain issues. While chip supplies were constricted over much of the pandemic, according to Bowser, those shortages started to ease heading into the end of 2022. "We’re able to supply that demand that’s out there," Bowser said of the current Switch but made no comment about the potential demand for a Switch 2.

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