Release: Oled Switch With Legend Of Zelda: Tears Of The Kingdom On April 28
Nintendo had more than just gameplay to show during the Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom stream. The company revealed that a special edition Tears of the Kingdom OLED Switch will be available on April 28 for $360. Unfortunately, a game is not included, but there is decorated artwork on the system, Joy-Cons, and dock.
The Switch is functionally identical to the regular OLED models. That means a 7-inch screen (as opposed to the original’s 6.2 inches), a more powerful kickstand, and 64GB of expandable storage. You should not rush to replace the 2019 Switch LCD, but it might be worth an upgrade if you have a launch console and want longer battery life in addition to the improved display and other improvements.
Luckily, you don’t have to buy a whole new Switch to show your enthusiasm. Nintendo is also introducing “Tears of the Kingdom” versions of the Pro controller and carrying case. They’ll cost $75 and $25, respectively, when they’re released on May 12, the same day as the game. This is probably the smartest investment if you’re already a Switch owner or aren’t excited about spending over $300 to catch up on six years’ worth of games.
Nintendo to show 10 minutes of gameplay from ‘Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom’ tomorrow
You don’t have to settle for trailers if you want to know how The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom will play. Nintendo and the series producer, Eiji Aonuma, will show 10 minutes of gameplay from Tears in a live premiere on the company’s YouTube channel. It’s not clear what exactly you’ll see, but it’s safe to assume that the demo will include new gameplay mechanics and won’t contain any major plot spoilers.
The new title shares the open-world experience that made Breath of the Wild a hit when the Switch launched, but adds both a new environment (the floating islands above Hyrule) and a wealth of new ways to traverse the landscape. You can fly on a giant hoverboard, ride a motorized cart across the ground, and even grind rails. Nintendo hasn’t revealed everything about Tears of the Kingdom yet, but we expect there will be plenty of other gameplay changes.
The sequel will be released on May 12, with pre-orders available now. There’s a lot riding on Tears. The predecessor was the standout launch title for the Switch and helped make Nintendo’s system one of the best-selling consoles of all time. This new game arrives six years later with high expectations and a much larger potential fan base.
The Nintendo Switch OLED is $30 off right now
The Nintendo Switch OLED is a big improvement over the original. That’s mostly because of the 7-inch OLED display, which is bigger and brighter than the original model. It’s also $50 more than its predecessor, but a sale (today only) helps negate some of that. Woot is selling the Switch OLED for just $320, a savings of $30 over the regular price, and the best deal we’ve seen yet.
The Switch OLED scored a solid 89 on our test, and several Switch models were featured in our recent console buying guide. The compact size makes it the perfect travel companion and the more efficient OLED screen delivers up to seven hours of battery life on Metroid Dread – significantly more than the OG Switch. At the same time, the screen is noticeably brighter and delivers more vivid colors and deeper blacks.
It features the same CPU and GPU to ensure compatibility with all your Switch titles. However, there are improvements to the stand, welcome improvements to the buttons, and a new textured plastic material that makes it more comfortable to hold. The only downsides are the slightly heavier weight and higher price, but the latter is significantly offset by the savings. If you’re interested, you’ll want to act fast – the offer is only good for today or until all stock is used up.
Demo Video Watch 10 minutes of ‘Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom’ gameplay
The demo video also shows how to reach the floating islands above Hyrule (by using a recall ability on an elevator stone) and what happens when you fall or jump off. You have full control all the way down, so you can glide to distant areas or quickly plummet to the ground. Many mechanics seem familiar, so you do not have to relearn the basics.