The long-rumored Nintendo Switch OLED Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom Edition has finally been confirmed. This limited-edition model of the best-selling handheld/home console hybrid will commemorate the latest mainline entry in the beloved Zelda franchise. And we’ve got all the preorder details you need down below.
As of 4:35 p.m. ET on Tuesday, March 28 Best Buy is taking preorders of the Nintendo Switch OLED Tears of the Kingdom Edition (opens in new tab). For the moment, GameStop will offer preorders in-store only. Meanwhile in the U.K., Game is currently taking preorders (opens in new tab) for £319.
Nintendo has already released multiple special-edition models of the Nintendo Switch. Previous versions have included consoles that celebrated the launch of Splatoon 3 and Animal Crossing: New Horizons. However, Tears of the Kingdom is arguably the biggest Switch exclusive launch of the last five years, so we expect its accompanying limited-edition Nintendo Switch OLED model will be a seriously popular collector’s item.
The console is likely to sell out immediately, and scalpers will no doubt be sniffing around as well. So, if you’re interested in this limited-edition Nintendo Switch OLED, we strongly advise getting your preorder in as soon as possible. So far we've seen preorders from Best Buy (with a potential GameStop preorder coming later today).
The Nintendo Switch OLED Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom Edition is scheduled to release on April 28, that's exactly two weeks before the sequel to Breath of the Wild launches. And don't worry if you miss the opportunity to preorder a console, we may see additional stock made available on launch day.
Nintendo is going all out for this launch and alongside a new limited-edition Switch OLED, it's also releasing a swanky Collector's Edition and a new Link amiibo figure. Be sure to check out our preorder guide for these as well. There will also be a Tears of the Kingdom Nintendo Switch Pro Controller and Switch Carrying Case released in May. If you're a serious Zelda fan you better start saving quickly!
Back on topic, below you’ll find all the links you need to secure your Nintendo Switch OLED Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom Edition
Where to preorder Nintendo Switch OLED Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom Edition
As of 4:35 p.m. (ET) on March 28, Best Buy is taking Switch OLED Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom preorders for $359 (opens in new tab). Reputable stock tracker Wario64 (opens in new tab) had stated that GameStop would reportedly take orders today, but the GameStop website indicates that pre-sales will occur in-store only.
The Nintendo Switch OLED Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom Edition Edition is set to retail for $359 and will release on Friday, April 28. It’s expected to be a popular item that will likely sell out very fast.
Apparently GameStop will have preorders for the Zelda Switch OLED and Pro Controller at around 1 PM PT. Pro Controller/Case expected online only. In-Stores will take limited preorders for OLED (will also be online) https://t.co/A04rTpVLPNMarch 28, 2023
Nintendo Switch OLED Tears of the Kingdom Edition: $359 @ Best Buy (opens in new tab)
The Nintendo Switch OLED Tears of the Kingdom Edition is a limited-edition model of the suped-up OLED Switch decked out in stunning Zelda-themed artwork. It's set to release on April 28, and will retail for $359. Best Buy is taking preorders now.
Nintendo Switch OLED Tears of the Kingdom Edition: in-store for $359 @ GameStop (opens in new tab)
According to GameStop's website, Switch OLED Tears of the Kingdom preorders will be available in-store only.
Nintendo Switch OLED Tears of the Kingdom Edition: for $359 @ Target (opens in new tab)
Target is now offering Nintendo Switch OLED Tears of the Kingdom preorders for $359.
Switch Pro Controller Tears of the Kingdom: for $74 @ GameStop (opens in new tab)
GameStop is now taking preorders for the Switch Pro Controller Tears of the Kingdom Edition. It's available for $74.
Switch Carrying Case Zelda Tears of the Kingdom: for $24 @ Best Buy (opens in new tab)
Keep your console secure and scratch free with the new Switch Carrying Case Zelda Tears of the Kingdom Edition. It's currently in stock at Best Buy.
Nintendo Switch OLED Tears of the Kingdom Edition: £319 @ Game (opens in new tab)
Zelda fans in the U.K. can now preorder the Nintendo Switch OLED Tears of the Kingdom Edition at Game. It will retail for £319, but it's important to note you will need to buy the game separately. Delivery also costs £5 at Game.
What is the Nintendo Switch OLED Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom Edition?
The Nintendo Switch OLED Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom Edition is fairly self-explanatory. It’s a limited edition Nintendo Switch OLED system that will be released to mark the launch of The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom in just a few weeks' time.
This special-edition console is set to retail for $359 and is just a regular Nintendo Switch OLED with a fancy Zelda-themed skin. There are no hardware changes whatsoever. However, it does feature two unique Joy-Con controllers, both are gold, but one comes with a green pattern on the lower half, and the other sports a contrasting white design.
It’s not just the Joy-Cons that have been given a makeover. The back of the main Switch OLED unit has been adorned with a Tears of the Kingdom decal. Plus, the included docking station has been garnished with golden elements and an intricate symbol that includes the iconic Zelda Triforce logo.
It’s also important to note that the console doesn’t actually come with a copy of The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom. While this might seem utterly bizarre, Nintendo has form in this arena. Last year’s Pokemon Scarlet & Violet Edition Switch OLED didn’t come with a copy of that game either, nor did the previously mention Splatoon and Animal Crossing models. We’re not entirely sure of the reason for this decision, but you’ll need to purchase Tears of the Kingdom separately. Fortunately, we have a preorder guide for the base game too.
As noted, beyond its new Tears of the Kingdom-themed cosmetic look, this is the same great Nintendo Switch OLED console that first launched in October 2021. That means you’re getting all of the model’s improvements including a larger 7-inch OLED display, a wider adjustable kickstand, a refresh dock with a wired internet port and 64GB of internal storage. It’s a serious step up compared to the regular Nintendo Switch or the budget-friendly Nintendo Switch Lite.