Update 09/02/2023 2:22pm ET: Nintendo of Canada sent MobileSyrup the following statement about the price increase:
“The suggested retail price for any Nintendo product is determined on a case-by-case basis.”
Update 09/02/2023 10:15pm ET: Nintendo has confirmed that the standard version of The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom will cost $89.99.
The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom Collectors Edition will be $174.99 in Canada, standard $89.99 pic.twitter.com/crk6kHMkQI
— Lbabinz 🇨🇦 (@Lbabinz) February 9, 2023
The original story is below:
The Switch’s most anticipated title, The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, briefly appeared on the Canadian eShop for $89.99.
Though the price has since been removed, Canadian gaming deals Twitter account @Lbabinz grabbed a screenshot of the listing (seen below).
— Lbabinz 🇨🇦 (@Lbabinz) February 8, 2023
So what does this mean? There’s a possibility the cost of Switch titles could increase $10 from $79.99 to $89.99 in the near future. The listing also popped up in the U.S. eShop, hinting the cost of switch games could increase from $59.99 to $69.99.
That said, Tears of the Kingdom isn’t set to release until May 12th, so it’s unclear if Switch games closer on the horizon, like Octopath Traveller II, Kirby’s Return to Dream Land and more, will also receive a price hike. That said, a quick look at pre-release listings for both games indicates that isn’t the case — at least not yet.
MobileSyrup has reached out to Nintendo for comment regarding the cost of Switch titles potentially increasing.