Five years after The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild simultaneously launched on the Wii U and Nintendo Switch, Tears of the Kingdom is well-positioned to join it as one of the most popular Switch titles of all time.
Nintendo has done much to promote this highly-anticipated game in the lead-up to its global launch. This has included announcing new commemorative hardware based on the game. Here’s how you can get The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom Joy-Con controllers.
How to get Tears of the Kingdom Joy-Con
The special Zelda-themed Joy-Con set inspired by Tears of the Kingdom features two Joy-Cons that are primarily colored gold. The left Joy-Con sports a green, maze-like pattern, while the right one is decorated with a white, swirling pattern. In addition, a small version of the iconic Hylian Crest appears at the bottom of each controller.
As of now, it doesn’t seem that these two Joy-Cons can be purchased on their own. Instead, they come with the Zelda-themed Switch OLED model. The full model also comes with a decorated Switch dock. Like the right Joy-Con, the dock features gold and white swirls, along with a more prominent Hylian Crest.
It’s worth noting that Switch OLED models do not use a different kind of Joy-Con controller than standard models. As a result, if you decide to purchase the Zelda Switch, its accompanying Joy-Con will be compatible with any other Switch.
Embark on an epic adventure across the land and skies of Hyrule with this The Legend of #Zelda: #TearsOfTheKingdom Edition of the Nintendo Switch OLED Model system, launching April 28th. pic.twitter.com/qPapiWt9vN
— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) March 28, 2023
When do the game and Joy-Con controllers come out?
The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom will become available for Nintendo Switch users starting on May 12. However, the Tears of the Kingdom Joy-Con and Switch OLED will come out two weeks earlier. This means that diehard Zelda fans can get their Tears of the Kingdom-themed hardware as early as April 28.
To get the commemorative Joy-Con controllers, fans will have to spend $360 for the Zelda-themed Switch OLED model. It’s worth noting that this is the same price as the Switch OLED models based on Splatoon 3 and Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, which is only $10 more expensive than an unthemed Switch OLED model.
As a result, the Zelda Switch and Joy-Con set may be a fine investment for anyone looking to buy a new Switch, but may not be worth the cost for someone who already owns a Switch and doesn’t need another. You should also keep in mind that The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom will cost $70, which is $10 more expensive than the typical cost of a premier Nintendo Switch game up to now.
About the Author
Dylan Tate is an alumnus of the Hussman School of Journalism and Media at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is a gaming journalist with a love for Nintendo esports, particularly Super Smash Bros. and Pokémon.