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Tears of the Kingdom Joy-Con set

How to get The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom Joy-Cons

When and how to obtain new Zelda-themed hardware

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.

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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.

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.

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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.