PSA: if you bought The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom digitally, get preloading now


While Tears is already playable in time zones that live in the future, and players are already getting up to, well, umm… stuff — we here in the States get to begin at midnight ET / 9:00PM PT (curse you, left-coasters and your respectable bedtimes tonight). TOTK is a 16GB download from the eShop, so you don’t want to be stuck losing precious game time waiting over an hour extra to get into Hyrule. Plus, if you haven’t used your Switch a whole lot recently, you may have a lingering software update for your console that also needs to get done.

It took me about an hour and 20 minutes to run an update and install the game, and I’d be pretty upset with myself if I forgot to do it well ahead of time. Also, don’t forget that if you have a non-OLED Switch, you’re working with just 32GB of built-in storage — of which TOTK will consume more than half. So make sure you’ve got the space or a microSD card handy.

So get preloading. It’s also the only way to play and win the “stare at your homescreen waiting for the game to unlock at midnight” prologue mini-game.

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