Zelda: Tears Of The Kingdom Preload & Release Times (Global)

Want to know when can you return to Hyrule? Here's where you can find out the exact Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom Release and preload times for all the regions around the globe.

With the release date for The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom approaching closer, a majority of players want to know about its Preload time. For the players that have pre-ordered the game, you would surely want to preload the game prior to its release. This way, you can download and play Zelda: TOTK as soon as the clock strikes midnight or the release date. But can you preload this game on Nintendo Switch? What are the exact release and preload times for the latest installment in the Zelda series? And how to preload TOTK? Here’s where you can find out the answers to all of your burning questions.

Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom Release & Preload Times

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The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom releases on May 12, 2023, in all the regions globally. If you have pre-ordered the digital version, you can preload TOTK right now. You can manually preload and download the game from Nintendo eShop before its release date. But note that you won’t be able to access or play the game until it releases. Similar to other big-time Nintendo titles, Zelda: TOTK is scheduled to release at local midnight time for all regions around the world.

But while TOTK is set to release globally, the time zones may differ depending on your current region. Hence, some regions will be lucky enough to play this anticipated and latest Zelda title sooner.

So, here’s the Tears of the Kingdom release date and time for some regions:

  • PDT time: 9 PM on May 11, 2023 (West Coast of North America)
  • EDT time: 12 AM on May 12 (East Coast of North America)
  • CEST time: 5 AM on May 12 (Europe)
  • JST time: 12 AM on May 12 (Japan)
  • NZST time: 12 AM on May 12 (New Zealand)
  • BST time: 4 AM on May 12 (United Kingdom)

If you have bought a physical copy of the Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, you can start playing the game right away. That being said, you can buy a copy from the official participating retailers.

Zelda: TOTK Preload Size on Switch

As confirmed by Nintendo, the preload game file size of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom is 16.3 GB. So, free up enough memory on your Nintendo Switch before you download and install the game. Note that the total game size of TOTK may change after the updates or patches by the devs. 

That’s everything covered about the Tears of the Kingdom Preload and Release times. If this helped you out, find out what happened to Link’s Arm and if you can play Tears of the Kingdom on PC right here on Gamer Tweak.