Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom is set to be a landmark title for the Switch, so a new OLED model based on the sequel wouldn’t be surprising. It seems that we might actually get that next year, as images of a supposed Tears of the Kingdom Switch OLED model have surfaced.
Nintendo has released various Switch models for their first-party games, with Splatoon 3 and Pokémon Scarlet and Violet being prime examples. However, given how creative “leakers” have gotten in recent years, this could simply be a hoax made to get some attention.
Fans will have to wait a bit longer for confirmation, as Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom is officially coming to Switch next May. That definitely gives Nintendo enough time to make an OLED version for this sequel but is this “leaked” copy actually it?
The supposed Tears of the Kingdom Switch OLED model was discovered on Imgur, with pictures uploaded by user Kysen (via My Nintendo News and NintendoLife). In fairness to the poster, this Switch OLED model looks somewhat convincing, with pictures of the box and customized Joy-Cons shown.
While all of this is definitely impressive, it’s too early to say if this Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom leak is real. Sure, the separate pictures of the model’s box and Joy-Cons are decent, but showing the model in action would have been better. Then again, we’ve seen numerous leakers fake those kinds of posts in recent years.
Despite all that, it wouldn’t be all that surprising if Nintendo did release a Switch OLED model for Tears of the Kingdom. Breath of the Wild is still considered a legendary title by gamers and is the reason why many bought a Switch in the first place. If any game from Nintendo’s first-party library deserves one it’s this sequel, especially if titles like Splatoon and Pokémon have one.
Unless another delay is announced, Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom is scheduled to come to Switch on May 12, 2023. Should a Switch OLED model end up coming to fruition, expect it to come out around the same time as the game, albeit, without a copy for it.