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How to play Tears of the Kingdom (TOTK) early: New Zealand trick explained

by Gamerx Ramiro

Are you a die-hard Zelda fan eagerly awaiting the release of “The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom”? Well, you may be interested to know that there’s a way to play the game before its official release time in your region.

The official release of “Tears of the Kingdom” varies depending on your location. For North America, the east coast will have access to the game at 12:01am EDT on May 12, while the west coast can play it from 9:00pm PDT on May 11. In other regions, the game will go live at 12:01am local time on May 12.

If you’re eager to play the game before the official release time in your region, there’s a workaround you can try. However, the commonly suggested trick of creating a New Zealand or Australian Nintendo account will not work unless you have a debit/credit card based in those regions.

But don’t worry, there’s still a way to bypass the official release times. You can purchase Nintendo eShop credits in New Zealand or Australian dollars through reliable websites like OffGamers, Playtech New Zealand, and Play-Asia.

Here’s how you can play “Tears of the Kingdom” almost 12 hours earlier than the official release time:

1. Create a new Nintendo account and base it in Australia or New Zealand. Make sure to input a valid regional address and pin code.

2. Visit a reliable website that offers Nintendo eShop credits for use in New Zealand or Australia, such as OffGamers.

3. Purchase the required number of credits for “Tears of the Kingdom” based on your chosen region. Keep in mind that the game is priced at $89.95 (Australian dollars) in the Australian eShop, compared to $69.99 in the United States.

4. Once you receive the redeemable code in your email, log into your newly created Nintendo account and go to the Australia/New Zealand eShop to redeem the credits.

Congratulations! You can now access “Tears of the Kingdom” right after midnight strikes in the East.

However, it’s important to note that this workaround may be a bit too complicated for casual players. If you’re not a die-hard Zelda fan, you might not want to go through the hassle of creating a separate Nintendo account and purchasing foreign credits. After all, the game will be available in your region within a few hours anyway.

Ultimately, the choice is yours. Whether you decide to play “Tears of the Kingdom” early or wait for the official release time, the important thing is that Link is back with his allies and ready to embark on another epic adventure. Enjoy the game!

About the author:
Sharmila Ganguly is a Staff Writer at Dot Esports, an enthusiastic gamer who discovered the intricacies of video game journalism in 2021. She is obsessed with first-person shooter titles, especially VALORANT. You can contact her at [email protected]

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