Want to play Zelda Tears of the Kingdom but have no Switch? No problem!

Is a Nintendo Switch OLED with Tears of the Kingdom bundle worth its 24 month contract price on EE?

Zelda Tears of the Kingdom
(Image credit: Nintendo)

It's May 2023 which means one thing for gaming fans: it's Zelda Tears of the Kingdom launch month, with the Nintendo Switch exclusive title set to launch on 12 May. Exciting times. 

But what if you have no Switch and no stacked bank account, yet want to play Tears of the Kingdom from day one? Well, network provider EE has a potential solution: Nintendo Switch OLED with Zelda Tears of the Kingdom and Nintendo Switch Online contract bundles.

I've been writing about Tears of the Kingdom since its announcement, as a major Link fan. So whether it's been the lowest pre-order price for the game, locating a Collector's Edition (that's now a no-go, sorry), or getting excited about the Special Edition Switch console, Zelda mania is about to fully take hold. 

Is EE's Nintendo Switch plan worth it?

You can pay just £10 up front and then £20 ongoing for a 24-month subscription plan on EE. But is that worth it? Here's how it compares to outright purchase:

A brand new Nintendo Switch OLED is £298 on Amazon at the time of writing. Zelda Tears of the Kingdom is £51.99 as a pre-order. And an annual online subscription is £17.99 (times two, as it's two years' worth). That all totals £385.97

EE's plan of £10 plus £20*24 totals £490 by comparison. So it's £104.03 more overall. Other retailers will likely charge you more, making the overall difference smaller and changing the value proposition.

But if you think about that on a monthly basis then the above example is £4.33 more per month over the 24-month period than buying everything outright. Which, for you, could work out better than chipping away at a credit card with high APR. It's all down to your circumstance. 

Interestingly EE offers a variety of bundles, from Xbox and PlayStation to Meta Quest and PC, at varying prices. There are even trade-in options on consoles. So if you're not ready to commit then it's certainly an option, just make sure you do the maths and figure out the value to you.

Mike Lowe
Tech Editor

Mike is the Tech Editor and AV Editor at T3.com. He's been writing about consumer technology for 15 and, as a phones expert, has seen hundreds of handsets over the years – swathes of Android devices, a smattering of iPhones, and a batch of Windows Phone products (remember those?). But that's not all, as a tech aficionado his beat for T3 also covers tablets, laptops, gaming, home cinema, TVs, speakers and more – there's barely a stone unturned that he's not had a hand on. Previously the Reviews Editor at Pocket-lint for a 10 years, he's also provided work for publications such as Wired, The Guardian, Metro, and more. In addition to his tech knowledge, Mike is also a flights and travel expert, having travelled the globe extensively. You'll likely find him setting up a new mobile phone, critiquing the next MacBook, all while planning his next getaway... or cycling somewhere.