The Legend Of Zelda: Tears Of The Kingdom Gets Official ESRB Rating | Nintendo Life

It appears that the hotly-anticipated The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom has received its official rating for North America by the Entertainment Software Ratings Board (or ESRB, if you will).

Unsurprisingly, the game has been rated E10+, with warnings of Fantasy Violence and Mild Suggestive Themes (thanks, Go Nintendo). This places the game in exactly the same position as its predecessor, Breath of the Wild, which received the same rating back in 2017.

While the initial game trailer showcased Link and his poorly arm from the get-go (posing some pretty gross scenarios about all things bodily) this rating suggests that the game probably won’t go too hard on that front. If BOTW is anything to go by, then the scares and injury detail are likely to be kept to a minimum.

The rating can now be found in all of its glory over on the North American eShop as seen above.

It has been a while now since we last caught any official news on TOTK thanks to the game’s no-show at the recent TGAs (wow, that’s a lot of acronyms for one sentence). However, the game is still set to release on 12th May, 2023 so we can expect the marketing to really pick up in the new year – Zelda Direct anyone??

For a full breakdown of everything that we have spotted about the game from trailers and images so far, check out our top theories on what’s going down in Hyrule in the following article:

Are you surprised by this rating? Use Stasis for a moment to let us know your thoughts in the comments!

Mild Suggestive Themes? Things about to get spicy

I know ultimately it doesn’t matter but a small part of me is disappointed the game isn’t rated higher, haha. Would’ve been cool to speculate what a T for teen Zelda would look like.

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  • Anachronism

Great. This is more or less confirmation that the game is properly finished. I was pretty confident once they gave an actual date, but given the series’s history, you can never be too sure.

Great. This is more or less confirmation that the game is properly finished. I was pretty confident once they gave an actual date, but given the series’s history, you can never be too sure.

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  • TeaCatherine

@Chalkfire Eh, it’s been done before. Twilight Princess was rated T.

@Chalkfire Eh, it’s been done before. Twilight Princess was rated T.

what needs to happen for a game to get a rating? For a movie someone has to watch the finished product don’t they?

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  • MS7000

@Chalkfire As TeaCatherine said, Twilight Princess was T, and so was Majora’s Mask originally. the other mainline games have been E or a variant as such (E10+). The Warriors’ games and Link’s Crossbow Training are also T.

That said, I would like another “dark” Zelda. I still don’t know enough about this new one whether I am looking forward to it or not.

@Chalkfire As TeaCatherine said, Twilight Princess was T, and so was Majora’s Mask originally. the other mainline games have been E or a variant as such (E10+). The Warriors’ games and Link’s Crossbow Training are also T.

That said, I would like another “dark” Zelda. I still don’t know enough about this new one whether I am looking forward to it or not.

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  • TeaCatherine

@MS7000 Could have sworn I heard that MM was originally E and has at most been E10+, I just checked the ESRB website and that has E for the original and E10+ for the 3DS version.

@MS7000 Could have sworn I heard that MM was originally E and has at most been E10+, I just checked the ESRB website and that has E for the original and E10+ for the 3DS version.

@Anachronism As I’ve been saying, it’s push back to May felt more or less Nintendo positioning the game to come out on a certain date and not because the game still needs that much more development time.

@MarioBrickLayer With the way games are continuously patched and updated, “finished product” has become kind of a loose term, but the actual content of the game has to be pretty firmly nailed down before the ESRB reviews it.

@Bizzyb I couldn’t say, though given how reluctant they usually are to announce things far in advance, I doubt Nintendo likes missing a formerly stated release window. Could be Aonuma just pushed for an extra few months to polish it up.

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  • MarioBrickLayer

@Anachronism so a ESRB employee somewhere has already played Tears of the Kingdom…

@Anachronism so a ESRB employee somewhere has already played Tears of the Kingdom…

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  • Anachronism

@MarioBrickLayer Maybe? At the very least, someone there could probably spoil every major plot point, boss battle, etc.

Edit: @ketrac sounds like the expert, so I guess go with them.

@MarioBrickLayer Maybe? At the very least, someone there could probably spoil every major plot point, boss battle, etc.

Edit: @ketrac sounds like the expert, so I guess go with them.

Well, this probably confirms that the game will not be delayed again. If they needed to significantly overhaul or refine content, I believe the ESRB would need to take another look at the game.

ESRB raters do not play through games during the rating process for a variety of reasons. First, many games can have upwards of 50 hours of gameplay, so requiring a minimum of three raters to play through hundreds of physical (boxed) games rated annually would be impractical. Additionally, games are player-controlled and enable many different permutations of gameplay depending upon how the player decides to approach a situation. We do, however, play-test many games after release to help ensure all pertinent content was disclosed during the rating process.

@Anachronism I wouldn’t exactly call 8 months “an extra few months”.

I’m hinting at the possibility of Nintendo positioning the title to launch in a more meaningful and impactful way than “just launch when it’s done”.

The game is probably already like 95% done and will be completely polished by March.

I’m not surprised, it’s Nintendo.

I’m really hoping we get an official update on this one before long. Tears of the Kingdom is my most anticipated game next year.

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  • SlashFuture

Maybe we’re going to get a Direct in February with a TotK overview video and new Switch hardware video like the new3DS and Majora’s Mask back in 2015?

Maybe we’re going to get a Direct in February with a TotK overview video and new Switch hardware video like the new3DS and Majora’s Mask back in 2015?

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  • Anachronism

@Bizzyb So you’re looking for a Switch Pro/2, then. Not impossible, but I wouldn’t call it a sure thing, either. Long development times and delays are practically a series tradition, even for the ones not launching with new hardware. Personally, I’m kind of hoping Prime 4 is the big flagship game for their next system.

@Bizzyb So you’re looking for a Switch Pro/2, then. Not impossible, but I wouldn’t call it a sure thing, either. Long development times and delays are practically a series tradition, even for the ones not launching with new hardware. Personally, I’m kind of hoping Prime 4 is the big flagship game for their next system.

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  • FishyS

It’s not M for mature?? shocking. I just assumed it would have massive amounts of gratuitous gore and nudity.🤔

It’s not M for mature?? shocking. I just assumed it would have massive amounts of gratuitous gore and nudity.🤔

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  • Bizzyb

@Anachronism Except this Zelda is most likely reusing at least 50-60% existing assets. If anything the development time should have been shorter than BOTW, not longer. That is unprecedented for a Zelda game actually

Also the Switch is old, its tech is older than Xbox one. Curtent games are already getting harder and harder to impressively run on it. Do you really want another year of games not running well or not releasing at all?

Also, considering Twilight Princess and BOTW have already shown how much Zelda can do for a new platform, all the pieces fal into place.

@Anachronism Except this Zelda is most likely reusing at least 50-60% existing assets. If anything the development time should have been shorter than BOTW, not longer. That is unprecedented for a Zelda game actually

Also the Switch is old, its tech is older than Xbox one. Curtent games are already getting harder and harder to impressively run on it. Do you really want another year of games not running well or not releasing at all?

Also, considering Twilight Princess and BOTW have already shown how much Zelda can do for a new platform, all the pieces fal into place.

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  • blindsquarel

@FishyS
I know, at this point it’s not worth the purchase. Just a game for babies.

Now if you’ll excuse me, Im gonna go spend ten hours on Call of Duty.

@FishyS
I know, at this point it’s not worth the purchase. Just a game for babies.

Now if you’ll excuse me, Im gonna go spend ten hours on Call of Duty.

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