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It’s raining maximum review scores for The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom ahead of the open-world game’s release on Friday, May 12, 2023 – it looks like the title might end up being the highest-rated game to launch this year.

Nintendo is certainly putting in the work to make the release on Nintendo Switch as smooth as possible, pushing out version 1.1.0 as a Day 1 Patch. If you’ve pre-ordered and pre-loaded the game your console will automatically download and apply the update, if you’re waiting for your physical copy of the game to arrive, you’ll have to download this patch before starting your new adventure in Hyrule.

The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom’s 1.1.0 update has pretty short patch notes:

  • You can now use Korean and Chinese (Simplified, Traditional) characters for horse names.
    • If the language of the console is not set to Korean / Chinese (Simplified, Traditional), some characters will not display.
  • Fixed various issues to improve the gameplay experience.

Performance, of course, is a sensitive topic on Nintendo Switch: The console isn’t the newest and fans were worried about how the open-world game would look and feel as it’s even bigger than its universally celebrated predecessor, Breath of the Wild. Luckily, the launch problems of Pokémon Scarlet & Violet will not repeat themselves with Tears of the Kingdom, which looks to be well optimized.

The Day 1 Patch apparently fixed many instances of frame rates being unstable, according to reviewers, so players can expect Tears of the Kingdom to run on a consistent 30 frames per second right from the start – you can’t reasonably ask more from the Switch, really.