Greysun writes: Nintendo's price point of $199 for the Switch Lite doesn't make much sense to me. If the dock costs $100 itself, shouldn't it be much cheaper?
Nah they should be like $600. Phones are $1000. You entitled consumers! And the specs should be much better. Phones and tablets are killing it in specs.
Lol I think the Galaxy S10 is more powerful 😂
^Exactly You know it takes about $400 to make a Phone. Nintendo could have been less selfish and make a system with $400 components and charge $300 for it. Instead Nintendo wants to make a $150 component and charge $200. Nintendo never treats the core gamer, it’s always about themselves.
My $100 phone can be connected to the TV through casting, yet you can't connect a $200 Switch Lite to it....
It's foolish to buy flagship phones at introductory prices. They drop in price dramatically over time. @mikeslemonade: It does not cost $400 to make a phone. If it did, the top phones wouldn't drop below that within a couple of years of introduction, and I'm talking new (not used). For whatever reason, enough people now think iPhones and their direct competition should be priced up around a grand. That's obscene. I'm not paying that ever, even when I have the money.
^ The bill of the parts are in a tear down of like a iPhone 7 was $300-$400 or below that. It’s not rediculous, get with the times.
***You know it takes about $400 to make a Phone*** No, it doesn't. Far from. Profit margins on cell phones are extremely high.
@mikeslemonade shure, iphone 7 definately is the definition of a phone. there are no cheaper alternatives, that you could call a phone lmao. Samsung Galaxy J5 125€ is definately not a phone, geez guys. All in seriousness almost all nintendo DS handhelds have been more or the same price at launch. This is basically home console on your hands. Not that I would ever touch that thing, I'm just waiting them to introduce pro version before I buy any switch. So basically samsung, which is the one of the market leaders on the phone category can provide can sell samsung j5 at 125€ (FYI these phones are quite shit in every department, feel like cheap plastic). You have to consider that way smaller Nintendo is providing a handheld that needs to run games 3-6h, take some beating since it's always on the go and with a modiefied Nvidia chip which is quite expensive than phone cpu/gpu's. The price is fine.
I think people will be missing out too much to save 100bucks.
Cell phones do alot more than video game consoles.
Pffft you gotta pump those numbers up, those a rookie numbers. I won't spend any less than $1k on monitor stands alone /s
Niinty has over priced their underpowered hardware??? Well imagine my shock!
It's more that the dock itself is very overpriced when purchased separately. But nobody needs one unless they break the one that came with the original. 100 dollars is still a large chunk of money off.
I'd get another dock for a different TV in my house if they weren't stupidly overpriced.
it is absurd that a piece of plastic with a few ports for the power cord and couple USBs cost $100. That thing probably costs about $5 to make.
They are overpriced. I got a 3rd party dock for my other TV.
Most of their stuff is overpriced.
@Seraphim You're probably not far off. The Switch hub is just a USB hub with an HDMI port. I can get one for less than $20 retail, which means it cost no more than $5-7 to manufacture.
It costs us Canadians $110 with tax on top, so go figure. Nintendo is quite disconnected from their customers when it comes to prices.
Plus it's not as if the parts cost is the only cost involved. The dock costs $90 on its own. That's overpriced and probably with a large overhead. However, even if you were to assume they're barely breaking even at $90 you have to retailer markup, cost of packaging material and the cost to package the product, cost to ship the product to stores, etc . . . So even if you were to assume the dock was barely turning a profit at $90, the actual savings of cutting the dock from the Switch Lite would only be like $50 tops.
Basically the Switch is £300 over here and the lite is £200. £100 for the dock seems about right when bought on its own. It is still overpriced for a TV out connection.
So they removed the possibility to connect it to the TV, removed the joycons (or better, "glued" to it),removed the rumble and so on... it's a Switch not switchable with a lot less features and with a price a bit high for what it offers. Mh... ok, i guess people will buy it anyway :P i'm fine with my original one.
Of course its Nintendo.
Non-gamer soccer mom's and dad's (or grandparents) will be the ones getting it, and the kids are gonna be disappointed when they can't play smash or such with a friend on TV.
I really fail to understand. How is this a switch still? They want people to double dip. Simple as that. I dont like it.
It plays switch games...
top, but the point of the switch is to be able to switch? ITS IN THE NAME
Nintendo has been doing this shit since the original gameboy
so you'd rather them call it something completely different to confuse the regular folk?
No theu dont yall all really cant see this thing is gonna sell way way way more then 300d switch then ya blind...u go in store u want a handheld only lets be real all switch is a handheld...now u got 100d cheaper man its amazing
Second u doc it it looks like sack a poop graphics
The only thing Pachter predicted : People would buy a box if has a Nintendo logo on it. I guess he needs to be more like that while making predictions to have a chance of being right lol
Yea but I can carry this on my rock climbing expeditions and I couldn’t do that with—oh wait, you’re right 🤔
Considering the switch goes onsale for around 260, and should be priced at such or less.
It's £199 here in the UK with no games yet for £279 you can buy the switch with £30 eshop voucher and 12mths online pass or £299 with CTR, £30 eshop voucher and 12 mths online. Its a no brainer you get the normal switch but I understand those who have 1 already may use it for travel and the main switch always docked.
Nintendo has been horrible with prices
Why not when the fans just lap it up
Why is it so hard for anyone to do a price cut on a console nowadays to be under $300 without gimping anything? First Xbox One SAD & now Switch Lite, I shutter to think what Sony would compromise on to get PS4 under the $300 mark. A simple price drop on the existing aging console would more than suffice
PS4 Slim should be $199 now and Pro $299 there is no excuse. We’re 6 years into the cycle. I know a phone from 6 years ago isn’t selling at original MSRP
Well ya wish. A phone is not even supported anymore after 2 years.
Typical Nintendo robbery and ppl lick it all up. The final straw for me was having to buy x2 wimotes just to play nsmbu in 2 player. Absolute rubbish thankfully many have moved on from following such a corrupt company
They need to make money....
They make money and lots of it. The problem is their maths dont add up. They sell the dock for $100 which is waaaaaay over priced. The Switch Lite removes the dock, HD rumble, camera, batteries (each JoyCon had a battery) and the HDMI port. All of that should be more than $100 reduction in price. As others have said, at $150 it would be a steal, at $175 it would be a fair price, at $200 it simply doesn't add up. Especially as you can get a current Switch with $30 of Eshop vouchers and a game for $300. Like i said, doesn't add up.
It costs R&D money as well, marketing, distribution costs, There's more to it than just slapping parts together. I will agree that the dock is overpriced. But the Switch Lite definitely isn't. Come back to me when you can find a device as powerful for $200.
They are also using a smaller battery and a smaller screen on the Switch Lite. Plus there is less molds used to make the external hull so it's manufacturing cost would be even lower.
Agreed. The dock should be no more than 40 to 50 dollars.
The dock is just a piece of cheap plastic too. Original should be 250 bills. Lite should be 150 bills
IDK about way but I guess 179,99 would be more " fair " in comparison.
Sounds more like they are overcharging for the dock, instead of the Switch Lite.
Doesn't make it right though, either way they are overcharging for something.
I understand what you are saying, but I wouldn't classify msrp as right or wrong, imho. In the end, it's their product, their prices. One can always not buy.
Exactly. It's the dock that is overpriced. Not the Switch.
$200 is pretty fair. Geez ppl need to stop complaining about prices of the consoles when it should be video games that should be cheaper and especially digital downloads. You can buy 3 new non indie games for the price of the switch lite including tax. Thats more crazy. Then ppl go and complain about the power of the console when you really shouldnt expect much for such a price.
Digital downloads is more than 3 games ie, £/$200 get you a plagues tale, bf deluxe, ctr, f1 2019 and final fantasy online with £5 to spare. Granted if your Day1 fir your games digitally it's upwards of £59.99 but literally wait a week and it's discounted to £49.99, same as the shops/sometimes cheaper.
The price of Switch Lite is fine. Nintendo is gouging customers with the price of the dock and that is what should be way cheaper. The Switch Lite costs the same price as the New 3DS XL did when it launched (plus the Lite comes with its charging cable unlike the New 3DS). $199 is also close to what the PS Vita "slim" model launched at. It just doesn't make sense for people to be expecting the Switch Lite to be sold for the same price as the New 2DS XL.
Hey, somebody gets it. This is the expected price point for latest-gen portable game systems. Production costs are nearly irrelevant. Goods are priced according to their market value.
Agreed. Considering all the dumb things Nintendo has been doing, I don't believe this is the one people should be upset about. Personally, it bothers me a lot more that they're charging for online play and yet, in a 2-hour session, I wasn't able to find a single stable game in Smash.
$200 is a portable-system price point. Pricing reflects market value, not added or subtracted costs. If the price is higher than the perceived value, the system won't sell enough units. Then the price would likely drop.
I'm developer David Crappy and you're all self entitled babies. Saying that comment makes me more superior than you!
It pretty much ruins the whole /switch/ point and I think it’s a pretty bad idea. Saying that as a Nintendo main. If they were gonna do this they need to cut it to at least half of the original. $150 would have been a decent price point.
sigh. ppl show their naivity more and more w/ every article. the dock doesn't cost nintendo $100. it costs nintendo about $2. the rest is all markup - just like cars. you really think those floor mats cost the dealer $200??. the units are priced to hit a forecasted revenue point and the prices of acessories are based a formula that makes up that forecast and the price point of the unit with its packaged accessories. all of that is weighed against market research that shows how much a person considers a value and also what the market will allow. thats why OEM accessories are so marked up. they have to make up a revenue difference that doesn't get distributed across the other components like the consoles themselves. thats how shareholders and analysts make their predictions too. the most expensive parts of the machine are the gpu, ram and screen (and maybe battery). considering the gpu and ram are the same, the pricing is actually pretty spot on, taking up retail markup etc.
159$ would of made more sense. & $300 never made sense.