Nintendo Switch launched exactly four years ago today. The console-handheld hybrid has been a huge success – so much so that it still hasn’t seen a price cut.
Yeah and you'll never see a price cut for Nintendo Switch unless there's a Nintendo Switch 2/PRO even the WIIU only got a $50 price cut
That’s right. Even when the Wiiu was selling like crap, there was a very minimal price cut. The Switch being constantly sold out for 4 years will not go down.
Well the problem with the Wiiu wasn't the price, so
What are you guys talking about. The Lite was the price cut and A BIG ONE for that too
I hope you're being sarcastic....
sounds like nintendo fanboy logic.
what is there to be sarcastic about? both the Switch models are counted together in sales report and they play like 99% the same copies of games. so basically the Lite is indeed the price cut Switch.
Would you shut up man?
The Lite is smaller and comes with less hardware. It is NOT a price cut. It is less product for less price.
ignore the downvotes badz149 i know what you mean, the releasing of a lower spec unit always results in inflated price or holds the price high on the upper end model, we wont see much of a price drop on either new next gen consoles either for this reason. Look at last 2 black fridays and you will see the vast majority of switch deals being for the LITE and xbox deals for the Xbox 1s digital and sony deals for ps4 standard. hardly anything on upper tier system.
So, by that logic, Series S and PS5 digital are considered price cuts Right out the gate too? Sounds like quite a reach...
Using that logic, then weren’t the PS4 Pro and XBox One X got increased in price?
@King_Noctis what logic were you talking about? the Pro launched at $399 same as the PS4 and the PS4 got the price cut with the Slim that launched at $299. agreed with the OneX though. that was xbone getting its price jacked up.
Not a price cut for when it is an inferior product with missing accessories.
It's Nintendo they never drop the price on their systems or games only time they drop the price is if they create a machine that they cheap out on like that red and black happy meal looking Wii. That thing was dummied down a lot just to get it to a cheap price no wifi, no Gamecube feature no memory card slots, I think it had an SD slot like the older Wii but I forget. Nintendo seem to think they are the Disney of the video game world and their stuff when the price does drop it's not by much and it's rare to see.
The 3DS saw a substantial price cut a few months into release and that was before new models came out. The deluxe Wii U also dropped in price when they stopped producing the standard Wii U.
Iirc it wasn’t even months, still have my Ambassador 3DS. It was a nice compromise but damn that thing was over priced at launch.
Yeh but the 3DS had a very slow start so the price drop was to increase sales. Same goes for the Wii U. The Switch, on the other hand, hit the ground running and hasn't really slowed since, so why drop the price when you don't need to?
“It's Nintendo they never drop the price on their systems” Except Nintendo always drops the price of their systems except for Switch They also dropped the prices of their games with the Player’s Choice label With the Switch era Nintendo is just acting all sorts of scummy with their pricing
I don't think it's scummy. High demand = high price. Some one from Apple once said, they are setting the price as high as it needs to be so they can manufacture enough units to meet demand. I think Nintendo does the same.
DS was just as high in demand yet it still had a price cut Same thing happened with PS2
They will have their analysts that try to predict the demand. Currently they seem to be confident to keep selling fine without reducing the price. I don't know what were the reasons for DS or PS2 price reduction, but they would not have reduced the price if it didn't increase their profits. On the other hand, everyone knows why they decreased the price of the PS3 back in the day ;) Also, the switch does not have competition. It's the only handheld/home console hybrid. And the only real handheld gaming device. So maybe that's the reason.
Nintendo doesn’t need to predict demand to overprice their games and accessories these days. Even when a game like Star Fox Zero flops they’ll still sell it for full price as long as possible. Meanwhile GTAV is among the best selling games of all times yet it’s had its price reduced to $30. Nintendo rarely even discounts their games in the $10-$30 range like various other successful games do. The reason they dropped the price was to entice more consumers. It’s the reason anyone ever drops the price on anything. Same with PS3 and the same for every other system in existence. Even Wii & PS4 had price cuts. Idk why you’re behaving like this is a foreign concept like it’s never happened before.
They should increase the price to be inline with their ever increasing quality tax.
I think the Nintendo Switch Lite was Nintendo's way of informally introducing a price cut.
Its not a price cut when its a different system missing a lot of what the other system can do...
It's not missing "a lot of what the other system can do", it's missing dock mode. It's a handheld only console, and many people ONLY play their Switch in handheld mode. For some people it IS a price cut. If it's not for you, that's fine too.
@Corndog I never said it was a price cut. Also, it's a handheld, it was introduced as such. I don't see why you would think otherwise by commenting "missing a lot of what other system can do".
Isn't that business 101? If people are consistently buying your product, there's no reason for you to lower your pricing?
Yep. Supply and demand. You could make the case the price should actually be higher. Same for PS5 and XSX
Exactly, PS4 never had a price cut and you didn't see anyone complaining.
Really, 4 years after launch ps4 hadn't had a price cut? You don't know what you're talking about.
Yes it did. PS4 Slim is $299 and even the Pro can be gotten for less than the original MSRP for PS4. https://smile.amazon.com/Pl...
its ridiculous that Nintendo gets away with all of this, selling ports and remasters at full price, no price cuts, and their overpriced accessories, im so glad i hacked that shit 720p display device that can't run third-party games without blurring the shit out of them, for 300$ you can get a ps4 pro now with better titles, what sucks that their fanbase still buy everything and defend them like their parents own the company.
How many 97 rated exclusives does PS4 have on Metacritic?
Ghost of Tsushima and god of war have more user scores than any other game Nintendo ever made, although it's kinda stupid to compare family games with ones that have more serious themes and complex storylines.
The switch has 2 and they are 4 years old. And the two that are on PS4 have seen price drops several times... so why would you use that as an excuse to maintain a price for a device that’s obviously over valued?
"I think metacritic is an objective source"
Lexreborn: the PS4 doesn’t have any, Red Dead 2 and GTA V are not exclusives.
How many GoTY winning exclusives does the Switch have compared to PS4? Two can play this game hehe.
2 points doesnt disallow price reductions... Sony sells its 3 ps4 Goty at reasonable prices.
Whitebyfox they aren’t on switch so does the switch not count for not having those 2 games? No... it doesn’t, and the fact you would use 97 as a metric to justify being ripped off on hardware that at this point in the game probably cost Nintendo 120 bucks in components to make is why they get away with trash practices.
Lex you are on the Xbox side as well then, it’s not a rip off since the Switch has the best games and is still selling like hot cakes. Sorry bedroom dwellers with zero 97 exclusives. Switch owners with the best games they can take wherever they go.
Gooner what the hell are you on about? Who says game of the year? There are countless sites that award game of the year to many different games. Metacritic gets all of those sites and puts them into a consensus if you didn’t know.
And it’s still selling out.
Bigger issue should be they haven’t released an SKU with bigger internal storage
Why give more value for your money? That's not the Nintendo way. They've always cheapskated throughout the years. This is no different.
Nintendo is beyond a cheapskate. There’s no legitimate reason why those overpriced docks still don’t come with an Ethernet port
Sells like hot cakes though, so why drop the price when you don't need to?
That’s the Nintendo way.
I've seen its sale price drop at least. Down to $400 roughly 3-4 years ago. $380 2 years ago. And a week or two ago $360. Ehhhh could've been $380 again idk. Can't remember everything. All thats from the AU amazon site.
And they won't have a price cut, even after the new rumored Switch Pro releases later this year, and even after the Switch sells over 100 million (they're at 80 million now). That's the power of "true" exclusives, first party software not available anywhere else, despite running on underpowered hardware and brand value, their consumers fully knowing that Nintendo will NEVER EVER release their exclusives on the PC, like Microsoft and now Sony. >Use exclusives to promote locked underpowered console hardware >Pretend emulation doesn't already exist for that said underpowered hardware >??? >Profits from 3rd party software royalty and online services Nintendo operates by one rule. The "traditional" console market rule. Don't try to fix something ain't broken. Microsoft, and now Sony, have started to sway towards greed, and have the general consumer think before they buy their hardware.
funny that you should associate 'greed' with the others when Nintendo is the greediest of them all!
How many Mature games does nintendo make? They make the same ol games with new colors.
There selling a 199 version so they don't need to. The lock down has been a god send to nintendo
Got two old gen switchs (for homebrew and emulators) from eBay for $300, and they are as good as new ones.
I don't get it. the materials they used to make the switch feel really cheap and low quality. Actually the materials are low quality. The controllers are like something out of an old "gumball" machine. I would have bought one, if it didn't seem like a rip off.
You say that but the Switch is build solidly and I've never thought it was going to break or snap or anything and I got it on launch night. Yes the Joy-Cons need better sticks, but otherwise zero problems. My PS4 launch edition on other hand had wi-fi/controller connection issues and my Xbox One S would constantly have issues with the wi-fi if put into sleep mode and not a full shutdown.
I played a friends and the thing felt extremely cheap for the high price tag. And those "cons" are pieces of...Structurally the Switch is junk. I haven't had issues with my PS4 and it feels like it's made out of quality materials and the games go on sale as do the consoles.
Nintendo has a reputation for not bringing down the price of anything. Years later their games are still 60
After zelda my switch is collecting dust waiti f for breath of the wild 2....if their firts party games woupd have a sale i would have a reason to go on the eshop and grab a few and get some gaming hours back on it.....i will say that i will not be buying zny ninte do console anytime in the future
A lot of Nintendo first-party games have been discounted within the last 3-6 months. I got Mario Maker 2, Link's Awakening, and Yoshi's Crafted World all for $30 each and I regularly see discounts down to $45 outside of Black Friday.
that's insane after seeing the new pokemon game i was planning to get a switch, but i can't justify spending €330 on something with such a tiny library of games
The Switch has a gigantic library, where are you getting this "tiny library of games" narrative from? I have about the same amount of digital/physical games as my PS4 (probably 50-60+ each) and there's plenty more I could get soon. They might not apply to you or your interests, but they exist regardless.
Doesn't really need one. Still the cheapest best system out there.
Nintendo: "This is the way"
also NIntendo: I have spoken
Not defending Nintendo, but why drop the price when they don't need to? You should try talking sense into the sheeple who still buy their products at full price. Nintendo is not at fault here.
Exactly, same with their games at $60. Do I enjoy the systems/games staying at full price for longer? Not really. Should they lower them? Absolutely not, people have bought stuff like Animal Crossing and Mario Kart 30M+ times and the system itself 83M+ times at full or near full price so why make a change now?
ikr? If I run a business, I'd love to have customers like Nintendo has.
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