Nintendo Switch: Are the Games and Console too Expensive?
The world was recently graced a couple months back with the Nintendo Switch. Currently, the cost of the Switch will be £279.99 in the UK, $300 in the US, and 29,980 Yen ($260) in Japan. In comparison to the other consoles currently out on the market, it appears Nintendo are a little more on the expensive side when you realise that current next-gen consoles – the PS4 and Xbox One – are both cheaper and stronger than the Nintendo Switch.
From a marketing perspective I completely understand on why the Nintendo Switch is going to be a little more expensive than its competitors, due to how new of a console it is in regards to PS4 and Xbox One. That however, doesn’t discriminate the fact that both the PS4 and Xbox One are stronger consoles and with the PS4 Pro now being out and the Xbox One: Scorpio set to be released this year; the increase in performance is going to set back the Switch even more.
By the looks of things, Nintendo Switch is currently on the path to making some of the same mistakes that the Wii U had made: being too expensive at launch and the first console to come out in the next generation, yet quickly getting outranked by their competitors; forcing them to play catch up.
Nintendo Switch isn’t the only thing that is a tad on the expensive side, as also the games themselves are a little more expensive than most new PS4 and Xbox One games. Currently the prices for new Switch games settle around the £45-£60 mark, which in regards to many other games is about 20-25% (roughly) more expensive.
Now, the console being a little more expensive is one thing, but the games having an increased price range in comparison to other consoles is a fair amount less excusable; after all, you only need to purchase the Switch once – games, not so much. If you can imagine that most (AAA) games that come out on PC, PS4, and Xbox One range from £40-£50 at launch, you can see the predicament Nintendo have gotten themselves into with the Switch and the games on it.
Having to potentially pay an extra £10-£15 for a brand new game – be it an exclusive or not – isn’t a price many people are going to be able to afford, let alone even consider! A lot of people don’t even buy games on release because of the price; you ramp it up that little bit more and it’s going to hamper sales to a new degree.
No one wants to see the Nintendo Switch to fail like the Wii U did from almost the very start, but everything about it is just a little bit too expensive right now. I have no doubt that the console is going to have a bunch of great exclusives that will practically beg for you to purchase the console, but at the current price I wouldn’t be surprised if the console mainly sold to diehard Nintendo fans.