Nintendo Switch Price Update: Expensive console is actually a good deal
You can buy a Nintendo Switch for £279.99 and ever since that price was first unveiled it’s been met with universal agreement that it’s a shade too high.
Not least when you factor in everything else you have to pay for on top, including games, accessories and extra storage.
However, as expensive as the unit might be, it hasn’t stopped the incredible sales of the console which some experts predict could reach 5 million by the end of the year.
A dramatic turnaround for the games company which only managed to sell 14million Wii U machines in its entire lifetime.
Previously a spokesman for analysts SuperData said: “The biggest challenge for Nintendo is to convince console gamers to purchase the Switch as a second device, as many have already committed to a PlayStation 4 (53.4m installed base, worldwide) or XboxOne (26m).
“Asking $300 for a new console without a bundled game is a comparatively higher barrier to entry for consumers, considering that the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One are already discounted and come with a free game.”
However, fresh evidence suggests that, though costly, it’s not actually that bad a deal for gamers after all.
A new teardown of the Nintendo Switch console has shown that, while expensive for consumers, the production cost associated with each unit is actually quite high.
Obviously, Nintendo is making some profit on each Switch sold, but the Japanese games giant isn’t raking in as much cash as you’d think.
According to the recent teardown by Fomalhaut, the total cost of the separate Nintendo Switch components could be around the £205 mark.
Clearly, there’s room for the cost of the Switch to come down further over time, as is the case with any console. but there’s not that much wiggle room
However, it’s worth noting that there’s still not that much wiggle room and anyone hoping to one day see the Switch selling closer to the price of £200 could be waiting some time.
In other Nintendo Switch news, owners won’t have to wait until the pre-Christmas rush to enjoy a mass of big name releases.
That’s because Nintendo has confirmed that a range of new games will be unveiled during this year’s E3 gaming expo.
“E3 is always a big time for Nintendo,” Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime teased. “We look at each E3 as a unique opportunity to tell our story and we’re gonna have a big E3 this year.”
Speaking with Fox News he added: “We’re going to be showcasing a variety of games.”
Despite teasing a range of big gaming reveals, Fils-Aime wouldn’t be drawn on exactly what Nintendo Switch-bound titles would be showcased at the LA-based event.
What he did confirm, however, is that as well as new Switch titles, the company’s E3 showing will also see a number of new Nintendo 3DS titles revealed.
“I’m not gonna tell you all of the various games and all of our little secrets for E3, but I can tell you that E3 is going to be a major opportunity for us to showcase not only Nintendo Switch, but also content coming to Nintendo 3Ds,” he said.
While exact game titles were on Fils-Aime’s bo go list, he hinted that they might stray from tradition, stating it’s not easy for people to predict where the video game sector will move next.
“I think anyone who says they know where the industry is going is really not knowledgeable about the industry,” he said.
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“At its heart its all about innovation and creativity.”
E3 2017 will be held in Los Angeles between June 13 and 15. This year marks the first occasion that the show will be open to the public.
Before then, Switch owners will be treated to another major gaming release, with the eagerly awaited Mario Kart 8 Deluxe set to drop on April 28.
While the future might look bright for the Switch, it’s recent past hasn’t quite been so rosy.
In the wake of a recent electronics ban on certain international flights, there were fears the Switch had been added to a no fly list. Fortunately, this turned out not to be the case, meaning your next long haul journey can be filled with Zelda joy.