Even adjusted for inflation, the Nintendo Switch is one the cheapest games consoles ever
Now that an official release date has been set - March 3rd, 2017 - for the Nintendo Switch, a lot more details are online following the major presentation earlier in the week.
One of the key points about the Switch is the price point, which Nintendo have tentatively set at $299. Here in Ireland, Smyths Toys currently lists the Switch at €329.99, but for the purposes of this article, we're taking the US price into consideration.
IGN analysed the original launch price of other consoles and adjusting for inflation, the Switch came out as the fourth cheapest console ever made. In fact, two out of the three consoles cheaper than the Switch are made by Nintendo as well.
The GameCube launched in 2001 at a price of $199. Adjusted for inflation, it comes out at $270.64 whilst the next cheapest - the Sega Dreamcast - was priced similarly in 1999. However, when we factor inflation, it's at $287.69. The Wii, which was third on the list, originally shipped in 2006 for $249. At today's prices, the Wii would just $1.52 more expensive.
The most expensive games console - to date, anyway - is 1993's 3DO, which launched at a price of $699. In today's prices, that'd be $1,165.
Where the Switch becomes expensive, however, is in the peripherals. According to Smyths, the JoyCon Switch Pair is retailing for €89.99 whilst the Switch Pro Controller is listed at €79.99. The Nintendo Switch comes with a controller that can be split it into two controllers, but if players want to expand out to four-player mode, a second JoyCon is needed.
Breath Of The Wild is listed at €64.99, which is the average price for a game nowadays on launch. So, the question is, will you be investing in a Nintendo Switch?
Let us know in the comments!
Story by Brian Lloyd | 16:55 | Saturday 14th January 2017 | Games
yeah right. Try "Most expensive ever at launch!" Sure, the MSRP is $300, but it was never available for pre-order on Amazon and even the games that were available for pre-orders were sold out. Then, the people who pre-ordered turned around and set a new price, which in turn has affected in store prices. Walmart: $549 Newegg: $587 (and sold out at that price!) Amazon: $441 (Third party only) eBay: Between $400 and $530 Now, do the math: Clearly the hawkers are setting the price way high by cutting availability, making between 50% and 75% profits, but the stores are responding to this by raising their prices even more! Now, there were more expensive launch consoles, but you have to buy other stuff for it. It doesn't include a controller (portable only without one) so you have to spent another $70 if you want to play on your TV. Then there's the fact that games are not included, so there's another $60ish, then you will need an SD card since the included space is too small even for one launch title game, so let's figure around $90 for a cheap 256 GB which should be enough for everything. So this should be about the total value of a typical launch experience. Total MSRP: $520 Total Launch Price: $661 - $807, depending on which store has it available. I was going to buy all the launch games, but no, I'll wait a few months for the price to become reasonable.Posted 16:24 | Tue 7th Mar 2017
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