Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima hints at Nintendo Switch pricing during a briefing call, saying the new device will be priced similarly to past Nintendo consoles.
Despite mixed reviews of the Nintendo Switch announcement, many gamers are looking forward to additional information about the upcoming Nintendo console. The unique handheld-console hybrid looks to shake up the gaming industry, but its success depends on the console’s specs, launch titles, and price.
While little is known about the Nintendo Switch specs at the moment, Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima offered some insight into the price for the console and launch title lineup. Kimishima confirmed that more details will be coming in January 2017, but provided a few bits of information during an earnings call this week.
During the call, Kimishima said gamers can expect the console to be priced similarly to previous Nintendo consoles. While he didn’t throw out any specific numbers, he offered some insight into the company’s plan for Nintendo Switch pricing. Kimishima said:
Regarding the price, as we have been saying, we are, in principle, not planning to sell it at a loss. We would like a wide variety of consumers to enjoy Nintendo products, and we would also like to think in terms of consumers' expectations for our products.
Considering the Wii started at $250 and the Wii U at $300, gamers can expect the Nintendo Switch to land somewhere in that range. Granted, with the console-handheld hybrid nature of the device, it could cost as much as $350 or $400. However, with both PlayStation 4 and Xbox One base units now running at $300, it’s likely Nintendo will want to stay competitive against Sony and Microsoft, meaning gamers can expect the Nintendo Switch to stay at $300 or so - at least until Nintnedo releases more detailed information.
As for the library of launch titles, Kimishima reaffirmed strong third-party support for the Switch, claiming numerous studios are excited for what the Switch offers the industry. During the briefing call, Kimishima said game developers "realize that Nintendo Switch offers a chance to create new and exciting surprises which are not possible with existing gaming devices."
That said, Kimishima didn’t name any specific titles for the Switch. Previously, Nintendo confirmed The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will make its way to the Switch, and the console’s trailer showed off Mario Kart 8 and Splatoon, along with a potential new Mario game. Additionally, Skyrim and NBA 2K were featured in the trailer, though neither has been confirmed by their developers to be coming to Nintendo Switch. That said, multiple publishers and developers have signed on to support the console, including Activision, Electronic Arts, Konami, Capcom, Square Enix, and Warner Bros.
Those gamers hunting for additional information about specs, pricing, and launch titles will need to wait until after the holidays. Nintendo is planning an online presentation for January 12th, where the gaming giant will announce additional details in each of these areas. Considering the console is set to release in March 2017, there will undoubtedly be a rush of marketing and promotion following the January 12th presentation.
What do you think about Kimishima’s comments on pricing? What do you think the console will cost?
Nintendo Switch is set to release March 2017.