Nintendo Has ‘No Plans’ To Decrease Swap Worth In U.S. Following European Worth Minimize

Nintendo Has ‘No Plans’ To Decrease Swap Worth In U.S. Following European Worth Minimize

Nintendo not too long ago introduced it was completely decreasing the worth of the usual Swap mannequin within the UK/Europe £279.99/€329.99 to £259.99/€269.99. That’s a pleasant little drop, the primary of its type because the machine launched in 2017, and it led many to hope {that a} related worth reduce was on the way in which for U.S shops. Sadly, that doesn’t appear to be the case, not less than for the foreseeable future. 

Axios reporter Stephen Totilo (as surfaced by Video Video games Chronicle) posted a tweet stating that he spoke to Nintendo about the potential of dropping the Swap worth on our shores, with the corporate saying it has “no plans” to do the identical.  

“The commerce worth adjustment is for the European area solely. There are not any plans to vary the Producer’s Urged Retail Worth for any Nintendo Swap mannequin within the U.S.,” reads the assertion given to Totilo. 

Nintendo Swap OLED

The Swap launched in March of 2017 at $299.99, and it has maintained that worth since. Outdoors of the uncommon sale, one of the simplest ways to get a less expensive Swap is shopping for the handheld-only Swap Lite, which launched in 2019 and value $249.99. Whereas some have understandably been irritated about this stagnant worth level, Nintendo has little incentive to vary issues up. The Swap is without doubt one of the best-selling consoles ever and continues to carry out nicely, transferring over 89 million whole models as of August 2021.   

Nintendo is presently gearing as much as launch the $349.99 Swap OLED (pictured above), a brand new mannequin that options an improved display and different minor tweaks however runs on the identical inner {hardware}, so it’s not a real successor the way in which many hoped it was previous to its reveal. Nintendo gave an announcement to Video Video games Chronicle saying the European worth reduce was completed to make approach for the OLED, which launches October 8. 

“After fastidiously weighing up a wide range of elements, together with foreign money change charges in Europe and the upcoming launch of Nintendo Swap – OLED Mannequin, we determined that now was the suitable time to vary the European commerce worth of Nintendo Swap.” reads the assertion.

I’m no economist, however I can solely assume the rationale the UK/Europe will get a worth reduce whereas the U.S. doesn’t merely has to do with the distinction in markets. The numbers might present little cause to drop the worth right here but whereas Europe’s counsel in any other case. Or the corporate has another excuse completely as a result of Nintendo. In the event you’re an American gamer nonetheless holding out on a worth reduce earlier than lastly taking the plunge on a Swap, you’ll simply must be affected person some time longer. 

[Sources: Stephen Totilo via Video Games Chronicle]