Nintendo not too long ago introduced it was completely lowering the value of the usual Switch mannequin within the UK/Europe £279.99/€329.99 to £259.99/€269.99. That’s a pleasant little drop, the primary of its sort for the reason that gadget launched in 2017, and it led many to hope {that a} comparable value lower was on the way in which for U.S shops. Sadly, that doesn’t appear to be the case, at the least for the foreseeable future. 

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

“The trade price adjustment is for the European region only. There are no plans to change the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price for any Nintendo Switch model in the U.S.,” reads the assertion given to Totilo. 

Nintendo Change OLED

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

Nintendo is at the moment gearing as much as launch the $349.99 Switch 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 a press release to Video Video games Chronicle saying the European value lower was accomplished to make means for the OLED, which launches October 8. 

“After carefully weighing up a variety of factors, including currency exchange rates in Europe and the upcoming launch of Nintendo Switch – OLED Model, we decided that now was the appropriate time to change the European trade price of Nintendo Switch.” reads the assertion.

I’m no economist, however I can solely assume the rationale the UK/Europe will get a value lower whereas the U.S. doesn’t merely has to do with the distinction in markets. The numbers might present little cause to drop the value right here but whereas Europe’s recommend in any other case. Or the corporate has one more reason solely as a result of Nintendo. For those who’re an American gamer nonetheless holding out on a value lower earlier than lastly taking the plunge on a Change, you’ll simply must be affected person some time longer. 

[Sources: Stephen Totilo via Video Games Chronicle]

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