The American Nintendo Switch price has been leaked onto the internet. Apparently, if the information is correct, the console will cost around two hundred and fifty dollars, matching the cheaper Slim versions of both the Xbox One and the Playstation 4 when the Switch releases in the United States.
One of the chief concerns that many Nintendo fans had about the Nintendo Switch, aside from it not having enough games to justify its price, was that the console would cost too much. This is a similar situation that Nintendo ran into with the Wii U, which in addition to a rather mediocre line-up of games at first was its fairly high price (even though it was less expensive than the Xbox One and Playstation 4) compared to the original Wii, which cost 249.99, the same as the American Nintendo Switch price.
Tellingly, when the price of the system was cut by fifty dollars with the release of the HD version of The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, the system sold 300,000 more units, so Nintendo seems to have figured out that 250 dollars is the magic number for making the console more attractive to more casual gaming audiences.
However, the American Nintendo Switch price is only one thing that’s needed to make the Switch successful. The system will also need a good lineup of games, and though that seems to be taking off right now with a number of third-party developers, not to mention games like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and a Nintendo Switch port of Pokemon Sun and Moon, we still have a ways to go before we see what sort of launch lineup the Switch will have.
Either way, with the official Nintendo Switch reveal event coming on Thursday, January 12, players will be able to see at least some of what the Switch will come with when it launches later this year.