Nintendo Switch Price, Launch Lineup Teased

"We would like a wide variety of consumers to enjoy Nintendo products."

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Nintendo won't officially announce more key details about the Switch system until January 2017, but now president Tatsumi Kimishima has offered a high-level take on two key areas: price and launch lineup.

In terms of pricing, Kimishima said during an earnings briefing that the console will be priced in line with what you'd expect from a Nintendo console. However, given that the Switch is something of a new idea in game--it's a console/mobile hybrid--it's not so easy to compare to any past Nintendo system.

"Regarding the price, as we have been saying, we are, in principle, not planning to sell it at a loss," Kimishima said. "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."

The Wii started at $250, while the Wii U debuted at $300. You can find out what GameSpot editors think the Switch will be priced at here in this Q&A feature.

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In terms of game support, Nintendo's only confirmed Switch game is The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, though teasers for new or updated versions of Mario Kart 8 and Splatoon were shown during the Switch's announcement video. There was also a mysterious 3D Mario game on display in the video. Nintendo cautioned that the announcement trailer only showed "short glimpses of representative gameplay to demonstrate the liberating nature of the Nintendo Switch home gaming system."

As for third-party support, videos for Skyrim and an NBA 2K game were shown during the Switch's announcement trailer, but these games are not officially confirmed for the console. Ubisoft is bringing at least Just Dance 2017 to the Switch, while dozens of third-party developers have signed up to support the console, including Activision, Electronic Arts, Warner Bros., Square Enix, Konami, and Capcom.

In the earnings briefing, Kimishima said third-party support for Switch has been strong because the studios "realize that Nintendo Switch offers a chance to create new and exciting surprises which are not possible with existing gaming devices." Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot said previously that Switch could "redefine" gaming.

Also during the presentation, Kimishima was asked if the initial launch lineup for Switch will be aimed at hardcore gamers. He didn't outright answer this question, but claimed Switch will be "embraced by a variety of different people across many different age demographics."

Nintendo will officially announce the Switch's price, launch lineup, and specs on January 12 during an online presentation. The company has said not to expect any major news about the console until then.

In terms of sales projections, Nintendo expects to ship 2 million Switch consoles during its launch month of March 2017.

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TJDMHEM

I'm looking forward to the announcement in January.

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Princess_Rectum

As much as I love Nintendo and I want to see them succeed and go back to being the powerhouse they're supposed to be, I can't help but feel this "We'll keep everything a secret and announce it very close to release date" strategy is no good. Maybe if there was an E3 demonstration or something a few months before launch, then I think they would be good.

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D_

People can say what they want. I can't remember the last time I been excited for anything game-related. This is assuming that they deliver on the games this time, which I'm confident they will. Sure, there's a couple things I could pick at that we know about it so far, but its not enuf for me to say "hellz nah, im not getting that".

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ConsoleHaven

@d_: Well, to be fair, we still know nothing important about the Switch so far. The only thing Nintendo did was show a commercial for their next console. I'm not confident they will deliver on games in the long term. I know they want to, and they certainly have some studios that have gone MIA like Retro Studios. They will certainly have a game shipped in the launch window as they have a record for releasing titles every 2-3 years and their last effort was DKC: Tropical Freeze which will have released 3 years ago by the time the Switch launches. I was hoping for a Mario Galaxy from EAD, but that seems off the table as they developed Mario Maker recently. For Nintendo to pull through, they absolutely need 3rd party support, and their commercial only showed one new game that seems legitimate besides Zelda, and that seems to be a Mario / Sonic cross over (the level Mario runs in is Samba di Amigo territory, and there are rings floating in the air) the only 3rd party software shown were remasters of existing games that the 3rd parties wouldn't confirm was actually being ported! I'll still buy the Switch, especially if it releases at the rumored price point, but since Nintendo announced it wasn't integrating its handheld efforts into the Switch, I've lowered my expectations in terms of sales potential and success.

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RJS86

"Nintendo Switch offers a chance to create new and exciting surprises which are not possible with existing gaming devices."

People really just want it run the same strong 3rd party games as others along with Nintendo's exclusives and not gimmicky stuff

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ConsoleHaven

@RJS86: Or any 3rd party games for that matter. I thought for sure it would cross play with the 3DS. Since that is officially off the table, there isn't much hope for the system to gain any momentum as it doesn't open the door to more casual gamers (no 3DS cross play) and shouldn't appeal to hardcore gamers (specs not on par with X1 at least, and again no cross play with 3DS which has some great hardcore games too). Had Nintendo made 3DS play on the Switch, it would have opened the system to a constant stream of great content from handheld developers, and could have marketed the device to 50 million 3DS owners (probably more like 30-35 Million since a lot of people own a second or even 3rd one), attracted new players to the handheld space and fueled the sales of the 3DS and the Switch in the process. This would have encouraged Devs to make unique experiences on the Switch and Nintendo could have boasted having the largest exclusive game library on any current gen console. Such a waste...

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YukoAsho

@RJS86: Yeah, pretty much. Yves Guillmont's comment really gives me Wii U flashbacks.

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ConsoleHaven

@YukoAsho: I thought the same, ''We love the Wii U and have so much great content on the way!! Nintendo is so great!!'' and how many games were there 4, 5? Even some planned exclusives were canned.

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YukoAsho

@consolehaven: Not a lot of games from them, no, and their big exclusives, ZombiU and Rayman Legends, were eventually released on other platforms.

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faisaldos

I really hope Nintendo would consider bringing back Luigi's Mansion in an all new adventure on NS tbh

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zyxahn

What else could possibly redefine gaming. Consoles, PC's, VR, motion controls, 3D, touch controls, handheld, mobile, micro transactions, free to play. Quit screwing abound Nintendo. Your place in history is secure.

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uncle5555

"Skyrim and NBA 2K, but these games are not officially confirmed for the console."

Seems the internet missed that part of the memo, as everyone was like 'OMG SKYRIM!!!!!' Even Bethesda said, umm, no Skyrim, and no one listened. lol

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ConsoleHaven

@uncle5555: I'm kind of surprised there hasn't been some form of litigation, or at least bigger backlash from Bethesda... So, something is definitely up, as that kind of undermines them completely if it wasn't planned, and it means Nintendo would have used Bethesda assets to market a system without them being on board.

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YukoAsho

@consolehaven: I'm sure Bethesda (or rather, Zenimax) has plans for the Switch. I doubt they involve TES, though...

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megablast16

I reckon $350/£300. I'll wait until January and see all the details before deciding if I'm getting one or not.

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ChueVzla

Can't wait to get this. I'm guessing this will be 250-350 depending on the storage? Idc as long as it is less than 350$ I'm getting this!. I missed a lot of good games from the wii u so this is the opportunity to get everything! Plus it's a handled AND a console!

This seems to be the perfect companion for my gaming pc and as a entertainment center since I'm guessing it will have Netflix available.

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ConsoleHaven

@chuevzla: I'm actually surprised as the current, solid, rumors indication $249, but some journalists wonder if that includes the dock. I'm assuming it does as it's basically an integrated charger and hdmi cable. So, color me happy!

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ConsoleHaven

@chuevzla: I expect it will be $399

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YukoAsho

@consolehaven: $399 would price them out. They can't offer a PS4 Pro price for the system.

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ConsoleHaven

@YukoAsho: You're correct. I thought for certain it would be a console / handheld hybrid that would play 3DS carts. Still, yeah, $399 would be too expensive for the tech.

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DarthRevenX

IDK the NS seems kinda good, a fair compromise but at the same time I'm really not interested in getting another console.....

to be clear, not buying a PS4 Pro, Scorpio or the NS anytime soon......to me games are severely lacking lately and dropping in quality and signs point to the issue not resolving anytime soon so I'll ride out the viability of PS4 then i'm out.....pretty sure I'll be able to use PS4 as a blue ray player and Netflix streaming device long term......

the way i see it why remain a gamer when I'm now only buying like 1% of what's being released????

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YukoAsho

@darthrevenx: I'll always cherish the old school, but I do agree that games this generation have been somewhat lacking. Perhaps risk aversion has finally caught up to gaming?

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ConsoleHaven

@darthrevenx: Well, it depends on how much time you dedicate to videogames. I personally love what's been released this gen so far, but then again, I don't pre-order and usually buy games scored 8 and up.

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Arguyle

so an article that doesnt say anything

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Kadin_Kai

So more expensive than a New 3DSXL but cheaper than a PS4. And there will be no discounts 18 months after the launch. But a hardware update within 24 months after initial launch. Plus exclusives on a new Mario game within 36 months and Luigi Haunted Mansion. Maybe a new exclusive Zelda near the end of the life. Maybe the new Resident Evil as well.

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ConsoleHaven

@kadin_kai: Yeah, Nintendo hardly ever discounting games is still a mystery to me, but they must have some analytics that say this is the best strategy for their brand of games.

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boogy75

New Metroid game PLZ!!!!!!!

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Karl_Karl_Karl

Gonna be $450 USD bank it.

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ConsoleHaven

@karl_karl_karl: $399. I'll stake my lunch on it.

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jerms82

now i'm no marketing pro, but i would think that if they would just release a good old fashioned, powerful gaming console that could compete with sony and microsoft, it would sell like hotcakes - it's what ppl have been waiting for...

that said, i love nintendo games and can't wait for the switch to come out.

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face76

@jerms82: not necessarily. Nintendo from day 1 has been games. The Wii was really underpowered but sold like crazy. The n64 was still cartridge base and sold like crazy. All Nintendo needs to do to be really successful is make sure the console can play 3rd party titles without having to jump through hoops to get it on the console. 1st party titles will sell. Nintendo consoles always have custom hardware that makes games look amazing. Look at RE4 on GameCube. Xenoblade on Wii U.

Price will be $299 for base unit and $350 for bundle. Which is fine. I'll get it.

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jerms82

@face76: good point, and i'll absolutely be getting it too - had every nintendo since the nes when we called gaming "playing nintendo" lol.

yea i remember being blown away by gamecube re4

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skemaal

@face76: Me too. I'm hoping the regular controller won't cost more than what they currently are. Maybe a bundle with that plus a game would be cool. I don't expect the regular bundle to be more than the dock and with tablet and joypods

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Kyrylo

If its 350 again, they can go screw themselves

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AndyBroke

They are selling it at 600 USD in Norway. Way too expensive!

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realguitarhero5

@andybroke: Everything is too expensive in Norway. An average meal at a restaurant is $25-$30, so I'd imagine video games would be expensive too

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X-RS

Honestly, I would have been fine with 400. At this point, if its under Im more annoyed then glad since that would mean Nintendo coulda put more under the hood.

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Isariamkia

I just saw on a Swiss site that you can preorder the Nintendo Switch for 499CHF, it's around 499$.

How did they get this price ? I tried to contact them to ask for it, I'm waiting for an answer

If I'm authorized I will put the link here

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ConsoleHaven

@isariamkia: Some rumors indicate $249 USD... Any news?

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Isariamkia

@consolehaven: Nope, they didn't tell me anything. A friend of mine tried too and told me that apparently they just put a random price and when they will know the original price they will modify it and give money back to people who pre ordered it.

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PS2fweak

I kept wanting to type something negative, but then I would look at it and think some more and I'm actually really into the Switch now. I want one pretty bad, but I just hope there aren't too many sacrifices with performance.

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Daemoriel

@PS2fweak: Nintendo never aimed for high performance because they know fancy graphics don't make a great game, gameplay does. Sure, fancy graphics help but also increase the risk, cost and time of production by quite a lot. I think it will be a console with fun cartoony games and that's fine.

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LiveDreamPlay

@PS2fweak: I think it will be a must-have to people that like mobile gaming and play on the go. And I think it will be useless to the people that play at home in front of the big screen. We'll have to wait and see though.

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Valtair

Great, just great. Never sell at a loss and you're never going to compete with microsoft or sony in a serious manner ever again instead you'll just fade away slowly like sega did in the 90's. Bet this thing will cost 300 or 350/far too much in this market when you can buy an xbox one s for 300 that is far more powerful than the switch will be I'm betting.

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ConsoleHaven

@valtair: Nintendo can't afford to sell at a loss, despite being extremely rich. Both Microsoft and Sony have diversified portfolios and their console brands sell tablets, phones, televisions, AR headsets, operating systems and other computer accessories that extend far beyond gaming. Nintendo has nothing of these and it hurts them real bad in the console space with competition from MS and Sony. Their best strategy is to position themselves as the second console to own after a PS4 or Xbox1, which is why their system has to have a big enough install base to encourage 3rd parties to port games with a unique take, or make new experiences altogether, something the Wii U failed to do.

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LiveDreamPlay

@valtair: This one has a different target market though. I think the home console part is just an added feature and that they will mostly rely on the mobile side of the console.

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Aladan53

I predicting $349, but I'm hoping $299.

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skemaal

@aladan53: 299$ imo