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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solid_snake1461

It best to be 150 or less. Otherwise, I'm not interested.

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mlauber

@solid_snake1461: you will not be interested in this ever. lol.

this is the Big N. It will be at least $299.

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ConsoleHaven

@mlauber: There are solid rumors indicating $249, so, I'm hopeful, even though I was expecting $399. Then again, Nintendo officially said the Switch won't play 3DS games which removes it from the console / handheld hybrid, so, a lower price point makes sense.

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Kjranu

I can see Switch becoming a hot seller with the casual crowd.

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LiveDreamPlay

@Kjranu: Mostly with kids, I can definitely see myself going with it to school and being just mindblow by it as a kid. But I don't see it being used by adults that rarely play on the go and mostly play at home.

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Isariamkia

@livedreamplay: You would be surprised by how many adults would play it in the train when they go at work

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ThomasN7

I need to know about what the NS is offering before I decide to buy this or not. I want to know about possible at least 4k upscaling for gaming and movies, movie streaming and 3rd party support titles for the console.

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Anonymous81

@thomasn7: I would set expectations low. 1080p docked, 720p mobile. All of the processing power is likely done via the tablet, with the dock, at best, housing a scalar chip setup. And I wouldn't bank on a browser full of multimedia functionality. We don't even know if it has any internal storage at all (remember the leaked patent diagrams showing no HDD?) so it's possible we're looking at an extremely lightweight onboard UI that only exists to quickly launch games from the SD card style media they're using.

Although, if they can make it lite enough, they could always include a more expansive browser and OS on the game cards themselves, along with every game, so whatever you have loaded in the system does that.

Third party support, I would also be cautious and restrain expectations. We will probably see that Skyrim port come to fruition, or something like it, and a lot of other third party games near launch. But as this gen wears on, unless Switch sells like hotcakes, I don't see much hope for major third parties to port their increasingly graphics intensive games (Red Dead 2, etc.) from Scorpio and Pro to what will, clearly, and by necessity, be an inferior piece of hardware.

I say all of this as someone who is almost guaranteed to buy the thing as a lifelong and unashamed Nintendo gamer. :P But people should have realistic expectations imo.

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ConsoleHaven

@anonymous81: Same here.

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ThomasN7

@anonymous81: Well that is what I am saying. The Xbox One S has 4k upscaling for movies and games and has great 3rd party support all for $299. If what you are saying is true then I can't see Nintendo selling the NS for $299 for what could technically be called outdated hardware.

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Anonymous81

@thomasn7: Yes, but this is Nintendo. The company still selling a console with 32GB internal storage for between $249 and $299, and who can't (or won't) meet NES Classic Edition demand. I honestly expect we'll see a basic version of Switch at $249, and a more premium version at $299. They don't see the video game industry the way we do. They don't see themselves as being in competition with Sony and MS. They see themselves as a toy company that specializes in video games. They see their product as offering value that has nothing to do with hardware performance, because of the value of their exclusive IPs.

They're wrong of course, because consumers will definitely measure hardware performance when considering whether the MSRP for Switch is justified. But Nintendo doesn't care about that. Again, I say this as a lifelong Nintendo fan who fully plans to buy a Switch. But if there was any hope they've learned their lesson in this regard... NES Classic Edition is proof they haven't. They still operate like a toy company, and always have.

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nintendians

$299.99 seems reasonable enough.

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chakan2

If it's over 300$ sell all your Nintendo stock.

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nintendians

@chakan2: if it over than that, i expect the "switch" be as strong or powerful than the ps4 pro.

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mlauber

@nintendians: more money doesn't mean more powerful.

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nintendians

@mlauber: well the "switch" uses a mobile gpu, it shouldn't cost over $300, mobile gpu or cpu doesn't cost as much as laptop's cpu or gpu.

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atopp399

The Nvidia Shield K1 tablet is $200. I think Nintendo will sell this for $300-$350. What I am interested in is whether or not it's even going to match the 1080p output of the Wii U when it's docked.

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nintendians

@atopp399: it should be strong than the wii u, no point to make it weaker then the last one.

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nomadski69

I just wish Nintendo would start to understand that it doesn't matter what cost the hardware is as much as what software support there is for the hardware. Sell it for whatever you want, just make some damned games for it!

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ConsoleHaven

@nomadski69: Funny enough, I wonder where Nintendo would be if they doubled or tripled their 1st and 2nd party studios. Releasing a solid title every 3 months.

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so_hai

It will initially sell out.

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melante

Very precise questions and very evasive answers. Typical CEO talk. I really hope it works out (I am a developer and I'd love for this to become a viable platform where indies can experiment innovative ideas) but, so far, doesn't bode well. Price is paramount: around $250 for tablet + docking station would be extremely inviting and sell like the Wii did. If, instead, it gets in the same price range of the X1 and PS4 it will just be a WiiU all over again.

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IanNottinghamX

@melante: I would expect the Switch to be around the same price or close to the Nvidia Shield Tablets. But for $250 or less? Thats a pipe dream. I think this thing is gonna be $299 minimum(why? because their President said they arent selling at a loss.). But To be honest, We still know very little about this thing(ie: what kind of tech is in this thing, games etc.) until January so. From what we see so far If Multiplatform devs are onboard it might be a strong enough piece of hardware to where it might be worth while. Im getting it regardless so I can get the Nintendo exclusives but thats neither here nor there.

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I really hope Nintendo can pull this off. This is a great idea but a lot can go wrong. The 3ds did okay and the Wii u didn't really do too well so I give Nintendo the best of luck, I believe in them.

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monson21502

So it will be 199 ? Bet the system cost 150 max to box up

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"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."

dont bother reading the article but i hope the games shown werent real they look the same as last gen.

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atopp399

@inso-maniac: What do you expect? They are going from a console to a handheld. To have nextgen graphics that compete with the PS4/Xbox One it would cost $1000. Look at how big those systems are.

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IanNottinghamX

@atopp399: look up Nvidias Tegra line of processors and what theyre for. The whole point was that they were made to start making powerful tablets and phones in smaller form factors, then the Switch comes along...I think this thing has the next Gen Tegra chip(or a custom one like they said) in it because Its been a long time since the last gen chip came out.

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angrycreep

Nintendo - Wii U 32GB Console Deluxe Set with Mario Kart 8 is going for $299.99 at bestbuy. Which is a lot for a console that no one is buying. The Wii u might be some $200.00 to $250.00 before the switch comes out. How much the Wii U will go down It will depends how much the switch price will be. Right now the only price I'm worry about is the switch and knowing Nintendo that should be the last thing anyone should be worry about, because Nintendo has always been about low prices consoles.

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whatsazerg

Any more than $299 USD and this thing will FAIL HARD.

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s_moreta

@Chernnunos: His response is actually an opinion phrased as an answer. So don't worry, I'm sure he's fully away he doesn't possess any super powers.

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s_moreta

@Chernnunos:

Wrong. This is his opinion. Obviously he doesn't know what will happen, but he's making a prediction. A statement doesn't have to begin with 'my opinion is' for it to be considered an opinion; similarly, it doesn't have to begin with 'the fact is' for it to be a fact. It must be taken in context. If a kid in science class predicts that 'the solution will turn blue after the solute is mixed in', it doesn't mean he's stating a fact, he's merely putting forward his hypotheses. Only nerdy little kids like yourself who take things out of context assume this. Again, please tell me where, in English, an opinion must begin with 'my opinion is'? Did you ignorantly comment on every single person who made an assumption while omitting 'my opinion is'? You have no grounds for your accusations, you're just being pedantic and it's making you look stupid, and that's a fact.

Oh, and if you want to get picky with grammar:

"Your magical powers to predict the future are simply astonishing!"

Are you an eight year old? At least my mistake was merely a typo, while you have no idea when it's best to use 'to' and 'that' in a sentence.

"Your magical powers that predict the future are simply astonishing!"

Oh, and perhaps you should reconsider this:

"No, he stated clearly that as if it is a FACT"

Because you said 'stated' it means it is in the past tense. Therefore, should be:

"No, he stated clearly that as if it was a FACT"

Oh, and one more thing. When you capitalize a word it doesn't make your point any stronger; instead, it make you look like an aggressive fool.

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s_moreta

@Chernnunos: It's funny how you're the one triggered and you're trying to hide it by saying that I am.

Starting a sentence with ROFL always gives away people's butt hurt. It doesn't hide it, and I can see straight through it.

The 'hahhahahah' at the end is always a dead giveaway that you're trying to cover up all your rage and spite.

And the funniest thing is, I only came here to discuss grammar, while you were here all along to defend the big N with all your mite. So please, tell me again why an opinion must begin with 'my opinion is' and come back with a worthwhile discussion. Otherwise, I'll remember you as the fool who made a fallacious comment then avoided the conversation like a pansy.

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bigtimemad

I don't know what Nintendo is going to do but it might be a wise move to launch with switch versions of the top rated Wii U games because the Wii U didn't sell well. Some like myself couldn't fathom spending 300/350 bucks on the Wii U but...... The switch on the other hand seems more appealing from the early reveals and the thought of taking this with you etc might entice those of us who weren't really moved by the Wii U. If the price and specs are on par from the rumor mill with a few good ports from the Wii U and some great 3rd party games that I would love playing on the go then Nintendo might get my hard earned cash. Time will tell to make or break my purchase

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IanNottinghamX

@bigtimemad: That idea makes no sense. IF people wanted the WiiU exclusive games they would have bought a WiiU by now dont you think? The Switch looks like it has better Tech going on inside of it than WiiU does off of first impressions. So why would you assume its gonna be cheaper than WiiU was? nothing your saying makes sense.

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bigtimemad

You just didn't understand but that's not my fault 😉 oh well. No need to explain anymore.

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bigtimemad

@7tizz: I agree with you on the possible alienating the current Wii U owners but those coveted games you have that are wanted by us who aren't Wii U owners are possible system movers and when the systems move off the shelves come the guaranteed third party support

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angrycreep

@bigtimemad: I agree with you there are a lot of first party A+ Wii U games out there. Games that many people haven't played because of the Wii U poor performances and people unwilines to throw money away on a Wii U console. They can have many of this great first party games running on a Nintendo Switch and that alone will make the switch a very hot community to buy.

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guitarist1980

If I travelled alot I might pick one up. But I have grown to strongly dislike handheld gaming systems. I tried the Nintendo DS and the PS vita and I didn't really like how they felt. I would rather listen to a podcast, stream netflix, listen to an audio book, or music... if I am commuting daily.

Clearly this product is not directed towards me.

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hyruler461

@guitarist1980: But you don't have to take it with you, that's just an option should you want to use it like that. Even with the DS, about 90% of my play time is at home with it, and if I end up having to go somewhere for a long time I take it with me. Now I have the option to take my whole console with me too, but again I will spend most of my time with it at home.

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ASnakeNeverDies

I'd love a non-portable version that's backwards compatible, even if I have to get an official external optical drive to play Wii U games.

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melante

@asnakeneverdies: an external drive to make it compatible with WiiU games would be a very smart add-on. I hope they thought of it!

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midnightrush93

I believe that it'll be around $300-350. Reasonable but for the love of god have a sufficient amount of launch games, first. And not some little one off titles; come in swinging hard or not at all.

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angrycreep

@midnightrush93: I think is $350. A handheld and console I think they are giving you too much for just $300. Had to be $350. Right now the Nintendo - Wii U 32GB Console Deluxe Set with Mario Kart 8 is going for $299.99 so you have to believe that the Wii U will go down in price to maybe $200.00 to $250.00 before the switch comes out.

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Creepshow2

Do not forget Retro has been working on a secret triple A project ever since they finished Donkey Kong Tropical Freeze. My guess is a new Metroid Prime game for Switch and Wii U.

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@creepshow2: Like Federation Force 2 ...

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@Coco_pierrot: *vomits*