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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sladakrobot

Read about the Switch price here...

There is no price yet

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JustPlainLucas

@sladakrobot: You have to read the entire header. It says teased at the end..

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Xiricon

@sladakrobot: ....looks at who posted the article....Eddie M'cootch.....typical....

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Terrorantula

All I know is I'm buying one just for Zelda.

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Thanatos2k

5 months away and they can only "tease" a launch lineup? Disaster incoming.

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Thanatos2k

@dj14: Xbox One: revealed May 2013, released November 2013.

Playstation 4: Announced February 2013, released November 2013.

Did you even check before you spouted that?

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chiefwiggum16

At some point articles will result in loss of visitors to this site because of his clickbait crap. I feel like I'm being used even visiting this site because of his crap.

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chiefwiggum16

Make your money on software not hardware you toolbags.

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LouiXIII

$250.00-$349.99

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LouiXIII

@dj14: If Nintendo starts the bidding at $400...it'll bomb

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nurnberg

What a clickbait article. Seriously, what is the point of that article? There is 0 information in it. It's exactly the same thing almost word for word that was said at the time of the Switch reveal.

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LouiXIII

@nurnberg: lol

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thedarklinglord

The only reason to withhold the information is because they know people will be livid about it.

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muffin_man97

@thedarklinglord: Or because you have people on the fence about getting a Wii U and if they find out they can play all those games on the Switch, why bother with the Wii U? It's a really weird place that is likely to screw over a hefty number of consumers. You can say it goes the same for every generation, but this is honestly the first failed generation of console we've seen in a while, let alone one that wasn't the last one. What should they do, port all their Wii U games over or just abandon them? I dunno, It's a tricky place.

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Thanatos2k

@muffin_man97: Going by the sales numbers, no one is "on the fence" about a Wii U.

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Thanatos2k

@dj14: "The Wii U didn't sell because people didn't like the whole idea of a half gen system"

Which is exactly what you're getting with the Switch. Laughably, it's going to be a half gen BEHIND the current one instead of ahead.....

I see it failing miserably.

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CaptnForever

it kinda sucks to come here realizing the title of the news was a lie, there was no price reveal, just a "uhh we dont want to lose more money" comment...

you guys clickbait all day, if nintendo would say "we plan a more adult appealing console" you guys would come up with "NINTENDO HATES KIDS"

seriously disapointed, might as well get my fix elsewhere.

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JustPlainLucas

@captnforever: Not a lie. Didn't say the price would be revealed. Said teased.

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CaptnForever

@JustPlainLucas: you work here or what? i see you've been busy defending gamespot's hideous journalism practices.

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JustPlainLucas

@captnforever: Because I posted in a couple of news articles? Yep, all my free time goes to defending their hideous journalism practices... Except I don't. I don't find much "journalism" on this site, just a bunch of idiots with no reading comprehension.

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Moonco

Experiencing Switch will be like the space between actual sleep and the release into ever morphing liquid thoughts

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ASnakeNeverDies

@Moonco: Deep.

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I'll purchase the Switch once the new Zelda comes out. I just hope I don't change my mind.

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Just feel Meh, about this system. Which is a shame as usually new launch and tech will generate some excitement. Just don't feel it with this.

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TJDMHEM

my guess is it will be around $300

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nefphlegm

When and if Nintendo announces Monster Hunter for the Switch I'll consider its purchase. Here's to hoping for a great line-up in the mean time.

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petey_olivarez

@nefphlegm: Monster Hunter and a console Pokemon game and I'm on board. Would have liked a UFC, WWE or NBA game on the switch though.

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atherworld

So in line with what we expect from Nintendo? Well then, judging by WiiU/3DS blunders, a too high price that gets dropped before a year's gone by.

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rasterror

And I thought the Wii U was the ultimate toilet going console. If this features 3rd party support on the same scale as the PS4 and Xbox One it will be near perfect. I need this console not now but right now.