Michael Pachter: Nintendo Switch Is More Expensive Than Expected, Would Have Been Amazing At $200

And at least competitive at $250.

Posted By | On 13th, Jan. 2017 Under News | Follow This Author @Pramath1605

The one big problem with the Nintendo Switch – arguably big enough to potentially sink the system – is the price. Most people were expecting a $249 price, while hoping for $199. Instead, they get a system that costs a staggering $299 upfront. Which is a bit of an issue, all things considered, especially considering that you can pick up a PS4 Slim or Xbox One S bundle for that price.

According to Michael Pachter, the price actually creates issues for the system- he believes the system would have done incredible numbers at $199, and prices it a bit high for what will be a second console for a lot of people. “It’s more expensive than I hoped or expected. Thought it would be amazing at $200 and competitive at $250, but $300 seems a bit steep, especially considering that the other consoles are at that price. I think it will sell well to Nintendo fans, but it will be a second console for a lot of people,” he said to GamingBolt.

We also asked him about the one thing Nintendo did get right with it- the games lineup. Like everyone else, he is impressed with the games lineup, and pins the device’s chances of success on the games. “The first party lineup is impressive, and Zelda at launch with Mario Odyssey shortly thereafter is a great slate. The other games look fun, and it appears to me to be a much stronger launch lineup than we saw for Wii U.”

Between Mario, Zelda, Splatoon, Mario Kart, Fire Emblem Warriors, and Xenoblade 2, the first party games headed to the device just this year alone look great- and yes, they’re enough to make me splurge on the system, in the end. But the price is definitely on the higher side and it may hurt Nintendo’s chances in the long run.

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  • Luke Skywalker

    Any system would sell well at 199, not rocket science.

  • TheRealAndyant

    Mario is listed as being released in Holiday, so assume that’s November. That can not be classed as being in the launch window surely?

  • Ricardo Gomes

    Honestly I don’t think Nintendo will have success. Overpriced console joy cons, adapters, pro pad… old tech, 3h battery and decreasing over time… it will sell out after launch but afterwards it will be a wiiu nr 2… RIP switch unfortunately but Nintendo they simply don’t learn from previous mistakes.

    • Bamf

      I don’t know. It seems less gimmicky than the previous 2 systems and they have some pretty good 3rd party support, right now anyway.

      I think once they have bundles, it will sell a lot better.

    • Bilal Prince-Ali

      this certainly is more gimmicky than the Wii U how can you even say that..? ¬_¬

    • JJ

      No, they’ll try one more time-and have heir *ss kicked so bad with Switch (as well as most of the Jaoanese an North American leaderships fired..) the’ll finally listen and give consumers a console we want: less gimmicky and more able to compete with XBox and PSx.

  • crazy_black_man-

    Complete fail from initial concept to retail release.

    • quantum

      For once I agree with you, this is gonna bomb. They are being way too greedy for what they are offering. The peripheral prices are are hilarious.

    • crazy_black_man-

      I ain’t hating on you.

    • Gamez Rule

      Agreed. Like I stated in other posts, IMO this N-Switch is a fail waiting to happen just the the Wii U.

      WHY Nintendo didn’t listen to what gamers wanted in a console is beyond me. I was hoping for a console being able to give the current gen consoles a run for the money but like last gen Nintendo gave us an under-powered console instead.

      Nintendo have lost contact with gamers IMO.

      There’s not enough games at launch to be worth the price, the accessories are too expensive, no games included, more expensive than competitors once you buy a game, and a controller, and weak hardware that doesn’t meet gamers needs. The list goes on.

    • Gamez Rule
    • crazy_black_man-

      He pretty much nailed what Nintendo is doing!

    • Gamez Rule


    • Gamez Rule

      Have you read the latest?

      “The Joy-Con grip bundled with Nintendo Switch does not charge your Joy-Con controllers” … “The basic Joy-Con grip included with the console is simply a plastic shell. It exists just to hold your Joy-Con but not charge them”…. WOW!

      “Without the chargeable grip, you can charge Joy-Con while they are attached to the Nintendo Switch itself. But this option isn’t available if you are using the Joy-Con and your Switch is docked to the TV” = Epic fail.

      But not to worry Nintendo only want £28 for the “premium Joy-Con charging grip, available separately, includes a USB connection so you can plug in and power the device while playing, and in turn charge attached Joy-Con” = Unreal!

    • crazy_black_man-

      HUGE fail. Nintendo has become very complacent in their fight to be successful again.

  • Wolf Wood

    Xenoblade 2 is not going to be a launch game at all as it’s listed as ‘2017’ and they didn’t mention if it’s a world wide release or just Japan, Splatoon looked like a port before anyone realized it’s actually a sequel, Mario is listed as Holiday, and with the lack of 3rd party multiplats being mentioned beyond Skyrim which is a port of a re-release from years ago, that “strong launch lineup” looks pretty sad… Couple that with $300 price when the competition has they systems that are stronger going for that price and lower from discounts, as well as PS4 Pro out for a bit more… Yah, not looking too good for Nintendo which is probably why their stocks dropped a bit after that conference.

  • LifeOnMars

    Switch is over priced, under powered and very little in the way of games at launch. I’m worried about the battery life and quality of the screen(always so poor on Ninteno handhelds).
    I wonder what you will actualy get in the box (The AC power adaptor/charger was not even included with the 3DS)

    • Drugs

      when has Any console launched with more than 2 or 3 AAA games on day one? There are at least 20 games scheduled for the launch window and 80 in development. We also haven’t heard anything from several of Nintendo’s major first party studios that we Know are working on games (Like Retro for instance) and considering E3 is only a couple months after the switch launch it’s no surprise Nintendo is keeping a few games under lock and key. It’s fine if it’s not a day one purchase for but have a little faith… Oh… Also they go into pretty good detail about exactly what you get in the box during the presentation or You can see for yourself on the official Nintendo Switch website right now.

    • LifeOnMars

      Switch will sell well to hard core gamers for the first few months, after that it will need a price cut and some good bundles and killer games to sell to the main stream as a secondry conslole.Other wise it will end up being another Wii U.
      How long before the Wii U gets discontinued ?.
      For me it will be a case of wait and see, I want to see how good the screen is and how many good exclusives come out for it as it will be a secondry console.

    • Gamez Rule

      I would say £199 with a game could be a good start. Or £249 with game and an added Pro controller at least.

    • Drugs

      You shouldn’t get it then… I dont think it’s a good fit for you… Not everything is for every one.

    • LifeOnMars

      After 6 months some more games and under £200 then it will look tempting

  • Tlopuse Strike back

    $249.00 is suppose to be the price, no $299.99. Good luck Nintendo, but my switch coming on June in my birthday, not March 3rd. I will buy it only for 1 game, and this game is not Zelda. Mario is the game, and Mario Kart.

  • Psionicinversion

    michael pachter wrong again, what a surprise lol

  • Bamf

    Staggering $299? PS3’s initial $600 was staggering. This is normal.

    • LifeOnMars

      PS3 20gb was released in 2007 at $499 US and £425 UK. The console sold very poorly untill the price was cut to £299.
      PS4 released 3 years ago at £349 $399.

    • Mavericks

      PS3 was cutting edge technology, Switch is a two year old console.

  • Starman

    To ‘Michael Patchter’ “STFU” you’re not relevant … go back to “Gametrailers” oh wait !…lol

  • Andrew Goodman

    The mobile side ad is absolutely obnoxious.

  • Gamez Rule

    As seen floating about…

    A Comparison in UK £

    Nintendo Switch – £279.99 32GB

    Technically Inferior Hardware
    No Game
    No Traditional Controller
    Paid Subscription inbound – Unproven Online Service with 1 game rental service.

    PS4 Uncharted 4 Bundle – £248 500GB

    Technically Superior Hardware
    Uncharted 4 – Highest rated game of 2016 with most GoTY awards.
    Traditional Controller
    Paid Subscription – Competent Online Service with 6 free games monthly.

    £32 more without a game or an actual controller a hardcore gamer would use. So £280 for 32GB console, £65 Pro Controller and £60 for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

    TOTAL = £248 of value PS4 Bundle vs real cost value of Switch at £405.

  • FrankVVV

    Impressed with the games lineup? Are you kidding me? Besides Zelda at launch and Mario at the end of the year, it’s all incredibly weak. Like Nintendo isn’t even trying!

  • Justin Zullo

    a underpowered tegra x1 chip, on a locked down android based eco system( anyone remember why the Amazon fire phone failed). with a $300 price tag to boot. No thanks, ill buy a Nvidia Shield and just wait for a hotfix to play thru emulation. Nintendo screwed themselves by using Android. Nintendo will be a glorified android play box with Nintendo’s ip’s.


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