Nintendo president: Switch isn’t getting cheaper any time soon

Eric Abent - Jan 25, 2019, 11:41 am CST
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Nintendo president: Switch isn’t getting cheaper any time soon

Those of you who want a Switch but have been holding out hope for a price cut might just want to go ahead and buy one. Nintendo’s still somewhat new president has confirmed that there aren’t any Switch price cuts on the horizon, so it’ll be staying at its current price of $300 for the foreseeable future. On top of that, there aren’t any successors for the Switch planned either, so we don’t need to worry about Nintendo replacing the Switch quickly like it did with the Wii U.

The fact that there’s no Switch successor on the way makes a lot of sense. Though the Wii U was discontinued just four years after it launched, it also had dismal lifetime sales, racking up a paltry 13 million units sold. The Switch, by comparison, eclipsed that number before it was even a year old, so Nintendo has certainly found a degree of success with the Switch that was lacking with the Wii U.

Nintendo preside Suntaro Furukawa confirmed this information in an interview with The Sankei News in Japan (as translated by Nintendo Everything). In response to a question about how Nintendo is coming along on its goal of selling 20 million Switches by the end of its current fiscal year, Furukawa said, “It is an extremely ambitious, but worthwhile achievement. So, we will maintain this goal. Nintendo Switch is our primary sales objective, and we are not considering a successor or a price cut at this time.”

So, there you have it. It is worth pointing out that while Furukawa says there won’t be a successor at any point soon, that doesn’t necessarily mean there won’t be a hardware revision. Nintendo released a number of hardware revisions for the 3DS over the course of its life, and there has been some speculation that Nintendo will do the same for the Switch.

Obviously, speculation doesn’t mean that much when it comes down to it, but it’ll be interesting to see if Nintendo does indeed launch a new Switch model at some point in the near future. We’ll keep an ear to the ground for more, so stay tuned.


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