According to a fresh report, the Nintendo Switch will get its first official price drop shortly, lowering the price down to $250. The rumor now only applies to the standard Nintendo Switch, neither the Nintendo Switch Lite nor the future Nintendo Switch (OLED Model).
Nintendo’s standard Nintendo Switch was introduced in 2017, and the company has been hesitant to change its production line for the handheld-home console hybrid. Even while some stores have offered various bundles and price discounts on their own, the price of the basic Switch has remained the same since launch.
There has only been one upgrade of the basic model with extended battery life, as well as the Nintendo Switch Lite, a portable-only version of the system with non-detachable Joy-Cons. The Switch OLED model, which will be released on October 8, will be the next hardware upgrade.
The redesigned screen on the Switch OLED enhances graphics in handheld mode, and the update now includes a better kickstand and dock. However, it will not provide any substantial improvements to the hardware of the Switch’s base model.
A long-awaited price reduction for the basic Nintendo Switch appears to be on the way. According to the Nintend’Alerts Twitter account, the Nintendo Switch will be reduced in price from €329 to €270, which would equate to $250 in North America, down from the current retail price of $300.
Although Nintend’Alerts has previously provided correct information, any Nintendo Switch price decrease should be considered as a rumor for the time being. It’s also unclear if this price drop would be worldwide or consistent across areas.
Info Nintend’Alerts – La console Nintendo Switch devrait baisser à partir de lundi et se vendre autour de 270€. C’est la première baisse depuis la sortie en mars 2017.
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— Nintend'Alerts (@nintendalerts) September 9, 2021
Since its release, the Nintendo Switch has done extraordinarily well in terms of hardware sales, not to mention software sales. In 2021, the Nintendo Switch has almost surpassed the Wii in sales, and it may be on track to do so before the end of the year.
The PlayStation 5 is outselling the Nintendo Switch in several countries, and the Xbox Series X/S is creeping up, so the Switch’s current-gen competition might prompt a possible price drop. For the time being, many people are still having trouble finding the new consoles in stores, so the price drop might be Nintendo’s method of undercutting Microsoft and Sony ahead of the 2021 holiday season.
A Nintendo Direct was reportedly said to be planned for early September. It’s possible that a price drop may be announced during a Nintendo Direct as soon as next week, as the leak says, and the passing of the PlayStation Showcase 2021 makes sense for Nintendo’s own presentation. There’s a high likelihood a Nintendo Direct will be released before the end of the month, and if the price drop rumor is true, an announcement at that event would be appropriate.