Nintendo is the mainstay of video gaming, and the Japanese company has recently announced the impending release of its latest console, the Nintendo Switch.
Naturally, Nintendo fans all over Singapore were excited. But, the biggest question remained – How much would the Nintendo Switch cost in Singapore?
Priced at US$299, it would seem a reasonable sum for a console/handheld hybrid that will bring the latest Super Mario and Legend of Zelda games. Pre-orders were flying off the proverbial shelves and every drip of additional information was devoured with glee. All this before a price tag has been slapped on.
Today, we can finally hazard a guess that a Nintendo Switch in Singapore is not going to be cheap.
As local video game retailer, Qisahn, announced on their Facebook page, Singapore will be getting the Switch, bundled with games (Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild & 1,2 Switch).
There will be no issues if you were planning on getting the games already, but this presents a problem for gamers who are not. More significantly, the price of the bundle will most certainly be higher than originally thought for an initial investment.
1,2 Switch and Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wind are significantly different game genres which appeal to gamers at opposing spectrums. We’re now presented with a take-it-or-leave-it situation all over again.
Maxsoft manages the distribution of Nintendo products in Singapore, and if history repeats itself, we are looking at a significant price hike as compared to overseas.
The New Nintendo 3DS XL cost S$329 back in 2015, when Amazon sold it for US$199 (S$280), albeit without warranty. Even in the Wii days, bundles were forced upon consumers with an eventual price of S$649 instead of the supposed S$499 price point. This led to an influx of Korean Wii consoles that were flashed to a US interface and were sold at a significantly lower price.
Nintendo fans in Singapore will probably soon grapple with this reality. Our best guesstimates place the Nintendo Switch at a potential price of S$550 – S$600, we can only hope for the consumers’ sake, that does not come to pass. And, we have yet to factor in accessories still.