With the Nintendo Switch OLED just around the corner, Nintendo recently saw fit to drop the Switch’s price to £259.99 in the UK and €299.99 in Europe. It does not seem that a Switch price drop will be following suit in the U.S., at least not any time soon.
In a new statement, Nintendo told Axios reporter Stephen Totilo that there are “no plans” for a price drop in the U.S. It will remain at $299, at least for the time being.
Nintendo tells me yesterday’s Switch price drop was just for Europe (and the UK):
“The trade price adjustment is for the European region only. There are no plans to change the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price for any Nintendo Switch model in the U.S.”
— Stephen Totilo (@stephentotilo) September 14, 2021
“The trade price adjustment is for the European region only. There are no plans to change the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price for any Nintendo Switch model in the U.S,” a Nintendo spokesperson said.
Earlier today, the NPD Group revealed that the Nintendo Switch was once again the best-selling console for the month of August, and remains the best-selling console of 2021. However, the PlayStation 5 currently has the Switch beat in terms of dollar sales.
With sales continuing to be strong, Nintendo clearly sees no reason to cut the price of the base model, even with the upgraded Switch OLED less than a month away.
First released in 2017, the Nintendo Switch is on pace to be one of Nintendo’s most successful consoles ever. With some 89 million units sold, it has surpassed both the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 — not bad considering that the Switch has been on the market for four years, while the Xbox 360 and PS3 generation lasted nearly a decade. The Switch is currently closing in on the Nintendo Wii, which sold a little more than 100 million units in its lifetime.
The Nintendo Switch continues to thrive thanks to a mix of popular indie games like Hades and Nintendo exclusives like New Pokémon Snap. The holiday season will see the release of Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl as well as Shin Megami Tensei 5, with Pokémon: Legends Arceus to follow in January.
Kat Bailey is a Senior News Editor at IGN.
Source: IGN Video Games All