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Dreaming of a cheaper Nintendo Switch? Keep dreaming.

There are no price cuts or successors to the Nintendo Switch in the pipeline. (Source: Nintendo)
There are no price cuts or successors to the Nintendo Switch in the pipeline. (Source: Nintendo)
If you were hoping to pick up a Nintendo Switch but have waiting patiently for the price to drop, we have some bad news for you. Nintendo president Suntaro Furukawa has told Japan’s Sankei News that the company currently has no plans for either a price cut for the console or even a successor in the near future.

If you have been holding out on a Nintendo Switch in the hope that it will fall in price soon as it heads into its third year on the market, you’re out of luck. In an interview with The Sankei News, Nintendo president Suntaro Furukawa has revealed that the company doesn’t have any plans for a price cut in the pipeline, nor is it looking to release a successor for what was the biggest selling console in the US last year.

First launched in March 2017, the Switch hit the market for US$300, which is what it typically continues to retail at. Given its rampant sales (it topped the lifetime sales of 13 million units for the Wii U in just 12 months on the market), it is easy to see why Nintendo doesn’t see the need to trim the price of the console any time soon. Even though Microsoft and Sony could have all-new consoles on the market as early as the holiday season this year, they were both released in late 2013 and have been on the market a lot longer (mid-life refreshes notwithstanding).

That said, we wouldn’t be entirely surprised if Nintendo did some similar with the Switch to what Sony did with the PS4 Pro and Microsoft did with the Xbox One X. Its current design could easily accommodate a larger display which could be made possible with an updated version of its custom Nvidia Tegra X1 chipset, even if it was simply produced on a newer more efficient node. Regardless, the Switch is a major hit for the company, and as much as we’d like to see a price drop, it is still a good value for the money given its overall flexibility.


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Sanjiv Sathiah, 2019-01-26 (Update: 2019-01-26)