The Nintendo Switch is almost 4 years old and it still costs $300 USD retail. Is it time for a price drop?
The Nintendo Switch launched all the way back in March 2017 for gamers in the United States at a price of $300 USD. Now that we've reached the cusp of 2020, the Switch is *still* retailing for the exact same MSRP it did when it launched all those years ago. This fact alone is a testament to how insanely popular the portable console continues to be as if the raw sales numbers alone haven't been convincing enough.
For comparison's sake, the Playstation 4 launched in November 2013 for $400 with an official price drop to $350 in October 2015 (or 23 months post launch). Meanwhile, the XBox One launched in the same month as the PS4 for $500 followed by a Kinect-free version in June 2014 for $400. Microsoft would then drop the price to $350 by November 2014.
The closest the Switch has come to a price drop was the availability of the smaller Switch Lite in September 2019 where it launched for just $200. The original version with docking capabilities continues to be manufactured unlike the original "fat" PS4 or XBox One models.
Nintendo seems to have successfully carved itself a niche as to appear unperturbed by the next generation PS5 and XBox consoles. At this point, it feels as if it would take a direct Switch successor to institute any sort of official price drops for the Switch.