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I apologize in advance if this has been discussed before but I am "relatively new" here, so it is difficult to know. I also apologize for my English, I am using the translator. And first of all, make it clear that I'm a fan of Nintendo but not stupid. 

I still do not understand Nintendo and its prices. I'm going to put it this way to illustrate the situation: Horizon zero dawn and Zelda BOTW were released the same day, a year later, Horizon has an edition that includes the DLC in 40 dollars and Zelda no, if you want to have the complete game, this still costs 80 dollars. At this point Zelda BOTW should have a GOTY Edition of 40 dollars that includes the season pass.

Someone can say: "The sales of Zelda BOTW (I put Zelda as an example but I'm talking in general about any Nintendo exclusive) are still at an incredible pace" and that person could be right, but this is not only about sales of the game (a cheaper game would even sell at a better rate) but to encourage sales of the consoles. Cheaper games encourage console sales. I usually talk to a lot of people about video games and they always tell me the same thing "Nintendo games are incredible but very expensive" and the comparison with PS4 always jumps, because PS4 exclusives usually lose their price in a very short time. Arms should be in 30 dollars, Splatoon 2 in 35 or 40, Mario Kart 35 or 40, Bayonetta 2 in 40 (actually 40 should have been its launch price but well, that's another story). If this were so, I'm very sure that would encourage console sales because the first thing you would think "Nintendo games are incredible and cheap, it is definitely worth buying a console." Nintendo has to remove that "exclusivity" label and open up as something more accessible.

What do you think?

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Yeah that's always been a Nintendo thing, they hardly, if ever, drop the prices of their games, although I guess it's also up to retailers too... I'll admit it's stopped be buying more than a few games in the past because I've thought "I'll wait until it drops, not in a rush to play it", but then a year or so later I take a look and it's STILL full price... then all of a sudden my interest dwindles, in some cases it goes away completely. Although Nintendo aren't the only publisher guilty of this, although I'd definitely say the most notable, for me at least anyway.



Bristow9091 said:
Yeah that's always been a Nintendo thing, they hardly, if ever, drop the prices of their games, although I guess it's also up to retailers too... I'll admit it's stopped be buying more than a few games in the past because I've thought "I'll wait until it drops, not in a rush to play it", but then a year or so later I take a look and it's STILL full price... then all of a sudden my interest dwindles, in some cases it goes away completely. Although Nintendo aren't the only publisher guilty of this, although I'd definitely say the most notable, for me at least anyway.

This is exactly what i do now with Nintendo. The last nintendo system i bought was Wii. Since then i just borrow a friends Wii U or Switch to play Zelda and some others and never touch the system again. There are day 1 games and then there are games you buy when the price goes down. Zelda is day one while many of the others are not. I would buy more if they went down in price over time but sadly that is not Nintendo's approach.



Bristow9091 said:
Yeah that's always been a Nintendo thing, they hardly, if ever, drop the prices of their games, although I guess it's also up to retailers too... I'll admit it's stopped be buying more than a few games in the past because I've thought "I'll wait until it drops, not in a rush to play it", but then a year or so later I take a look and it's STILL full price... then all of a sudden my interest dwindles, in some cases it goes away completely. Although Nintendo aren't the only publisher guilty of this, although I'd definitely say the most notable, for me at least anyway.

Some games on other platforms are the same. Overwatch for instance is -still- $100 AUD despite launching a couple years ago.



Pemalite said:
Bristow9091 said:
Yeah that's always been a Nintendo thing, they hardly, if ever, drop the prices of their games, although I guess it's also up to retailers too... I'll admit it's stopped be buying more than a few games in the past because I've thought "I'll wait until it drops, not in a rush to play it", but then a year or so later I take a look and it's STILL full price... then all of a sudden my interest dwindles, in some cases it goes away completely. Although Nintendo aren't the only publisher guilty of this, although I'd definitely say the most notable, for me at least anyway.

Some games on other platforms are the same. Overwatch for instance is -still- $100 AUD despite launching a couple years ago.

I do not know if it is for the country but Overwatch GOTY Edition a few days ago was 20 dollars in Amazon USA. Now it's 37 dollars.



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Nintendo has no competition.



I think they have a great system set up. Many of their titles have strong legs. Then when they finally do slow down, they get a second wind through the "Selects" brand.



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Pemalite said:
Bristow9091 said:
Yeah that's always been a Nintendo thing, they hardly, if ever, drop the prices of their games, although I guess it's also up to retailers too... I'll admit it's stopped be buying more than a few games in the past because I've thought "I'll wait until it drops, not in a rush to play it", but then a year or so later I take a look and it's STILL full price... then all of a sudden my interest dwindles, in some cases it goes away completely. Although Nintendo aren't the only publisher guilty of this, although I'd definitely say the most notable, for me at least anyway.

Some games on other platforms are the same. Overwatch for instance is -still- $100 AUD despite launching a couple years ago.

That must be an Aussie thing because I can pick it up for £20 or cheaper now, and it launched at £40... although it IS an Activision game (Well, Blizzard but y'know), and they love keeping the price high on certain games, especially Call of Duty, although I'm surprised to see WW2 is now only £26 on PS4, lol. 



p0isonparadise said:
Nintendo has no competition.

This is not just about competing, this is about selling more consoles. And for this, Nintendo needs to attract an audience that might be interested in buying the console but does not because buying their games is unsustainable over time. The fact of seeing an attractive product at a good price motivates people to buy.



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i agree that lower game costs would probably boost console sales a bit. but, like you stated before, nintendo’s games seem to sell well regardless (at least this generation). even when they haven’t sold well, nintendo seems to be reluctant to lower their prices. i think nintendo has a lot of pride for their flagship games, believing that they are still worth full price sometimes 3-4 years after they’ve been released.