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After next Summer, or just at the end of it, around September 2019, to make it restart in the best possible way after the Summer slump.


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Before holiday 2019 kicks in, a 50$ price cut. Then another one to 200$ by the time the PS5 and XBnext gen release to be half their price.

AngryLittleAlchemist said:
I remember Shadow1980 posting a very good and interesting comment about price-cuts regarding consoles and how a lot of time they aren't that big of a deal. Don't know if that's true, but even if it was, I think that this is very different for handheld consoles - where a lot of the selling point is getting it as an individual console.

So honestly, Nintendo probably should make a price cut around the time Animal Crossing launches, or around the time holidays come (if AC is a Q3/4 title). I have no doubt they could sell a shit ton without one, though.

It's true that no two price cuts have the same effect. In particular, late-gen price cuts (which are never big) tend to have very modest effects at best, and sometimes do absolutely nothing. However, the first price cut a system gets usually does result in a relatively significant increase in sales for some months afterward. For example, in the U.S. the 360's first price cut (with an assist from Halo 3 in Sept. '07) resulted in Aug. '07 - July '08 sales being nearly 28% higher than they were in the previous Aug.-July period. The PS2's first price cut resulted in May '02 - April '03 sales being 42.3% higher than they were in the previous May-April period. The PS3's first actual price cut (the Nov. '07 reduction to $400), along with a slight assist from MGS4, resulted in sales in the Jan.-Oct. period of 2008 being a massive 88.7% higher than sales in the Jan.-Oct. period of 2007. In fact, every home console from the PS2 to the Wii U showed marked improvement to baseline sales after the first price cut.

We never really saw this change until this generation. The PS4's first official price cut had greatly reduced effects. Q1 2016 sales for the PS4 were only 10.2% higher than those in Q1 2015. April 2016 was flat YoY, though May was slightly up YoY thanks to Uncharted 4, and July & August were way down YoY, showing that the effects of the PS4's price cut were modest and short-lived (June was also way down YoY, but that's largely because Batman: Arkham Knight was actually a pretty decent system-seller for the PS4 in June 2015). Teasing out the effects of the XBO's first price cut is a harder task, because it was so early in the system's life, and the XBO would get another price cut just five months later, but the XBO did horribly in April & May, while June through October sales averaged far, far better (and September got a modest additional boost from Destiny).

But in general, this generation has seen regular permanent price cuts have very modest effects on baseline sales as temporary official Black Friday and Christmas price cuts have helped move more and more sales to the holidays. This is the most Q4-heavy generation yet, at least as it regards PlayStation and Xbox.

With the Switch, it's hard to say what effects its first price cut will have. There's also the possibility that the first price cut will technically not be a price cut per se but rather the introduction of a lower-priced hardware revision, perhaps a handheld-only Switch Mini. And the Switch is a hybrid system. While Nintendo has always cut the price of their home systems, actual price cuts to existing models of their handhelds are rare. The 3DS got a price cut because it was very expensive for a Nintendo handheld and that was hurting sales, and no subsequent remodels to the 3DS have had any permanent price cuts. The DS Lite got a price cut, but not until after the 3DS debuted. And the GBA SP got a small price cut shortly before the DS was released.

But if the current model Switch does get a permanent price cut, it ought to see a decent increase in its baseline sales. Nintendo hasn't been as Black Friday-focused as Sony & MS, with no temporary price cuts, just some bundles at regular price, which is a de facto price cut but not an actual reduction in sticker price. As a result their Novembers are far more modest relatively speaking, and therefore since Nintendo systems haven't exhibited that major non-holiday to holiday period shift in sales for the year, a price cut for the Switch ought to do more than the permanent price cuts have done for the PS4 & XBO.

Last edited by Shadow1980 - on 30 November 2018

Next holiday season seems about right...

Summer or Fall 2019 just in time for Animal Crossing and Gen 8.

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2019 Q4.

I dont think it will be a price cut but giving lime MK8 for free with the switch like we saw for the BF.
But a 250$ Switch could be happening soon to tho. It already got a price cut of 20$ in Canada even thought it has been doing extremely well.

My guess is it will happen after it's second fiscal year ends in March 2019.

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Always felt the 299$ asking price for the hardware the switch has is too much.
Im assumeing Nintendo could easily cut 50-100$ bucks off of it if they wanted to sell it at near break even point.

As is nintendo is makeing a killing on each sale I suspect.

Hopefully next year, it gets atleast a 50$ cut.



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bananaking21 said:
Before holiday 2019 kicks in, a 50$ price cut.
Then another one to 200$ by the time the PS5 and XBnext gen release to be half their price.

Honestly think this would be the sensible thing too do.



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Number of days to reach 80M from 70M : 227 days

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