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How low will that MSRP go?

Never get cheaper than $200.00 5 13.89%
 
$199.99 5 13.89%
 
$169.99 6 16.67%
 
$149.99 12 33.33%
 
$129.99 2 5.56%
 
$99.99 6 16.67%
 
$79.99 0 0.00%
 
$59.99 0 0.00%
 
$49.99 0 0.00%
 
Cheaper than $49.99 0 0.00%
 
Total:36

Kimishima remarked about how the Nintendo Switch and 3DS still co-exist at this time due to difference in price.

Source: https://www.nintendo.co.jp/ir/pdf/2018/180502e.pdf

Kimishima said:

Consumers purchased Nintendo 3DS systems in numbers we expected last fiscal year. It has  an  ample  software  lineup  at  a  price  point  that  makes  the  system  affordable  especially for  parents looking to buy for their kids . We expect that demand to continue during this fiscal year  as well, so we will continue to sell the product.

Given  that  Nintendo  Switch  is  a  home  gaming  system  that  can  be  taken  on  the  go,  this   situation  may  change  if  it  grows  from  being  a  one -per -household  system  to  a  one -per -person  system. But the price of Nintendo Switch is not something with which most parents would buy a  system for every one of their children in a short period of time.

Moving forward, we will work to  ascertain  what  kinds  of  play  people  want  at  which  price  points,  and  as  long  as  there  is  such   demand,  we  will  continue  to  sell  the  Nintendo  3DS  system.  I  see  the  product  coexisting  with   Nintendo Switch at this point in time.

This got me thinking just how cheap the Nintendo Switch could get with revisions and economies of scale to assist to bring down the MSRP of the Nintendo Switch over many years.

Seeing how Nintendo has targeted this strategy with all of their hardware (except for Wii U). We have seen very impulse buy pricing (usually making to a price below $100) of many of their consoles at the end of their life.

The real question now, is how cheap can the Nintendo Switch's MSRP go to by the end of its life?

Nintendo always aims to make a profit on hardware sold and the other issue is inflation of the USD.

I think they will be able to get to $129 at some point (with a 2DS-esque cost reducing revision), and possibly $99 if inflation is slowed down enough.

What do you guys think?



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Sounds about right. Although the cheapest version may end up being a handheld only version that isn't even called "Switch" but still plays Switch games.



The_Liquid_Laser said:
Sounds about right. Although the cheapest version may end up being a handheld only version that isn't even called "Switch" but still plays Switch games.

Wouldn't a "Vita TV" style Switch be cheaper than a portable? No joycon, battery or screen, just the chip and maybe a pro-controller.



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I think a home-only non-portable version could reach sub-200. Not having to produce the screen or internal battery could save a bit. Dock would not be needed either with slight adjustments.

Edit: Darwinianevolution beat to it.



i imagine they could get away with selling a $199.99 Switch bundle that doesnt include a dock, grip, or HDMI. you just get the Switch, a charging cable, and a pair of joy cons. it would be a nice gateway if you cant afford the $299.99 and all of the components bought separately would total over $299.99, still giving people a reason to buy both bundles.

and eventually down the line the hardware will become cheaper and we will likely see a hardware revision that uses cheaper parts that could bring the price down to $249.99 and $149.99 respectively. and at that point, the 3DS has no business still costing $199.99, so that can get lowered to $99.99



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$150 for sure. A specific revision that is all about making the hardware as affordable as possible can go even lower than that.



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In one point $150 for sure.



With the same functionality and similar physical design ? Probably no less than $150 for at least 5 years from it's release and it still never happened with the 3DS ... (sure there was the 2DS which retailed for $130 initially but it had no 3D and lacked the clam shell design so the closest thing we got was the New 2DS XL which released less than a year ago)

There's a good chance that it might not ever go below $200 either ...



I honestly think if they sold it at break even point, even at launch that woulda been like 199$.
Wouldnt be surprised if Nintendo pocket 50-100$ on each switch unit sold.

I suspect they can maybe get it down to the 129-150$ ish range.



VGhippy said:

I think a home-only non-portable version could reach sub-200. Not having to produce the screen or internal battery could save a bit. Dock would not be needed either with slight adjustments.

Edit: Darwinianevolution beat to it.

I think the Switch as it is now, should be able to hit 150$ at some point.

A home only Switch version without the lcd/batteries ect, could probably hit that 99$ eventually.