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Well, competition, first and foremost. I don't see why anyone would even attempt to downplay that factor. It's probably part of the reason Nintendo never really tried to form an equitable partnership with third-parties across the board the way others have. Nintendo's consoles are primarily intended to push their own software.

More than that, though, they've conditioned their fans to accept it. Once that happens, many of those fans will defend the practice.

As for why others drop their prices, that's pretty simple. The people who aren't trying your game at $60 might try it if it's at $40. Those that aren't trying it at $40 might try it at $20. When there is a lot of competition, this is viable way to increase exposure. Selling cheaply is better than not selling at all. Software isn't like a physical product where most of the investment is in the production materials.

More importantly, getting someone to try your game at $20 might turn them into a fan, meaning they might buy your NEXT game at $60. It's an especially smart move when you're talking about a continuing franchise.



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Which strategy do people think is the better one for the longivety of a company?

R.I.P. Bullfrog, Maxis, Westwood etc



Nintendo system of doing stuff is trash tier level, overpriced games for years & barely any discounts, thank God for PSN, XBL & Steam.

I'm not saying games should be 50% off after a week but after 6 months drop the price 25/30% & everyone would be happy, plus more people would enjoy.



Yea, Breath of the Wild has barely budged.



JustThatGamer said:
The answer is competition, with lackluster 3rd party support/inferior ports there's little Nintendo's games have to compete with for consumer attention so they can keep the prices up. Sony & Microsoft have significantly more games competing for consumers money so obviously need to drop prices to remain competitive.

 

pokoko said:
Well, competition, first and foremost. I don't see why anyone would even attempt to downplay that factor. It's probably part of the reason Nintendo never really tried to form an equitable partnership with third-parties across the board the way others have. Nintendo's consoles are primarily intended to push their own software.

More than that, though, they've conditioned their fans to accept it. Once that happens, many of those fans will defend the practice.

As for why others drop their prices, that's pretty simple. The people who aren't trying your game at $60 might try it if it's at $40. Those that aren't trying it at $40 might try it at $20. When there is a lot of competition, this is viable way to increase exposure. Selling cheaply is better than not selling at all. Software isn't like a physical product where most of the investment is in the production materials.

More importantly, getting someone to try your game at $20 might turn them into a fan, meaning they might buy your NEXT game at $60. It's an especially smart move when you're talking about a continuing franchise.

Ok, competition is a fact. But, Nintendo is selling video games. Rockstar is selling video games, Activision is selling video games, EA is selling video games, everybody here are selling video games. So, competition is real, for all, Nintendo included. 



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For the same reason why Splatoon can decide which content to lock you out of, and only lets you play said content when Nintendo wants you to - while simultaneously getting away with it!



Nintendo actually releases $100+ games for $60 whereas others release $1-$30 games for $60 until the thirstiest gamers are satisfied.

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Don't Play Stationary 4 ever. Switch!

I always saw it as Nintendo titles hold more value than a typical third party release. But ebay is always a good friend for cheap Nintendo game either way.



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Pyro as Bill said:

Nintendo actually releases $100+ games for $60 whereas others release $1-$30 games for $60 until the thirstiest gamers are satisfied.

C’mon bro, most Nintendo games have indie level production values, even their biggest games aren’t even half as ambitious as games like RDR2, God of War, Horizon, Call of Duty, and countless more.



Sahib said:
Pyro as Bill said:

Nintendo actually releases $100+ games for $60 whereas others release $1-$30 games for $60 until the thirstiest gamers are satisfied.

C’mon bro, most Nintendo games have indie level production values, even their biggest games aren’t even half as ambitious as games like RDR2, God of War, Horizon, Call of Duty, and countless more.

Nintendo just humiliated the AAA game industry by making the best ever open world game on 10yr old hardware.

They have the most successful racing, fighting, platforming, RPG games and the highest selling first party shooter.

High end graphics are easy to achieve. Timeless gameplay requires actual talent.



Nov 2016 - NES outsells PS1 (JP)

Don't Play Stationary 4 ever. Switch!