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alejollorente10 said:
Mar1217 said:

Actually, they'll probably use the "Nintendo Select" brand again instead and sell it at 30$ instead. That's how major discount have work with Nintendo so far since the beginning of this gen.

Yes, but that would be a few games. I refer to a price reduction in all its exclusives.

I mean, we've been long enough into the Switch's life to see that it's obviously not going to be the case.

And plot twist, the game are still gonna sell gangbuster also while maintaining a high value which is great for collectors and 2nd hand market.



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I can relate somewhat to what the OP is saying.  I remember I wanted Kirby on the Wii and I kept waiting for the price to drop.  New price never dropped.  Used price never dropped.  No Nintendo Selects.  Eventually I just lost interest.  I do think it is smart of Nintendo to keep their prices up as long as possible, but once a game is 3+ years old it should definitely get a Nintendo Selects or something like it.  They aren't going to make money on most of those 3+ year old titles.  (Although there are a few evergreen exceptions.)

I do worry a lot more about third parties on the PS4 and XB1 though.  Their prices drop way too fast.  Ten years ago prices would often be $60 at launch, and $30 after 1 year.  I actually thought that was too fast of a drop but now it is worse.  Now it is more like $60 at launch, $40 after three months and $20 after a year.  That is some really desperate pricing.  Really, a three month old game is still current.  I'm sure these companies could make a lot more money if they polished their games up like Nintendo and then just kept the price up.  Nintendo is known in the industry for making amazing profits.  These other companies seem like they are just trying to stay afloat. 



The_Liquid_Laser said:

I can relate somewhat to what the OP is saying.  I remember I wanted Kirby on the Wii and I kept waiting for the price to drop.  New price never dropped.  Used price never dropped.  No Nintendo Selects.  Eventually I just lost interest.  I do think it is smart of Nintendo to keep their prices up as long as possible, but once a game is 3+ years old it should definitely get a Nintendo Selects or something like it.  They aren't going to make money on most of those 3+ year old titles.  (Although there are a few evergreen exceptions.)

I do worry a lot more about third parties on the PS4 and XB1 though.  Their prices drop way too fast.  Ten years ago prices would often be $60 at launch, and $30 after 1 year.  I actually thought that was too fast of a drop but now it is worse.  Now it is more like $60 at launch, $40 after three months and $20 after a year.  That is some really desperate pricing.  Really, a three month old game is still current.  I'm sure these companies could make a lot more money if they polished their games up like Nintendo and then just kept the price up.  Nintendo is known in the industry for making amazing profits.  These other companies seem like they are just trying to stay afloat. 

Except we know that most of their sales is made on the first month or so, so their price dropping in 6-12 months isn't much of an issue and that also supports their sale of DLC.

Cars don't become a lot worse in 12 months, still their price drop fast as well.



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You can't win that battle. Nintendo fans are happy to pay $60 for 10 year old games, or even more. If Nintendo had the balls to rise to price to $70 citing expensive cartridges as the reason, most Nintendo fans would eat that up. The best thing to do if you really like Nintendo games, like me, is to stick with some key releases. I only have Mario Odyssey and Zelda BotW and I don't plan to buy any other Nintendo game until they release the next GOTY or put their games on the Nintendo Selects brand. Am I losing a lot by not playing Splatoon 2 or Donkey Kong Tropical Freeze? Maybe, but I'm still having the Nintendo experience without feeling ripped off and with my money I can buy PS4 games that are cheaper and actually much better.