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Charging $60 for them is more anti-consumer than anything else.



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Slarvax said:
Yeah, what Rol said. For some reason Nintendo products get scalped as fuck, so this is a(n interesting) way to fight scalpers. And I mean.... why would you even get them anyway

Maybe less interesting, but would a more effective method be to just produce and sell more of them?



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RolStoppable said:
Considering how the NES Classic Mini got abused by scalpers, this is more pro-consumer than anti-consumer. Sure, it seems questionable to do such a thing, but this raises the chances that actual consumers of Nintendo consoles get their hands on the controllers for the MSRP.

And I get that. Really, I do. The first thing that popped into my head. But I guess the issue I'm having with this more than anything is that scalping abuse like that fell onto Nintendo mismanaging stock more than anything. Also, it still feels as though this is meant to feel like a way to directly encourage getting the Online more than it is distributing the controllers (which again, I get, but still it makes me feel some type of way rn). I can't honestly justify this, and I justify amiibo regularly.

Um, yeah... the NES games themselves are already a big lure to get people to pay for a subscription, because there's no VC on Switch nor other way to buy them on Switch. How do you feel about that?



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RolStoppable said:

Um, yeah... the NES games themselves are already a big lure to get people to pay for a subscription, because there's no VC on Switch nor other way to buy them on Switch. How do you feel about that?

Only slightly perturbed. Just like the controller itself, I don't have any vested interest in NES games or vc, but I give it a minor pass because of the added functionality of online, which was generally never offered for vc. It may continue over to future of the family of Nintendo systems, which means its more connected to Nintendo Online/Nintendo Account as a platform, rather than Nintendo Switch directly. The way it develops, time will tell. I can't see a slippery slope that is that extreme so I held back criticism based on that line of thinking.

I suppose I would think about it more negatively if you still had to pay for those NES games individually after paying Nintendo Online, but I didn't see anything that points to that.



Don't worry. The price has already scared off people.lol



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Was kinda shocked looking at the price for this thing more than anything else ...

Oh ! I got a report from an insider which work at Nintendo of Japan for their next peripheral device.



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LudicrousSpeed said:
Charging $60 for them is more anti-consumer than anything else.

This guy is the correct one here. An NES controller costs as much as a GC controller. They are price gouging with these prices. Why in the world would the GC controller with much more buttons cost as a controller with only 2 buttons? It the wireless feature boasting the pricing that much? I doubt it. 



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Guys yes the online suck but this is a reach. You cant use them for anything else anyway and if you really want them chances are you are a retro game fan and will subscribe To their online anyway.

Why would you want joycons NES if you cant play the NES games like what.



killeryoshis said:
LudicrousSpeed said:
Charging $60 for them is more anti-consumer than anything else.

This guy is the correct one here. An NES controller costs as much as a GC controller. They are price gouging with these prices. Why in the world would the GC controller with much more buttons cost as a controller with only 2 buttons? It the wireless feature boasting the pricing that much? I doubt it. 

A wireless controller contains a battery and electronics for a wireless connection, and yes, those are rather expensive components in a controller. Conversely, buttons are very cheap components.

Back in the day the GameCube's Wavebird controller was more expensive than the standard GC controller with a cord. Wireless has its price.

If you are bothered by prices of controllers, it's been common practice for generations to have high profit margins on them. No matter which console you've owned, you overpaid for a first party controller. Could the Switch NES controllers be $20 a piece? Of course, but pretty much all controllers could be $10 cheaper than they are sold for.



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If anything this is pro consumer. Now people won't accidentally buy controllers that they can't use because they don't have a subscription?