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RolStoppable said:
killeryoshis said:

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.

I get what you are saying. I am not sure how much production costs are for the controllers. It just feels worse since these controllers aren't an all purpose controller like the GC controller. (Though I do feel like the GC doesn't work well with a lot of games.) I don't know. Having an NES and Gamecube controller at the same price seems wrong. Then again I do not know what the production costs are for these contollers. 



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killeryoshis said:

I get what you are saying. I am not sure how much production costs are for the controllers. It just feels worse since these controllers aren't an all purpose controller like the GC controller. (Though I do feel like the GC doesn't work well with a lot of games.) I don't know. Having an NES and Gamecube controller at the same price seems wrong. Then again I do not know what the production costs are for these contollers. 

Is the GC controller really an all-purpose controller? Are they adding a second left shoulder button and clickable analog sticks? Because if not, it's not a viable controller for many games.

Once you think about the purpose of the given controllers in addition to their components, it isn't so wrong that an NES controller costs as much as a GC one. Between a regular Joy-Con, the GC controller and the NES controller, which one is going to be the best for NES games? Anyone who is honest will say that a regular Joy-Con and GC controller shouldn't even be up for consideration, because the NES controller's d-pad settles the matter immediately.

If there are still doubts, then just stick to the old wisdom: Don't like it, don't buy it. Not that that will change anything beyond a personal level, because NES stuff sells, and it sells a lot.



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Do I think this is a dumb move? yeah, I kinda do.

But is it Nintendo's prerogative and do they have their reasons? Yes it is and yes they do.



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Flilix said:

These controllers are made for NES games on Switch, which are only available through the online service. Why would anyone who doesn't have a subscription be interested in this?

This.

 

These are specifically made for the Switch Online NES games. The controllers serve no purpose if you don't have a Switch Online account. Why anyone would be mad about this (OP) is beyond me.



uhhh....like others, I don't really see the issue here.

Though something that is an issue, that I don't see many people talking about, is locking Mew to that obscenely overpriced 35 dollar pokeball thing. Now that's something that Nintendo needs to called out on.



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killeryoshis said:
RolStoppable said:

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.

I get what you are saying. I am not sure how much production costs are for the controllers. It just feels worse since these controllers aren't an all purpose controller like the GC controller. (Though I do feel like the GC doesn't work well with a lot of games.) I don't know. Having an NES and Gamecube controller at the same price seems wrong. Then again I do not know what the production costs are for these contollers. 

The only thing the Gamecube controller has is more buttons, which wouldn't add much to the price, more plastic,  and motors for rumble, which are more expensive but not by much.  

The NES controllers have wireless communication and a rechargeable battery, which would cost way more than motors and buttons.  



Nintendo loves scalpers, FYI. That's why they always make sure there's a shortage of their hot products - scalpers make them even hotter. Scalpers are basically viral marketing for Ninty.

This move is nothing more than a cash grab. They decided to cut everyone - literally every retailer, scalper, everyone - out of the game for this super overpriced, needless peripheral. They're preying on hardcore Nintendo fans.



Ka-pi96 said:
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?

Lol that's what I was thinking too! xD

From Amiibos to NES/SNES Classics, Nintendo just loves not wanting to produce more.



V-r0cK said:
Ka-pi96 said:

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

Lol that's what I was thinking too! xD

From Amiibos to NES/SNES Classics, Nintendo just loves not wanting to produce more.

We didn't get much controversy from that one,lol.

But,they totally undermined how much the NES Classics would sale, that's on them though.



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Shouldn't people be mad that essential functionality is hidden behind a paywall? I mean this is like complaining about the ruined dishcloth after someone shat all over your meal.



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