What you need to know
- The Nintendo Switch received a price drop for its base model in Europe.
- The price was reduced to €269.99 in Europe and £259.99 in the UK.
- Insider Stephen Totilo states that no such price reduction is planned for the North American market.
Nintendo fans in Europe were treated to a wonderful surprise yesterday, that being the base model Nintendo Switch receiving a price drop within the region. This brought the console down to €269.99 in Europe and £259.99 in the UK, reducing the price by €60 and £20 in Europe and the United Kingdom respectively.
Fans in North America need not get their hopes up, however, as an insider says that Nintendo has no plans to reduce the price in the United States and Canada, as stated in a tweet.
Nintendo tells me yesterday's Switch price drop was just for Europe (and the UK):
“The trade price adjustment is for the European region only. There are no plans to change the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price for any Nintendo Switch model in the U.S.”Nintendo tells me yesterday's Switch price drop was just for Europe (and the UK):
“The trade price adjustment is for the European region only. There are no plans to change the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price for any Nintendo Switch model in the U.S.”— Stephen Totilo (@stephentotilo) September 14, 2021September 14, 2021
Stephen Totilo, former editor-in-chief of Kotaku, claims to have sources with insider information on the topic, and is quite sure that there won't be a price drop west of the Atlantic Ocean anytime soon. This also leaves Australia and Japan out of the discount fun, which some may see as surprising given that Nintendo has its roots in Japan. The base model Nintendo Switch is now even closer in price to the Nintendo Switch Lite as a budget console, while those who need a larger screen and better storage capacity will gravitate towards the new Nintendo Switch OLED model.
Of course, Nintendo often states that they have "no plans" to do something, which they later end up doing. There's no knowing what their plans are, but for now, North American consumers shouldn't hold their breath.
Would you purchase another Nintendo Switch console if there were a price drop? Let us know in the comments below!
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Nadine is a freelance writer for iMore with a specialty in all things Nintendo, often working on news, guides, reviews, and editorials. She's been a huge Nintendo fan ever since she got to pet her very own Nintendog, and enjoys looking at Nintendo's place in the video game industry. Writing is her passion, but she mostly does it so that she can pay off her ever-growing debt to Tom Nook. Her favorite genres are simulation games, rhythm games, visual novels, and platformers. You can find her at @stopthenadness on Twitter, where she'll more than likely be reposting cute Animal Crossing content.