Nintendo Switch release date, news: President Tatsumi Kimishima hints at console\'s price


Nintendo may have announced that they are not going to reveal any more details regarding the Switch until their official presentation takes place on Jan. 12, 2017, but president Tatsumi Kimishima may have given curious gamers a hint on how much the Switch is going to cost during an earnings briefing.

“Regarding the price, as we have been saying, we are, in principle, not planning to sell it at a loss. We would like a wide variety of consumers to enjoy Nintendo products, and we would also like to think in terms of consumers’ expectations for our products.”

Several publications noted that the Switch may be priced at around $250 to $300. The Wii debuted at $250, while the Wii U cost $300 when it first came out. It should be noted that the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One are priced at $300 right now, so the Switch will have to be priced in the same range to stay competitive.

During the presentation, Kimishima was also asked about the initial launch lineup for the Switch. He didn’t really answer the question directly; however, he did say that the Switch would be “embraced by a variety of different people across many different age demographics.” So the hybrid console is not just for hardcore gamers.

Game Rant noted that Nintendo has already confirmed that “The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild” is going to be available on the Switch. “Mario Kart 8,” “Splatoon,” “The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim,” and an “NBA 2K” game were also shown in the announcement trailer, but Nintendo has yet to confirm that these games would be on the hybrid console.

In other news, several reports have been saying that Nintendo is going to stop producing Wii U units to focus on the Switch. But Japanese site IT Media said a Nintendo spokesperson told them that the company has made no such plans.