The Nintendo Switch Is An Expensive Commodity in Argentina

Argentina: a magical country in South America that was affected by Nintendo’s drunk vision at marketing. The Wii U was released but with no games (and then shortly discontinued) and the Nintendo 3DS was skipped as well, although it did get some official releases. Oh, and they¬†got both Super Mario 3D World and Mario Kart toys in McDonalds without actually promoting the games.

After testing the waters with the NES Classic, which was released for 200 dollars, Nintendo is now entering the market again with the Nintendo Switch, with pre-orders already started in some big chains. How much and when can I get one? Well, the release date is August 15 with the suggested price of USD 775… or 24 easy payments of USD 45 which raises the price to 1080 dollars.

To compare it to other systems, the PlayStation 4 is set to be released this October for $950 while both PS4 Slim and Xbox One (either normal or S models) are around USD 580 to USD 650.

Around four years ago, Nintendo released the Wii U for around the same price, however, the quick inflation during the last couple of years is scaring possible customers. In 2014, you could buy the Wii U for ARS 4300 while the Switch is ARS 13500. While the same price when converted to dollars, to people’s eyes it costs the triple.

In order to reduce the impact, the company is offering one game for half the price when buying the system. The included titles are The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, 1 2 Switch, Ultra Street Fighter II and Splatoon 2. The average price is the double from the one in the United States.

I wonder what would happen if they got a scalping situation there.

Eric Weichhart
When it comes to gaming, I don't choose a side nor the budget, but how much fun I will get from playing.