When the Nintendo Switch had its first trailer released, many went into a frenzy at how a gaming console could turn portable instantaneously just by picking it up.
Gaming enthusiasts in Singapore and Malaysia were no different and have been eagerly waiting pricing details ever since its formal launch last month.
Well, it turns out, pricing isn’t Nintendo Switch’s strong suit.
According to Geek Culture, the Nintendo Switch is going to cost a whopping S$699 or RM2,299 at retail. That makes it more expensive than an Xbox One S 500GB Battlefield 1 bundle (S$499) or a 1TB PlayStation 4 Pro (S$599).
The high price point is caused by local Nintendo distributor Maxsoft choosing not to sell the console by itself, forcing retailers to sell the console in bundles.
While the motivation behind the move is uncertain, it’s clear that Maxsoft prefers to look after its bottom line than Nintendo fans.
Some retailers such as Qisahn in Singapore will be providing discounts however and is said to be pricing the cheapest Nintendo Switch bundle at S$659.