At today’s investor meeting, Mr. Kimishima (Nintendo’s CEO) confirmed that no announcement is planned regarding Nintendo Switch specs or pricing this year. He did, however, give some small pieces of pertinent information.
According to Takashi Mochizuki of the Wall Street Journal, Nintendo has said that the financial guidance assumes that 2 million units of Nintendo Switch will be shipped this fiscal year. Since the console is planned to launch in March of 2017, and that’s the last month of the fiscal year, it looks like Nintendo is planning on shipping 2 million systems for launch.
Kimishima also said that the Switch won’t sell at a loss, but at the same time they are sensitive to pricing expectations from consumers. To me, that sounds like Nintendo is trying to stay profitable, but competitive on price point. Will they try to repeat the original Wii’s success and launch at $249 with a pack-in game or will they opt to come in at $299? I think somewhere in that range is the most likely scenario, but it sounds like we won’t have any official word until early next year.
[Source: Takashi Mochizuki]