Despite no official word on pricing from Nintendo (or an exact release date…) a UK retailer is confident that the Nintendo Switch will cost £198.50, and is currently taking pre-orders for the new console which is set to arrive sometime in March, 2017.
GameSeek, the retailer in question is offering customers a chance to pre-order the Switch now at the £198.50 (about $245 US dollars), and if the consoles price does happen to be more expensive after launch they will not charge you anything extra, shipping within the UK is currently free too.
With this all said, there’s a few points which might make you think twice before throwing down your money. Firstly, this is almost certainly the base model console with no extra games available, so if better deals are to be had in a month or two, you’ll be out of luck. And this brings us to the second issue – the funds will leave your account immediately and because there’s no exact information regarding the quantity of Switch consoles GameSeek will be allocated, there’s the possibility you’ll be disappointed come console launch day.
The Switch has a large number of rumours floating about, and most of the point to the console being offered in two models – the base model and the premium model (which might well be bundled with a game). The latter option is perhaps the tastiest because you get additional storage space and well, a game to start out with.
Unfortunately for official confirmation on pricing and release date on the Switch, we’ll need to wait until January – this is when Nintendo will be holding its next event to detail the launch of their next console.
The hybrid nature of the new system makes it very different from the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One systems (and their iterative upgrades), so different it’s actually pretty easy to argue Nintendo aren’t competing with the other systems directly. With so many questions about the Switch, and for that matter what the pricing, bundles and which games will be available upon release (there’s been a few whispers Zelda might see a delay) holding onto your funds until official announcements are made might be the better option.