Nintendo cannot be blamed for reacting with the Switch on the eve of the approaching holiday. While sales and demand remain strong, the Big N is building a steady stream of diverse games to keep the console on the agenda of the general gaming public. Along the way, there are big first-party names like Metroid Dread and Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, as well as family-oriented offerings such as Mario Party Superstars and Big Brain Academy: Brain vs Brain. Add Advance Wars 1 + 2: Re-Boot Camp and some intriguing third-party contributions, and the system can stay in the headlines.
Nintendo has also taken a step in Switch pricing by reducing the cost of the standard model, but for now only in Europe. This would seem to be an adjustment to take into account the future OLED model, but also to imbalances caused by currency conversion, for which Europeans paid significantly more for equipment than North American consumers. Obviously, with that in mind, along with stockpile plans, lower prices make sense – prices may remain blocked in North America and Japan, but of course we will keep an eye on updates.
In total, on the way to the OLED model, Nintendo is set up with three offers at different prices, and all of them may be focused on specific demographics and needs. The switch may delay a long lags behind the latest systems from Sony and Microsoft in terms of graphics and energy, but it has a huge library, as well as prices and availability on the side. With a strong boost and positive outlook from Nintendo, it looks like it intends to have another strong holiday season.
While people certainly like virtual fights in cages between set-top boxes, we retain civilization here (we’re all just gamers after all -after different types) and looking where every big system is ahead of the holidays …
Nintendo Switch Family
Switch Lite – $ 199 / £ 199.99
Switch Lite, like the 2DS before it, serves as a durable portable option and the most affordable member of the Switch family. Its sales prospered in 2020 as the availability of the standard model became a problem, but although the smaller budget model has its fans, trends show that it is clearly the second choice when the original is on the shelves.
However, this is likely to turn out great, especially if a special edition of Pokémon becomes a great gift option.
Switch – 299 US dollars / 259.99 pounds / 269.99 euros (after lower prices in the regions)
There is every chance that the standard model will become the best-selling Switch model in 2022. It offers a full range of Switch features at an average price that is likely to suit a wide range of players. It would not be surprising if some attractive packages and deals – focused on the future madness of Black Friday – would increase sales of this tested model.
If Nintendo is able to support the delivery, it is likely to be another good winter for the system, especially given the diversity of the range of premium software that will be on the road over the next few months.
Toggle OLED model – 349 US dollars / 309.99 pounds
Although OLED gritted his teeth very much no, Nintendo is well aware of what it offers with the system and its additional $ 50 in price – the equivalent of the XL models in the DS / 3DS era, with small more luxury and a bigger screen. In any range of technologies, such premium models often carry fewer units, but still attract enough willing consumers to wholeheartedly contribute to profits. Despite the fact that production is more expensive than the base model, given the age of technology in the Switch, the profit margin on these models, of course, will also be a strength.
Sales figures will be interesting, but we suspect that the OLED model will have similar numbers to the Lite.
Sony PlayStation family
PlayStation 5 – $ 499 US / 499.99 pounds (standard model) – 399 US dollars / 399.99 pounds (digital model)
A common theme with the PS5 and its rival Series X | S is that it will sell as much as Sony can produce. Sony will spend all it can on stock production, relying on existing exclusives and great third-party efforts to maintain the desirability of the system. Some reports on the Internet about falling scalper prices (VGC) are falling, but perhaps the proposal is starting to catch up.
Eventually, the PlayStation 5 will become a powerful seller, especially if Sony can make enough of them.
PlayStation 4 – Approximately $ 299 for the standard model
It seems that most are moving from the PS4, which is not surprising, since it has already sold more than 116 million units and led the latest generation; it is clear that his momentum has decreased. This will still increase some limited sales, especially if there are some end-generation kits at attractive prices, but it seems that stocks are not replenished in the US market, for example, leaving it largely in the hands of resellers.
Sony wants gamers to buy the PS5, but they just have trouble putting it on the shelves.
Microsoft Xbox family
Xbox X Series | S – $ 499 / 499.99 X Series – $ 299 / 299.99 S
Microsoft’s challenge is the same as Sony’s – just make enough systems to meet demand. The scalper market remains hot for the X-Series, indicating that the strategy of aggressively expanding the Game Pass – along with some real blockbusters during the holiday season – is paying off; it may also indicate persistent problems with the supply of significant stocks. Microsoft seems to be behind Sony in the production struggle, but will no doubt sell as many X-Series consoles as it will be able to hit stores.
How much the problem may remain. Meanwhile, the less expensive S-Series is available more often and doesn’t seem to fly off the shelves, although Microsoft can hope for a similar effect to Switch Lite last year when gamers looking for updated versions of new games “settle” for a cheaper model. , if the offer of a premium class is not in a warehouse.
Xbox One / X
Having surpassed the PS4 in the last generation by some distance, the Xbox One family of systems still made its way to reasonable overall sales. As with the PS4 in today’s market, outside of some budget and package fees, old equipment is now largely overlooked: inventories are declining, and retailers are taking over in some areas.
What does Nintendo look like when we go into the 2021 holiday season?
Nintendo, as is often the case, works in a kind of “bubble”, and the hybrid nature of its equipment is far from the significant offers of home consoles from Microsoft and Sony. The switch’s appeal seems to remain high, as its unique library and family-friendly / multiplayer format still work in its favor.
The standard model with its decline in the EU (and probable packages and agreements until Black Friday in North America) remains a probable working horse of the family in terms of sales. Lite remains a good option for those who are not interested in a TV game or looking for an affordable option as a second unit, and OLED – for the premium market / enthusiasts.
In many ways, the battles in stores will be completely separate – on the one hand, Sony and Microsoft will fight for the market of high-end living rooms, while Nintendo is aimed at a wide range of gamers looking for a different experience. Nintendo is also constantly competing with other smaller entertainment devices, such as tablets, by promoting its game library and features to showcase its capabilities.
More broadly, Nintendo is probably confident ahead of the holiday, at least in terms of achieving its goals. Several large releases aimed at a wide range of gamers – along with those hardware options and prices that suit different people – have to go through this. It maybe also get extra purchases for holiday gifts, if Microsoft and Sony continue to struggle with meeting demand, as was the case a year ago, the PS5 and Xbox Series X are likely to continue to sell rapidly.
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