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Does Nintendo Nickel & Dime their Customers?


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After watching and enjoying the Super Mario Bros Movie(here's my review), I was motivated to buy a Nintendo Switch. Reliving the nostalgia while watching the film, I wanted to experience the latest generation of Mario Brothers games. Come to find out, most, if not all, of Nintendo's first-party games are still selling at a premium price on the digital store (I prefer digital over cartridges).   

In this video game console cycle, the Switch has sold 125+ million units compared to Playstation 5's 38+ million and Xbox Series X/S' 18+ million units.   Granted, the latter two consoles were released three years later, in 2020.

Nintendo's Online service has older games(NES, SNES, Gameboy, Sega Master System, etc.) and no Switch games.  

The movie has crossed 1.2 billion dollars worldwide and is the first billion-dollar film of 2023. In addition, it is the most money-making video game picture to date.  

As of this writing, Super Mario Bros is now available to view at home, with a price tag of $29.99 to buy and $24.99 to rent.

I feel Nintendo nickels and dimes their customers.   They are the top dog in video games; why can't they be more generous with their legion of fans worldwide? Sony and Microsoft have subscription-based game services, which include various current and older games.   First-party titles too.

When I was younger, there were strictly cartridges no digital downloads. Used copies of Mario, Zelda, and Metroid games on the used/trade game market would be substantially cheaper than retail. Making it economical for consumers who couldn't afford to buy the games brand new at full retail. The counterargument is that the game companies wouldn't make any money on their games sold in that market.

As an adult, I wasn't much of a Mario fan. I prefer more adult content from a PlayStation or Xbox. But now, having owned the Switch for nearly two months, I'm immensely enjoying the indie games I've purchased on sale at the Nintendo store. I like the handheld and find myself playing it more than my Xbox or PlayStation.   Moreso on my commute from work. 

I'm currently playing Turnip Boy Commits Tax Evasion and enjoying it.   

Come on, Nintendo, give the consumers a break and lower the prices on your older Nintendo Switch 1st-party games or include them in your online service.   If you do, I'll be happy to subscribe. 


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