Something weird is going on with the Switch in regards to game pricing, and it isn’t just people arguing about Ultra Street Fighter II. Turns out, some games that are multiplatform actually come with a higher price tag than their PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC counterparts. If you’re wondering why, the answer lies in a little piece of plastic.
According to a report on Eurogamer, the added cost is all about compensating for cartridge costs. Carts have come a long way in terms of storage. After all, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is crammed on those little guys and it runs pretty well. However, discs are dirt cheap, even Blu-rays. As a result, manufacturing costs appear to be higher on the Switch.
Both Rime and Puyo Puto Tetris appear to be the games showing the issue so far, both of them being ten dollars more than the other versions. The price difference even carries over to digital, as Nintendo wants parity to ensure good standing with retailers.
Digital-only games are not affected. It likely one of the reasons games, like I am Setsuna and Snake Pass for example, are not bothering with physical releases.
Yikes! This is definitely an unforeseen issue for many consumers – it will be interesting to see if this leads directly to less multiplatform games, or more eShop-only releases.