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Agriculture

I've said in other threads how I think ports are great and I like that so much is ported to the Switch, but now that New Super Mario Bros. U - Deluxe got released, also for full price I think Nintendo should rethink their pricing.

Ports are great because you build up a library to a console with little effort and at a low cost for the consumer, but Nintendo decided to charge full price for Tropical Freeze, older 2D Marios, Hyrule Warrios and so on. One of the arguments for this practice is that you get all dlc. This is a nonsense argument. I bought Crash n Sane trilogy for 400 sek (about 40 dollars) and it was 3 games + 2 dlc levels.

The worst part is that the games don't even drop in price with time (physical version, I don't buy digital). Tropical Freeze is still 600 sek. How am I supposed to build up a good library if every Nintendo-related game is forever stuck at full price? I would buy that 2D Mario game that just released for half price, but I know it will probably take 2-3 years before the price drops to that. I get that they keep a Zelda or 3D Mario game at full price for a long time, but not everything released by Nintendo is some mana from the heavens that we should be grateful for having the ability to buy for full price.

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if something is too expensive, you could always not buy it 🤷‍

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CharlieSmile wrote:

if something is too expensive, you could always not buy it 🤷‍

Exactly, thank you. It's amazing how some people can't seem to figure out this basic concept.

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@Agriculture
Ah...
I don't care with the price.
As long the price is Not more than US$60, I will buy the games. 🤓

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KryptoniteKrunch

The Nintendo published ports are really the only ports that haven't dropped that much. Crash Trilogy has been on sale as low as $20, South Park FBW has been in the $20 range frequently, Doom, Wolf2 and Skyrim have all gone down to $30 before. You just have to wait for some good sales, whether they're on the eShop or physical stores.

But yeah, Nintendo is usually firm with their pricing. DKTF was just on sale on the eShop though, sale actually ended earlier today.

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Galarian_Lassie

I’ve seen DK TF (the Switch version) cost about $30-$40 in retail stores and was 30% off recently on the EShop.

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Magician

First party Nintendo games usually don't drop in price until the end of the hardware's life. Which is why you see Target, Walmart, and Best Buy dumping 3DS games for $5 at the moment. It's difficult to convince Nintendo that these ports need a price drop when they sell 2:1 on Switch compared to when they originally released on Wii U. Nintendo knows that their evergreen games can maintain that $60 pricepoint because...they sell well

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Heavyarms55

@Agriculture The simple fact that a game was released on another console first, alone, is not enough to justify it being cheaper. Console exclusive games are in an extreme minority these days and selling non-exclusives cheaper would hurt sales of exclusive titles. If you already own a game on another console and don't think it is worth buying on this one, you aren't in in way obligated to buy it again.

If you are looking to save money, look to buy games used, wait for sales, and put some effort into finding good prices. Heck, I have heard of people finding games at crazy low prices at random thrift stores, but those are people who go around regularly looking for those deals.

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I hear you. I never played it on wii u(nsmbu), so I would've been willing to pay full price. 2d Mario games are usually a boat load of fun. Nsmb 2 3ds was awesome so im sure ill enjoy this. I was lucky enough to order on Amazon when it was at $45 which isn't a bad price for it. I think Nintendo is hoping all the people who didn't have a wii u and have a switch will get it. I'm also sure people who had it on wii u are still getting it so it's a win win for Nintendo to release it at full price despite the fact that most think it shouldn't be.

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Jarester

I felt the same though I already have smbu and tropical freeze on wii u.

I think it's the portability factor? the games used to be full price on wii u

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RedderRugfish

Honestly, I agree that they're too expensive, at least for stuff like Wii U ports. Stuff like Dragon Ball FighterZ coming to Switch for $60 when the other versions can be found pre owned for $40 is fine. But stuff like NSMBU coming to Switch 8 years later with minimal additions for $60 is too much in my opinion.

While I understand that porting isn't a 100% trivial task that can be done instantly, I really don't think they require so much resources that it deserves the full price tag. When porting, you don't really have to come up with the ideas, the level design, the research and development, the story, the concept art, anything like that. And considering how minor/barebones the new features of Nintendo's Wii U ports have been, I really don't see the $60 justification.

I don't think they'll lower the prices on ports though, at least not until they've been out for a while. Many people will gladly pay full price for them, so why would they?

Still waiting for Atlus to make Snowboard Kids 3

Agriculture

CharlieSmile wrote:

if something is too expensive, you could always not buy it 🤷‍

Well, yeah, that's the plan, and probably the plan of many people. I doubt people will keep buying these ports for full price. If you look at the competition, low prices for games seems to be a recipe for success. Nintendo has already lost one console generation (N64) where one of the problems was that their games cost too much.

Heavyarms55 wrote:

@Agriculture The simple fact that a game was released on another console first, alone, is not enough to justify it being cheaper. Console exclusive games are in an extreme minority these days and selling non-exclusives cheaper would hurt sales of exclusive titles. If you already own a game on another console and don't think it is worth buying on this one, you aren't in in way obligated to buy it again.

If you are looking to save money, look to buy games used, wait for sales, and put some effort into finding good prices. Heck, I have heard of people finding games at crazy low prices at random thrift stores, but those are people who go around regularly looking for those deals.

Cuphead is console exclusive to the Xbox and doesn't cost that much. Persona 5 is Playstation exclusive and is at half price. There's no excuse for Nintendo to charge this much for ports, or even for games like Mario Tennis Aces.

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1UP_MARIO

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@ReaderRagfihs completely agree. I thought captain toad treasure tracker was priced right. It was a port and priced fair which I ended up buying even tho I have the big box version with the amiibo for the Wii u. It had additional content. 9/10

Hyrule warriors was great with all the extra content from the Wii u and 3ds 10/10 great deal

Pokken tournament came out a little expensive overall on the switch with later added season passes

Mario kart 8 did have the dlc and new battle maps and modes. 8/10 good price

Donkey Kong tropical freeze was more expensive when it came out on the switch with only easy mode added

Bayonetta 1-2 was fair

Rayman legends is priced low

Lego city undercover. Great game and the switch port was cheap

And etc

Wow. Wii u didn’t sell well but it sure had some great games.

Again like most say. If it’s too expensive. Don’t buy it.

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RedderRugfish

@1UP_MARIO I bought Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, but no other Wii U ports. Donkey Kong and NSMBU caught my eye, but I'm not interested enough to pay full price for them.

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1UP_MARIO

@ReaderRagfihs yeah I bought mario kart 8 deluxe too but that’s different as that game is online heavy which never ends like all online games which takes over life but with added battle maps compared to NSMBUD which takes some content away and adds easy mode similar to funky tropical freeze.
I also bought funky tropical freeze and traded it after a week so didn’t lose much but a nice long train journey to experience the game handheld. Still kept my Wii u copy

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RedderRugfish

@1UP_MARIO Even as someone who never owned a Wii U and therefore never experienced these games, I'm not willing to cough up full price. So I can imagine that those who owned a Wii U and these games would be even less willing.

I actually did the math a while ago and determined that buying all the current Wii U ports on Switch would be much more expensive than just buying a used Wii U console and all of those games.

Still waiting for Atlus to make Snowboard Kids 3

1UP_MARIO

@ReaderRagfihs I’m actually seeing people selling Wii u on eBay with 70 or more retail digital games. Which are stuck on the system not the account which also means all mine. All for the price of 110 pounds. Really tempted

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RedderRugfish

@1UP_MARIO Wow, not a bad deal assuming they're all legit. That's only a little bit more expensive than the console usually goes for, and it comes with hundreds of dollars worth of games installed.

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redd214

Personally don't have a problem with the pricing. Do I wish they were cheaper, of course, but I don't feel I'm getting gouged either. Skipped the Wii U so I've had no issues paying almost full price for Tropical Freeze, Hyrule Warriors, NSMBU etc.

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