The Nintendo Switch doesn't come with a game because it costs $299.99, according to Nintendo of America boss Reggie Fils-Aime.
Both the Wii and Wii U came with a bundled title, and these were designed to show off the unique potential of their host platform. 1-2-Switch arguably does the same, yet Nintendo has decided against including it with the machine.
Speaking to GameSpot, Fils-Aime explained the reasoning behind this move:
The first decision that we make is, where do we want to be in terms of the hardware price point that's going to be approachable and hit the marketplace we want? And from a US price point, we wanted to be at $299. Certainly, lower is always better, but at a $349 or $399 price point, we just didn't feel that was the right place to be. So we start there.
And then it's all about, what's going to be included? Obviously the inclusion of the two Joy-Con, critically important; all the right cables, the dock, critically important. We also have to do this from a financial perspective as well. Once we got to that bundle, it really needed to be at $299 without a piece of software.
The Nintendo of America boss also claims that it's not fair to compare 1-2-Switch with Wii Sports as it offers more content, in his opinion:
I would say, though, that 1-2-Switch has many more experiences. It's a wider pallet of experiences, potentially more akin to Wii Play than to Wii Sports. And, again, from that standpoint, Wii Play was a standalone piece of software both with a controller at the time and without, so that's probably the better analogy.
Putting aside the fact that it would have cost Nintendo nothing to preinstall 1-2-Switch on every Switch console sold rather than include a physical copy, do you think Fils-Aime's argument holds up? Or will it harm the console's chances of success if it doesn't have that key title which demonstrates its potential - just like Wii Sports did on the Wii? Let us know with a comment.