It seems likely that the larger retailers will be jumping in with solid pre-order offerings and pricing for the Nintendo Switch at the end of this week, but Nikkei has weighed in with a report on the Japanese price - 25,000 Yen.

At current exchange rates that converts to around $214 / €203 / £174, but taxes and so on make $250 / €237 / £203 a feasible price. That would match up with speculation over the past few months, and would make sense if Nintendo is aiming for an affordable core offering and price, which is surely necessary after the launch struggles of 3DS and Wii U - both were considered relatively pricey when they were launched.

In terms of how a price like that would look in stores alongside rival systems, at present Xbox One S bundles at a major retailer in the US (GameStop) are currently between $299.99 and $349.99, with the newer PS4 Slim (plus a game) also typically costing $299.99. In these cases at least one game is normally included, and of course various deals and bundles can be found around the web. As baseline prices at a major retailer, though, they give an idea of where a $250 Switch would stand.

Let us know what you think of this prospective price in the comments; what would you like to see bundled with it? It's also worth noting that while Nikkei has been right on past occasions with reports like this it's also got some wrong, so until Nintendo gives confirmation it's simply a respected rumour among a lot of them currently doing the rounds online.

[source nikkei.com, via neogaf.com]