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Switch Online will see a price increase in Japan (UPDATE)

Not a major increase

Due to Japan's upcoming consumption tax increase from 8% to 10%, Nintendo is sending out an email to Switch Online users letting them know that prices will go up on Oct. 1st, 2019. As it stands right now, ¥300 will increase to ¥306, ¥800 to ¥815, ¥2,400 to ¥2,448, and so-on.

UPDATE - As this is a price hike that will affect all purchase in Japan, eShop game prices will also see the 8% to 10% increase as well.

Categories: Deals and Finds, Consoles
Tags: eshop, switch

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enthropy
Tue Sep 10 19 06:52am
Rating: 4

Indeed. They really have to point that out ASAP. I already feel a couple of people on here cetting ready to be keyboard warriors for this.

They'll really want to make it clear that it's due to the tax increase, because they specifically pointed out the SNES games wouldn't incur an additional cost. This being misunderstood could be a bit of a PR nightmare.

enthropy
Tue Sep 10 19 06:52am
Rating: 4

Indeed. They really have to point that out ASAP. I already feel a couple of people on here cetting ready to be keyboard warriors for this.

Hopefully, this does not impact the western territories as well...

It's only the result of a new law specific to Japan, I doubt this will affect anywhere else unless other countries suddenly announce they're making the exact same law.

acmiguens
Tue Sep 10 19 11:18am
Rating: 2

Anyone who rages because of this will fall in three categories:

1 - Illiterate
2 - Lacks basic economic knowledge
3 - Has way too much time on their hands (and don't use it to solve 1 and 2)

There was an incident several years ago in which an elderly couple had the wife do all of the grocery shopping. The husband always gave her a flat $20 to spend on groceries, and he got annoyed with how, over time, she came back with less groceries and lower-quality ones. He thought that she was spending some of the money for herself and was ready to start a divorce--she tried to argue otherwise, but he had none of it--when the people at the office to file the divorce papers had HIM go out and buy groceries.

He was shocked at how things cost more than they did 20 or 25 years ago and realized she had indeed been spending the whole $20 on groceries.

acmiguens
Tue Sep 10 19 07:45pm
Rating: 1

Inflation, man. The economy would colapse without it, but it hurts to live with it also.

Sucks to live in Japan. I sometimes buy games off the JPN eshop as I like to play certain games earlier in the west but even I was shocked at how much more games cost over there than here. Yet here they are making Japanese players pay even more.

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