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The Switch is now officially available in Brazil

A big day for fans

Earlier in the month, we talked about the upcoming release of the Switch in Brazil. That time has now come, and the platform is available on store shelves.

The launch was celebrated by Nintendo's Doug Bowser, who sent out a special tweet for the occasion. Fans in Brazil can now snag a standard Switch, the Pro Controller, and various Joy-Con options. As for the Switch Lite, there's no word on if/when that platform will make its way to Brazil.

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Unfortunately we don't get games here officially. So, for instance, a brand new Nintendo Switch game can cost R$420 or more, while a PS5 $70 game costs at most R$350 Sad

At least the digital prices are better despite the selection being limited.

They're a bit better, but the digital store doesn't let you pay in instalments as is common practice in Brazil. So unless a digital retailer sells the codes I have to choose between R$300 at once or R$420 split evenly throughout 8 to 12 months

420 in Brazilian comes to 102 cad. Which is pretty high. Games out here are getting to 79.00+ which is 322 for you guys. If anything I think our prices are high due to our shitty currencys

I wouldn't blame the currency because Europe has the worst prices when you convert and their currency is not weak. I think the cost of living and wages are a key part in something seeming expensive. New games will now vary between 35 and 40% of the Brazilian minimum wage, which is absurd.
I don't know how it is in Canada, but if the same situation were to happen it would be the equivalent of someone working 40h per week and making 229 Euros per month (using the new PS5 game prices) or 175 Euros per month (using the Switch game prices). People would riot for sure and the gaming market would collapse.
If we had official representation for games in Brazil and the physical price dropped to R$300 (or even 320), the grey market would be forced to reduce their prices and used games would also drop in price. It would be much better. But this won't happen with just a handful of digital titles Sad

pajob
Mon Sep 21 20 10:40am
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"New games will now vary between 35 and 40% of the Brazilian minimum wage, which is absurd."

What is an absurd? The high prices or the low minimum wage?

Remember that in an international market prices are in dollar, but wages are not in most parts of the world, Brazil included.

Uncertainties about the economy both in Brazil and the world and low interest rates in Brazil are to blame for the exchange rate, so don't expect a stronger Real anytime soon.

What is an absurd? The high prices or the low minimum wage?

Both

Remember that in an international market prices are in dollar, but wages are not in most parts of the world, Brazil included.

But they are not always evenly translated. If I want to buy a $5 game on STEAM, it will cost between R$11 and 16, which is much less than the actual conversion.

low interest rates in Brazil

Please elaborate

Players can access eshop from any country. Nintendo sells games for 60 dollars worldwide, they don't like to discount and we haven't seen a Nintendo selects line for Switch yet. So if Nintendo decides to sell games for 40 dollars here, the word would spread and in about 5 minutes the whole world would be buying games in the Brazilian eshop. That's why the price has to be the same everywhere.

About the low interest rate: I am talking about "taxa Selic". Brazil is a risky country, so investing here is a risky business (sans Tom Cruise). Risk + low interest rate = investors would rather put their money somewhere else = less dollars in Brazil = stronger dollar and weaker Real.

That's why the price has to be the same everywhere.

But it isn't, that's the thing. Prices will vary quite a lot percentage-wise from region to region. The problem with not not having games officially in the country is that you add people and country making money off the game and the consumer that has to pay for it.

Players can access eshop from any country.

Please check the Brazilian eShop so you can enjoy the vast seas of empty we have there Smile

And our "low" interest rates are a way to stimulate the economy and help people cope with the current crisis. Just so you know, the amount of interest rates in the news are not annual, they are monthly. So while they are low for Brazilian standards, they're still much higher than what the US and Europe have to offer.

You don't have to argue with me about prices. I am just telling you what Nintendo does. 80 Canadia dollars exchanges to 60 US dollars and that's the price Nintendo craves. Also 60 dollars exchanges to over 330 reais. You might want argue with Kyoto about that.

About the interest rate, taxa Selic is yearly, not monthly, so please check the news again. These rates might be higher than the equivalent in US or Japan, but they are low enough to be considered not attractive to big investors with big dollars.

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