How much does the Nintendo Switch cost around the world?
Which country has the best deal on Nintendo's latest?
Soon after news of the Nintendo Switch's US$299 price tag broke, Australians learned they would have to fork out AU$469.95 for Nintendo's latest console when it launches in March. It's a bit of a tough pill to swallow considering the current USD to AUD conversion rate values the Nintendo Switch at around $400. So where exactly does that additional $69.95 come from?
Firstly: as much as we like to Australians love to whinge about paying a little extra for what is actually one of the cheapest console launches in history (when adjusted for inflation), remember our friendly neighbours in New Zealand have copped an even worse deal. EB Games New Zealand currently has the Nintendo Switch priced at NZ$549.00.
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It's also important to remember that US sales tax varies state by state and isn't included in the quoted price, whereas Australia's GST rate is 10% across the board (New Zealand is 15%) and the stated retail price has to include it. For example, once the Californian sales tax rate of 7.25% is added, Californians will pay around US$320 for the Switch, or roughly AUD$425. Similarly, without GST, the Switch would cost roughly AUD$427.23 in Australia. With tax factored into the equation, the prices are much closer, but not identical.
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Whether that's a good deal depends on your point of view. Consoles rarely get more expensive after launch, and with inflation factored in, this isn't a massively expensive console. Whether it's worthwhile will depend on your reaction to the hardware specs and launch titles; check out our full hands-on review to learn more.
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