Chinese gamers won’t have to wait much longer to get a Nintendo Switch. Tencent has announced in a press conference that the official mainland China version of the Tencent Nintendo Switch will launch on December 10th for RMB 2,099, the equivalent of $300. It will come bundled with New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe and a one-year warranty. The games will cost RMB 299, or about $42. So far, only New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe has been approved, but that will soon change. Pre-orders are available for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and Super Mario Odyssey, and there are other first-party titles on the way.
There will also be releases for titles made in China, such as Icey an Chinese Parents. Nintendo and Tencent are currently working with Chinese developers to releae indie games to the Switch, and they are also working with AAA partners for the release of additional third-party titles. Tencent’s own Next Studio was one of the partners mentioned. As for region-locking, game cards will not be region-locked, as with other regional releases of the Switch. Online services, however, are not quite known. It looks like Tencent may region-lock online services, but there hasn’t been any confirmation at this time. All we know is that Tencent will be powering the local servers for online play, and WeChat Pay will be supported. There was no information on the Switch Lite, but it is expected that it will release in the region in 2020. A tweet relaying the news is down below.