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The Nintendo Switch will launch in mainland China with New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe on December 10th

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.

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  1. We didn’t even get 1-2-Switch bundled with Switch. I know they’re trying to break into a new marked, but it feel like we in EU and US are just accepting too much when they get Mario included and we have to pay full price for whatever 1-2-Switch is supposed to be.

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      1. Nah, not salty. There will always be different solutions for different geographical markets. I’m from Norway, so we’re used to quite stiff prices just because Norwegians don’t care(a chocolate called After Eight is a documented example of this). Sweden, our neighbors, have often much lower prices on the same objects.

        I just think if we’re neglecting to voice our options on matters such as consumers products, we’ll end up getting steeper prices and deals until we get to a choke point, like with SW Battlefront 2. Just look what Nintendo are doing with Mario Kart Tour. It’s just the beginning if we just accept things. And back to the 1-2-Switch example; can really someone justify that price? Nintendo’s just pushing it to see how willing we are to pay for their products.

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      2. Well, if people the most waited for an offer instead of buying it day 1 it might help. Remember the 3DS? It was too expensive at first, so “no one” bought it, and Nintendo cut the price quite much.

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    1. Tbf they are getting the console nearly 3 years after it was released everywhere else and it’s basically a 7 year old game so I don’t think there’s much to worry about.

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