The Nintendo Switch will retail for R5600 locally

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Want one of Nintendo’s latest pieces of hardware? Well prepare to shell out then, as the console isn’t exactly going to be cheap. Thanks to Cheapgamer, we’ve got our first official price for the device: R5299. That’s the price that Takealot has set for either the regular grey version or the neon red and blue console that’ll be out in March. I’ll update this post with more prices from other retailers soon, but expect that number to remain constant locally.

Update: It’s actually R5600, as the price listed on Takealot is for a pre-order savings of R300. Yeesh.

Last Updated: January 27, 2017

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  • Holy enchiladas! O.o

  • Spathi

    Yeah no….still not convinced that the 3rd party support will be there, and far too expensive to buy for one or two Mario games. Thus, I’ll wait a year or two and see where this goes.

  • K1FF J1MB0B (sizzle edition)

    DOA.

  • Guild

    How about NOPE.

    • Ir0nseraph

      Double nope.

      • Dutch Matrix

        Triple nope

        • Yondaime

          4K Nope

  • Guys, might want to F5. It actually costs MORE.

    • Yea no, I was expecting 4k but this is way overboard for what this delivers compared to current gen consoles.

      • VampyreSquirrel

        Shut up and turn your PS4 on for a change.

        • Dutch Matrix

          Hello PS4, whatchu wearin?

          • VampyreSquirrel

            Lick it on the controller… best way… or so Otto has told me

          • Dutch Matrix

            No man! You do not just dig in! You have to woo it! Buy it some nice software, keep it updated the whole time, softly push it’s buttons, gently caress the thumbsticks with your skilled thumbs…

        • Hammersteyn

          You have a PS4?

          • VampyreSquirrel

            Otto does yes

          • Hammersteyn

            I thought when you said he needs to turn it on it was so that you could co-op

          • VampyreSquirrel

            I’d kill for a PS4 (and TV)… but I won’t stoop to that level.

        • Pfff
          It was on yesterday…I played Digimon for an hour

          • Hammersteyn

            Bought it on sale, sitting nicely on my backlog

          • VampyreSquirrel

            congrats

          • But console is bad for your back. I need a PC chair 😛

          • VampyreSquirrel

            bad for your back? is your couch and teal ottoman that uncomfortable?

          • Yes.

          • Admiral Chief

            Otto man sitting on an Ottoman

          • Viper_ZA

            How was the For Honor Beta?

          • It’s fun the first few hours, but ultimately is a very shallow game. Not going to be picking this up. Combat is the same across all characters and once you get down to it blocking in 3 different directions is all there is to it.

          • Viper_ZA

            Well, I am not surprised, now I will wait for feedback regarding Wildlands…hahahaha

      • Lu

        The switch run 4K? Never XD

  • Dutch Matrix

    Honey. I want a Switch! No, not a Switchblade. Put that away! Honey no not THERE! HONEY! PLEASE BRING BACK MY NUTSACK! #TooMuch

  • schitsophrenic-toothbrush

    Was going to get it if it was a reasonable price, now that’s a nope from my side..

  • Craig “CrAiGiSh” Dodd

    R.I.P Switch dreams before they even begin …

  • Alien Emperor Trevor

    That Switch price… now watch me nay-say.

  • Dutch Matrix

    So no Mario for me…

  • K1FF J1MB0B (sizzle edition)

    Rather do the smart thing and get a Mini NES… fraction of the cost and better library of games.

    • Hammersteyn

      You can even jailbreak the Mini NES and load your own roms. Yeah I know it’s frowned upon but I’m frowning back at Nintendo

      • Guild

        I did it and it’s awesome. 90 old games loaded up. Now my wife who never games is hogging it.

        • Hammersteyn

          I know but I try to refrain for naming names

        • miaau

          Awesome!

  • PurplePariah

    I can’t even argue against this. This is just a rip off.

    No.

    • Dutch Matrix

      Rip off? This is setting my pants on fire just to get to my wallet!

      • miaau

        Um. that makes no sense. Even taking Dutch into account. I think.

        • Dutch Matrix

          Neither does the price of the Switch make any sense… So there is that…

  • Hammersteyn
    • This flippin gif wins the whole thread!

      • Hammersteyn

        I’ve used it so many times I’ve lost count but it hits home every time

    • hahahahaha! Winna!

  • MonsterCheddar
    • Dutch Matrix

      Did he have his dick ripped off by a rabid Boston Terrier?

      • Lu

        Happy Women’s day……

  • MonsterCheddar

    Well, that just switches me off.

    *Drops mike

  • Admiral Chief

    Called it, said R5500 though.

    HA

  • konfab

    10 Reasons why the Wii-U failed:

    10. Poor Launch Lineup
    9. Half-Hearted Online
    8. Too Expensive For What It Offers
    7. Nintendo Got Cocky
    6. Released At The Wrong Time
    5. The Wii’s Reputation
    4. Underpowered Hardware
    3. Terrible Third Party Support
    2. The Tablet Controller
    1. The Name

    http://www.goliath.com/gaming/10-reasons-why-the-nintendo-wii-u-failed/9/

    Lets see what they fixed:
    1) The name

    What they didn’t
    10) Lineup is rubbish
    9) Online subscription is more like paid demos compared to PSN/Xbox Live
    8) Price is very close to a new PS4 /Xbox
    7) “Instead of predicting what consumers would want out of a Wii successor, Nintendo told them what they wanted and this decision ultimately backfired.” I
    6) They are releasing this when Sony and Microsoft are releasing new consoles that offer 4k.
    5) People still remember the Wii and how it was an affordable console.
    4) No Mass Effect Andromeda
    3) No Mass Effect Andromeda
    2) Adds further expense that doesn’t help it compete with the Xbox/PS4.

  • Hammersteyn

    I’d rather save that R5200 and spend it on a new graphics card……. hahaha jk

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      Why’s that a joke? You’d save a grand or two, and then you can use that as a deposit for a new console game.

      • Hammersteyn

        Might not be enough for a new game 🙁

  • HOLY HELL…that’s a lot of money.

    • Exactly, for very little return. At this point at least.

    • miaau

      Is it a lot of money for the console, though? Is the Switch worth that amount of money?

  • Jac7

    Lol, I’ll give it a local “fok dit”.

  • Skittle

    lol

  • Order the console via amazon USA and get a R1500 off lol

    • Hammersteyn

      Can we order around Trumps wall?

      • Dutch Matrix

        Trump se hol! (Sorry. My fingers just reacted there!)

      • oi!

      • Yeah he likes money

    • miaau

      We buy a slot of stuff from overseas using a global supplier.: customs will want their piece of that kit, plus the shipping will be a few hundred as well.

      It will probably not be worth it, all told.

      • actually at that price most places will give free shipping and customs will take like nothing. So yes its worth it

        • miaau

          Free shipping to SA? We struggle to that right.

          AND, local customs sees it come in with the courier and wants to add a little bit as well.

          AND customs sometimes hits hard, with electronics that you can buy here? If they are awake, it will cost. How much? Who knows?

          We paid R50 to R400 for cloth nappies we brought in, who knows how they calculated that?

          • Amazon has a once off price so what you see is what you get, Once you proceed to your cart you see total cost for delivery,customs, ect. so if you get free delivery its worth. All depending on products of course. I purchased my entire streaming setup at a 10th of a price of SA retailers. Took 15 days to get delivered for me.

          • miaau

            And they delivered Electrical kit from US to here? Damn, they stopped doing that years ago, good to know you can do it again.

            Like i said, we buy a lot of stuff, but a wide range of things:

            Talking teddy bear from China. Total Cost to get it here R150. Cost at shop R599. Took 2 months. I like that.

          • miaau

            Amazon shows you customs costs? Surely that is an estimate only, as they cannot decide what SA Customs will do.

          • Alessandro Barbosa

            Nope, he’s right. They are able to calculate customs and add that to the checkout price. They then deal with customs here and pay everything. It’s a really great system.

          • miaau

            Wow, must make sure the wife knows as well. That is awesome.

            Thanks, Chris and Alessendro!

        • HvR

          You WILL pay 14% VAT

          PS – nevermind scrolled down and see that do the estimate and pay now thing.

      • Magoo

        Yeah I thought I was getting a hectic bargain @ $69.99 for a EVO 850 250gb SSD on Amazon but it came to about R1500 after all fees anyway. And it took about 50 days to arrive.

    • Alessandro Barbosa

      Don’t think you’d get that much off. $300 doesn’t include tax, shipping or customs. You’d probably save very little

  • But we might just want to sit tight, this could just be the usual Takealot idiotic markup.

    • Skittle

      This is 2017, over reaction is the only reaction.

      • I am pretty good at over reacting. I have been practicing for years!

        • Magoo

          That’s not an actual value! Fake news!

  • Magoo

    Do yourself a favour and take your R5600 to Wootware or some shit.

  • you wot?

  • Yeah, sorry but no way am I spending that on a glorified outcome of a bastard evening of lust between a gameboy and Wii

  • Magoo

    This friday flame debate: Name other things that you can buy with R5600.

    • Admiral Chief

      New GPU

      • Magoo

        Three quarters of a budget gaming PC.

      • Viking Of Science

        yOU CAN BUY A 1060 and have change….

      • miaau

        I need a new desktop box. And I was going to buy last year October for Civ VI. BUT all my extra money is tied up now, dammit.

        BUT, my plan is. Buy a 6th Gen I5, crap card and buy the more decent GPU a few months later. When I have some spare money again…..

        • Magoo

          What is the min required GPU?

      • PurplePariah

        Already bought one. For less. a month ago. I’m running everything on max settings. Thanks Switch, but no.

        • Magoo

          1060? Or RX 480?

          • PurplePariah

            1060. 6GB. MSi Gaming X.

          • Magoo

            Great stuff!

          • Lu

            Noice. That’s the best feeling. Install game, slide everything to full, and 0 lag!

          • Yondaime

            1060 FTW! i went with STRIX Though.

  • No thanks, already decided to buy a 3DS, that abit to much for something that under powered

  • HvR

    And it seems the games you would want to play on the system are going for R1000+

    And for the moment it seems there is only going to be limited selection of the limited lineup available for South Africa.

  • Well crap… there goes my order

    Breaking the R5k mark is a killer for me..

    • HvR

      And the R1000 mark per (proper) game

  • CodeDisQus

    It all comes down to exclusives and I’m not a fan of Nintendo exclusives, so I’ll pass 🙂

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