The Nintendo Switch Lite was recently announced to the world as a portable only version of its latest console, and South Africans will not be left out in the cold when the global launch happens on 20th September.
Nintendo does have official presence in the country with many releases happening at the same time as places like the US and UK, but it was unknown if the Lite would receive this same treatment.
We now have confirmation from Nintendo’s South African distributors that the new console will be available for purchase at the same time as much of the rest of the world.
Unfortunately it could not reveal any pricing to us at this point, but we can make an educated guess. The standard version of the original Nintendo Switch sells for $300 overseas, and the Lite will go for $200.
The standard version, sold directly by the distributors in this country, goes for R6 499. At the time of writing $300 converts to R4 184. That’s a R2 315 difference to contend with the various taxes and duties imposed on tech imports in the country.
Right now $200 is R2 789. If we applied that same R2 315 difference the Nintendo Switch Lite comes to R5 104. A R5K price tag wouldn’t be too surprising, but we’re guessing that it will probably be priced less than that considering it is a smaller device aimed at a budget market. It’s size should mean lower taxes and duties, but this is all speculation at this point.
If we have to give a solid guess here, we’re saying R4 500, though we’d like that to be closer to a flat R4 000 to justify the “missing” features like the inability to connect to a TV and the lack of removable Joy-Cons.
Those who want to see the full suite of features on the Nintendo Switch Lite should check out the English trailer for the console, or the comparison chart created by Nintendo below (if the text is a bit small, you can view it in a separate window).