News Nintendo Switch to shut down more egregious discounts


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Dec 11, 2018
You may recall that the Switch eShop chart ranks by number of sales over 14 days, no matter how much the game costs. So heavy discounts - sometimes of average or even dubious quality games - have been rife.

But Nintendo has made some effort to fix this. For those who aren’t aware, some of the historical changes include:

  • Games that cost 1c were explicitly excluded from the eShop North American charts at some point. (The game popped back into the charts at full price after the discount was done, often high up it, which was a bit odd.)
  • More recently, the North American discount rules were shifted. Details aren’t public. But it looks like there aren’t any games for sale for less than $1.99 any more, if you check the U.S. eShop today. So, guessing it’s that!
  • That change got rid of the first ‘1c sales problem’ too! (BTW, Switch has different rules/timings for Nintendo of Europe sales, which is why there are still slightly cheaper games there.)


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