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Nintendo Switch is now officially available in China

One more gift idea this Christmas

Photograph: Enrique Vidal Flores via Unsplash
One for your last-minute Christmas shopping: the Nintendo Switch, an extremely popular gaming console in the States, has officially come to China as of Thursday 10 and is available through Tmall and JD, according to TechNode.

The console is priced at 2,099RMB (about 300USD), with three games to be released in the first batch – Super Mario Bros U Deluxe, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and Super Mario Odyssey (currently only Super Mario Bros U Deluxe is available, with the other titles to be released in the next few weeks). Titles such as The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild are currently withheld due to ‘localisation difficulties’, though by the end of 2020, there could be ten to 20 first-party games on Switch.

Each game is 299RMB, somewhat cheaper than their US counterparts at around 424RMB each. For now, users can only purchase the games using WeChat Pay, and while the arrival of the Switch may be good news to an international crowd, it's hard to say how well the console will do in the local market. Though China eased the ban on gaming consoles in 2014, PlayStation 4 and Xbox were met with low hype when they entered the China market.

Nonetheless, now that Switch is here, it's one more gift idea just in time for Christmas.

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