Nintendo has permanently lowered the price for the base model of the Nintendo Switch across Europe, a month before the new OLED model Switch arrives.
As made apparent by the official Nintendo website, the base model of the Nintendo Switch, which was previously listed in the UK and mainland Europe for £279.99/€329.99 respectively, can now be purchased by UK customers for £259.99 and those elsewhere in Europe for €299.99. While unconfirmed at this time, it feels likely that the US will see a similar price drop.
News of the price reduction for the base model comes only days after a number of UK stores received further pre-order stock for the Nintendo Switch (OLED) – a new upgraded model in the Nintendo Switch family. When it is released on October 8, the Switch OLED will feature a larger 7-inch OLED screen, a wider adjustable base stand, enhanced audio features, 64GB of internal storage (as opposed to the base models 32GB), and a wired LAN port in the dock. The OLED Switch will launch at $349.99 USD / £309.99.
Back in July, Nintendo quashed rumours that suggested the company would see increased profit margins with the new Switch OLED Model. In its response, Nintendo formally denied the report and also went on to deny rumours that suggested the company had current plans to release a Nintendo Switch Pro as well as its OLED model in the near future.
We also want to clarify that we just announced that Nintendo Switch(OLED Model) will launch in October, 2021, and have no plans for launching any other model at this time. (2/2)
— 任天堂株式会社（企業広報・IR） (@NintendoCoLtd) July 19, 2021
While the upcoming release of the Switch OLED may draw in a number of seasoned Nintendo fans when it releases next month, the price reduction of the console’s base model gives it that little bit more appeal for those on the fence about making the move to Nintendo’s handheld system altogether.
For more information about both consoles, and how they stack up against one another, you can check out our hands-on preview of the Switch OLED where we compare it to the original.
Jared Moore is a freelance writer for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter.