Change coming to the SA Switch eShop due to our games being the cheapest globally

South African gamers are very quick to complain and compare costs of games to the rest of the world. Most people work on a direct conversion between Rand and Dollar and then mouth off their displeasure when it’s more expensive locally. To get the cost to an affordable rate for games is a major headache for local distributors thanks to our very wonky Rand. When it comes to Nintendo’s eShop it’s a different story in South Africa. Some of you might not know this, but our games are regarded as some of the cheapest on the service in the world.

The cost of games have been adjusted (since the Wii U days) on the South African eShop to assist us due to our weakened Rand. Games such as Super Mario Odyssey and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild sell for R750, while Xenoblade Chronicles 2 is on pre-order for R670. That’s roughly R200-R300 cheaper than most other games on other formats. Thanks to the Switch being region-free it has allowed users to connect to any online store in the world of their choice. As result we have a global audience connecting to the South African store. A quick visit to Reddit and you’ll understand just how wide the news has spread, and Nintendo have picked up on this. The SA eShop has become a haven for international Switch players.

I have been told that Nintendo have plans to fix this problem, but what exactly it is I do not know. They could either increase the cost of games to tie in with the rest of the world, which in turns means that games will cost more on the SA eShop than it currently is, or they can somehow region-lock the South African Nintendo eShop. Perhaps they could block international paying methods or detect international users based on their IP address. There definitely are various ways to go about dealing with this issue, but let’s hope it has a positive outcome for us. So far the eShop experience has been nothing but awesome in SA.

If you’ve had your eyes on one or two games it’s probably a good idea to buy it sooner rather than later, as there is a definite change incoming ‘soon’, I’m told.

Married to a gamer and she kicks my ass at most shooters. If the game is enjoyable I’ll play it, no matter the format.

  • DemonGamer

    Quick , buy everything !!! I’ve experience the increase of ps plus price and learn from the mistake of others ! I should’ve bought 4 subs

    • Space Chief (Iron Sharp)

      And the US PSN Plus was like 50% off for the whole year on Amazon on Black Friday.

  • The same situation happened with Origin. SA had some great regional pricing which the rest of the world couldn’t resist. But Origin’s remedy was pretty sleazy, doubling the price of the games overnight. Let’s hope Nintendo doesn’t screw us as well.

  • Matthew Figueira

    Nooooooooooooooooo but the games are so reasonable!!!!

  • Space Chief (Iron Sharp)

    Just made the plunge and received a Switch yesterday, but I’m not impressed with Nintendo eshop. It’s difficult to find anything and unlike the PSN store, you can browse in English or Japanese, this one is hard to crack. I hope that Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Japanese language DLC lands in the local eshop too.

    • It’ll be in the local eShop. Anything that is available in the UK store is available in the SA store (hence the people flocking here to get cheaper games).

      • Space Chief (Iron Sharp)

        Thanks. ^_^ It’s definitely a must have option for me. The English voice acting for me at least, is not playable.

  • BalrogZA

    Thy must check the price of Puyo Puyo tetris on our store – R520!! In the US store, it is going for $24.95. I bought a US voucher today to buy it off the US store. gem of a game, especially online. there are some awesome Tetris players online! 🙂

    Then again, Mario Kart on the eShop was a good deal – much cheaper than in-store in SA.

    • Space Chief (Iron Sharp)

      How’s region changing on the Switch? On the PSV you basically need two Vitas if you really want to have different region play without formatting cards/and resetting the console. I hear it’s much easier on the Switch? Is it like the PS4 where regions co-exist happily?

      • BalrogZA

        I just created an additional US account and bought it via that account. Any user on the Switch can play any game bought by any other account on the Switch. Very easy. Works just like on my PS4.

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  • Go2hell66

    lol our games are not cheap at all. the rand is just weak making it cheaper for people with other currencies. for gamers here in SA we get screwed over royally.

  • Go2hell66

    at least this explains what happened on psn

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