The lights are on
I was looking recently at the eshop and it did get me thinking how expensive everything was compared to other platforms. Of course android and iOS devices are far cheaper overall and steam... Well steam is just amazing.
Then I got thinking if the prices are different abroad. I'm from the UK and we pretty much get ripped off for everything. I checked to see the US prices and I felt very disappointed. Let me give you some examples. Bare in mind $1 is the equivalent to £0.63 as of 31/01. I'll take the $ and show the £ exchange rate in brackets too.
Gunman Clive - $1.99/£1.99 (£1.25)
Mega Man - $4.99/£4.49 (£3.15)
Super Mario Bros 2 - $4.99/£4.49 (£3.15)
For the sake of it I'll even compare a base model 3ds xl. I found one easily enough at ToyRus in both counties:
3DS XL - $199.99/£174.89 (£126.11)
That is almost £50 or $79.29 difference.
It's almost as if Nintendo doesn't see much difference in the valuation of the different currency.
The average salary in the uk is £26,500. The average in the US is $50,500. Which is just over £31k so we are earning less in the UK but paying more for things like this. I'm not sure about the tax in the US but in the UK it is 20% and that is included into the purchase price. Even so, a 20% increase on the US 3ds xl brings with the exchange rate total to £151 which is still £23 less.
I love England. I really do, but it is awful at times. Every day prices go up and wages stagnate. Things are always too high for us. It really makes me want to leave for somewhere more prosperous.
Is there any decent reason for this pricing?