Nintendo is reportedly putting a stop to small developers playing Switch eShop charts with dirt-cheap deals by setting a price limit.
This information comes from SMG Studios via Reddit. In a short reply message, it is highlighted how a 99 cent sale on the game Death Squared would be the “lowest price” ever on the Nintendo Switch, as “new rules” in place on the Switch eShop now seem to prevent developers from praising games under $ 1.99 USD. Obviously, this excludes free-to-play titles.
“This is the lowest price it will ever be. New rules on eShope mean no games can be under $ 1.99, and this is 99c because I planned this sale in August! Haha so I beat the system!”
Although Death Squared is no longer for sale, a quick look at the Switch eShop reveals that there are still a number of games available for less than $ 1.99 (to be exact 99 cents) – they include titles such as Pestveien, HoPiKo, Exchange of Knights 2 and Ant-Gravity: Tiny’s Adventure.
Perhaps the developers of these titles also locked themselves in sales well before the new rules came into play.
According to a story on Polygon, Nintendo recently stopped games that cost a single cent to get the “bestseller” list on the Switch eShop. There is also apparently a rule in place that now prevents developers from giving a 100% discount if a user of alreadys owns a game from their directory. This information was shared by Simon Carless’ GameDiscoverCo newsletter.
If we hear any updates or developments, we will make sure to let you know.