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Switch games can’t be priced below $1.99, Aussie developer claims

You'll have to price accordingly if you want to be on the eShop's best seller list...

Nintendo Switch titles cannot be priced below $1.99 USD if a developer wants it to appear on the eShop’s best seller list, Aussie developer SMG Studio has claimed.

SMG Studio took to Reddit last month to comment upon the $0.99 USD price of Death Squared, saying the price is in violation of “new rules” that have been applied to the eShop.

“This is the lowest price it will ever be,” SMG Studio wrote in an edit made less than 24 hours ago. “New rules on the eShope mean no game can be below $1.99 and this is 99c because I planned this sale back in Aug! haha so I beat the system!”

The comment has since been edited to read, “This is the lowest price it will ever be. We’re the lowest price game on the eShop now also.”

Back in December of last year, a report from Polygon reported that titles of $1.99 USD or more were the only titles permitted to be listed on the eShop’s best sellers tab, presumably a move to eliminate shovelware from the area. Free-to-play games are excluded from the move.

We’ll update this story as we learn more.

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