Why I’m (Begrudgingly) Buying 2 Nintendo Switch Consoles

Empty your wallets.

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Nintendo has a way of inducing fear into gamers by way of not releasing enough product to meet demand. The NES Classic Edition is a prime example of this. Here we are, more than 2 months after the initial release date of the Classic, and they’re still being scalped for more than double their MSRP. Due to this fear of missing out on a Nintendo console, I, like many others, kept pecking away at the F5 key before, during, and after Nintendo’s Switch announcement this past Thursday, in hopes of obtaining a Switch before the scalpers beat me to it. The second Best Buy opened up preorders, I was feverishly clicking “add to cart” as my mind raced with thoughts of thousands of scalpers doing the same thing. I was surprised how easy it was to get my preorder in, and even more surprised that the preorders were still available a few hours after they went live. Having been screwed by Best Buy before when ordering the special edition Majora’s Mask New 3DS XL, I decided to also order a 2nd Switch from Amazon when their preorders went live. Now here I am with 2 Nintendo Switch preorders with the plan to cancel one the day of the launch. But as I was thinking about the accessories and the ludicrous prices they’re being listed as, I began wonder if having two Switch consoles was a better idea.

Here is a list of the accessories and their prices that I was planning to purchase along with my Switch on the day of launch:


Nintendo Switch Dock: $89.99 (To be able to use the Switch on multiple TV’s in our home)

Dual Pack of Nintendo Joycons $79.99 (We have game parties often and more than 2 controllers are needed)

Joycon Grip: $29.99 (The console comes with a grip, so having a 2nd to use with the addition Joycon controllers is a must. The Grip that comes with the console does not have a charging feature, though).


Adding all of these accessories up, I’m looking at an additional $200! So I’m looking at a grand total of $500 spent walking out the door!

I began to contemplate just keeping my 2nd preorder and having 2 Switch consoles. I’d be getting the extra dock, 2 Joycon controllers and the Joycon Grip (without charging feature). Additionally, I’ll have a 2nd Switch, which will ultimately will be my daughters. What parent would feel right removing the Switch from a dock to take to work while their kid awaits its return?

I don’t know if this was Nintendo’s plan when they decided to list their ridiculous accessory prices, or if it just so happened to work out this way, but damn, they got me. The accessories I planned on picking up almost add up to an additional console!  This is insane. My only fear (and it’s a big fear) is if Nintendo decides that we can’t have the same online account on 2 consoles. This is Nintendo we’re talking about, after all.

What are your thoughts on the Switch’s accessory prices?  Sound off in the comments below!

Mike Vito has been a slave to gaming ever since playing his grandfather's Atari 2600. A collector of all things retro, his main focus is obtaining a full NES collection. Being a father has rekindled his spirit for Nintendo and he now spends most of his time teaching his daughter about the games of yesteryear. Check out his other work in Pat Contri’s Ultimate Nintendo: Guide to the SNES Library. Current favorite games: Air Zonk, NHL Hitz 2003, Castlevania Symphony of the Night, & Super Dodgeball.

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