It looks like Nintendo is doing funny stuff on its official website with price listings to make its games look cheaper.
OK, so as people are pointing out online in Japan, Nintendo is listing the “tax not included” prices for its games. In Japanese, “tax not included” is “zeibetsu” (税別).
But! The prices for all the third party games on Nintendo’s Japanese Wii U page are “tax included”. In Japanese, “tax included” is “zeikomi” (税込). Obviously, Japanese people know the difference between “zeibetsu” and “zeikomi”, but if you are scanning through the page, it makes Nintendo games look cheaper.
Splatoon is listed as 5700 yen (tax not included), next to Dragon Quest X (tax included), which is 4104 yen. And next to that is Xenoblade Chronicles X for 7700 yen (tax not included). There is an 8 per cent sales tax nationwide in Japan, so tax will certainly impact the final price and, in turn, how Nintendo’s pricing is seen.
If Nintendo was listing the prices fairly and including tax for all of them, the listing would be: Splatoon for 6156 yen, Dragon Quest X for 4104 yen, and Xenoblade Chronciles X for 8316 yen.
This isn’t only for the Wii U. Nintendo is doing the same kind of crap for the Nintendo 3DS. On Nintendo’s official Japanese page, third party games are shown priced with tax:
While Nintendo games are priced without sales tax:
Is it me or is this messed up? Makes me worried about how they will approach mobile gaming.