And here I hoped we were far enough along that the “Switch Tax” wouldn’t be as much of an issue going forward. Resident Evil 0, 1, and 4 are all coming to Nintendo Switch this May, and Capcom has just revealed some of the pricing info. While the Switch ports of Resident Evil: Revelations 1 and 2 kept their standard $20 price tags, that won’t be the case for the latest batch of survival-horror games.
Capcom has made all three games available for digital pre-order, and they all come with a $30 price tag in the US and a £30 price tag in the UK. 0 and 1 are getting a physical release in the US, and it’s common for physical Switch games to cost more due to the added cost of the Switch cartridges. However, there is no physical release planned in the UK, and that region is still getting the higher price tag. Meanwhile, Resident Evil 4 isn’t getting a physical Switch release anywhere, but it’s still getting the higher price tag as well.
Essentially, this looks like Capcom is jacking up the price of the digital versions of the games to compensate for the fact that the physical bundle will cost more. They most likely don’t want the digital versions of the game to be substantially cheaper than the physical versions. Frankly, it’s a bad practice that reflects poorly on Capcom and disrespects their Switch audience.
Update: As expected, the physical bundle including Resident Evil and Resident Evil 0 is retailing at $60. Additionally, based on the Japanese listing, only Resident Evil 0 is actually on a cartridge. The “physical” bundle includes a digital download code for the Resident Evil HD Remaster. Thanks to Wario64 for spotting those developments.