It’s going to be a little more annoying to buy video games in Japan soon. Japan’s consumption tax is about to make the jump from 8 percent to 10 percent. This means that, starting Oct. 1, everything in Japan is going to be a little more expensive. Nintendo in Japan revealed that this tax will also affect their online sales, meaning that both Switch Online and eShop prices will be going up.
The price jump isn’t necessarily intense. A year of Switch Online in Japan is currently ¥2,400. As of this article’s writing, one U.S. dollar is worth 107 yen, which puts Japanese Switch Online at around $22.40. After the tax increase on the 1st, the price will jump to ¥2,448, or roughly $22.90. A bump up from ¥24,00 to ¥2,448 isn’t the worst thing in the world, but for many gamers on a budget this will be quite bothersome.
Of course, as stated before, all eShop digital prices will be going up. So while a few extra yen is fine when dealing with something on the cheaper end, these taxes add up. It’ll be a lot harder to justify buying as many ¥7,000 games with the tax increase, especially with the increase also affecting everything else.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has stated that this increase from 8 percent to 10 percent will help the country’s education and social security spending, in addition to helping ease the deficit. There have been fears of a recession or economic slowdown because of this price hike, but as of yet there have been no signs of that coming to fruition.
Thankfully, this price jump is only happening for the Japanese eShop. Those outside of Japan will be affected by this price jump if they use the Japanese eShop for whatever reason, though. So those of you using Japanese Switch accounts, watch out. The gov’ment’s coming for you.