Having made the rounds in most worldly territories this March, Nintendo Switch will finally make its debut in Southeast Asian countries Taiwan and South Korea on December 1. In Taiwan, the system will retail for NTD 9,780 (323 dollars) and 360,000 won (315 dollars) in South Korea. As with other regions, both the Grey and Neon Red/Blue bundles will be available at launch, with their standard accessories included.
For launch software, the delayed release of the system in these regions has afforded a more well-rounded lineup compared to the limited selection back in March. The launch window line-up for South Korea can be seen below. Nintendo Hong Kong Ltd. has a similar list but with the additions of Xenoblade Chronicles 2, Splatoon 2 on day one, Fire Emblem Warriors, Nobunaga’s Ambition: Sphere of Influence, and Romance of the Three Kingdoms XIII.
|Publisher||software||Release Date||Hope consumer price||Korean correspondence|
|Nintendo||Super Mario Odyssey||December 1, 2017||64,800 won||O|
|Nintendo||1-2-Switch||December 1, 2017||₩ 54,800||–|
|Nintendo||Xenoblade 2||December 1, 2017||Undefined||–|
|Intra Games Inc.||Disguia 5||December 1, 2017||Undefined||O|
|The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim||December 1, 2017||Undefined||–|
|Arc System Works
|Wonder Boy: Dragons Trap||December 1, 2017||Undefined||O|
|SEGA Games Co., Ltd.||Puyo Puyo ™ Tetris®S||December 1, 2017||$ 49.8||O|
|SEGA Games Co., Ltd.||SONIC FORCES||December 1, 2017||$ 49.8||O|
|Marvelous Inc.||Fate / EXTELLA||December 1, 2017||69,800 won||O|
|SUPER BOMBERMAN R||December 1, 2017||$ 58||O|
|CAPCOM||MONSTER HUNTER XX ™
Nintendo Switch Ver.
|December 1, 2017||$ 55||–|
|CAPCOM||ULTRA STREET FIGHTER II
The Final Challengers
|December 1, 2017||₩ 54,800||–|
|Nintendo||Mario Kart 8 Deluxe||December 15, 2017||64,800 won||O|
|Nintendo||Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle||January 18, 2018||Undefined||O|
|Nintendo||Splatoon 2||Early 2018||Undefined|
Curiously, these late launches both lack one critical game: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Previous Legend of Zelda‘s did launch in South Korea, albeit much later than in other regions owing to translation efforts. The Switch marks the first home console launch in South Korea since the original Wii in April 2008.
Compared to Japan, Nintendo’s footprint in Southeast Asia is much smaller with fewer sales impact on the company’s bottom line. Hong Kong has had the Switch since March 3rd, alongside the rest of the world. So far, the Switch has sold over 4 million units worldwide as of June 30.