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L.A. Noire boxart, will be $10 more on Switch

Posted on September 9, 2017 by (@NE_Brian) in Images, News, Switch

Update (9/9): Following European pricing, we have official confirmation that L.A. Noire is $10 more on Switch. GameStop shows it’s $50 for the Switch version. It’ll be $40 on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.


Original (9/7): Rockstar Games made a notable announcement today, revealing L.A. Noire for new platforms, including Switch. Now we have the game’s boxart above. It’s technically the European version, but the US version will simply swap out the the PEGI rating for the ESRB version.

We also have an update on pricing. On Switch, L.A. Noire will cost €49.99 / £44.99. The PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions are €39.99 / £34.99. We don’t have US pricing yet, but $49.99 is likely a safe bet.

L.A. Noire will be another instance in which a Switch game costs $10 more at retail compared to other platforms. Nintendo has never commented on the situation officially, but the cost of producing cartridges is likely a factor.

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  • Yolkghost

    Oh no.

    • Billy Bob Throrton

      THE PURGE 4

    • hiru

      Just see it this way. Pay $10 more to go portable.

      • Yolkghost

        I guess that’s a fair view – but i feel like when it’s literally just the ps3/xbox360 version with new controls (or atleast that’s what we are to believe atm) $10 more still seems odd. Oh well if it’s still a good game a prime or GCU discount will make it okay with me.

  • amak11

    Honestly Im 100% OKAY with this… The game is good and I double dipped for the PC version. I’m definitely triple dipping for the Switch version. PS4 and One will practically just be the PC version. Switch version will be significantly different

    • LB

      im only 93.5% OKAY with this. though, the artwork’s really beautiful, so I guess I can push it to 93.6%

  • JoRge S. Princival Junior

    This game on Switch have exclusive content. I think the price is fair

    • Ibi Salmon

      No it doesn’t. It’s the exact same amount of content as the other versions. Yet for some reason, the Switch version has a bigger asking price.

      • JoRge S. Princival Junior

        *Exclusive functions, like touchscreen and gyrometer

        • Ibi Salmon

          Right. Exclusive functions. Not Exclusive content.

        • Vigilante_blade

          Functions I would never use. We’re talking content here.

          • JoRge S. Princival Junior

            Say for yourself. I will buy this game especially to play with this functions

          • Vigilante_blade

            And for all fo those who don’t want it, we are paying for something we deem pointless.

      • dathip

        You forgot that the switch production costs more because of tge cartridge

      • Abbx

        Actually it’s trading out the improved graphics and textures (which the Switch version isn’t stated to have) for Switch functions like gyro, touch screen and HD rumble.

        • Ibi Salmon

          Again. Those are exclusive functions. Not Exclusive content.

          • Abbx

            Then you shouldn’t be looking at the price wondering where the cost is coming from concerning content, but why is the price higher when comparing those different “functions”? I think graphics is clearly the superior option because it would make the game look much more new, and many people can play a game just fine without a touch screen or gyro. HD rumble is a nice touch but nothing that should cost more than the same game that looks worlds better, and probably runs better too.

            Maybe if LA Noire can actually pull 1080p 60 FPS at the normal graphics it will be acceptable

        • Mohammad Yasin

          itll still have improved graphics but not as improved

          • Abbx

            It didn’t say that in the description on their website, but made sure to say it for PS4/Xbone. I doubt it being anything worth mentioning.

  • MusubiKazesaru

    Wow. What a buzz kill.

  • Shonenfan
  • Roto Prime

    As long as the full game is inside the game cartridge I will be happy!!

    • Mohammad Yasin

      2k fullgame is in the cartridge

      • Roto Prime

        How do you know silly? We are talking about NBA 2k18 right?…

  • William Litmaath

    Very tasteful box art, hopefully the loading times will be too.

  • ben

    The UK price is exactly the same.

    The box art is amazing.

  • Global Impact

    No surprise carts cost more than disc and we don’t t even no the gigs yet

    • ben

      This is a myth. It is more that we have the new console tax.

      In Japan games on the switch are cheaper than ps4 versions. FIFA is $20 cheaper on the switch.

      • Global Impact

        Its no myth multiple developers confirmed this

        • ben

          Sure… that is their excuse but explain to me why in Japan switch games are consistently $20 cheaper than ps4 games?

          It is more likely that publishers are taking advantage in the US.

          • Global Impact

            Carts under 8 gigs are cheap once games get bigger the carts get more expensive thsts

          • ben

            I cant really say if that is true or not.

          • Paddy Alfan

            Wait the rjapan switch cheaper than the US?
            And they usually contain the English language right? ( I remember I am setsuna circulating here from Japan region and they’re cheaper but then I thought it just that game only)

            And here in Asia (not japan) 60 buck switch games sold around (after rough conversion) 45-50buck

          • ben

            If the game has been localized, then yes they usually have English.

            The average switch game is around 5,500 yen with some games being upto 7,500yen… however the average ps4 game starts at 7,500 yen and new games can be over 8,500 yen.

          • Vive

            EU as well, we see some crazy prices sometimes.

            The three packs amiibo here costs 45-50 euro while in US it’s 34,99 dollars (which is 29 euro), and i believe in Japan are even cheaper.

      • This is not a myth, but Cartridge costs vary depending of the size, so MAYBE a very small cartridge is cost-competitive with discs, but bigger ones are not…

  • YoungTheFish

    You know, just for the box art. I’ll put you in my wish list.

  • Ibi Salmon

    *sigh* Yet another victim of the “switch tax.” It’s like these companies want the switch versions of their games to fail.

    • Fandangle

      I doubt it’s that.

      • Ibi Salmon

        Then why does the Switch version cost more than the other versions? Why do so many companies seem to think that charging more on the Switch than the other versions is a good idea?

        • Gemmol Lewis

          i think its because they use the bigger memory card instead of making you go out and get your own memory card like capcom did for revelations 2 whic is 26 gigs, so only the 1st game fit on the game card and revelations 2 need a micro sd……but for this game they just charge us 10 dollars more for bigger game card so we do not have to buy memory card

        • Fandangle

          They wouldn’t just do it willy nilly. They realize that people think it’s ridiculous to pay more for essentially the same thing.

          I’m assuming it’s either extra cost in production of proprietary cartridges. Remember how the vita used proprietary memory cards and they were insanely expensive? I think something similar is happening here. SD cards, which is what I assume the switch’s game carts are based on, become more expensive the more space that’s required on them. Discs don’t have this issue really since there are so few ways to increase their size without also making a specialized disc (which would also be insanely more expensive) they got around this by introducing required data installs. I figure games that require larger cartridges will be more expensive.

          It could also be that the publisher doesnt expect to recoup the cost of porting the game to the console so they charge more to help cover it.

        • awng782

          Switch cartridges are more expensive.

          A 32 GB Switch cartridge costs 60% more the than a 50 GB PS4/XBO Blu-ray dics.

          • Jaxon Holden

            what I don’t understand is, ok, let’s say a bluray cost 50 cents. So a 32gb cart would cost 80 cents… that’s only a 30 cent difference.

            I know something is causing price to be higher, but I don’t think your post really explains why

  • Paddy Alfan

    In the current cart that would cost tenner more, what the max size? I reckon around 16GB since nba is 250gb and need additional download (does that mean it’s confirmed the download size is 9gb more?)

    If 40 50gb games starting to comes, I’m afraid nintendo can’t force us to download 30gb data from physical games.

    But producing more larger sizephysical cart ( I dunno what’s the max the switch can hold though) would probably cost more than a tenner per game

    • ben

      what is the digital download size for Nba 2k? in total?

      • amak11

        Its not what he says

      • awng782

        ~25 GB, though regular game updates will bring that up to at least ~30 GB when all said and done.

        • Kid X

          Updates are downloaded onto the system itself, not to the cart.

          • awng782

            I am aware of that.

    • awng782

      The largest capacity Switch cartridge is 32 GB in size.

      But it appears only Dragon Quest Heroes 1+2 is using that cartridge. A game like NBA 2K18 should be using that cartridge, but instead Take-Two decided to cheap out and use a lower capacity cartridge, thus forcing users to download the missing portion of the game.

      I believe LA Noire is around ~13 GB on Steam, so if the Switch version is a port of the PC version, the game will fit in a 16 GB cartridge. But since LA Noire is not a new game, Rockstar wanted to charge a lower price. Unfortunately, the Switch version got a smaller price reduction.

  • I don’t care I’m still buying it day one. That’s how bad I want GTA on the Switch

  • Vive

    Okay i won’t buy it D1.

    At least Capcom is selling Re Rev 20 euro each.

    50 euro is on the expensive side, though i’ve to say that the game looks interesting.

    • Gemmol Lewis

      yeah because they not charging you for the memory card that you need to download revelations 2 which is 26 gig…….the first game fit on the game card but second game need a memory card……..im guessing the 10 dollar difference is the bigger memory card to hold the game so we dont have to go out and get a memory card

    • Aline Piroutek

      European are rich. South American are poor. Simple.

  • theFooFighter

    F*** it I don’t even care anymore. $10 won’t break the bank assuming I still want it when November is here

    • ben

      The box art is great. I love that art style so much that I used to paint like that myself when I was at art school.

      • theFooFighter

        I can barely even draw a stick figure

  • StuOhQ

    No problems here. Probably using a 32 GB cart too, going to be more costly for the publishers. Very happy to be getting the game!

  • awng782

    Rockstar should do with LA Noire what Tequilla works did with Rime:
    – The game should be $40 physically
    – The physical version should come with a download code for the soundtrack CD for something similar

  • Kid X

    So this is how they’re planning to not make more Switch games, raise the price on a port they probably worked on their spare time and when it doesn’t sell as much as the other versions, they won’t make more games saying “Well it just didn’t sell well enough”. Damn, I wish their one port was gonna be GTA V

    • Felipe M.

      They know this will not sell well so it’s their way to jump ship on the Switch.

      • Jaxon Holden

        Hogwash.

        If they wanted to jump ship, they sure as hell don’t need a reason. They’d just avoid it altogether.

        The price will likely not impact their expected sales. They’ve surely done the math of quantity demanded at each price point, and worked out the best price to maximize revenue. The day one buyers will still buy day one, and everyone else will still buy after a price drop.

        If people are putting games on Switch, it’s because they want to make money. Nobody sabotages their own releases for an “excuse” to jump ship. They don’t need an excuse. If they didn’t wanna develop for the system they simply wouldn’t be bringing this game at all.

  • awng782

    I do wonder when the price of Switch cartridges will begin to go down significantly.

    As of June 30th, Nintendo had shipped 13.5 million Switch games worldwide, and I’m willing to bet at least 12 million of those were physical copies. That’s a great software sales total for a new 4 month old platform, but ultimately not a lot in the grand scheme of things.

    I imagine prices for Switch cartridges will drop by a lot once Nintendo starts selling 60-70 million Switch games per year, if not more, though it probably won’t happen until ~2019. That’s when 16 and 32 GB cartridges should be much more common, and we will see much less “$10 Switch tax”. Economy of scale should (hopefully) do its work.

  • this game is pretty good
    i have it on ps3
    i really like the detective parts – interrogations and finding clues – but the action scenes are really clunky

  • Felipe M.

    It’s gonna flop anyway.

  • Brad Lawrence

    I have zero issue with the price being higher.

  • Blanco8x8

    I won’t even have the updated graphics, so why bother raising the price?

  • Wanderlei

    They always have to sabotage somehow.

  • Dylan W

    Oh well, I get 20% off because of Best Buy’s Gamers Club Unlocked deal so I’m not paying much more than the PS4 and Xbox One versions.

  • Fernando Silva

    Totally fine with that. They can do it, they deserve it for the quality of the game they are bringing us.

  • Drybonekoopa85

    Don’t care! Day 1 pick up! Loved this game back when I played it on the PS3. I’m excited to play through it all again.

  • ronin4life

    Plenty of games habe launched for regular prices on Switch. I highly doubt cartdriges have anything at all to do with this

  • Radish

    The problem with this is not just the $10 extra, but that Nintendo is basically forcing us to buy the physical carts because of how low the storage capacity is on Switch. It’s still relatively expensive to buy a microSDXC card and more research than the average customer wants to do when it comes to transfer speeds and such.

    All that just so you can pay the actual price of the game and not the inflated price.

    • R.Z.

      Worse still is the games that require you to buy both the retail package and an SD card.

      I am especially giving side looks to the Resident Evil Revelations pack and its download code for a ~30 Gigs RE:R2 … more than the game they decided to put on the cartridge.

      • Gemmol Lewis

        https://www.amazon.com/Samsung-MicroSD-Adapter-MB-ME128GA-AM/dp/B06XWZWYVP/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1504973310&sr=8-3&keywords=128+micro

        here is 128 gb micro sd from amazon the one i have 2017 model, with the fastest read speed 100 mb a second…….no other card faster and it cost 44….on sales it can cost 30 dollars

        https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06XX29S9Q/ref=twister_B071R715MZ?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1

        here is 64gb micro sd another 2017 model, and it have a read speed of 100 mb a second…….no other card faster it cost 23, on sales it can cost 15

        either way you go, memory cards are way better than what we had in the past for a cheaper price, so if someone needed to get revelations 2 on micro sd they can get the 32 gb card Samsung Evo another 2017 model and it cost 13 dollars, it will hold the whole game……..its not like when you had a Vita and you had to pay close to 150 for a 32gb card or over 100 something for xbox 360 hard drive………..memory cheaper now, even though people use to buy a whole bunch of memory card for their vita and harddrive for the xbox 360 but now memory cards cheap, people want to complain, I just think they want to complain because Nintendo name on the device……..because I sold a lot of xbox 360 hard drive even to the same people and no one had issues, i am digital only on my system…….so far have 10 to 12 downloads with 90 gigs left on my 128 gb card……waiting for nba 2k18 and xenoblade……….even if you run out of space you can always archive your data and keep your save data, and keep the 10 best games you want to carry around on your 128 gb card, and when you ready delete one and keep the save data, and download the other game back, and since you have your save file, you can continue right where you stop

        • R.Z.

          I have no idea how you get your cards, but I live in the EU, have checked american prices on Amazon and decent (100mb/sec at least )128 mb SD cards are still over 60$/€ pretty much everywhere unless there’s some giant sale.

    • Justmadeanaccount2

      No it’s not expensive to get an SD card…A 128GB card is like $40 and you can find them refurbished ones on Amazon for $35 if you keep checking. 64GB SD cards are like 20 bucks.

      • Radish

        I mean sure, you can buy a 64 gb card and fill half of it with 1 game, and how much longer until you buy another 32 gb game? 64gb and even 128gb is not much these days for video games. At least if you want AAA titles you would need at least a 256 gb card if you don’t want to have multiple cards. So it costs $140 for the privilege to buy bigger games throughout the Switch’s lifespan.

        That’s nearly half the price of the Switch itself.

        • Justmadeanaccount2

          Do you even own a Switch??? I grow tired of correcting misinformed people who don’t know what they’re talking about. Switch doesnt have massive game installs like PS4 and Xbox One. If you buy a 20GB game on those consoles they take up 20GB on your hard drive, if you buy a 20GB game it takes up ZERO GB on your SD card. The data is already on the cartridge so you generally dont need more space. There will be a few games that require extra SD card space but it will probably be only 5GB max because most of the data is already on the cartridge. This is why you can get away with having a 64GB SD. It will only be used for save data and a few eshop games. Even if you [stupidly] decide to download every game instead of buying cartridges, Switch games are tiny and don’t take up much space. BOTW has a massive world and the game only takes up about 15GB. The other games are much smaller.

          • Radish

            So basically you assumed I buy the game carts rather than buying the digital downloads. If you go back to my first post on this topic, that was my entire point. Nintendo is basically forcing us to buy the game carts, which are $10 more expensive than the digital version AND you need microSD even then.

            I planned on buying all of my games digitally for convenience on Switch but Nintendo is making that extremely difficult.

  • Wait, wait, wait. A high-profile Rockstar game on a Nintendo console in 2017? Am I dreaming? I think the last thing they put out was Bully on Wii and some GTA thing on the original DS. This is madness!
    …granted, it came out in 2011, but still. Wait, that’s the same year Skyrim got released. Oh, the implications. *hurries to find out what else got released in 2011*

    • Tlink7

      The DS GTA is the only GTA in which I completed the story xD

    • Felipe M.

      “high-profile game” lol

      That’s quite the joke.

      • What exactly are you trying to say? Almost any game Rockstar puts out these days (if one still considers 2011 these days) is high-profile, at least compared to smaller projects by other developers, it certainly was when it came out six years ago. Being high-profile doesn’t necessitate everyone liking it universally. I never said it was good. Heck, I never even played it. But it’s not 2 Fast 4 Gnomz and it did have it’s fair share of publicity and positive reactions despite its flaws, having cost over 50m USD and garnered plenty of raving reviews (way above 80% in most outlets) and sold pretty well at the time. It’s not an underdog. It wasn’t left in the dust by other, bigger releases. What’s your point? That it’s out of place in 2017, a year chock-full of amazing video game releases? Maybe. But it’s getting updated versions on all platforms, so someone clearly thinks it’s worth putting it out there again. And it is surprising and uplifting to see Rockstar put one of their releases (no matter which one) on the Switch, so I’m not sure what you’re being condescending about here.

    • R.Z.

      That DS GTA was pretty F***ing awesome though.
      And if I remember right Rockstar got burnt on it, selling much less than expected and the game ending up in bargain bins shortly after release.

  • Petri

    That is disheartening, but not really world ending.
    At least it’s not 60€ as I was afraid.

  • roughy762004

    I’m just going to sit back and watch what happens. I will buy it in the hopes we can get ports of Red Dead Revolver and Redemption as well as GTA ports.

  • Melatelo

    The box art is stunning..just hope especially since they’re charging extra- that we get the whole game on the cartridge.

  • masterjedi

    I am fine paying the extra. I understand that it takes time and development to implement new functions into the game and there are people who got paid to work on that stuff. As far as I’m concerned, this is a way to cover the cost of that extra time and work. I don’t have a problem with it. Now if the game were the EXACT same as the other versions I would have an issue. Would I prefer the game not to cost $10 extra? Sure. Am I willing to pay more than $10 extra for any port compared to the other versions? No. $10 is definitely my cap. But in this instance, I’m okay with it.

  • R.Z.

    Myeah …
    I’ll probably still get this, especially since the Switch version seems to have been nicely adapted to the hardware.

  • awng782

    Seems like the digital version might be $40…

  • Tjnswitch

    i’m feeling 50 is nifty !

  • Reggie

    “GameStop shows it’s $50 for the Switch version. It’ll be $40 on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.”

    Okay, and at EB Games, Xenoverse 2 is listed $10 more than the PS3 and XBO versions, despite it being said that Xenoverse 2 would be “discounted”.

    In other words, this makes no difference to me. It’s what I’ve come to expect.

  • Paweł

    As customers, we should not be ok with different game pricing, otherwise more publishers will jump on the bandwagon, because “hey, Switch users will buy games at whatever price we sell them”.

  • Blanco8x8

    As someone who already bought and played the PS3 version for less than $7. This is criminal, especially the Switch version, which is $10 more than the PS4 and Xbox One versions, and it won’t even have the updated graphics. With the only differences being HD Rumble, motion controls, touchscreen, and a tiny cartridge, it just doesn’t add up for a 2011 game.

    • bakedapplepie

      Exactly my thoughts. I know we want and appreciate Rockstar bringing this title to a Nintendo console, but these prices for this game are way too much. This game has had many sales and I’ll bet that even the so called updated PS4-XBone editions will hardly have any really differences from the original. They should have just released it digitally for $20 if the cartridge is such an expense.

    • Jack Red

      It’s basically a lose-lose situation for Switch owners. If no one buys the game, Rockstar will just see it as Switch owners not caring about their games, and they’ll stop supporting the Switch. But if Switch users buy it to support them, other third parties will pull the same crap on Switch users.

  • Justin McQuillen

    This is just a weird game to test the Nintendo waters with, and a weird thing to do if you want testing the waters to go well. Give me GTAV and I’ll pay extra, but not this.