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Nintendo Switch might soon be available in China

CNET logo CNET 20/04/2019 Abrar Al-Heeti
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Nintendo will reportedly start selling its Switch console in China.

The Japanese video game maker is partnering with Chinese tech company Tencent, according to a Thursday report by Reuters. Authorities in China's Guangdong province, where Tencent is based, reportedly agreed to let the company sell a test version of the New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe Switch game. That decision would allow for sales of the Switch nationwide, people familiar with the matter told Reuters. 

China has relaxed its restrictions on gaming consoles in recent years, allowing for the sale of devices like Microsoft's Xbox One and Sony's PlayStation 4.  

Nintendo and Tencent didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

The Nintendo Switch debuted in March 2017. It became the fastest-selling console in US history after selling 4.8 million units in the first 10 months of its release. Nintendo is expected to sell 17.3 million consoles globally in 2019, according to market research firm Strategy Analytics.

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