Much like Super Mario Maker 2, Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 has a ridiculous India price of Rs. 4,999. The Mako Reactor decided to check out options for buying the upcoming Nintendo Switch exclusive in India at a cheaper price. Granted some of these aren’t as convenient as paying Games The Shop or MCube Games nearly two PS4 games’ worth of cash, they should be considered if you find the Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 price to be a complete rip-off. Here’s what you need to know to buy Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 cheap in India:

Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 price in India is cheaper outside of MCube Games and Games The Shop

Outside of MCube and Games The Shop, several independent retailers and parallel importers are bringing Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 to India as well. We’ve been given to understand that the reason for the high price has to do with the customs duty levied on games that have been officially imported. It’s something local retailers are also aware of, and the more enterprising of these have made their own arrangements as parallel imports of course.

Speaking to The Mako Reactor, Mumbai, Bengaluru, and Delhi-based retailers confirmed that the game would be available for anywhere between Rs. 3,900 to Rs. 4,500.

This of course would depend on which store you buy from and where you’re located in the country. None of them would say which region of the game they’d get. Chances are, like most parallel imports, they’d be stock from the UAE. That said, they weren’t able to commit to availability on the Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 release date of July 19 as it falls on a Friday, which is the equivalent of Sunday in that part of the world.

Though with a lower price tag than Rs. 4,999 it’s a feasible option if you’re fine with a parallel import product.

Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 price on the Nintendo eShop

If you don’t want to deal with ridiculous ‘official’ markups or possibly shady stores, you can get it digitally. At the time of filing this story, the Nintendo eShop Super Mario Maker 2 price is $60 (around Rs. 4,200). You could get a better deal from other eShop regions, though it is unknown if the game files are the same across eShops like they were for The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild or different like Splatoon 2. Suffice to say, your mileage may vary. You can check out the Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 prices across Nintendo eShops here. You do get a bit back through gold coins or points on the eShop.

Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 price with Nintendo Switch Game Vouchers

Another option is buying Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 as a part of the Nintendo Switch game voucher program. This brings the price of the game down to $50 from $60 for a savings of $10. The catch is, you’ll need to buy another game from Nintendo’s list of eligible titles as well for a combined savings of $20 on what usually is a $120 purchase for both games digitally. With the list including the likes of Astral Chain, Pokemon Sword and Shield, The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening, and Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age – Definitive Edition, there’s enough of a reason to go digital so as long as you have a big enough microSD card.

Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 price from third-party key sellers

At the time of filing this story, Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 isn’t up for sale on third-party sites like CD Keys or Amazon US. Odd considering other games like Super Mario Maker 2 were available digitally outside of the Nintendo eShop. If you have to go digital for Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3, your best bet is the Nintendo eShop.

The best Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 deals in India

Probably the least effort you can exude on your way to playing Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 is buying it used or waiting for a discount. The former is likely thanks to the likes of Gameloot, CEX, Gamexs, and the Indian Video Gamer forums (disclosure: the editors of this site are forum administrators on Indian Video Gamer). In our experience, we were able to net Nintendo Switch releases like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild for around Rs. 2,000 months after release.

With the Nintendo Switch 2019 line-up filled with heavy hitters like Super Mario Maker 2, Pokemon Sword and Shield, and The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening, it’ll be interesting to see if Indian retailers continue to take an aggressive approach towards selling games for the system. For now however, you have multiple options, though they’re nowhere as convenient as buying a game for PlayStation 4 or Xbox One.