As March gets closer, and the inevitable release of Nintendo’s newest console, the Switch, grows more tangible, preorders for the system are becoming harder and harder to find.
Bob Puzon, senior vice president of merchandising at Gamestop, recently told Kotaku that the company is “working closely with Nintendo to get additional Nintendo Switch units, and will let our customers know when they become available.”
He continued by saying that the entire first allotment of Switch consoles purchased by the company had been preordered shortly after Nintendo’s Switch presentation.
Of course, gamers could just buy the Switch from another retailer, right? ,,, Maybe. According to the same Kotaku article, it appears that Amazon has also been experiencing supply shortages due to overwhelming preorder demand.
Nintendo’s Reggie Fils-Aime recently spoke with Wired (after the Nintendo Switch presentation in early January) and said that there would be 2 million Switch consoles available worldwide at launch. and of course, that sounds like a lot of units, but when you account for hundreds of millions of gamers around the world (many of whom will most certainly be interested in buying a Switch on launch day), that number quickly seems very small.
And it’s no wonder Gamestop and Amazon have sold out so quickly. What’s more, as of this writing, Amazon was still unable to take Switch preorders.
The Nintendo switch will launch worldwide on March 3 with several titles, including The Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild, 1-2-Switch, Has-Been Heroes, Just Dance 2017, and I Am Setsuna.
Stayed tuned to GameSkinny for continued coverage of the Nintendo Switch.