It seems that the Switch is going to be in even shorter supply at launch than we originally thought. According to reports, both Target and GameStop have had to cancel some pre-orders due to overselling their allotted stock.
GameStop had to shutdown pre-order shortly after they became available last month due to a combination of overwhelming demand and relatively few available units for the upcoming system. Pre-orders briefly became available again a week later, but they once again had to clamp down and even cancel some pre-orders due to there just not being enough stock to cover them. The story behind Target’s cancelled pre-orders is more or less the same: insufficient stock to meet the demand. At the moment it’s unclear whether the fault for this lies solely with the retailers or if this was due to some sort of miscommunication or action on Nintendo’s part.
Surprisingly, Nintendo has already delivered a statement regarding the number of available units, stating that it has increased production to meet existing pre-orders. This isn’t the first time Nintendo has supposedly underestimated demand for its physical goods. In fact, the developer/publisher has gained something of a reputation for this over the years thanks to its handling of Amiibo, the Wii U GameCube Adapter, and most recently the NES Classic Edition. However, unlike those past incidents, Nintendo appears to be taking apparent shortage of Switch consoles very seriously. So while they may be in short supply right now, those looking to snag a Switch can, at least for the moment, rest assured that more will likely be available in the weeks following the console’s launch.
Still, if you did manage to secure a pre-order during that initial mad rush, it might be a good idea to check with your retailer before the system launches on March 3rd.
Source: Nintendo Today
Are you going to try picking up a Switch around it’s launch date? Did you already get your pre-order in? What do you think of the supply problems Nintendo’s been having with their physical products over these last few years?
Lede image is official Nintendo Switch promotional art.