The Nintendo Switch has been notoriously difficult to find. Stores have been selling out of consoles almost as soon as they arrive. However, Nintendo has a few comments to make about this.
Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime commented on the Switch’s supply problems in a recent interview with Mashable. He states that they “sold through almost 2.8 million units, so we dramatically over delivered”. Though I’m sure, many would disagree with that statement. Especially considering how difficult it originally was to purchase the elusive new Nintendo console.
Fils-Aime then poked some fun at Reddit by pointing out that redditors were saying “Gosh, Nintendo, if would’ve made more you would’ve sold more”. He states that the company is creating many more consoles for sale. Nintendo is actually on track to release 10 million units within the first fiscal year of release. An amazing achievement for Nintendo.
However, this achievement doesn’t mean that there will be plenty of consoles available this holiday season. Earlier this year Fils-Aime stated that Nintendo may not be able to deliver enough consoles this holiday season. As a result, the demand for consoles may be higher than the actually available amount. This is all just estimation and speculation from Nintendo however so this may not be the case. It certainly doesn’t paint a good picture for the Christmas and Black Friday period, however.
As a result, we’d suggest purchasing a Switch now while the supply is relatively plentiful. Better to have a Switch and need to hide it for several months than never be able to get your hands on one.
In addition to the Switch, the SNES Classic Edition may also be difficult to obtain this holiday period. Pre-orders for the mini console sold out almost immediately after going live but Nintendo has increased the stock for them this time. As a result, more of us will be able to purchase the mini console. Even still though, expect them to be difficult to find.