The Nintendo Switch is turning out to be one of the fastest-selling consoles on the planet, and the company has been unable to keep up with demand so far. Nintendo knows that and has apologized to fans several times. On Thursday again, the Japanese company apologized to fans for the Nintendo Switch shortages and vowed again to ramp up production, according to GameSpot.
No respite in sight for Nintendo Switch shortages
In a post on the Japanese Nintendo website, the company admitted that the console had been facing supply shortages since its launch in March. The company said it is shipping new consoles every week but acknowledged that it is not enough to meet demand.
In good news for the fans, the Japanese firm said it is working to boost the supply of the console, especially for the upcoming Splatoon 2 Switch bundle.
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“For autumn and beyond, we will continue to work to ensure that as many products as possible can be delivered to our customers towards the end of the year,” the company said.
Splatoon 2 is one of the most-anticipated titles on the Nintendo Switch console. The original Splatoon was a big success as the Wii U’s sixth best-selling title with 4.8 million copies sold. The Japanese company is expecting the game to receive the same (or even better) response this time. Thus, analysts believe the shortage of consoles will continue (or could even get worse).
Daniel Ahmad, a gaming analyst at Niko Partners who specializes in the Asian markets, believes it will be hard for buyers to get their hands on the console this year, notes Express. In a tweet, the analyst stated that the Switch shortages will continue for the rest of the year, as production is “still capped right now due to component shortages.”
In the U.S., the Nintendo Switch console outsold the Xbox One and PS4 for two months in a row (April and May). In June, however, the PlayStation 4 pulled ahead, but it could be because of the Switch shortages.
GameStop getting new stock
Another bit of good news for potential buyers of the Nintendo Switch is that GameStop will get some units of the console this week. In a press release on Tuesday, the retailer said that it just learned that some of its stores will get “additional Nintendo Switch consoles for purchase.”
“The $299.99 console will be available at a first-come, first-served basis where available. GameStop is also offering various Nintendo Switch bundles available online at www.GameStop.com,” the retailer said.
GameStop, however, gave no details on which stores will be getting the consoles. The company also gave no hint about the exact date when the Nintendo Switch will be available online or at the stores. So if you are planning to buy the console at a brick-and-mortar store, it would be better to call first, as employees at the store will have some idea on when the inventory is arriving.
If the GameStop store near you is not among the selected ones to get the new stock, you can always head to Amazon to buy your favorite console, but at a premium.