Many gamers have had trouble finding the Nintendo Switch in stock since it’s release back in March. Turns out, there’s a good reason they’re so hard to find. According to a GameStop executive, each time the gaming retailer receives new Nintendo Switch units, they sell out within hours.
This is good new for Nintendo and GameStop, but bad news for any gamers trying to get their hands on a Nintendo Switch. It seems gamers can’t get enough of the handheld-console hybrid, and are having trouble finding them despite Nintendo’s efforts to dramatically increase production.
GameStop’s Senior Director of Merchandising, Eric Bright, recently shared these details with Forbes, and discussed what it means for both GameStop and gamers. Bright said:
"It's exceeding our expectations. We knew it would be a high-demand product, but our Switch allocations are selling out not in days, but in hours...the demand is so high that consumers have to react quickly to be able to get their hands on them."
As of last week, Nintendo has sold nearly three million of the consoles to date, and that doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon. In fact, Bright revealed that demand is as high as it’s ever been, and GameStop doesn't expect a break in the high sales for quite some time, with Bright saying, "Right now we're not seeing sales going down at all, and I would expect that to continue for quite some time."
It’s no secret that the high sales are due to more than just the high quality gaming device. Nintendo’s The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild received perfect marks from numerous gaming reviewers, including Game Rant. The open-world take on the Zelda franchise has done wonders for the Nintendo Switch, and is likely a big reason the device has done so well.
Now that Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is available for the Nintendo Switch, it seems demand will only continue to grow for the newest Nintendo console. It will be interesting to see if it slows down over the next few months, or if the console will continue selling strong well into the holidays. Of course by then, it will also be contending with Project Scorpio, which is set to release later this year.
In the meantime, those who are hoping to get a Nintendo Switch will need to stay vigilant if they want a chance at finding one before it’s sold out once again.