In the wake of shortages of the Pokemon GO Plus, Nintendo makes a statement regarding the wearable Pokemon GO accessory, directly addressing stock shortages and future production.
Fans of the Pokemon games will no doubt be familiar with how important rarity is to the franchise. After all, the main series often revolves around getting hold of the rarest Pokemon available, and Pokemon GO is no exception. However, even the most hardened of players may have felt irked at how difficult it has been to get hold of the Pokemon GO Plus accessory, with some selling on eBay for outrageous prices.
Because of the reaction to the stock shortages for the Pokemon GO device, Nintendo President Tatsumi Kimishima has made a statement on the matter. Speaking during Nintendo's earnings briefing, Kimishima stated that the company had not prepared for the demand for the peripheral. "Demand far exceeded our expectations and production has not caught up, leading to product shortages. We apologize to the consumers and distributors affected by this."
As well as apologizing, Nintendo also revealed that it is now expanding production for the Plus. "We are planning to expand production as needed, and will continue to produce and ship additional units," said Kimishima in the briefing. No indication was given on when this can be expected to take place, however.
The peripheral, which turned the heads of many gamers when it was first announced, eventually released to comments of it being an entertaining, if somewhat frustrating, accessory to have. However, the rarity of the Pokemon GO device has been the cause of much frustration for the gaming community. This was perhaps compounded by the accessory's development, which saw its release pushed back to September.
It's not the first time that Nintendo has had to apologise for a lack of stock. The popularity of the company's amiibo range has often led to stock shortages of certain amiibo figures. Again at that point, Nintendo did promise to expand production, although the rarest characters do still sell for a premium on online marketplaces.
Although it's positive that Nintendo is promising to expand production on the Pokemon GO Plus, it's a shame that the company was unable to plan accordingly in the first instance. The success of Pokemon GO may have been a bit of a surprise, but many still predicted that the allure and accessibility of the game would lead to huge popularity. It may now be a bit late for Nintendo to come through with exactly what the fans demanded from the peripheral - particularly now that the peak of Pokemon GO has perhaps passed. Hopefully, all those who still want to get hold of the Plus will have an opportunity to do so.
Check out our Pokemon GO guides:
- How to Use the New Sightings Tool
- How to Win Battles
- How to Become a Gym Leader
- How to Get Pokecoins
- How to Catch Pikachu as a Starter
- How to Use and Hatch Eggs
- How to Catch Rare Pokemon
- How to Use Pokestops
- How to Control Eevee’s Evolution
- Trainer Rewards at Every Level
- How to Hold Gyms Longer
- Where to Find Specific Pokemon
- How to Trigger Pokemon Spawns
- Every Type’s Strengths and Weaknesses
- Catching Region Exclusive Pokemon
- Everything to Know About the Buddy System
- How to Equip a Buddy Pokemon
- How to Use Pokemon GO Plus