Nintendo unveiled the price and release date of the Nintendo Switch on January 12. Now, just a few days after, pre-allocation at both Amazon UK and US as well as GameStop in the US, have sold out.
According to Amazon, they sold-through their first allocation of consoles as soon as Friday, January 13. GameStop US on the other hand announced just yesterday that they’d sold its first allotment of Nintendo Switch systems through its website and retail stores in the US.
As for GAME, the UK’s major video game retailer, they’re yet to find out how much stock they’ll be getting at launch so will continue to take pre-orders, though according to VG24/7 the retailer has said that “until we have our allocation confirmed by Nintendo we cannot guarantee that every order will be fulfilled for launch.”
Speaking with Wired last week, Nintendo of America boss, Reggie Fils-Aime said that two million units of the Nintendo Switch will be shipped worldwide at launch which is a huge number, but something tells me that this won’t be enough, though Fils-Aime seems optimistic:
“I know, because I read the boards and I read the comments, that there is concern about supply. From what I’ve read, the concern seems to stem from the lack of ability to buy NES Classic. So what I would say is this: two million for essentially the first month is a huge number, especially when you look and see that this is not peak seasonality. This is essentially the first three weeks of March. Our focus is making sure that the consumer who wants to buy a Nintendo Switch can buy a Nintendo Switch. That’s how we build our supply chain, that’s how we think through the amount of product that’s available.”
The Nintendo Switch launches on March 3 and will be priced at £279.99.