Nintendo have revealed that demand for their new console, the Nintendo Switch, has surpassed all expectations the company had for the new device, a reason they attribute to the stock shortage worldwide.
Nintendo must be an incredibly modest company as they’re constantly underestimating the demand for some of their latest products. First amiibo were few and far between, next the Mini NES completely sold out and Nintendo struggled to get more stock out there, and now the Switch seems to also be struggling to get out quick enough.
In a statement to MCV, Nintendo revealed that demand had exceeded all expectations the company initially had for the device:
“For Nintendo Switch, our initial plan for the fiscal year ended March 2017 was to ship two million units by the end of March, but we increased production which resulted in shipping 2.74 million units globally.
“For products like Nintendo Switch, it takes time to procure parts and run production, so we perform demand estimates far in advance of launch. Actual demand following the launch of these products surpassed our estimates globally.
“To take advantage of this favorable momentum, we will continue to bolster our manufacturing facilities and strive to increase production in preparation for the Christmas period, which has been factored into our forecast of shipping 10 million units globally by the end of this fiscal year.”
So while finding a Nintendo Switch in the wild might be quite difficult, come Christmas things should be a little simpler, though I wouldn’t hold your breath.