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It’s starting to look like Nintendo’s new little box with a screen is pretty popular. Not only are they becoming impossible to find online, but pre-orders are also sold out at GameStop stores across the country.

The Switch, Nintendo’s seventh home console is set to arrive on March 3rd with a retail price of $299.99. As part of our ongoing coverage, we reported earlier today that Nintendo was not anticipating having supply issues with the Switch. Reggie Fils-Aimé, Nintendo of America’s president and chief operating officer recently revealed to Wired that the company will ship two million consoles worldwide within the first three weeks of March. Fils-Aimé went on to say that he does not foresee a similar issue for the Switch as the NES Classic, because with that system they were caught off guard by the overwhelming demand.

It looks like Nintendo may be under-anticipating demand again. Talking with my local GameStop manager, I can confirm that not only are they completely sold out, but they also had to turn away “a bunch” of customers that had lined up before the store opened Saturday morning.

GameStop’s senior vice president of merchandising Bob Puzon told IGN that ,”The company is working with Nintendo to get additional units and “will let our customers know when they become available.”

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On the brighter side, I can report that Nintendo’s other sold out console should be back in stock at GameStop stores this February! The NES Classic comes packed with 30 amazing games. Make sure you check out our coverage of this awesome retro system.

If you are as excited about the Nintendo Switch as we are, check TechRaptor frequently this week, as we have some pretty cool stuff coming up soon!

What do you think of this news? Are you surprised that Nintendo doesn’t have enough stock to meet the demand?


Will Cravens

Staff Writer



  • Ncrdrg

    No, of course I’m not surprised. This happens almost at every Nintendo launch. It happened far too many times for be to believe it’s just incompetence. I think they’re intentionally creating artificial scarcity to drive up overall demand for their products. Ex: the news will report it’s all sold out, creating more hype.

  • Sarusig Musicman

    It’s not like it was a Nintendo practice. It’s a consoles thing in general. Just look up “PS4 sold out” or “Xbox One sold out” and you’ll find plenty of links on various editions selling out.

  • I’ll withhold my applause unless they reveal what the actual numbers are. Selling out of 100 units isn’t particularly difficult.

  • Didn’t Sony end up with a class-action lawsuit on their hands because of the artificial scarcity they created with PS2 memory cards?

  • Mike Sassman

    Didn’t Nintendo say that there weren’t going to be supply problems?

  • It’s a one-two punch of dickwad scalpers with bottomless credit cards and no lives along with Nintendo’s inability to accurately gauge demand. Never fails. Within minutes of pre-orders going live you saw auctions for preorders that were 2-3 times retail. God damn cancer every one of them.

  • Reggie said they are shipping 2 million worldwide for launch so it’s probably not a whole lot.

  • SomeCollegeStudent

    Given that the Nintendo Classic got backlogged for quite a while after launch, not to mention the supply issues with their Amiibos on several different occassions, this is sounding more like a Nintendo problem than just a console problem.

  • SomeCollegeStudent

    “Reggie Fils-Aimé, Nintendo of America’s president and chief operating officer recently revealed to Wired that the company will ship two million consoles worldwide within the first three weeks of March.”

    So how many are actually being shipped on March 3rd? 1 million? 500 thousand? 100 thousand?