Switch lottery lines in Japan reached new levels of insanity this weekend

NE: "The Switch stock situation isn’t so great around the world. But if you thought it was difficult finding a system in the west, you should be thankful that you’re not living in Japan."

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freshslicepizza246d ago

I guess the question is how long before Nintendo becomes competant in making enough to meet demand? Last month they shipped less than 200k in North America.

Neonridr245d ago

it definitely sucks for Nintendo.. demand is there. But keep these people waiting too long and it's possible they may move on..

Nintendo needs to be cranking these factories at ludicrous speed to catch up.

Trilithon245d ago

Nintendo should know this by now lol. maybe they doubted themselves

Erik7357245d ago (Edited 245d ago )

Na lol

Makes me want it more

Only n4g will spin a console that has to much demand into Nintendo being incompetent but in reality Sony would dream of a portable with even half this amount of demand

Neonridr245d ago

@Erik7357 - oh I totally agree. I just mean imagine how much more Nintendo could have sold to this point had they actually had stock available.

rocketpanda245d ago


Nintendo is incompetent. Yes they have a successful console but they are still incompetent. They sold more the NES classic to scalpers to people who actually tried buying them, only then to stop manufacturing them altogether.

They couldn't even handle region amiibo distribution making some so damn hard to get but in other regions so easy and still do.

It's no different with the Switch. A good system managed by an incompetent company.

Sirk7x245d ago

They can't acquire enough chips to meet demand. There's a world-wide shortage of NAND flash, as companies that manufacture can't keep up with demand. It's affecting many businesses and consumers.

Eulderink244d ago

problem is the factories are allready at full speed, the twist is, it is for other costomers.
i read about it, like 2 weeks ago, dk if true ofcourse.

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XanderZane245d ago

Crazy Japanese gamers love their handheld systems. Maybe Microsoft should release a handheld only for Japan market. They probably still wouldn't buy it. I'd never wait in a line that long for anything. The longest I've waited in a line was just over 2-1/2 hours on Black Friday to buy something at Fry's Electronics and at Disney's Epcot to ride Soarin' ride. That's it. When I finally decide to get a Switch it will be readily available.

letsa_go245d ago (Edited 245d ago )

Microsoft easily has the means of doing so. Widen the xbox one controller, drop in a screen and hardware from one of their phones, link it to xbox live, allow game streaming from pc/xbox one, and include all their arcade/indie titles. Done!

XanderZane245d ago

Yeah, but would gamers actually but it?

indysurfn245d ago

@letsa_go you would need a lot of code to support that. A LOT!

That would be the small task. The large task would be to have EXCLUSIVES that Japan wants to play. Oh wait
they dont even have that in their console. So that it off your drawing board.

letsa_go243d ago

I missed "only for Japan market". You're right, that wouldn't sell. haha Might sell here would probably sell somewhere between the zune and the kin phone. :)

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letsa_go245d ago

I hate when I agree with you. jk

freshslicepizza245d ago

It's contagious, people just don't want to admit it.

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Summons75245d ago

The manufacturer can only make them so fast dude. They don't just wave a magic wand and there is suddenly more than enough to meet demand.

freshslicepizza245d ago

They should like totally make some more than they already are dude. The others can like make more than 200k per month dude, it's narly how many they can make.

Gh05t244d ago

Are you saying that the manufacturer is actually producing at 100% capacity because I dont believe that for one second. I think that the price for parts increased and they are stalling manufacturing (only producing as little as they can to make people happy~ish) until the prices come back down.

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EddieNX 246d ago

I have a good feeling they have a huge amount ready for Splatoon 2 , Switch will probably sell 100k next week.

OtakuDJK1NG-Rory245d ago

It probably sold more this week too. Since the Splatfest Demo was this week and just like last time people bought Switch in Japan the week NIntendo had the Splatoon 2 demo back in April in March I believe it was week 4.

EddieNX 245d ago

Crazy how a demo caused a spike. Be very interesting to see next weeks sales, the Switch is guaranteed to be huge over there though, like 3DS numbers eventually.

armchairDev245d ago (Edited 245d ago )

Yeah, once the 7 year-olds receive their lunch money for the week, I'm sure the sales of the Switch and Splatoon will increase.

EddieNX 245d ago

yes, their £320 lunch money.

Neonridr245d ago

quite the lunch money. what are these kids eating? lol

Gh05t244d ago

You do realize that 7 year-olds have parents right?

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Trilithon245d ago

by limiting supply they create "false high demand". also people want what they cannot have. its also "buying" them time to create more "new" titles. smarten up nintendo. should have included more games with the mini SNES too. you can easily download 2000 roms

Realplaya245d ago

See a therapist for your delusions. It's not like Nintendo is the only one that has a game system out. I'm pretty sure every switch not sold is a opportunity for the competition to get that sale. I'm pretty sure in order to sale more Zelda and all games they need to sell more units.

Istolla245d ago

You're obviously crazy. Are you a flat earther as well?

Trilithon245d ago

its basic marketing. LOL so whats your theory on why Nintendo isnt producing enough units? did bowser steal the blueprints>? idiots

WeebLord245d ago

The Switch is manufactured/assembled by Foxconn. Foxconn manufactures everything from motherboard components to smartphones. Nintendo is competing with all of that for manufacturing lines, there is a Dram shortage (no idea if Nintendo is affected, but it's a thing), what about Tegra3 fabrication? Nvidia can't keep the 1070 in stock, is that having an effect? There are far more variables than just "make more".

Trilithon245d ago

switch hardware is dated.. their should be an abundance

Realplaya245d ago

There is no theory just truth. Do you need me to post the part where Nintendo had told everyone in the world they would have a certain number available for the year?

rocketpanda245d ago

Nintendo has been doing this for years. Nintendo fans can disagree all they want, but their record of doing this speaks for itself.

The SNES will probably see more sales by scalpers than actual customers....again.

Nintendo just can't stick many roms into the system, the licensing costs would be absurd and wouldn't be cost effective.

Kun_ADR245d ago (Edited 245d ago )

Do you have any proof to back up your claim? I'm honestly feeling really tired and sick of all these baseless BS claim about this "artificial" demand.

DarkZane245d ago


They did it with both the Wii and the Wii U too, except it wasn't on purpose with the Wii.

iofhua245d ago

LOL at the fanbois downvoting obvious truth.

Nintendo manipulates demand by using artificial scarcity. It's a basic marketing tactic and they've been doing it for years and years. Anyone trying to get a certain amiibo or one of their classic consoles knows this is the truth.

How do you explain them not producing enough NES classics when there was such huge demand? Let me quote one of the guys above "Bowser must be stealing the blueprints" has to be. Because that's all the fanbois got.

There's no excuse for this type of behaviour from Nintendo and no excuse for this level of stupidity from their consumers.

Cobra951244d ago

It isn't just N-fanboys disagreeing with you, bud. Nintendo would make a lot more money by meeting demand than by trying to create hype by withholding it, even in the long run. They'd sell more of everything related to the Switch, games in particular bringing in the big profits. Attracting more developers to a big established base would compound the rise in revenue. I'd entertain the notion that big-N were gun-shy at first with production after the WiiU's miserable failure. But now they know for sure the Switch is a big hitter, and they're doing all they can to crank it out.

Istolla244d ago

If you can provide any shred of evidence, any links, articles, or videos that would be greatly appreciated. You claim there's a record, prove it.

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Neonridr245d ago

why is it when the PSVR was sold out and hard to find it was because of crazy demand and Sony not being able to meet the stock requirements. But when it's Nintendo, it's false demand.

Do you guys honestly ever get tired of the spin cycle you constantly work on?

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danny818245d ago

People need to understand that nintendo is not a huge company. That being said their manufacturing contracts get the lowest denominator when it comes down to manufacturing. Sony designs way more tech then PS4 so their ease to get more units is priority. Apple is a behemoth among others. So long story short they arent priority and its out of their hands.

onisama245d ago

Nintendo worth more than sony just to say anyway nintendo didnt anticipate the console huge success after wii u fall and made a contract that now cant keep up with demands..... Nintendo is a big company

danny818244d ago

Just because they are a big company doesnt mean they have alot of tech they are making. Thats what i meant Sony has TV's, highly successful PS4, Pro, Slim, PSVR, Cell Phones, Stereos Camcorders, man.... the list goes on

onisama244d ago

Many tech doesnt mean a bigger company .... Company is made to make business so how huge it is measured by company worth and income apple dont make much tech as samsung and sony but it worth 30 time more