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."
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.
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.
Nintendo should know this by now lol. maybe they doubted themselves
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
@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.
Erik 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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
@letsa_go Yeah, but would gamers actually but it?
@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.
I missed "only for Japan market". You're right, that wouldn't sell. haha Might sell here though...it would probably sell somewhere between the zune and the kin phone. :)
I hate when I agree with you. jk
It's contagious, people just don't want to admit it.
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.
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.
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.
I have a good feeling they have a huge amount ready for Splatoon 2 , Switch will probably sell 100k next week.
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.
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.
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.
yes, their £320 lunch money.
quite the lunch money. what are these kids eating? lol
You do realize that 7 year-olds have parents right?
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
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.
You're obviously crazy. Are you a flat earther as well?
its basic marketing. LOL so whats your theory on why Nintendo isnt producing enough units? did bowser steal the blueprints>? idiots
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".
switch hardware is dated.. their should be an abundance
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?
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.
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.
@Kun_ADR They did it with both the Wii and the Wii U too, except it wasn't on purpose with the Wii.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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
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
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
This is how Nintendo keeps treating its fan base?..Seriously, screw Nintendo! Just pathetic this long after launch!
lol screw Nintendo fans, they're the biggest babies.... -nintendo
anyone who disagrees with you must work for nintendo or is age 10 or under
Or has the intelligence to know how manufacturing works and shipping on a world wide product that many people want.
This comment section is why I wish there was a limit again for total comments on an article. Total nonsense and idiotic trolling all over.
This retired senior citizen begs to differ.
Do you think that they don't want money from all those people? Are you that stupid?
Istolla...What Nintendo is doing is creating false demand through not having enough product...which in turn inflates demand by having an item that is rare and difficult to fine..almost a treasure. This gives Nintendo constant free press and keeps them in the headlines almost non stop. Nintendo is worth billions with a vast surplus of resources and cash at their disposal.. They could without question have had sufficient supply by now if they really wanted to. they don't want to... This is also not the first time Nintendo has pulled this... Not in the least...Shortages with the press they garner will without question keep demand high for a long time. Nintendo is not the only company to use this tactic..However, it is a tactic of a company that when it comes down to it could care less about their consumers. So, my advice Istolla, would be to grow up a little and stop being a butt licking fanboy pawn for once in your life.
Nevermind, you are that stupid. Spewing nonsense without proof...
Why s stating the truth "trolling?" I love Nintendo games and have been playing their games since the first NES, but what they do with distribution is pathetic! They show very little regard for their fan base, and I'm not the only one who is fed up with it. I know there will be many Nintendo fans who will defend the company to their last breath, but I won't do that. Not going to defend Nintendo for constantly making the same mistake. They can do better. Much better! So, yeah, until they wise up, Screw them!
I. Don't. Get. It. Why can't nintendo come up with a solution to the demand for the switch?! They have tons of cash and i'm sure there are people looking for jobs in whatever labor market is assembling these things. Hugely disappointing on their end.
lol finally I agree with a Nintendo article, only insane people does this ! :D
So glad I got one day 1... It's unfortunate the stock isn't there for the people who want one... Here's hoping for the best
Yep I pre ordered mine in January and got on launch day. Feels good right about now. Splatoon 2, Rabbids and Oddysey and some indies, the next 3 months are gunna be awesome!
Well I am personally skipping Rabbids, but I am getting Splatoon 2, Xenoblade Chronicles 2, maybe Fire Emblem Warriors (not really a FE fan) Pokken Tournament (even though I grew out of Pokemon way back in 2000, I do like the premise of the fighter and this will be my first Pokemon game I buy brand new since 2000), Skyrim (never played the game) and of course Super Mario Odyssey! Also whatever interests me in the fall/remainder of 2017
Xenoblade 2 and maybe fire emblem for me too! Spoilt ;)
For the Japanese game industry to rise again in japan, the Switch is the perfect platform seeing how Japanese gamers don't have the proper space requirements for a home console. a hybrid console is the perfect solution. being a console/handheld gamer myself i didnt know how much i needed one for the times i stay on the go. good job Nintendo.
How can someone not have space for a console that is max 1 square foot? Do they live in a trash can?
Because people in Japan are out of their houses a lot. On the train, bus, at local areas to hangout with friends or work.
@OtakuDJK1NG-Rory Thanks for that Answer. We should be the same here in the USA but Nooooo! Stay home on IPHONE! Stay home and watch game of thrones, and eat bad food mock vegans and get fat! I on the other hand exercise at least 2.5 hours a day despite being over 50 and can do pull ups unlike most young adults here (and no I'm not talking about walking but it would count if I did it). Yes I have a couple 4k tv's one a flagship one. And every current console and hand held so you can be a gamer and put effort into taking care of yourself.
Tokyo is actually famous for super tiny apartment the size of 1 bedroom.
People in Japan play on their phones when out and about.
The Switch could have prevented WW2.
Splatoon 2 launch is going to be bloodbath if they can't supply enough console.
I live in a very quiet part of the UK - they always have stock in at my local store.
And who said nintendo making a false scarcity. Switch will be the next big thing. One day others will follow.
And this is before Splatoon 2 launches...
Here in Norway things are back to normal and most stores have plenty in stock.