Nintendo Switch Restocked At Retailers But Then Quickly Sells Out Again
Nintendo Switch Stock
(Last Updated On: March 22, 2017)

Nintendo’s Switch has been a blockbuster device. The hybrid portable and home console gaming machine launched on March 3rd and was sold out instantly from participating retailers across North America and Japan. Even after stock was replenished, the console has sold out again… and again.

After launching on March 3rd select retailers had their stock replenished on March 8th through March 10th. This didn’t last long, though, and Nintendo’s device was quickly snatched up and sold out again. Retail outlets replenished stock on March 17th and March 20th, including outlets like GameStop, Tos ‘R Us, Target, Best Buy and Kohl’s, but according to Now In Stock [archive] they’ve all sold out… again.

According to Superdata Research, Nintendo moved 1.5 million Switch SKUs globally within its first week on the market. Given how quickly the system sold out, it’s no surprise.

Nintendo set aside 2 million units to be moved throughout March and it’s likely safe to say that if they moved 1.5 million in seven days then they easily could have moved all 2 million SKUs for March.

We have one more week left for March after this one, so if Nintendo can manage to sell out Switch units over the next two weeks with their next shipments in North America, parts of Europe and Japan, they could be looking at 3 million SKUs being moved throughout the month of March.

According to Ubergizmo, Nintendo has stated that they’re doubling production for the Switch up to 16 million SKUs by the end of 2017. It’s a tall order but according to GameStop’s senior director of merchandising, Eric Bright, he mentioned to GameRant that the Nintendo Switch could end up being a bigger seller than the Nintendo Wii, saying…

“The Nintendo Switch is off to a start right now that it could possibly eclipse the Wii. Initial sales on this have been phenomenal. I can’t give straight numbers, but I can say we’re seeing one of the highest attach rates of software and accessories to a device that we’ve seen in a long time.”

Nintendo had also stated that the Switch’s initial sales start was higher than the original Wii, and obviously selling faster than the Wii U.

So we’ll see how well things turn out for the system moving into April and if they can keep the momentum going as they begin to release more software such as Mario Kart 8: Deluxe.

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  • Mr. Notes

    Nintendo is pulling the same scarcity tactics they pulled with the Wii, and are engaging in the same anti consumer tactics other companies are, and here you are Billy D, shilling non stop for Nintendo.

    Glad to see you have no qualm in pushing low ethics stuff into the public as long as it comes from stuff you like.

    • Nintendo is pulling the same scarcity tactics they pulled with the Wii, and are engaging in the same anti consumer tactics other companies are

      Wii wasn’t really scarce, which is how it sold 100 million. They did try it with the Wii U but that failed miserably.

      As for the anti-consumer stuff… they added paid internet service (which is BS, obviously) but then added region-free gaming, which is a plus. So it’s about as anti-consumer as when the PS4 launched.

      Glad to see you have no qualm in pushing low ethics stuff into the public as long as it comes from stuff you like.

      Meh, there’s a lot of people with hate-boners for the Switch and a lot of misinformation going around. I gave the PS4 the same kind of treatment, skeptically looking at the actual failure rates and causes, as well as some of the potential reasons. I don’t ascribe to just hating on the hardware just because, nor praising it just because.

      I’ll admit I like the Switch just because it’s a game console first, and I’ve never shied away from rooting for companies actually putting a focus on gaming instead of bullsh*t social justice politics and other regressive nonsense posing as “progressivism”.

  • LurkerJK

    Sigh, they buy it despite the few games available, questionable medium & long term viability and hardware problems

    The modern consumer sure loves expensive gadget paperweights

    They say generation z doesn’t follow the same purchasing pattern, I wonder what is going to happen to the industry as they start replacing millenials as thicker wallets around

    • Gotta be honest, actually looking forward to Arms and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.

      I wish Sony and Microsoft just focused on making fun games again without all this social justice bullcrap. I used to play Halo all the time, but now they’re more concerned with ticking “diversity” checkpoints and making sure nothing is “offensive” than telling a really good story. I’ve given up on Naughty Dog, and it’s pretty obvious what they want to do with Horizon.

      Sadly Nintendo is the only one of the three that’s at least trying something new when it just comes to gaming. Gimmicky as it may be, at least we don’t have to worry about any bullcrap social justice ruining the experience. I’m almost at a zero tolerance policy for that stuff and will just completely write a game off if it looks like that’s where it’s going.

      Part of me hopes the Switch (and its games) do well enough to force Microsoft and Sony to abandon pursuing this social justice nonsense and get back to making real games.

      • LurkerJK

        So (including zelda to that) if you got the console for 3 games you paid 200usd the game, should Third party devs declare the console too underpowered (as in repeating the same freaking thing that happened with the wiiU) you will not get more than a handful extra games before the Switch 2 is in the horizon

        I have the feeling a lot of frustrated older gamers (with deep pockets/credit cards and wishful thinking) are aggressively buying gimmick hardware in the slim chance that something interesting might come out for it, they act irrationally and impulsively which is affecting the industry, companies know they can get away with a lot of shit because of that behavior

        i wish ppl would just cool down a bit, wait a few months, let the thing simmer a bit, wait for those games you want to actually come out without a surprise like being unable to play mp because the switch antennas fucking suck or the thing gets interference from everything, the trend of terrible purchasing decisions is spoiling the broth for all of us, no need to reach for excellence if nobody demands it

        • Meh, I don’t really like Zelda, but I would be fine with Arms and Mario Kart 8.

          Back in the day we didn’t always have a lot of games, but what games we did get were usually good enough to last for years. These days games are made to be disposable with quick turnarounds.

          Microsoft hasn’t made anything worthwhile in ages. And replaying 360 titles is a far cry from anything available on the Xbox One at the moment.

          The thing is, there is no company in the console space moving towards excellence. All of them suck, but at least Nintendo is aiming to make fun games. At the end of the day I can play a fun game and be entertained, but I couldn’t give a sh*t about good graphics or pseudo-4K resolution if I have to see through SocJus lectures or get some bullcrap speech about diversity in a first-person shooter.

          As a consumer? All I wanted was a good game console that plays fun games.

          What’s sad is that Sony and MS can’t even provide good games while chasing after pixels. So not only do they fail in the graphics department, but they lack innovation in the software department too.

          There isn’t really any reason to own a PS4 or Xbox One if you already have a decent PC. So the only real game console designed to play games first and foremost was the Wii U and now the Switch. Given that so far there’s nothing on the horizon for the Scorpio or PS4 Pro that seems noteworthy, a lot of us core gamers are left without a choice no matter what.

          • LurkerJK

            I agree 100%, i can sense and share the frustration from everyone

            This is exactly the time when publishers and hardware manufactures need to get their heads out of their assholes and redirect that ship before it crashes into something

            … but they wont, why would they ?, if they only need to announce a new console and all the units are sold before they leave the factory ?, if they can sell a expensive as hell VR unit with a bunch of tech demos ppl blew through in a week and then sat down waiting for something to play with it, if they can pump out the 4, 5, 6 and 7 of any franchise and they already made their budget back before the game even comes out and ppl realize it doesn’t even work

            I don’t think this is sustainable, eventually these pathologically optimistic customers that keep eating disappointments again and again are going to get fed up, divorce gaming and move on to something else but at the same time its their own purchasing choices that perpetuate the cycle

  • Disqusted

    Damn those controllers look tiny.

  • Durandal

    Actually, the really annoying thing is that Switch is sold out through legitimate retailers, but there are a crap ton being sold for a higher amount online through sites like ebay or Kijiji.

    I’m guessing employees are snatching them up then selling them online. I got to my store (EB Games/ Gamestop Canada) first thing today, and was told everything got sold yesterday when they got them.