Nintendo Switch pre-orders have been snapped up at almost all retailers

GameStop, Best Buy, Amazon, Target, Walmart and others are all showing no availability.


Good luck pre-ordering a Nintendo Switch. It appears that cosumers have grabbed up the allotments given to most major retailers, with no word on when - or if - pre-orders will open again before the handheld-console hybrid launches on March 3.

Major retailers GameStop, Best Buy, Amazon, Target, Walmart and Toys R Us are showing the unit as unavailable if you try to pre-order (via Polygon). Pre-orders kicked off on Friday and demand has been incredibly high. EBay has numerous listings for the console, with many going fro twice the suggested $299.99 retail price.

GameStop released a statement saying it was "working closely with Nintendo to get additional Nintendo Switch units."

Nintendo's Reggie Fils-Aime said the compnay plans to have at least two million units available at launch, and it wants to avoid the supply-and-demand problem that plagued the launch of the NES Classic.

If you were one of the lucky ones that got your pre-order in, you can start planning what games you want to play on it, although you will need to buy those separately as no bundles are planned for the console.


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    January 16, 2017 8:38 AM

    John Keefer posted a new article, Nintendo Switch pre-orders have been snapped up at almost all retailers

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      January 16, 2017 9:17 AM

      forced scarcity?

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        January 16, 2017 9:29 AM

        I have a feeling ebay will have a pretty good stock at inflated prices.

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        January 16, 2017 10:14 AM

        doubtful. they honestly havent been that hard to get.

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      January 16, 2017 9:22 AM

      I'm willing to bet that the majority went to scalpers

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        January 16, 2017 10:31 AM

        Less than 1k eBay listings last I looked at most were not selling. Bodes well for users getting the majority. :)

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          January 16, 2017 10:41 AM

          I think someone's actually canceling the auctions. I just looked, and all I saw were new listings (created less than an hour ago). Maybe Nintendo's cracking down?

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            January 16, 2017 10:43 AM

            Pretty sure they violate rules on preorder selling anyway. Product has to release in next 30 days I think.

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      January 16, 2017 10:16 AM

      Got a neon one on Best Buy. Waiting for amazon to go up with theirs for that sweet 5% back

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        January 16, 2017 10:37 AM

        Amazon already went up at midnight (PST) on the 13th.

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          January 16, 2017 10:38 AM

          Amazon had new stock on the 13th later in the day for about an hour. I wouldn't be surprised if they had more inventory at a later date.

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          January 16, 2017 11:47 AM

          I meant the neon version. They haven't had that one up yet. Just the gray one.

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      January 16, 2017 10:37 AM

      Set yourself up an alert if you still want to pre-order one. Walmart stock has been going in and out all weekend. Newegg also just put up stock, but sold out pretty quickly.

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      January 16, 2017 2:55 PM

      so 2 million at launch (or within launch window i guess, first month), what have other consoles typically done in 1st month sales? is 2 million adequate?

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        January 16, 2017 3:17 PM

        according to

        ps4 sold 4.49m in it's first 6 weeks (last 6 weeks of 2013)

        xbox one sold 3.08m in it's first 5 weeks (last 5 weeks of 2013)

        wii u sold 2.17m in it's first 6 weeks (last 6 weeks of 2012)

        converting those to 1 month (this is of course assuming it was flat per week, not mostly at launch and then a trickle after and so probably makes no real sense, but just for fun):

        ps4 sold: 3m
        xbox one sold: ~2.5m
        wiiu sold: ~1.45m

        and that's launching during holiday season, not march. 2m sounds reasonable given that demand seems tepid and how willing people are to buy a console in march, not for xmas. there will be your day 1 buyers regardless, but i would guess demand will be fairly low until mario comes out and people go to buy their gifts

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      January 16, 2017 5:25 PM

      Boo. Went to pay off preorder at EB tonight and asked again about midnight opening for pickups. Since they'd have to pay the security for the mall, they aren't going to bother with only 120 systems here. Can't blame them I guess. Probably not making much on each unit anyway.

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      January 16, 2017 10:27 PM

      If anyone in Edmonton needs a preorder SM me. Or elsewhere if you want to pay for shipping. Retail of course.

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