Report: GameStop, Target Cancelling Some Switch Pre-Orders

Did the retailers take more orders than they could deliver?


Nintendo Switch pre-orders did not last long after they were first announced, but reports have surfaced that retailers GameStop and Target are actually cancelling pre-orders. 

Both retailers shut down pre-orders when their allotments sold out, but GameStop reopened them when they got another allotment from Nintendo. However, that appears not to have been enough, and the company may have ended up taking more orders than they could fulfill, according to Nintendo Today. In addition, it appears Target may also be randomly cancelling pre-orders as well, as a fan of My Nintendo News has reported a similar scenario. 

The reports are unsubstantiated at this point and none of our staff have reported having their orders cancelled, but the Nintendo Switch is indeed in high demand and anything is possible. The rather pricey $299.99 cost isn't dissuading many people so far, and Nintendo has promised that the NES Classic shortages was not something it wanted to see repeated.

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    February 6, 2017 10:30 AM

    John Keefer posted a new article, Report: GameStop, Target Cancelling Some Switch Pre-Orders

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      February 6, 2017 11:04 AM

      My amazon preorder better not cancel or I'm gonna cut somebody

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        February 6, 2017 11:07 AM

        Seriously, I preordered during the first round, they better not kill it :(

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        February 6, 2017 11:13 AM

        Nah you should be fine. They've never let me down on stuff like this. Pre ordered lots of amiibos and a couple console launches with them. Never an issue.

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      February 6, 2017 11:11 AM

      Haha those fucks. They did that shit with amiibo preorders so I quit pre ordering stuff with them. So glad I'm getting my stuff from Amazon and best buy.

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      February 6, 2017 11:14 AM

      This doesn't make any sense. I haven't pre-ordered a system in a while, but usually if pre-orders run out, you just get put on the list for subsequent shipments. You eventually do get a system, just maybe not day 1. To me that makes more sense than out-right cancelling the order. Hopefully it's just a miscommunication and it's that; that they just won't be getting a day 1 system. But, at least give them the option at that point to stay on the wait list, or get a refund (I prepaid at the store).

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      February 6, 2017 6:01 PM

      Is this actually a thing? I haven't heard anyone reporting this at all

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        February 6, 2017 6:29 PM

        A few people on twitter and Facebook responded to this story saying it had happened to them, but it isn't widespread... yet,

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        February 6, 2017 6:32 PM

        Yeah I've only read about it from 1 person for each store. Nothing else.

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      February 6, 2017 6:18 PM

      This is why I have pre orders on Amazon and Best Buy. Worst case I return it for a refund.

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      February 6, 2017 6:36 PM

      My target order is still good

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      February 6, 2017 7:35 PM

      FAKE NEWS!

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