When the COVID-19 pandemic plunged the global economy into dire straits, forcing countless millions of people to stay at home and at social distance to help “smooth the curve” *, two items were in high demand: the toilet paper and the Nintendo Switch video game console.
Toilet paper is back on store shelves (for now), but the Nintendo Switch remains elusive. You can still buy one online, but the markup is severe: this Animal crossing The package will cost you $ 649, and a normal Nintendo Switch on Amazon costs between $ 400 and $ 500. The MSRP for a switch is only $ 299.99.
The Nintendo Switch Lite was a little easier to find at the MSRP ($ 199.99), but more often than not, it sells for $ 300 or more, and it doesn’t have the ability to dock or detach the controllers. Joy-Con.
In addition to the increased demand for the Switch, Nintendo faced another challenge. Manufacturing in China stopped earlier this year, and global distribution networks were also hit. Fortunately, according to Nintendo, this has slowly started to change.
“We couldn’t manufacture [Switch] as expected until May, but production has largely recovered from June, “said Nintendo chairman Shuntaro Furukawa at a shareholders’ meeting. according to Kyodo News. “We expect it to normalize around the summer.”
Shareholders rejected Furukawa, pointing out that Nintendo missed an opportunity during this crisis to significantly increase sales, and urging the company to take action against resale (which, let’s be honest, we should just call rising price at this point).
“I am sorry for causing trouble to consumers,” said Furukawa. “We want to deliver (the console) to as many people as possible. We will improve the situation as soon as possible.”
When it comes to the games themselves, Nintendo is optimistic. “Currently, we don’t see any impact on the software that goes on sale this year,” said a Nintendo official at the meeting, “but we may not be able to sell it as planned in the event of a second or third wave. (coronavirus infections.) “
This second or third wave could also have an impact on material production, so take the good news with some skepticism. It’s great to hear that production is back on track and that we will likely see Nintendo Switch back in stock this summer, but the world is defined by uncertainty more than ever these days.
Add to that the ridiculous level of resale in progress …people often use bots to retrieve any stock that appears at the MSRP—And even a new batch of Nintendo Switch consoles could go incredibly fast.
All I can say is good luck young padawans. May the force be with you. In the meantime, the PS4 and Xbox One are great full-fledged consoles, and even the Wii U has a lot to offer. I bet you could find a used Wii U and some great games (like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Donkey Kong Tropical Freeze and Mario Kart 8) and use it a bit like a switch when you’re at home. Just a thought.