GameStop Is Expecting Switch Shortages All Year

GameStop chief operating officer Tony Bartel recently spoke to investors during a post-earning conference call that was held today. There, he told people about chasing supply of Nintendo Switch consoles. He said that “the demand is incredibly strong for this. As soon as we get any in our stores, it’s out within hours. We anticipate we’re going to be chasing supply this entire year”. It’s another sign that the Nintendo Switch is selling more than expected, and an indicator that people who want to buy a Switch may not have an easy time doing so for the rest of the year.

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  1. GzR says:

    Nintendo rises once again

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  2. reeleemee says:

    I would like to go see if this is the case with the GameStop’s near me cus I feel like it’s PR bs like usual but I picked up a switch already so I got no reason to pass by there lol

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  3. Don Serrot says:

    And this is exactly why I sat outside GameStop for 12 hours before the midnight release.

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    1. Same, Well, 6 hours in front of a walmart for me but I bought one at launch for this very reason. as long as i have mine. I dont care about stock

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  4. Local observation: Walmart seems to have more Switches in stock than several GameStops do. I’d recommend anyone looking for one try multiple retailers. Let’s not have another NES classic situation, Nintendo…

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    1. shinygold2 says:

      That’s what I did, had to get the system, game, and pro controller from three different retailers.

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  5. elbrinsa25 says:

    Ok so i just got mine with Breath of the wild and bomberman r…
    Here’s how it went:
    The personel at gamestop was telling me that they only had bundles, which to that i said no, i wasn’t there to get a bundle. I just wanted the Switch with Zelda, but the guy was trying so hard to sell the bundle to me. I kept saying no, that I couldn’t spend more than what mu budget was (a lie) but he kept insisting. After and hour or so, the guy looked desperate and he said that someone was probably bringing back one, and i said ok.. once you get it, you can call me at this number. So as i was about to leave, the guy said “let me just check something real quick at the back…” he goes and comes back with a (surprise surprise) a stand alone Nintendo Switch. He went like ” i have screwed 3 people now because i didn’t know there was one at the back…
    I call that bullshit…. they need to sell the bundles or they won’t get anything….

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    1. skullkidlight says:

      That’s just one GameStop experience let’s be real here not every GameStop is like this and experiences will vary. I know there are some gamestops that push to sell more at people’s inconveniences but for the most part most are sold out of switch and the alternative which is the only other way to get it is the bundle.

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      1. elbrinsa25 says:

        It was that or get it online, but i knew they had some back there in their little room. They always do, they just like to drive people insane… ok not really… but this guy wanted to take advantage of me and i wasn’t gonna let that happen. You should have seen his face when i wasn’t budging in. 😂

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    2. That’s why I went to Walmart. It’s straight forward.

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      1. elbrinsa25 says:

        Well the thing was that the nearest walmart is kinda far from where i live, and when i went there to ask, they said that they didn’t have any.

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  6. rheinwald says:

    No one believed me when I said the Switch will be understocked back in November.

    NO ONE

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  7. Didn’t nintendo say that they were doubling production? Where it at?

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    1. paidenthusiast says:

      They said it isn’t going to happen until April 1st…..just in time for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

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  8. shinygold2 says:

    I had a feeling this would happen. Preordered mine as soon as it hit Amazon in January even though the only game I’ll have on it for a while is BoTW. Loving it so far.

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    1. paidenthusiast says:

      Same here. I knew once BOTW was announced as a launch title that it would be hard to find a Switch day one so I preordered it as soon as it became available at Best Buy. I got BOTW, Snipperclips (traded Super Bomberman R for it) and 1,2 Switch (yeah I got it lol)

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      1. shinygold2 says:

        I’m thinking of using my bonus paycheck on 1, 2 Switch just to see what the HD rumble is like.

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    2. I feel lucky then. I couldn’t get to preorder one, but managed to get one at midnight launch. Especially the neon colored one, since apparently those are more rare than the standard black.

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    3. nintynate says:

      I had zero probs as I preordered my switch the day after it got unveiled in Oct last year lol … Sunk a good 130+ hours into BOTW and I’ve nearly got 100% yay!

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  9. christburner says:

    i dont think its a matter of selling more than expected. its every time a retailer gets them in they get 15 or 20 and half the people that showed up to purchase go home empty handed. thats marketing for you i guess.

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  10. gamemaniac7509 says:

    Oh man, it’s Nintendo Wii shortages all over again! :D

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  11. iamkellam says:

    Yeah, this is exactly what the regional manager told me when I bumped into him at my local gamestop. I honestly don’t mind the bundle, It just forced me to choke up cash faster than I would have otherwise. I probably would have spent around the same anyway, just more spread out over time. But at least It comes with a guarantee that I’ll get one now, Instead of waiting in line again.

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  12. Nintendo First Order Commander Quadraxis says:

    ||You will all buy one in the end so the argument is pointless…||

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  13. tobiyyah says:

    I cant wait to read the monthly sells report

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  14. petric22 says:

    My retailer seems to have a decent supply.
    Though they only track 5 last sales made, but both SKU’s have those 5 sales made every day, so at least 10 a day is being sold.
    Neon console is short on stock, but grey is pretty ample in supply.

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  15. I was at Target yesterday and they had several Nintendo Switches in the case just sitting there didnt seem that hard to get….

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  16. tobiyyah says:

    I wish I was at that Target. Maybe ill try one where Im at

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  17. tobiyyah says:

    All my accessories are just waiting for the Console. Its nice to have everything I learned about scrached screens , portable uSB battary and a pro Controller needed before I get the Switch.

    The cartridges are cute and small. But why have the cases that big and not smaller to save on money. I know I didnt Rhyme but Grunty is so happy to see a Nintendo console selling this time.

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