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Former Famitsu Editor Believes Switch Shortages Will Last All Year

While the Nintendo Switch released months ago, the console is still plagued with supply issues. Just like the Wii and the NES Mini, it has been hard for fans to get their hands on the system. It doesn’t look like this is going to be improved any time soon either. According to the former editor of Famitsu, these shortages will last for the rest of the year. While purely speculation on their part, Famitsu does have a close relationship with Nintendo. Are you still looking for a Switch? Tell us below.


67 thoughts on “Former Famitsu Editor Believes Switch Shortages Will Last All Year”

    1. On purpose or not, its ridiculous to release a product and consumers can’t even buy. There aren’t enough? Make more. Simple math, I kmow it isn’t that simple but still

      1. Nintendo literally just sold switch’s at a loss by spending money to ship them by plane. Not even analysts saw the switch doing this well. But you people always say it bombs if it doesn’t swell enough, and “MUH ARTIFICIAL SHORTAGES” if it’s doing great.

      2. Nintendo First Order Commander Quadraxis

        ||They just doubled production barely 1 month ago, it will take some time before we start seeing a normalisation that equals demand…||

    2. they are. Nintendo has done this with every major release post Wii. youre a total idiot if you think they arent doing this to drum up artificial demand. its either that or the less appealing alternative, which is Nintendo being extremely incompetent when it comes to supply and demand.

      1. …or the possibility that Nintendo just came off the worst selling main console they ever released, with the smallest core audience they’ve ever had, and they decided to be extremely cautious about creating excess stock because they were completely unsure of how incredibly well the Switch would sell.

        I know. This scenario is incredibly unlikely because Nintendo, like all companies, has a crystal ball that tells them the future, but maybe it broke, y’know?

        In all seriousness, the fact that Nintendo opted to ship Switch consoles by air, which is much faster, but more expensive than any other form of shipping, should tell you that they’re doing everything they can to meet demand.

    3. Nintendo First Order Commander Quadraxis

      ||Their days are numbered, once the Xbots are destroyed, we must punish them even more by giving their hatred against us back at them 4 times worse…||

    4. I’ve been away from MNN comment section for something like one month. But your comment drove me here again — congrats. Sooo… If you really believe Nintendo has not been trying to create an artificial demand, you need a reality check as soon as possible.

      1. Nintendo First Order Commander Quadraxis

        ||Name someone that doesn’t create an artificial demand at some point…||

        1. Thank you, Quadradus, for asking. The answer is: everyone. To create artificial demand is more than ok; however, it’s not intelligent to believe everyone does this, except Nintendo — this is probably the leading understanding from blind Nintendo supporters.

          1. Nintendo First Order Commander Quadraxis

            ||Yes, and in our case it’s more than relevant since we cannot afford to lose yet another war in a horrendous way like we recently did…||

            1. Nintendo is to blame — they dug the hole themselves. I hope the Switch is really a game changer, but I’ll wait and see. It’s Nintendo we are talking about.

              1. Nintendo First Order Commander Quadraxis

                ||Not 100% but a very high percentage yes, the Empire’s arrogance lead us to our failure, but rest assured, The First Order does not deal in arrogance…||

                    1. Exactly. Sophists used to deal with logic as well, and see what kind of absurds they used to come up with.

                      Anyway, good to see you again.

                      1. Nintendo First Order Commander Quadraxis

                        ||Many were falsely labeled as sophists like the human legend Alexander The Great, he was more of an idealist than a sophist…||

                        ||I only deal with logic based on statistics, human conditions do not apply…||

            2. Nintendo First Order Commander Quadraxis

              ||But then again, it is most likely not the case even here since we just initiated several points in adressing the shortages, not to mention that we are spending a lot of resources for marketing purposes…||

        2. only they’re not creating it. And this bogus rumor is getting dubunked time and time again. It’s just a go to for trolls when they don’t want to admit it’s a success.

        3. Can you explain to me the logic behind the creating artificial demand on the NES Mini and then pulling the plug on it completely before even reaching stability?

      2. King Kalas X3 {Greatness Awaits. This use to be something that awaited those for all consoles. It's sad it's mostly just a PS4 slogan these days. Maybe Nintendo will get back to that greatness with the Switch. Only time will tell.}

        The sad truth is everyone under-stocks at one point or another. Nintendo is no exception. Look no further than certain amiibo & limited edition 3DS consoles. Whether they intentionally held back stock or not won’t be known for some time. If they sell around 10-15 million by the end of 2017, then the low stock is because of people buying them all up. If they don’t hit that number, then the only other explanation is Nintendo intentionally under-stocked to create false demand. *shrug* Or they under-stocked because they didn’t expect to sell enough so held back stock just in case the sales hit a certain number then stop to a trickle.

      1. Nintendo has a contract with Foxconn to produce the Switch. Foxconn has dedicated assembly lines and employees to do so. Nintendo cannot just push a button and magically have more units in stores. It takes time to ramp production up and it’s not completely in Nintendo’s hands to do so. If the initial contract with Foxconn had been for double the units and the Switch didn’t end up taking off Nintendo could be sitting on a half billion dollars worth of inventory that wouldn’t sell. I was a manufacturing engineer for 20 years. People like you who seem to think that products can pop up out of thin air annoy me. Stop being such a crybaby.

        1. Nintendo First Order Commander Quadraxis

          ||Age has no relevance when it comes to humans anyway, they all cry and stomp in anger regardless…||

      2. I find it somewhat amusing that I had no problem whatsoever buying a Wii, a NES Mini or a Switch, yet time after time I hear people complain about not being able to buy one…

        Just out of curiosity; did you try to preorder it, or did you just hope you’d find one in a store closest to you?

    5. If they have not enough overstock for Mario Odissey they are just plain stupid. Anyway shame on them to be unable to ramp up production to meet demands when there is.

    6. It seems that nintendo only care about japan and the u.s.a. Everywhere else its extremely overpriced to f!@k you nintendo. A lot of us bought the wii u on day one and all you do is spit in our faces.

        1. You’re still bringing that one instance up huh? Get over it. You really are desperate to sound right. :/ i don’t go to a site centered on Nintendo to complain about Nintendo on every article I can and gripe about a console I was never planning on getting.

        2. Again, get over it. I already told you I was having an off day and don’t resort to doing that. You need to move on. Again, grow up, and leave if you hate the company that much when you’re on a site centered around it.

      1. Just reminding you that you’re not a real gamer. :)

        BTW,You act like the company broke into your house and raped your family. Calm the fuck down.

    7. Honestly I don’t think it’s Nintendo fault for not seeing keeping stuff in stock it’s the third party consumers you know stores it’s more of the scalpher fault since the other day we got shipments In Walmart a guy came in brought ten of them there only two left most people I heard from brought more than they needed and are just trying to sell on eBay or a,axon for a higher price this is basicly the stores fault they should limit it one per customer and so that people can have a chance to get this console

      1. At this point, stores should all be aware of scalpers, and only allow one console per customer. Though if a person is still THAT determined to scalp, they could always have a friend or two come along and pretend they’re buying one for themselves. If I was a scalper, that’s what I’d do in situations of “one per customer”. But then you’d feel obligated to give a portion of the profits to your friends for helping. So in the long run, it doesn’t seem worth the trouble.

    8. There is no artificial Demand created deliberately – simply it is down to Risk management – Financing – and Manufacturing restrictions. . . Also – the Switch is very popular and they have to supply the entire world – not just Japan or America. . . .

    9. It’s obvious that if Nintendo releases a Super NES Mini later this year, a lot of people will be left very upset. You just can’t count on the big N anymore. I feel bad for anyone who wants a Switch and still can’t find one. I also feel bad for all of those who missed out on the NES Mini.

      When I stood in line at Best Buy to get the NES Mini (during the final shipment), I felt guilty every time someone else walked up to the line and was told “there’s none left” (they only had 6 in stock, and I was the 5th person in line). It seems like ever since the first wave of amiibo released, stock shortages has been worse and worse for all Nintendo products. Just think of how much more money Nintendo could be making if they’d just keep up with demand.

    10. They’re doing it on purpose. It keeps the demand for it high and the hype going while they release more games on it. It’s all a tactic. You want what you can’t have and you can’t have a Nintendo Switch.

    11. I’m really not focussing on getting a Nintendo Switch right now. I’m hoping that the Nintendo Switch would be restocked when my birthday comes this year.

    12. King Kalas X3 {Greatness Awaits. This use to be something that awaited those for all consoles. It's sad it's mostly just a PS4 slogan these days. Maybe Nintendo will get back to that greatness with the Switch. Only time will tell.}

      Either the shortages will last all year because everyone is buying a bloody Switch or the shortages will last all year because Nintendo held back stock on purpose for whatever reason. Let’s just hope it’s the former & not the latter.

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