New Nintendo Switch stock at Toys R Us and Amazon this week
The Nintendo Switch is proving a popular new gaming accessory, much like the Mini NES and unfortunately both have more in common than just that.
The Japanese games giant latest machine is also suffering from retail shortages, although, not on the same scale as the Classic NES.
However, fans who have missed out on past Nintendo Switch sales events now have the chance to check out a few more stores this week to try and nab one of the new hybrid devices.
Nintendo are upping their production to keep up with demand, however, Nintendo Switch stock can still be hard to find in both the UK and North America.
The most recent update is that Toys R Us will have consoles in stock on Sunday, April 9, at all their US stores.
The retail firm have also confirmed that fans will need to head down to the brick-and-mortar stores to grab a Nintendo Switch and that those interested should arrive before the store opens.
That means turning up before 10am.
The good news is that the UK Toys R Us stores ALSO has a Nintendo Switch restock available. If you check the official website, you should be able to locate a store near you that has consoles available.
Nintendo Switch Amazon availability also currently lists the Neon Red/Neon Blue as being included for pre-purchase right now, with the official console page listing a “In stock on April 10, 2017,” message.
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The picture isn’t quite as rosy at GAME, where the official site is still listed as having no new stock, explaining: “At this time we have not received official confirmation of the next stock delivery of this product.
“We are working extremely hard with Nintendo to receive more stock of the Nintendo Switch for customers.
“Until we have our stock delivery confirmed by Nintendo, a placeholder date of TBC has been put onto this product. This can change once the delivery of stock has been confirmed and the status of your order will change accordingly.”
It’s the same situation on the Tesco Nintendo Switch page, which currently lists the hybrid gaming machine as unavailable to buy.
If fans still run into problems grabbing a console this weekend, it might be worth calling your local Argos.
Argos has been one of the best retailers in resupplying and offering the most availability since the launch of the Nintendo Switch back in March.
Their site and location tracker currently lists that there is no new stock to buy, however, this could change during the weekend, like it has done in the past.
Over in North America, Gamestop is one of the best places to phone and check for local availability, with the most recent restock occurring on April 7.
However, unlike Toys R Us, it’s unclear if new units are set to be available at Gamestop stores this weekend.
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Some analysts are worried that even though the Nintendo Switch looks set to top the Wii U AND Wii in terms of first year impact, the company’s conservative production target may mean a disappointing April investors outlook.
Jefferies Group analyst Atul Goyal has told Bloomberg that it’s estimated that 2.5 to 3 million Switch units were sold in March.
That would mean the Japanese games giant were way ahead of their target of 2 million, however, things could still see a downturn April 27 when sales forecasts for the fiscal year through March 2018 are announced.
“Nintendo’s guidance of Switch volumes and OP (operating profit) numbers could very well underwhelm the market,” Goyal wrote in a report to clients this week, as sourced by Bloomberg.
While the Nintendo Switch stock situation could lead to some initial disappointment, there is still evidence to suggest that the new console might still outperform the Wii.
“Since the Switch went on sale on March 3, the Kyoto-based game maker outperformed the broader Japanese stock market by 20 percentage points through Thursday,” Bloomberg reports.
“That’s more than double the 8.9 percentage point outperformance during an equal time period that followed the Wii launch in 2006."