Nintendo Switch stock, sales and Switch Mini news
Having launched a new Gamestop bundle, it appears that nearly all Nintendo Switch stock options online in the US have been used up.
The Nintendo Switch Gamestop site was updated earlier this week with a new pre order option for fans who couldn’t reach one of their physical outlets.
The Nintendo Switch with Gray Joy-Con and Digital Starter Bundle, ships by April 28 and includes: Zelda Breath of the Wild with expansion pass, Snipperclips, Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove and Has Been Heroes.
While not the cheapest option at $444.99, it provided fans in the United States with a guaranteed unit, even though they may have to wait until the end of the month for their console.
However, this new option has already sold out, leaving fans the task to call up their local stores to find Nintendo Switch stock that has yet to sell out.
Unlike last weekend, Toys R Us have not confirmed that all their stores are going to have stock in North America, however, they remain one of the best places to call up and ask.
In the UK, Toys R Us do have Nintendo Switch stock, although they may not offer it at every location. Logging onto the official website will help you navigate how to grab a console, and they’re not the only option.
The official Nintendo UK site also has stock available, while Amazon are also listing new units which can be pre-purchased.
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New information has also arrived regarding Nintendo Switch sales figures.
According to independent research group SuperData, the hybrid gaming machine may have sold 2.4 million units worldwide in its first month.
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There have been various reports globally on how many units have been shipped, however, Nintendo have yet to officially confirm it in total.
It should also be noted that this new information is based on SuperData's own modeling, so that should be taken into account.
The Japanese games giant recently confirmed that the console is now the fastest-selling console in the company's history.
These new numbers are a prelude to the company's next earnings briefing, which is scheduled for April 27 and will include worldwide numbers.
Nintendo also commented on the problems with Nintendo Switch stock, adding that "shipments have not yet been able to keep up with such high demand,” and that new systems are "continually being shipped."
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A new report suggests that a Nintendo Switch Mini could be launched in the coming years.
While not something that is set to happen right away, it appears analysts have backed Nintendo to create a new smaller device to launch as soon as 2019.
This latest report is from Citigroup, who apparently cite the younger audience the Nintendo Switch will attract as a driving factor behind a smaller device being unveiled.
The fiscal year through March 2019 would be the earliest we could see something new launch under the umbrella of the Switch brand, according to analysts including Minami Munakata, Kota Ezawa and Alicia Yap.
"Although the Nintendo Switch can be used as a handheld device, we think smaller children could struggle to use it comfortably in that format due to its size and weight," the analysts wrote in a April 13 report.
"Accordingly, we think Nintendo will launch a lighter, dedicated handheld version of the Switch, possibly to be called the Switch Mini."
Other predictions were also made in connection with the Nintendo Switch Mini, including that it could sell 6.7 million units in the 12 months through March 2019, while the regular model could sell 25.7 million units by then too.
The idea wouldn’t be a radical move away from what Nintendo have done with past handheld models, while the continuing popularity of the console could help to bring the manufacturing costs down in the future.
It’s also been a console trend for quite some time that a new version of the same device would be released, boasting a smaller size and a lighter weight design.