Nintendo Switch stock update, Zelda Breath of the Wild sales news
Nintendo Switch stock has been something in short supply for many fans looking to buy one of the new hybrid consoles.
Leading retailers in the UK and North America have seen boosts to both their physical and online stores, however it doesn't appear to have been enough to keep up with demand in recent weeks.
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 have 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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And as new restock and availability options have been provided by the Japanese games giant, they’ve appeared cautious when it comes to the supply and demand of their newest product.
And a recent news update may have provided some answers to why Nintendo haven’t looked to flood retailers with mass amounts of Nintendo Switch stock.
According to a report posted in Nikkei Technology, Nintendo Switch’s currently have a high production cost.
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Fomalhaut, a company that specialises in tech teardowns, has estimated that the dollar cost for many a Nintendo Switch currently sits at around $257.
This would go along way to explaining why the Switch price was set at a level that surprised analysts during its initial reveal, arriving as a $300 device.
Nintendo confirmed that they would not be selling their new console at a loss, but it also appears that they are not going to be swimming in profits from unit sales.
Even though buying a console has been a struggle for some, it doesn’t appear to have hit UK Nintendo Switch sales in the software department.
New data has been released supporting the demand levels for games on the new device, with 137,000 Nintendo Switch games sold during March.
The numbers have been supplied by MCV, who have also confirmed that the PS4 sold over 800,000 software units and the Xbox One 500,000.
Zelda: Breath of the Wild was a good driver of sales on the Nintendo Switch, placing as the third best selling game in March in the UK.
Other games from the debut month includes 1-2 Switch at 9th, followed by Super Bomberman R at 23rd and Just Dance 28th.
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Zelda Breath of the Wild also provided a boost to the Wii U, with 50,000 software sales reported in March.
The new Legend of Zelda title is currently rated as the best Wii U game of all time, beating the likes of Super Mario 3D World, Super Smash Bros. and Bayonetta 2.
However, when it comes to user scores, Metacritic lists The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD and Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze as the top picks.
Zelda Breath of the Wild, meanwhile, is beaten soundly by every other game in the top ten, only managing a 7.5. That’s based on 1697 user ratings, also proving that the game must have sold well among Wii U owners.
It was recently revealed that Instead of waiting for The Legend of Zelda on Switch, gamers have been heading to GameStop and buying Wii U consoles instead.
GameStop senior director of merchandising, Eric Bright, confirmed as much to Game Rant, revealing that the hype has left some fans unable to wait.
“With The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild coming out, we’re seeing great results in our pre-owned Wii U sales,” he confirmed.
“We’re selling a lot of pre-owned Wii U consoles along with brand new Wii U copies of Zelda.
“Breath of the Wild has reinvigorated sales of the Wii U with Nintendo Switch being sold out at so many retailers. The Switch launching and Zelda launching completely racked up the Wii U market.”