The demand for their new switch game system is proving to be more than Nintendo can handle, and as such they are having no choice but to ship the console by air after reverting back to their sea transportation method only last month. Given that the number of customers wishing to purchase the system had become a huge issue for retailers by the end of its first sale month, which was in March, this poses a real problem for the electronics and video game company.
According to BGR, various markets have been experiencing Nintendo Switch shortages for well over a month now. Company spokespeople have declined to reveal exactly which markets were serviced by aircraft in the delivery of their new console, but analysts suspect that the majority of demand came from the United States and Europe.
Flying the Nintendo Switch by air, GameSpot reveals, costs an extra $45 a unit, which adds up quickly when demands are in the hundreds or thousands. Despite this, analysts believe that the company may continue to use this shipping method namely due to the nonstop orders they continue to receive both online and in store.
This demand has been far higher than anyone could have predicted. While it was known that the Nintendo Switch would certainly sell out fast, give the popularity of the brand itself, the rate at which console availability is depleting has been nothing short of amazing. Forbes reports that the Switch was selling out in hours rather than days, this according to a report relayed to them by GameStop workers themselves. In the first month, 2.74 million consoles were sold, despite previous sale estimates sitting at two million for the entire sales period itself.
Nintendo Switch is a gaming console which players can operate both at home and on the go. Unveiled in October 2016 and released worldwide on March 3, 2016, the system is considered a “hybrid” given its dual abilities. It is used on the go via a player removing it from the dock and using it similarly to a tablet computer, through the device’s LCD touchscreen. Its Joy-Con wireless controllers have standard buttons as well as a directional joystick, and are attachable to both sides of the console. It can also connect to a Grip accessory which provides a traditional home console gamepad form, and in addition it can be handheld similar to the company’s Wii console remotes. The software also supports online gaming, via internet connectivity or Wi-Fi.
By Lorelai Zelmerlow
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