Nintendo’s new console the Nintendo Switch, Successor to the Nintendo Wii U finally launched yesterday after several months of anticipation.
And the initial news is positive, Retailer GameStop have confirmed that sales have been good. And demand for the hardware is very high.
GameStop Senior Director of Merchandising, Eric Bright had this to share “Stores across the country last night were packed with customers who couldn’t wait to get their hands on the brand new Nintendo Switch.”
“We even had customers lining up as early as yesterday morning so that they could be one of the lucky ones to score one of the additional units for our walk-in customers.”
“And, we’re pretty sure that there are a lot of gaming fans who pulled all-nighters last night playing their new Switch, and who also called in sick to work today with ‘game-fluenza’ just to stay home and play even more.”
The news of a successful launch will no doubt be positive for Nintendo and gamers a-like, but to think that the Nintendo Switch is the most successful launch in recent history is hardly a surprise considering the last major console launches were in fall of 2013 for the Playstation 4 and Xbox One.
We won’t know the exact number of Nintendo Switch sales until the sales reports are declared, however it is safe to assume that with the high number of pre-orders, and the successful launch of Zelda: Breath of the Wild which raked in a 98/100 rating on Metacritic. Nintendo will consider the launch of the switch a massive success.
However PlayStation and Xbox currently reign supreme in the console market, PlayStation with sales of 55,000,000 million and Xbox at roughly 30,000,000 million. Nintendo will have some catching up to do.
If you haven’t managed to get your hands on a system due to high demand, as many retailers have no doubt run out of stock or are running low due to the amount of pre-orders. Please note that you will have many opportunities in the near future to buy the system.
“This is one of the strongest and most successful gaming console launches for GameStop in the last several years. For those fans who are still looking for the Nintendo Switch, don’t worry–we’re getting more.”
I believe the console will appeal to gamers who wish to purchase a second console, or any gamer wishing to play Nintendo exclusives such as Mario Kart or Super Smash Bros.
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