The Nintendo Switch is now unavailable to pre-order online at any of the US’s main retailers, with online stores selling through their initial shipment of the console only days after it was officially revealed.
The likes of Walmart, Best Buy, Target, Amazon all sold through their initial stock of the Switch early on Saturday – prompting fears Nintendo’s hybrid console may face similar stock problems as the recently released NES Classic.
The console remained available to pre-order via GameStop, but earlier today the company issued the following statement confirming it had “reserved all of its first allotment of Nintendo Switch systems.”
“The fact that this initial allotment has been completely reserved in a matter of a few days demonstrates gamers desire for this fun and revolutionary gaming system,” said Bob Puzon, senior vice president of merchandising at GameStop. “We’re working closely with Nintendo to get additional Nintendo Switch units, and will let our customers know when they become available.”
To provide some context, according to analyst Daniel Ahmad, GameStop had 500,000 total Wii U consoles worldwide at launch, all of which it also sold through pre-orders alone.
For those who want a reference.
GameStop had 500,000 total Wii U units at launch, all pre ordered.
1.2 million games were preordered too
— Daniel Ahmad (@ZhugeEX) January 15, 2017