GameStop will have the $299.99 Nintendo Switch on sale starting March 22. Updated.
This news will trigger a lot of cancellations of the high-priced $599 Nintendo Switch bundles, GameStop has been selling for a mid-April release. On Friday GameStop said that has received new Nintendo Switch inventory. The video game retailer will sell the Switch at the regular $299.99 price starting Wednesday, March 22 online and in stores.
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Update: We have visited three GameStop store locations and talked to the sales associates about how to get a Nintendo Switch on Wednesday. Find out what they said.
GameStop is offering a $599.99 Nintendo Switch bundle for pre-order with a delivery of April 16th online since a while. Customers who have pre-ordered the expensive bundle will likely try to buy the $299.99 Switch on Wednesday. If they are successful they can cancel the Switch bundle order.
GameStop has not revealed how many Switch consoles they received from Nintendo. GameStop lists the Switch consoles online but the March 22 Switch sale will only be in physical stores. A GameStop representative has clarified this in a statement to Polygon.
To score a Switch at a GameStop store, customers need to check in with their local store when they receive shipment. The earliest in stock time is Wednesday morning. We advice to check in with a GameStop store already on Tuesday to see if they know when the shipment comes in. If they know, be prepared to line-up early morning. The demand for the Switch is through the roof.
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The new Nintendo Switch was launched on March 3. As expected, it sold out on launch day. Nintendo's comments that there would be enough Switch consoles in March to satisfy demand turned out to be untrue. Nintendo plans to double the production of the Nintendo Switch. The company plans to make 16 million Switch consoles starting April 1 until March 2018. The original plan was to produce 8 million Switch consoles.
The reseller prices of the Nintendo Switch have honed in on about $470 for the Switch with Gray Joy-Con and $489.99 for the Switch with Neon Red and Blue Joy-Con.
The colorful Switch is slightly harder to find than the console with gray controllers. The premium resellers charge is with 50 to 65% still much lower than it is the case for the Nintendo NES Classic.
Amazon has been offering the hard to find Nintendo Switch through its local delivery service Amazon Prime Now. We tracked the Nintendo Switch with Neon Joy-Con in stock for select cities on Amazon Prime Now last week. Customers report on social media to have found the Switch on Amazon Prime Now in their city in the past days. The Lucky customers can receive the Switch with 2 hour free delivery once the Amazon Prime Now.
Some Prime Now shoppers have their orders shipped to a UPS store and than forwarded to an address outside the Amazon Prime Now delivery area.
Target has started to offer the Nintendo Switch online on Monday. Inventory sold out extremely fast. Also Jet.com had some Switch consoles on sale online.
Some lucky shoppers spotted the Switch on sale at kohls.com on March 16. No tracker is monitoring Kohls, but the inventory still sold out in minutes. Walmart had the Switch on sale on walmart.com on Tuesday, March 14, but might have totally over sold the console. Buyers report that their order is "undefined." The common theme is that their order is backordered.
More and more US shoppers are now ordering the Nintendo Switch at Amazon in Spain and also on Amazon UK. This works the same way as for the NES Classic. Amazon UK offers the Nintendo Switch for £279.99 (~ $341) with an in stock date fo on March 31, 2017.
Amazon Spain offers the Nintendo Switch for 319 Euro (~ $338), but is currently sold out.
The only other option to find a Nintendo Switch we know of are the $500 GameStop Switch bundles with April delivery and of course our Nintendo Switch Giveaway. The video game retailer has started to take pre-orders for the Nintendo Switch with a mid-April delivery date on March 7.
The GameStop Switch Bundles
GameStop also offers a $509.99 Nintendo Switch Bundle, but that is only available for pre-order in stores.
The $599.99 Nintendo Switch with Gray Joy-Con Console Starter Bundle Two includes: Nintendo Switch with Gray Joy-Con Console, Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Expansion Pass, Snipperclips, Just Dance 2017, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild The Complete Official Guide, Nintendo Switch Joy-Con Charging Dock, Nintendo Switch Hybrid Cover, SanDisk Ultra 64GB microSD Card with Adapter, and Power Kit AC-Adapter for Switch.
The bundle features sensible items, but not all consumers will need all that stuff. This expensive Nintendo Switch bundle is available for pre-order on gamestop.com. You can also try your luck and win a new Nintendo Switch and a Nintendo NES Classic in our two exclusive I4U News Giveaways. We have both hot Nintendo consoles in the office and are giving them away this month.
GameStop says that the Digital Season Pass Code and Digital Game Code Download Instructions will be emailed when orders ship. Items in this bundle may ship separately. GameStop also warns that any products that were sold as part of a bundle are not allowed for return, unless the bundle is returned complete and in sealed new condition.
No other store is currently offering the Nintendo Switch online. Below is the list of shops that have carried the Switch at launch.
Nintendo lists six official stores that sell the Nintendo Switch including Amazon, Best Buy, GameStop, Walmart, ToysRUs and Target. Other stores have also listed the Switch including NewEgg, Fry's, BHPPhotoVideo and Nintendo's own store.
We expect the Switch to be sold out after Friday and go down a similar route as other successful Nintendo consoles before i t. The Wii was a hard to find console and the surprise NES Classic hit is still very hard to find months after its release.
The Nintendo Switch is expected to sell out on launch day and will be hard to find for weeks or even months after launch. Resellers are already preparing to snag up as many Switch consoles to resell them on eBay. Resellers have not yet settled on a profit margin as it is not clear yet how hard the Switch will be to find on launch day. The listings prices are all over the place, ranging from $400 to $1,000.
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Nintendo is expected to ship 2 million Switch consoles in March for the global market. The number is too low and finding Nintendo Switch in stock after the initial launch batch sells out is very difficult. The Switch gave Nintendo their biggest console launch ever. The first 2-days of sales beat the Wii and all other Nintendo consoles.
The $59.99 NES Classic continues to be also in extreme short supply and Nintendo is unable to ship a significant resupply to resellers in weeks. Nintendo sold through 1.5 million NES Classic consoles and the demand is by far not satisfied.
It might take Nintendo until Fall to make enough Switch consoles to satisfy demand. The Switch will be one of the most popular Holiday gifts for the Holiday shopping season 2017.
For video game fans who have not pre-ordered a Switch yet, there are still chances on launch day. There have been midnight launches for the Nintendo Switch at several retailers. The online availability of the Switch is expected to be very limited on launch day.
How to Find a Nintendo Switch in stock online
To track online inventory and get alerts, shoppers can use zoolert and NowInStock. Both inventory tracker have already setup the Nintendo Switch trackers. We also recommend to use the Chrome browser extension Page Monitor Pro to monitor Nintendo Switch product pages in the hours ahead of the release.
How to Find a Nintendo Switch in stock in stores
Once the Switch is released, consumers can use BrickSeek to try to find a Switch in stock at Walmart Stores and Target Stores. The Target DPCI for the Nintendo Switch console with neon blue and neon red Joy-Con is 207-29-1001. The DPCI for the Nintendo Switch with grey Joy-Con is 207-29-1000.
The Walmart SKU number for the Nintendo Switch with grey Joy-Con is 52901821. The Walmart SKU for the Nintendo Switch with neon blue and new red Joy-Con is 52901822.
We will provide continuous updates about the availability of the Nintendo Switch.
The Nintendo Switch is a completely new video game concept. It's a mobile console first with removable small controllers. The mobile unit with display rest in a Nintendo Switch console connected to your TV. The mobile unit slides inside the Switch docking station, where it also gets charged.
The small controllers that are detachable from the mobile unit also slide onto a home controller. A new Zelda game will be amongst the launch titles for the new Nintendo Switch, formerly known as Nintendo NX.
The Nintendo Switch games sell for $59.99 like the games for the PS4 and Xbox One. The announced Nintendo Switch game line-up includes Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Nintendo killed region locking on the Nintendo Switch. Any game sold in any region will be playable on the Nintendo Switch.
The system will include the main console, Joy-Con (L) and Joy-Con (R) controllers, a Joy-Con grip (to which two Joy-Con are attached and used as one controller), a set of Joy-Con wrist straps, a Nintendo Switch dock (which holds the main console and connects it to a TV), an HDMI cable and an AC adapter. Two stylish versions of the system will be released: a version with a set of gray Joy-Con, and a version with one neon blue and one neon red Joy-Con. Both versions will be the same price.