Nintendo Switch Arrives A Day Early

Posted: Mar 2 2017, 5:03am CST | by , Updated: Mar 2 2017, 2:12pm CST, in News | Technology News

 

Nintendo Switch Arrives a Day Early
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The postman just dropped the Nintendo Switch at our office.

The Nintendo Switch is launching officially on Friday, but we just received the new Nintendo flagship console already Thursday before noon. As reported, we have pre-ordered the Switch back in December at Europe's largest consumer electronics retailer Media Markt. Back then we had to let the retailer charge our credit card with a $1,000 as the price of the Switch was not announced back then.

The early pre-order paid off as we have the Switch in hand before the official launch day. We received the Switch early at our German office. So far we have seen no reports about early deliveries of the Switch in the United States.

We now have both Nintendo's most wanted gaming consoles in the house. I4U News readers have a chance to win our $299.99 Nintendo Switch and a $59.99 Nintendo NES Classic starting now in two giveaways.

Both consoles are EU versions, but will work in the United States as well with an power adapter or with the official $29.99 US Nintendo Switch AC Adapter.

NES and Switch Sweepstakes Giveaway

The $299.99 Nintendo Switch has been available for pre-order in the United States from January 12th. The pre-order inventory has sold out quickly and only some pre-order opportunities showed up in the past weeks.

Walmart, Best Buy and GameStop will hold midnight launch events tonight with in store availability of the Switch. Expect long lines as these launch events will be the best opportunities to get a Switch on launch day. We expect an extreme shortage comparable to the ongoing NES Classic shortage.

The first Nintendo Switch reviews are all very positive and pundits predict a bright future for the cross-over gaming console. 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.

The $59.99 NES Classic continues to be 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. 

Nintendo said to ship 2 million Switch consoles in March. The 2 million are for the global market. We believe the number is too low and finding Nintendo Switch in stock after the initial launch batch sells out will be very difficult for an extended time.

The Nintendo Switch is a completely new video game concept. It's 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.

“Nintendo Switch is a brand-new kind of home gaming system that offers a wide variety of play modes,” said Nintendo President Tatsumi Kimishima. “We will introduce the world to new experiences made possible by the unique characteristics of the Nintendo Switch hardware and the Joy-Con.”

The Nintendo Switch comes in two versions:

$299.99 Nintendo Switch 32GB Grey Joy-Con

$299.99 Nintendo Switch 32GB Neon Blue and Neon Red Joy-Con

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