Finding a Nintendo Switch in stock is no easy task. Here the best tips and tools to find a Nintendo Switch.
Nintendo launched the $299.99 Nintendo Switch on March 3. The demand for the new console is enormous. The launch inventory sold out on day one. Nintendo has shipped a new wave of Switch consoles.
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Finding a Switch in stock is difficult. We have compiled below the best practices, tips and tools to improve your chances finding and buying a Nintendo Switch in stock. Check out also our daily posts on the latest Nintendo Switch stock updates.
Find a Switch on Amazon Prime Now
The quickest way to find and buy a Nintendo Switch is through Amazon Prime Now. If you live in an Amazon Prime Now area, watching availability each day is the way to go. To use Amazon Prime Now, you need a Prime membership (free 30-day trial available). The check if the Switch console is in stock on Amazon Prime Now check the following pages:
Amazon is not offering notifications when a product is in stock on Amazon Prime Now. The iStockNow service is providing alerts when the Nintendo Switch is in stock for an city on Amazon Prime Now here.
Nintendo Switch Reseller Offers
Another fast way get a Nintendo Switch is to pay a $100 premium and buy the hard to find Switch console from a reseller. Amazon is besides eBay the busiest place for Nintendo Switch offers from reseller. The reseller prices of the Nintendo Switch start at $400, despite the recent wave of restocking. The prices for the Switch with Neon Joy-Con are about $30 higher than for the version with gray Joy-Con. Check the following links for the current offers.
Please avoid the fake low priced reseller deals on the Nintendo Switch. These offers are a scam. Nobody is selling a Switch under the list price of $299.99. Read our report on the Nintendo Switch Amazon scam for details.
How to Buy the Nintendo Switch Online
The experience of shoppers trying to grab a Nintendo Switch online is harder than scoring a doorbuster deal on Black Friday. The high demand brings in scalpers and their shopping bots. As soon as a store puts a Switch on sale online, these bots swoop in and automatically purchase the console. Regular consumers have a very hard time to beat bots and shopping scripts.
Below is the list of shops that offer the Nintendo Switch online in case they have inventory.
Another route to buy a Nintendo Switch leads abroad. Buying a Switch on Amazon in Spain has worked in the past. Some people also used Amazon in Japan to order a Switch. The additional shipping costs and custom fees add up, but the final cost is still lower than buying on the reseller market. The Switch is though also as hard to find in Europe and Japan.
Ordering abroad has some disadvantages. In case the console is damaged, returning it is more hassle. The packed power adapter is not compatible. You have to get either the official US Switch power adapter or a USB power adapter.
How to find the Nintendo Switch in Stores
Finding a Nintendo Switch in stores requires some time. The available tracking tools are not that accurate. You need to watch the inventory of your local stores over time to learn to spot when a store just got new Switch inventory. Best is to combine the tracking data from iStockNow and BrickSeek. Some stores like Walmart and Target also show if a product is in stock at a select local store online on their sites. If all three report stock than the chances are very high that the Switch is indeed in stock. Now you just need to be first in the door.
The iStockNow live map provides the details where the Switch is in stock. Through filters, you can setup notifications for your local stores. BrickSeek offers inventory checkers for Walmart and other stores.
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. To check if a Walmart store near you has the Switch in stock you can also use this BrickSeek page. To check for the more rare Switch with neon Joy-con visit this link.
The iStockNow live map provides the details where the Switch is in stock for Walmart stores.
While there are three methods to check for Switch inventory, it is more difficult for Target. BrickSeek does not work for checking for Switch stock at Target stores for some reason. Searching with DCPI 207-29-1001 results in: "Sorry, this item is not available to search at this time." Target shows store inventory also online on target.com for the Nintendo Switch.
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 search for the Switch at Target on BrickSeek is not returning results yet.
Target.com also shows the stock levels of the Alternatively shoppers can use iStockNow to find Target stores with Switch in stock.
Nintendo Flagship Store in New York
The Nintendo flagship store has published a schedule of Switch sales for the week of April 3. On Wednesday April 5, the Switch will go on sale at 10am ET in the store located at 10 Rockefeller Plaza. Find the complete Switch sale schedule for the whole week in this Nintendo Store Switch in stock report. Please share how long before the sale you had to line up to score a Switch in the comments below.
You can use iStockNow to find Best Buy stores with Switch in stock.
A pro tip for iStockNow is to look for inventory changes of your local stores you track. Only if there is a fresh change, the likelihood that the information is correct is high. Another tip is to compare iStockNow and BrickSeek results.
The new Nintendo Switch launched on March 3 and 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 now 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 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.
Nintendo shipped about 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.
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 includes 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.
Read the latest Nintendo Switch updates.