When the Nintendo Switch was released on March 3, it was impossible to find. I luckily got my hands on one, used it for a week, and decided it wasn’t a keeper. It’s not because it’s not a good device; I just feel it was a little over-hyped. You have to remember that this comes from somebody who is not a gamer, unless it comes to virtual reality games.
However, I know a lot of people who love the Nintendo Switch. The device has earned many four-star reviews. One of them is from Tech Radar.
“The Nintendo Switch is probably the most unique console to have ever been released, and it’s genuinely phenomenal that it’s capable of making console-quality gaming experiences portable.”
In another four-star review, Digital Trends claims that living up to promises, the Switch is the most innovative gaming device in recent memory. They believe it may be the best-designed console Nintendo has ever built.
The fact that the device has been selling out ever since the release date is also proof that the Switch has lived up to all of the hype. Or has it? One of the reasons the Switch is selling out so fast is because there aren’t that many being made. The Wall Street Journal has suggested that Nintendo is purposely holding back production to increase hype. Why they would be doing this six months after the initial release remains a mystery.
Right after the report came out, Nintendo indicated it was ramping up production for the holidays.
“We’re doing everything we can to make sure everyone who wants to buy a Nintendo Switch system can do so. We will ramp up production for the holiday period, which has been factored into our forecast” a Nintendo spokesperson said in a statement to WSJ.
It has been reported that people in the supply chain suggest that they have been told to prepare for 18 million units for the holiday season. They also note that Nintendo is currently having to fight for space in factories where nearly all attention has turned to Apple, especially because of the upcoming iPhone 8.
Even though Nintendo has been having trouble meeting demand for its device, the Switch has helped Best Buy’s fiscal 2nd quarter according to CNBC. The smartphone business has certainly helped Best Buy as well, but Nintendo’s portable game system certainly helped.