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Nintendo held their The 83rd Annual General Meeting of Shareholders a few days back, and as you expect, those shareholders had a wide range of questions they lobbed at Nintendo.

One person discussed the unfortunate situation with scalpers, as Nintendo has struggled with them quite a bit on Switch. Nintendo was asked if they planned to address the scalper situation with their next platform, and Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa made it clear that there are plans to combat those efforts. (h/t VGC)

“With regard to resale measures when launching new hardware, we recognize that the most important thing is to first produce and ship in numbers that can meet customer demand. We will then consider whether there are any other possible measures that can be taken.”

[Shuntaro Furukawa]

UPDATE: You can now see the official question and answer in English, as Nintendo has released their translation of the Shareholders Q&A.

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UPDATE 2: Once again, Nintendo has shared comment on their plans to prevent scalpers from gobbling up Switch successor units. This statement echoes what Nintendo said last time, albeit in a more verbose way. You can see the full statement below, as translated by IGN.

**“As a countermeasure against resale, we believe that the most important thing is to produce a sufficient number to meet customer demand, and this idea has not changed since last year.

In addition to this, we are considering whether there are any other measures that can be taken to the extent allowed by laws and regulations, taking into account the circumstances of each region.

Although we were unable to produce sufficient quantities of Nintendo Switch hardware last year and the year before due to a shortage of semiconductor components, this situation has now been resolved. At this time, we do not believe that the shortage of components will have a significant impact on the production of the successor model.”**

[Nintendo]

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kuribo

1y ago

Limit purchases to verified Nintendo account holders.
I’m only half joking. Didn’t Sony do that with PS5 pre-orders initially?


mereel

11d ago

First, I hate scalpers as much as the next guy. But it’s not illegal to buy more Switches than you need, then sell the extras, is it? What could Nintendo really do to prevent this? It’s a tale as old as time.
Also, I’ve been around long enough to not believe Nintendo when they say they’ll make enough to meet demand. I firmly believe they like having their wares in short supply (i.e. high demand). It proliferates the aura of the impossible to get tat that gives Nintendo its rabid collector atmosphere.


autumnalblake

11d ago

Upcoming games like... Super Mario Wonder? These people are so out of touch!


humanfart

10d ago

@kuribo

Yes, it was a lottery system. Randomly selected from the people who signed up to buy one.