From bad to worse
Nintendo has clearly underestimated the demand for Xenoblade Chronicles 3: Special Edition. The first round of pre-orders was an absolutely disaster, with demand crashing the My Nintendo store within minutes. Nintendo opened up pre-orders once again today, and even with a few weeks of preparation, the site is still struggling. Thankfully, a few more people managed to secure their orders this time, but sadly, it seems some scalpers snuck in.
Scalpers no doubt noticed the huge demand Xenoblade Chronicles 3: Special Edition brought in during the first wave of pre-orders, and they were ready with bots and more to snatch up copies this time around. As soon as orders were secured, these scalpers turned around to sell these pre-orders on eBay and other auction sites. Auctions have been listed for $250 to $350, while the item itself is priced at $90.
It remains to be seen if Nintendo will offer yet another opportunity for pre-orders, but as it stands right now, it seems like scalpers may have gotten the upper hand yet again.