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GoNintendo - Today's Big Story (1/8/17): Exclusive info on GameStop's Switch allotments!

Welcome to Today's BIG Story for Jan. 8th, 2017. A special weekend video for you! We happened upon some more Switch/GameStop inside info from our source, and I wanted to share with you right away!

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Mon Jan 09 17 03:15am
Rating: 5 (Updated 1 time)

I was going to be annoyed but...considering that this is a March release with 2 million sales planned worldwide by the end of that month (which will probably be about...2 weeks)? Unless it instantly catches, it doesn't seem like it would be that hard to get a hold of. For the sake of comparison, the PS4 did 4.2 million in a month during the busy shopping season that is November and December, so I think 20 units per store will probably hit demand in what is a much slower sales period. Maybe Nintendo is underestimating demand, but it's hard to say if that's the case until pre-order numbers come in. Will eat crow if the Switch does take serious effort to find.

At the very least, this isn't on the level of "every store only has two or three" that the NES Classic was. Still have no clue what that madness was all about.

So Nintendo is going to pull another "shortage" with the Switch? FFS.

They act vague about the system for two years. Kill off future all support for the Wii U well over a year before the Switch's release. Have nothing for the 2016 holiday season save for a nigh impossible to find NES emulator. Don't announce any significant features or any games on the system until two months before its release. And now this.

I hope the online scalpers will be happy. It seems like they are the ones who will benefit the most out of the Switch's first year.

If I'm criticized for being "Too negative" right off the bat, come on folks, this is admittedly ridiculous for Nintendo to do this yet again.

Yikes. That doesn't sound good. I guess I'll be trying to get my preorder in on the 13th somewhere.

lewdparty
Mon Jan 09 17 02:27am
(Updated 2 times)

What? No negative videos? But we demand blood and tears!!!1one

So Nintendo could be going back to the Wii shortage plan eh? Guess they really do want this to sell a ton more than what the Wii U did. More power to them I guess.

Yeah no. I'm not joining the pre-order rat race. If I can't walk into a store and buy one then Nintendo has lost a sale. 20 units per store is ridiculous. PS4 didn't become the best selling console this gen by artificially restricting supply.

Ah Conspiracy Theorists. For one thing, GameStop has over 7,000 locations. Including their online store that means they're getting an allotment of about 150,000 units. I don't know about where you live I have 6 retail chains around me that sell videogames and their systems. So say on average they get the same allotment as GameStop that's nearly 1,000,000 units.

It's not the Holiday season. In the entire March of 2016 NPD reported less then 900,000 gaming systems sold. That's PS4, PSV, PS3, XBO, 360, WIIU and 3DS combined. Guess what the best selling system did? PS4 managed around 350,000. Rumor also has it by the end of March Nintendo will be shipping 2 million units. Guess what that means Nintendo sold those. Guess who benefits more from news there's hoing to be a shortage and should come in and Preorder?

Also, March 2011 saw the 3DS release which only managed about I think 700,000 units sold between March and April. So everyone really needs to stop thinking Nintendo makes artificial demands... If this was the holidays maybe, but even then lost revenue/profits is not good for a Public company. Everyone will no doubt point to the NES thing, but seriously I'm not the only one that was surprised that this thing took off. You have so many people talking specs and 4k/HDR or even VR gaming with power systems and wanting all new games and experiences yet you expected Nintendo to want to have surplus stock that would "sit and collect dust" of a let's be honest Novelty Item that emulates 30 pixelated games which are also found in a myriad of units just like it not to mention Nintendo's very own eShop?

Was already planning to pre-order on Friday, but I still don't think this is going to be that big of a deal. They said 2 million by 3/31. That's roughly what the PS4 did at launch. I love Nintendo, but I doubt this thing is going to do that exceptionally well immediately.

Did PS4 launch in Japan at the same time as everyone else though? Might make a little bit of a difference there.

Honestly though, 20 units/store sounds about right.

Just double checked. Looked like it actually launched later in Japan. Wasn't aware of that. Still hoping for the best. I'm optimistic that it won't be to crazy.

It's truly ridiculous if this ends up being the case once again. I'll do my best to get a preorder the day stores start taking them, but I'm not camping out anywhere or paying out the ass on eBay for this thing. If I end up having to wait until Nintendo can get their shit together, so be it... not like I don't have plenty to play in the meantime.

Mon Jan 09 17 03:15am
Rating: 5 (Updated 1 time)

I was going to be annoyed but...considering that this is a March release with 2 million sales planned worldwide by the end of that month (which will probably be about...2 weeks)? Unless it instantly catches, it doesn't seem like it would be that hard to get a hold of. For the sake of comparison, the PS4 did 4.2 million in a month during the busy shopping season that is November and December, so I think 20 units per store will probably hit demand in what is a much slower sales period. Maybe Nintendo is underestimating demand, but it's hard to say if that's the case until pre-order numbers come in. Will eat crow if the Switch does take serious effort to find.

At the very least, this isn't on the level of "every store only has two or three" that the NES Classic was. Still have no clue what that madness was all about.

Boy oh boy! A week ago, I jokingly made a negative remark that Nintendo will announce pre-orders begin on "Friday the 13th", lol and that as soon as the Switch Presentation ends late at night, we will have to forego sleep and immediately line up in hopes of getting one...
-I'm sorry now that I did!

I think the Wii saw a similar allotment amount back in 2006 at the store I worked at. Hopefully, Nintendo will ship them out regularly and the fact that we are past the holidays should help, too.

Makes sense to me. Why would they want to risk, once again, drowning themselves in too much inventory? Hopefully I won't have any trouble pre-ordering one.

Honestly, I don't see there being a HUGE rush for this in March, as the holidays are over, and most people just aren't going to spend big dollars at this time of year on a device like this.

Now on the other hand, I never subscribe to the idea of the intentional shortage theory, as I just don't think "N" is that smart, sad to say. But, in this situation of a worldwide release, I could see stock being low, as there is no reason to flood store shelves at this time of year, as it's not Christmas, and they don't want another 3DS situation. System sitting on store shelves immediately gives the impression of not a lot of interest, so over stocking won't do them any favors in this situation.

So unless little Johnny or Sally has a Birthday around this time, only the real hardcore/fanboys are going to bother buying this, but if inventory is low, it may create a false interest, just by not being available.

I'll grab a pre-order if possible, as I would love to sale one of these at a mark up if that indeed happens, but I have no plans to buy one for personal use for a very long time, or at least until I know it will have proper support. Which I don't see happening for a few years at least.

I expect it to be difficult, but I don't think it's going to be as bad as it was with Wii. I remember getting my Wii in February, the man in front of me in line was screaming at the pregnant cashier to hold one for him while his friend got a credit card from the car.
if they sell out of Switch preorders they will add more. And they're also going to send more than the allotted preorders to each store on release day. So don't panic if/when you don't get a preorder on Thursday

t27duck
Mon Jan 09 17 07:44am
Rating: 2

So Nintendo's learned nothing from the NES Classic. Color me surprised.

Siiiiiiiiigh.

Screw you too, Nintendo. Seems like pre-ordering online after the event is gonna be impossible and I ain't taking a day off this early into the year.

Can't wait for the inevitable "b-but we were surprised by demand!!" headline.

ai rorel
Mon Jan 09 17 09:27am
Rating: 1 (Updated 1 time)

I don't think I understand consumers whatsoever anymore...
Wii does well despite initial low stock. Most gamers ignore it because "gimmick" and "ugh popular with plebs" and "no good games".
Wii U releases and does awful despite high stock. They blame "its stupid name" and "poor gimmick".
Wii U bundles release with Twitter-and-news-popular Mario Kart 8 - low purchases in holiday season. Little to no response, but still claim that "Wii U isn't worth owning yet".
Amiibo releases stock in relation to purchased Wii U units sold and general estimation of consumers. They claim "intended low stock to increase artificial demand" and "they'll never buy Nintendo products again".
Splatoon is hyped across the board - booming in Twitter and Tumblr - Wii U's don't sell come holiday season. They say that "Wii U's aren't worth owning at this point" despite claiming that with every major title release.
Apologies for amiibo given and promise to restock. They claim that "Nintendo lied" because restocks weren't there within two weeks of the announcement.
Amiibo restocks arrive in large numbers and now are overstocked. No one buys them anymore and they drop in price.
NES Classic edition is released in low stock because it was fair to consider it a novelty. They yammer "artificial demand" and claim "you lost a customer".
3DSs sell out in every retail in response to holiday demand for Sun / Moon. No response from most, but some yell that it was "stupid that Nintendo didn't expect this" despite very high stock of 3DS units.

Switch is rumored to have low, but not Wii low, stocks. People rage.

20 per store is a bit ridiculous. But 100 per store would be Wii U all over again. 30 would be safe.
Nintendo is known for playing it "too safe" with their consoles in design and marketing... Yet people still act surprised when their supply and sales reflect that philosophy.

People claim everything is Nintendo's fault.
But their main interests lie with 3RD parties, which tend to avoid putting games on Nintendo consoles for every reason OTHER THAN what the consumers blame Nintendo for.
People claim to never buy Nintendo again.
Argue when Nintendo sells something new.

Don't. Understand.

Spoiler

hyliantom
Mon Jan 09 17 09:52am
Rating: 1

There's a not-small chance that once the presentation ends (likely around midnight in my time zone), I'll walk over to GameStop, set-up my comfy lawnchair, and nap until GameStop opens. The weather looks like it'll be lovely that morning (mid-60s, no rain).

With Zelda at launch, I'm not taking any chances. I took Friday off for this precise reason.

I'm curious, do we know what was the stock in store for PS4, PS3, Xbox One and 360? These numbers would mean more if we could compare them.

I hate the pre-order culture of the industry so I won't be pre-ordering a Switch but I'll certainly get one soon enough, god forbid a terrible presentation (won't happen) I just hope that it's not the scalpers who make the most money like with the NES Classic...

I will only preorder if I can get some exclusive GameStop DLC with my Switch.

Well to be fair.. Switch initial shipment is double PS4.. so that may be a good sign.

That and just go to walmart after the presentation so they'll hopefully have the information ready.

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