Nintendo Switch release sets a course for success

By Z. Galaxy

Since the release of the WiiU in Nov. 2012, fans have been awaiting a proper successor to the Wii. On this past Friday, March 3, 2017, their wishes were finally granted.switch-angle

The Nintendo Switch, which is a hybrid home and portable console, has reportedly outsold the Wii when comparing each of their launches. According to Nick Wingfield of the The New York Times, the “Nintendo Switch exceeded first two-day sales in (the) Americas for any system in Nintendo history.” His multiple posts on Twitter give short details on his unpublished interview with Nintendo of America president, Reggie Fils-Aime.

However, just as many consoles do in their first week, the system is limited in availability. The stores in my area—and for most other places selling video games —sold out of Switch consoles as early as 9 a.m. Thankfully, the Switch does not suffer from the week-long droughts seen in the launches of the Wii and the NES Classic Edition.

As of now, stores across the country have Switch consoles ready for purchase, so check retailers Target, Toys”R”Us, and GameStop for local availability. According to Polygon, GameStop will have the system back in stock sometime next week. GameStop informed the public that the earliest new stock of the console in any of their stores would be March 22, 2017.

If you’re looking for a Switch, keep up the good fight and watch out for scalpers. The hype will die down in the time between now and the holiday 2017 release of Super Mario Odyssey, so it will be much easier to find one before the holiday rush hits.


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