Nintendo itself became surprised with the demand for Switch following the console’s release back in March as gamers are still facing hard time to get their hands on the latest hybrid console. In a latest official post, the company has apologized for not being able to meet the demand of gamers around the world.
The company issued the statement in its official site after it attracted accusation that the company is deliberately creating a false scarcity for the consoles to drive up the demand. However, in a recent interview with Ars Technica,
Charlie Scibetta played down the allegations. He revealed that the company underestimated demand for the console. For instance, the company estimated to ship around 10 million consoles by the end of March next year. However, Switch became instant hit as Nintendo sold more than 2.5 million units of the console in the first month following its release. With Super Mario Odyssey’s release date few weeks away, the demand for the console is likely to skyrocket in the following months.
However, the company has failed to meet the demands for the console and the trend is likely to continue in the coming months. The latest post, Nintendo revealed that the company is shipping out units every week and is likely to increase the volume ahead of some highly anticipated games later this year. During this year’s E3, Nintendo showed some impressive titles such as Super Mario Odyssey, Meteroid Prime 4. With games like these to follow, Nintendo now estimates that it will ship around 20 million units by the end of March 2018. However, as Scibetta pointed out during the interview, it’s unclear how long the shortage will last.
Whether or not the shortage is intentional or not, it’s disappointing that gamers are still facing hard time to purchase the console. Hopefully the shortage will not run longer with the increased shipments of the device.
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