With the shortages of the ever popular Nintendo Switch consoles here in North America continuing and, according to one gaming analyst, likely to continue well into the year, some gamers are reminded of the similar circumstances surrounding the also popular NES Classic Edition. Mainly, the rumors that Nintendo was intentionally limiting stocks at retailers to create an even higher demand for the retro gaming consoles. With similar accusations being thrown at Nintendo’s low Switch stocks, Nintendo has come out to say this not the case.
According to an article from Nintendo Insider, these accusations were denied by Charlie Scibetta, the Senior Director of Corporate Communications at Nintendo of America. Scibetta pointed out that Nintendo would obviously want more consoles to be available in the coming months. After all, how else would players be able to play (and buy) their major releases that are coming out, like ARMS, Splatoon 2, and Super Mario Odyssey?
It’s definitely not intentional in terms of shorting the market. We’re making it as fast as we can… our job really is to get it out as quick as we can, especially for this holiday because we want to have units on shelves to support Super Mario Odyssey.
As to why Nintendo didn’t make more in the first place, he added:
We anticipated there was going to be demand for it, but the demand has been even higher than we thought… It’s a good problem to have, but we’re working very hard to try and meet demand.
Despite Switch shortages, ARMS has sold very well, debuting at number two on the UK sales charts. Let’s just hope they get those stocks up before Super Mario Odyssey releases worldwide on October 27th, 2017.