The Nintendo Switch has only been released for a few months. While the console itself is highly sought after, getting your hands on the console is a little more difficult than just giving any retailer $299 and enjoying your game system. The first big step is finding any retailers who have them in stock.
Game developer Shinji Mikami, the creator of Resident Evil, hasn’t been able to get his hands on the console due to stores such as Gamestop selling clean out of the console as soon as they get them. It’s easy to think that Nintendo would just make more consoles to meet demand, but the company states that they have already have delivered more than they initially expected.
During an Interview between Mashable and Reggie Fils-Aime president of Nintendo of America made some comments about the supply shortage. He stated that Nintendo made 2 million units at launch even though analysts had predicted that the demand for the console would be much lower than that.
“We actually sold through almost 2.8 million units, so we dramatically over delivered,” Fils-Aime said. “So what do some of the consumers on Reddit say? ‘Gosh, Nintendo, if you would’ve made more you would’ve sold more.’ Well, we did make more! And certainly we’re on a pace to supply in the current fiscal year 10 million units.” Nintendo plans to increase production for the system from now going into the holiday season. However, during a Variety speaking event Fils-Aime did confirm that the possibility of console shortages are still there.