Nintendo Halts Switch Shipments Amid Explosive Sales

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Looks like Mario and Animal Crossing have been keeping people busy

With millions of Americans staying home because of the COVID-19 outbreak, children and adults alike are taking up their Switch to play fun games and pass the time. Despite being three years old, the console still remains a hot commodity, selling over 52 million units.

However, because of the stay at home order and many people using the Switch to play fun games and keep sane, the console is sold out at most major retailers. “Nintendo Switch hardware is selling out at various retail locations in the US, but more systems are on the way,” Nintendo said. “We apologize for any inconvenience.”

Retailers like Target, GameStop and Best Buy lists various versions of the console as sold out both in-store and online. When it comes to Walmart and Amazon, because third-party sellers offer products at a markup, the Switch is still available, but only if you are willing to pay more than the retail price.

The recent launch of “Animal Crossing: New Horizons” no doubt triggered the Switch’s increase in sales. The game sold nearly 2 million copies in Japan alone in its first three days. In the US, the game has proven equally as popular, with people playing and posting their adventures on social media.

By: Maytinee Kramer

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