Musings: The Current Nintendo Switch Stock Situation Worldwide

Musings: The Current Nintendo Switch Stock Situation Worldwide

It has almost been 7 months since the Nintendo Switch launched in the world.

In many countries around the world, it was pretty hard to buy a Nintendo Switch. Now that we’re 7 months into the life of the Switch, let’s take a look at how things are going on around the world.

In the United Kingdom, the Nintendo Switch is readily available for purchase on Amazon, GAME, and other major retailers. It’s no longer in shortage. In Germany, the home of Nintendo of Europe, the Nintendo Switch is available online on Amazon and well stocked at big retailers such as MediaMarkt.

Overall, it seems that the shortage is officially over in Europe. We’ll now take a look at North America.

From March to September, it’s been pretty hard to find a Nintendo Switch in both the United States and Canada. The stock situation, however, has drastically improved within the span of a few weeks.

In Canada, customers can now find a Switch online and offline without much difficulty. In the United States, while it’s still difficult to find a Switch in a couple of areas, it’s generally in stock at most retailers. In addition, online sites such as Walmart, Pokemon Center, and Amazon have it in stock since last week.

This takes us to the last major market and the birthplace of Nintendo – Japan. Unfortunately, it seems there hasn’t been much improvement. Thousands of people are still lining up for Switch lotteries, and if there’s ever a restock online it’s snatched up in less than 5 minutes.

Now all eyes are on Nintendo on whether they could flood the Japanese market with Nintendo Switch units as they promised in July, and hopefully, alleviate the shortage once and for all. According to Media Create, the Switch has been shipping between 40k to 50k units weekly in September, so it’d be interesting to see what the numbers are like next week.

If you haven’t bought a Nintendo Switch yet, I personally recommend that you get one now. The shortage may seem to have ended in North America, but things could drastically change next month, just before the holiday season arrives. Best to be safe than sorry!