The Nintendo Switch Shortages Are Still Going On In Japan

The Nintendo Switch Shortages Are Still Going On In Japan

Almost 7 months have passed since the launch of the Nintendo Switch. While it’s gradually becoming easier to find the Switch in North America and Europe, things haven’t improved much in Japan.

Every weekend, Nintendo Switch lotteries are still taking place across the country. Japanese Twitter user Kaztsu reported this morning 1388 people lined up for a Switch lottery at Bic Camera Akihabara for 100 units, and 478 people lined up for a Switch lottery at SoftMap Akihabara for 170 units.

Katzu also took a photo showing a reseller purchasing second hand Nintendo Switch units for 37,000 yen (USD330). A Nintendo Switch costs 32,378 yen (USD289) at retail, and the current resale price is 42,000 yen (USD375) on online auction sites such as Yahoo and Rakuten.

Here’s a video of how long the line was outside Bic Camera Akihabara at 8am in the morning.

Hopefully Nintendo really means what they say when they promise to flood the Japanese market with Nintendo Switch consoles next month. Shortages this long are no joke!

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4 thoughts on “The Nintendo Switch Shortages Are Still Going On In Japan

  1. I stayed in Sapporo over the summer and managed to buy two. There was a japanese twitter account where people would share the latest in stock news for the major stores in Sapporo. I did not even have to enter a lottery but bought both at Yodobashi Camera on a first come first serve basis.

    1. Hey Marcel, thanks for sharing your experience with us. Seems the stock situation is much better in Hokkaido over Tokyo and other major prefectures! The only retailers who do lotteries are usually Bic Camera and Sofmap (which is owned by Bic Camera), most of the others don’t, for better or for worse.

    1. Potential issues with warranty and it’s much more expensive (considering that they have to ship it in). Some would rather buy from a local scalper to save the trouble.

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