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.
・ビックカメラ 100台 1,388人 当選率7.2％
・ソフマップAM館 170台 478人 当選率35.5％
— ﾂﾙﾐﾛﾎﾞ (@kaztsu) September 24, 2017
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!