GameStop will have Nintendo Switch systems in stock next week, thanks to an “additional allotment” of consoles, the retailer announced today.
Those Switch units will be available to buy in GameStop stores “as early as Wednesday, March 22,” the company said in a news release.
“GameStop continues to see strong demand from customers who are looking to purchase the Nintendo Switch system,” said Eric Bright, GameStop’s senior director of merchandising. “We are meeting this demand by securing additional systems as fast as we can.”
There’s no word on whether GameStop plans to make any of those Switch units available for purchase through its website. We’ve asked the company for more details, and will update this article with any information we receive.
It’s unclear if this extra wave of units is something that Nintendo gave exclusively to GameStop. We checked in with Amazon, Best Buy, Walmart and Target. A representative for Best Buy told Polygon that the company doesn’t comment on inventory, while a Target spokesperson said that “there will be a regular flow of additional systems throughout the year.” Neither Amazon nor Walmart has responded yet.
Switch sales seem to be exceeding Nintendo’s expectations. The company originally said it planned to ship 2 million units worldwide this month and 8 million more during its next fiscal year, which begins April 1. Now Nintendo is reportedly increasing production to meet the high demand, and will be producing 16 million units for the 2017-2018 fiscal year.
Update: A GameStop representative told Polygon that at this point, the company will only be selling the additional Switch units in physical stores, not online. However, GameStop will sell games, accessories and bundles on its website. The spokesperson added, “GameStop recommends that customers should call their nearest store location for availability details.”