Report: Nintendo stops Switch shipments to Japan

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Shipments of the Nintendo Switch console to Japan have been suspended, reports Nikkei, because disruptions to Nintendo’s supply chain mean the company can’t meet demand in that country.

Shipments to the United States and Europe will continue, Nikkei said. It based its report on an unnamed source connected to Nintendo.

Nintendo’s most recent quarterly report said it had sold more than 52 million Switch and Switch Lite consoles since the platform’s debut in March 2017. Anecdotal accounts suggest the console’s popularity has surged with the launch of Animal Crossing: New Horizons on March 20, and with the novel coronavirus’ global spread keeping millions in isolation as a precaution.

At the end of March, Nintendo acknowledged to Business Insider that the consoles were sold out at many major retailers, but that more stock was on the way. Nikkei noted that the Switch is manufactured under contract with factories in China and Vietnam. Their Nintendo source said that operations there had recovered, but not to full capacity.

Nintendo’s official online store was sold out of Switch consoles at the end of March. Today, it has three colors of Nintendo Switch Lite available for $199.99, and the company is also offering refurbished launch versions of the console for $259.99. GameStop, meanwhile is taking pre-orders for a Nintendo Switch bundle that includes the console, Animal Crossing: New Horizons, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Minecraft, and a Nintendo Switch Pro Controller for $499.99. GameStop says that bundle will ship by April 30.


Nintendo Switch bundle
GameStop’s bundle includes Animal Crossing: New Horizons, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Minecraft, and a Pro Controller with a new Nintendo Switch console. (Ships by April 30.)

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U.S. unaffected

That’s all I needed to know.

*looks at Amazon page.. Looks back.
Are they SURE about that?

Judging from what I see on the interwebs, they aren’t doing a very good job stocking them anywhere (the docking units), so stopping shipments to Japan is different than having none on the shelves in the US, how exactly? Not talking about the Lite which you can find.

Shipments of the Nintendo Switch console to Japan have been suspended, reports Nikkei, because disruptions to Nintendo’s supply chain mean the company can’t meet demand in that country.

I’m confused. The paragraph sounds like they stopped doing something because they stopped doing something. Stopping shipments "because" they "can’t meet demand" anyway doesn’t make sense. Like, gee, people are buying so much of our stuff…we better stop supplying it right now! <—not how sales works.

Actual logical reasons would be to pause the size of the scalper market so that fewer people are exposed to that with sullies the brand (or something?), or, simply to lower the risk to everyone who would be working in the supply chain. Or, one part of the chain is stopped or delayed (NOT A DECISION) so they choose (DECISION) to pause the other parts. But then the "demand" part should be changed to "because they have no store ability to sell them right now."

Today, it has three colors of Nintendo Switch Lite available for $199.99, and the company is also offering refurbished launch versions of the console for $259.99. GameStop, meanwhile is taking pre-orders for a Nintendo Switch bundle that includes the console, Animal Crossing: New Horizons, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Minecraft, and a Nintendo Switch Pro Controller for $499.99. GameStop says that bundle will ship by April 30.

That paragraph is one big advertisement. Why does Polygon do this obligatory hot-dog-hawking at the end of every article? Even on the articles that are like, *XYZ was recently credibly accused of sexual assault by women and children. His new game/movie releases April 30th, see it at Regal Crown Club Theatres for 14.99 or $12 with a membership. Coca-Cola in the Snack Bar is 99 cents."

Based on your incomprehensible writing, you’re the last person who should give editorial direction.

….what? Like, what?

Yes. Temporal reasoning in language can be confusing at times.

Yeah, although I really wanted a Switch, I gave up trying to find one and decided to get a Switch Lite this week while I still could. Hey, you never know…those could disappear too! (I was able to order one from Best Buy.)

I guess on the bright side, I did save some money…

" Anecdotal accounts suggest the console’s popularity has surged with the launch of Animal Crossing: New Horizons "

Man, if people are not getting paid plugging Animal Crossing they should be. Just like every xbox article has a pricelist for gamepass these days.

I’m reading ads way too much over here. It’s actually diminishes your credibility as a whole.

Yes, let’s not mention the best selling game. It couldn’t possibly have anything to do with the system selling out.

Anecdotal isn’t real evidence.

This is one of the millionth crosslinks to the game on the site, I wasn’t just referring to this, camel’s back maybe

And then there’s this bit

"Nintendo’s official online store was sold out of Switch consoles at the end of March. Today, it has three colors of Nintendo Switch Lite available for $199.99, and the company is also offering refurbished launch versions of the console for $259.99. GameStop, meanwhile is taking pre-orders for a Nintendo Switch bundle that includes the console, Animal Crossing: New Horizons, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Minecraft, and a Nintendo Switch Pro Controller for $499.99. GameStop says that bundle will ship by April 30."

Yes, thats’ an ad to me, dressed up like a write-up

I mean, I know people gotta eat, but sometimes it’s more than the article itself

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