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Japan seems to be suffering from a Switch software shortage

Posted on January 11, 2018 by (@OnePunchMaz) in News, Switch

Pretty much all throughout 2017, the Switch was very hard to come by due to its popularity. These hardware shortages were especially bad in Japan, although Nintendo’s home country received a fairly major restock in December, causing Switch hardware sales to rise. However, it seems like this seems to have shifted the shortage problem to the other side of the market – it seems that certain Switch games are now hard to come by.

Japanese video game retailer GEO reports that first-party games like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and 1-2-Switch are completely out of stock at all of its distribution centers nationwide and they are currently unable to order any additional units from Nintendo. It’s a similar situation at other retailers like Amazon Japan, where many first-party games are also out of stock.

Naturally, a software shortage is not as bad as a hardware shortage – all games can of course also be purchased digitally, but it would still be in Nintendo’s best interest to fix this shortage as soon as possible.

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  • artemisthemp

    Except only Psychical copies gives you the My Nintendo reward and some times it’s cheaper.

    Also Wtf 1-2 Switch

    • Doesn’t digital give you a reward too? I have a bunch of coins/points and have always thought they came from my digital purchases. I only own 2 physical copies.

      • artemisthemp

        Yes you get Coins from buying stuff on the Eshop but it’s limited by a weekly reset unlike the Psychical release + it takes up a lot of space on your system unlike psychical copies.

        • andyva

          What are you talking about? You get a lot more coins from buuing digital than physical, most (Nintendo/indie) games don’t take up a lot of space and I’ve never heard of a weekly reset.

        • zelgadis greywords

          what are you talking about? xenoblade 2 digital gave me 80 coins instead of the 18 from the phisical copy

          • artemisthemp

            OK I stand corrected.

            Just though the digital was limited to once a week like other My Nintendo “achievements”,

    • Ektoras Kalderis

      Indeed Wtf 1-2 switch

  • Mr Ninty

    Wario did it

  • Amethyst Gaze

    Yeah I’d believe it. I’m surprised Xenoblade keeps selling like 10k a week unless it was just shortages to begin with or Japan just really really liked it.

  • DeltaPeng

    Echo the sentiments, software shortage is better than hardware since games can still be downloaded digitally, so at least that option’s there.

    Hopefully they find a way to work through those shortages in the near term, but it’s a good problem to have as long as it doesn’t linger