Switch had "one of the strongest and most successful gaming console launches for GameStop in the last several years" - Nintendo Everything

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Switch had “one of the strongest and most successful gaming console launches for GameStop in the last several years”

Posted on March 5, 2017 by (@NE_Brian) in News, Switch

How Switch will do in the long run remains to be seen. That being said, early indications from GameStop point to the system having a successful launch.

Eric Bright, the retailer’s senior director of merchandising, shared a few comments about Switch’s performance on launch day. According to Bright, Switch saw “one of the strongest and most successful gaming console launches for GameStop in the last several years.” He also noted how many stores “were packed with customers”, with some fans lining up early to nab a Switch for themselves.

Bright said:

“Stores across the country last night were packed with customers who couldn’t wait to get their hands on the brand new Nintendo Switch. We even had customers lining up as early as yesterday morning so that they could be one of the lucky ones to score one of the additional units for our walk-in customers. This is one of the strongest and most successful gaming console launches for GameStop in the last several years. For those fans who are still looking for the Nintendo Switch, don’t worry–we’re getting more. And, we’re pretty sure that there are a lot of gaming fans who pulled all-nighters last night playing their new Switch, and who also called in sick to work today with ‘game-fluenza’ just to stay home and play even more.”


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  • Ninty Kad

    Okay, neat!

  • Hermione Granger

    …and we know gamestop is this century’s used car salesmens, so anything they say can be taken with a huge pinch of salt.

    • Rickster

      Anecdotally for most, his statement is true.

    • Jacob Groves

      Hahaha. I knew already you own Switch secretly and pretend to bash stuffs on it because you knew you already owned it and loved it. 🙂 🙂

      • Bradley

        They have an accessory called the wand of cause Hermione loves it

      • TalesOfBS

        That is not actually wrong. Remember the Wii U? http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/gaming/2012/11/26/nintendo-wii-u-sales/1727191/
        The real test starts now, how it will sell from now and how companies will support it. Back on the Wii U everyone jumped ship 4 months later.

        • nemo37

          I agree. Early sales, be they strong or weak, are not necessarily good indicators for how the system will continue to sell. Nintendo needs to maintain momentum not simply hope that a strong start with carry through. My personal belief is that the system will sell well for March but then things will slow down and Nintendo will do a 3DS style price cut in late summer and early fall. I think Nintendo launched in March because the masses are not going to purchase until the holidays, which gives them time to adjust marketing (which includes pricing) and improve the system before the shopping season (much like they did with 3DS).

  • The truth-ier

    they say this with every launch…

  • Jacob Groves

    Love Nintendo Switch soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo muuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuch!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂

    Zelda: Breath of the Wild beat every type of games in current generation (gen 8 – xb1, ps4, wii u, 3ds and psvita) and first masterpiece game begin of generation 9.

    AWESOME GAME!!! Best all-time game. 🙂 🙂 🙂

    Loving it so far and I am moment in Kakariko Village. 😀

    • Davorbasic

      You know drugs are bad

      • Jacob Groves

        Huh? I already knew about drugs is bad since I were kid to understood how drugs is etc.. from school. I am 31 and I am not stupid. I just very very happy with my wonderful Switch and epic Zelda game. I am still hyped continue with it. I owned PS4, new 3DS and Wii U also. 🙂

        I just natural excitement like everyone else. 🙂

        You seem moody or you jealous because Zelda beat everything else out of way. 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

        Accept game already masterpiece and best of all time and high rating so accept and move on. 😉

        **** drugs. Gaming is best!!!

        • Davorbasic

          I’m not jealous one bit nor do I care about zelda.

          • Jacob Groves

            Then why you comment to my comment. Hehehe 🙂 🙂

          • Davorbasic

            Because you reek of paid ads

          • Suraimu

            You need to leave the internet for a while, not everyone that likes something is being an ad.
            The extreme cynicism culture is really annoying, stop caring if someone else likes something already.

          • Erick Ferrer

            You sound like a poor lazy person that wants something, but makes excuses to not attain it.

          • Davorbasic

            Why would I want that something ?

      • Ektoras Kalderis

        He is happy you miserable old goat. Let him spread the joy

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        • Bruno_Ostara

          People will be bitter for a while with Zelda success and all that Switch hype. Let us all bathe in their tears

    • ibo

      titanfall 2 was pretty good… ( ◔3◔)

    • Saxo2712

      Mr. Jacobs. You expressed my feelings with the switch perfectly! I am having so much fun and glad you are too!

  • JimboDeadite

    As a previous owner of Wii U, PS4, and Xbox One S, I will say that the Nintendo Switch is an amazing gaming device that I have played on in a very long time! It’s definitely worth buying!

  • Anonymous1234567

    Very interested to see sales numbers.

  • Logan Wayman

    I got a Nintendo Switch two days ago, and I am having a goddamn BLAST with Breath of the Wild!

    Best. System. Ever. 😀

    • Jacob Groves

      YES!!! 100%!!! Loving it soooooooooooooo much. 🙂 🙂 🙂

  • ibo

    Gamestop i’m still waiting for my Switch you @$$

  • Tlink7

    Great, but meaningless if Nintendo doesn’t manage to keep a steady stream of excellent games coming our way

  • Cool! If Nintendo release a nice pace of 1th party games and buy some exclusive tittle from AAA 3th party games will be awesome!

  • link2metroid

    Meaningless PR dribble and could it be any more vague?

  • R.Z.

    I wish there were some Switch units left in stores … I’ll have to wait for the next batch.

    • ibo

      🙁 ahh i thought you got one : /
      let me know when u get one i add you to my friends list :v

    • ibo

      i found you a Switch bro :v it’s a grey japanese one tho

      • R.Z.

        Thanks ! But between the added cost and the shipping delay I think I’ll pass, I can as well wait for next week I guess.
        Actually I managed to grab one on Amazon France yesterday during a temporary restock, but my bank is slow in the weekends and the payment got denied this morning.
        I don’t know, maybe they’ll keep my unit available for when I confirm payment later today, but I’m not holding my hopes up.

  • Dascylus

    What is GameStop’s definition of “several”? Because to me, it’s been several years since a new console has even come out (console revisions like the PS4 Pro and Xbox One S don’t count)

    • Riku0493

      Their definition of “several years” is 15 dog years.

      • Dascylus

        So, about when the PS4 launched lol

        • ben

          The ps4 was not that great.

  • Justin J David Thompson

    I stood in line. Worth it!

  • shaw98

    I waited in line at best buy, in the cold, for 5 hours. I got the neo console, Zelda and 1 2 switch, and a pro controller. Very much worth it. I took work off just to get as early as possible.

  • Davorbasic

    Good for you

  • Yeah, I saw people lining up thirteen hours early of its release. People weren’t playing around. We barely got one ourselves. And I barely got the BotW SE.

    I am really glad that Nintendo is going to have more units soon, because it’s good to ride the momentum while they have it. I don’t know how many people are really that fickle, but this is really a great time for the console. ^o^

    • masterjedi

      We have two Gamestop locations in my town. The one I was at had 25 pre-order people in line and then another 10 hoping to get an extra one. I had a friend who did not preorder and he went to our Best Buy because he heard they had 42 in stock that were free game. He counted around 65 people in line hoping to snag one. He got one but he had to get out of his car and line up outside at 10:45pm. It was 8 degrees. We also have a Walmart, Target and K-Mart and they all were selling the console as well but I have no idea how many people showed up at those locations.

  • Derceto

    Lame, paid PR is lame and paid.