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GameStop has once again commented on the performance of Switch. Speaking with investors today, COO Tony Bartel spoke about how there is “incredibly strong” demand for the system.

On the software front, Switch is also doing well. Consumers appear to be buying lots of games, and Zelda: Breath of the Wild almost has a one-to-one attach rate.

Bartel said:

“The demand is incredibly strong for this. As soon as we get it into our stores, it’s out within hours. So we anticipate we’re going to be chasing supply this entire year.”

“The other thing is, every game that’s out there, to have over a five and a half attach rate to this, signifies that a lot of people are finding this a great platform and they’re picking up any games that they can. I mean, we have almost a one-to-one attach of Zelda.”

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In the latest of several positive comments about the Switch, GameStop CEO Paul Raines spoke about the positive influence that the release of the Nintendo Switch had on GameStop, and its potential to recapture the wider audience that Nintendo had during the Wii era.

“Purchase intent for Switch and Scorpio is at PS4 levels or higher. Just a note on the Switch launch: We have had a very successful launch so far, with high attach rates of software, particularly Zelda and related addons. The Switch has provided a dramatic lift in traffic in-store, and has real potential to be Wii-like in its potential to expand the gaming category from core to broad audiences.”

It seems that GameStop is very pleased with the success of Nintendo’s newest console. While only time will tell if the Switch remains as successful as it is now, comments like these certainly paint an optimistic picture.

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Update 7: Bumped to the top again. Back up on Amazon Canada.


Update 6: Sold out on Amazon.


Update 5: Bumped to the top again. Live on Amazon here.


Update 4: Sold out on Amazon Canada.


Update 3: Bumped to the top. Now live on Amazon Canada (thanks Ynini).


Update 2 (3/22): Back in stock here.


Update: Now sold out. Was in stock for several hours at least!


Original (3/21): GameStop has now opened pre-orders for the Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia Limited Edition. Secure your copy here. When other retailers open pre-orders, we’ll let you know.

GameStop has now opened pre-orders for the new Fire Emblem Echoes amiibo. Reserve the upcoming double pack here. The figures launch on May 19.

In a recent interview with Gamerant.com, Eric Bright had a lot of positive things to say about the Switch. Bright, who is the the senior director of merchandising at GameStop, says that the Nintendo Switch is off to such a strong start that it could end up eclipsing the sales numbers the Wii achieved. Additionally, the console has seen some of the highest attach rates for software and accessories for any device “in a long time.”

“The Nintendo Switch is off to a start right now that it could possibly eclipse the Wii. Initial sales on this have been phenomenal. I can’t give straight numbers, but I can say we’re seeing one of the highest attach rates of software and accessories to a device that we’ve seen in a long time.”

GameStop stores will be selling Switch units once again by next Wednesday, the retailer has confirmed. It’s the standard system that goes for $299.99. You won’t be forced to purchase a bundle as is the case on GameStop’s website.

Eric Bright, senior director of merchandising for GameStop, noted in a statement:

“GameStop continues to see strong demand from customers who are looking to purchase the Nintendo Switch system. We are meeting this demand by securing additional systems as fast as we can to ensure customers are able to purchase this innovative gaming technology. The customer enthusiasm and response we have seen so far has been incredible as we continue to sell through our supply of systems. We strongly suggest any customer who is still looking to purchase a Nintendo Switch, visit one of our stores as soon as they can. This new allotment will go fast!”

If you’re looking to secure a Switch, be sure to check with your local store regularly. Consoles will likely sell out quickly.

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If you’re looking for the Zelda: Breath of the Wild Special Edition, you may want to visit GameStop’s website. It’s in stock at the retailer right now. To place a pre-order, head on over here.

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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Pre-orders are beginning to open for Ultra Street Fighter II. GameStop has the physical version here while Amazon has the digital version here. We’ll keep you informed about other pre-order options going forward.

GameStop again has the Gray Joy-Con Breath of the Wild Zelda Guide Bundle in stock. This comes with the Switch system, Pro Controller, Zelda: Breath of the Wild, and strategy guide. Place an order here if interested.

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