Stock shortages seem to be part and parcel of every new console launch these days, but Nintendo's UK general manager Nicolas Wegnez has assured MCV that the Switch will be available to buy at retail on Day One.
In his first-ever UK interview (see this week's MCV for the full feature), Wegnez stated that while pre-orders for the Switch are very strong,” there will still be stock on shop shelves for customers to buy if they haven't ordered a console in advance.
It's true pre-orders are very strong, but we still expect Nintendo Switch to be available at some retailers on Day One,” Wegnez said.
We do expect shipments to steadily come. As we all know, this is not a sprint but a marathon, which is why we are so busy preparing strong plans for the months to come following the launch.”
Nintendo faced huge stock problems when it launched the Wii in 2006, with shortages lasting for months after release. In 2012, similar supply issues hit the Wii U as well, with some retailers stating at the time that they didn't have enough stock to even fulfil the pre-orders they'd received. The Wii U shortages ended up being less severe than the Wii, but here's hoping the Switch won't face similar stock problems.