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Nintendo insists Switch shortages are not strategic

The accusation that Nintendo deliberately undersupplies its products is one the company has faced for years. However, like the majority of ‘false scarcity’ claims, it’s all very unlikely. And indeed, Nintendo of America’s senior director of corporate communications Charlie Scibetta has insisted to Ars Technica that there is nothing deliberate …

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Nintendo apologises for Amiibo shortages, promises to make it right

Some of the harder to find Amiibo figures may soon be resupplied to shops following a promise from Nintendo to fix the stock situation that has been troubling fans. Production will be increased, Nintendo has said. It has also vowed to improve its communications regarding what restocks are planned and …

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US Vita supplies are running low

It’s apparently quite hard to get hold of a PlayStation Vita in the US at the moment. Polygon reports that the launch of the Vita Slim in the territory in May as part of a Borderland 2 bundle has led to a shortage, with Sony struggling to match demand. "We’re …

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Sony hopes to be "closer to full PS4 supply" by early summer

PS4 may not be freely available in all current regions until this summer. We’re struggling to keep up with demand,” PlayStation boss Andrew House told The Wall Street Journal. Conservatively, as we get into the early summer months, we’ll be closer to a full supply situation.” Demand is said to …

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PS4 could face four months of shortages

The PlayStation UK team is in crucial talks to secure more PS4 consoles, after admitting it had underestimated how popular it would be. Sources close to the platform holder have told MCV that the current number of units expected in the UK is unlikely to satisfy demand. The machine could …

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Xbox One could outnumber PS4 3-to-1 at launch, Xbox One price cut incoming?

Microsoft could win the first round of the next-gen battle through raw numbers, one analyst has claimed. Colin Sebastian says that supply chain checks suggest Microsoft may have the benefit of a 2-3x unit advantage at launch compared to Sony’s PS4". And with both machines quickly running out of pre-order …

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Analyst predicts Xbox One and PS4 shortages

Both the Xbox One and PS4 are likely to be in short supply upon their release later this year, one US analyst has predicted. Colin Sebastian told GameSpot that the complexity” of coordinating such launches means that "it is more likely than not that there will be initial shortages". Added …

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Sony raises PS4 sales estimates, admits "demand may now outstrip supply"

The overwhelmingly positive response given to PS4 at E3 this week has led to the company raising its sales expectations for the machine. Global PlayStation boss Andrew House told The Wall Street Journal the company is shifting its internal projections for the product after favourable reactions to the company’s presentation …

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Xbox 360 almost doubles Wii U unit sales in console’s first week

The numbers don’t lie, but sometimes they do need to be considered in a wider context. Nintendo on Monday announced that the Wii U sold 400,000 units in its first week on sale in the US. Then Microsoft last night announced that in the same period it sold 750,000 Xbox …

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U will get stock. Eventually.

Wii U stock will be in short supply on day one, Nintendo has admitted. But the firm insists it will be making regular deliveries right up until Christmas in an effort to meet demand. Independent retailers this week told MCV they were unable to obtain enough Wii U consoles to …

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