Reggie: Nintendo Plans to Ship 2M Switch Consoles in First Month, Won't have NES Classic Supply Issues - NewsWilliam D'Angelo , posted on 16 January 2017 / 8,451 Views
Nintendo of America boss Reggie Fils-Aime speaking with Wired said that Nintendo plans to ship two million Switch consoles in its first month and that it won't have the same supply issues as the NES Classic.
"What we’ve said publicly is that there will be 2 million units that will be shipped worldwide for the launch, essentially through month one," said Fils-Aime.
"I know, because I read the boards and I read the comments, that there is concern about supply. From what I’ve read, the concern seems to stem from the lack of ability to buy NES Classic. So what I would say is this: Two million for essentially the first month is a huge number, especially when you look and see that this is not peak seasonality. This is essentially the first three weeks of March. Our focus is making sure that the consumer who wants to buy a Nintendo Switch can buy a Nintendo Switch. That’s how we build our supply chain, that’s how we think through the amount of product that’s available.
"What happened with NES Classic is that was a situation where the global demand was well in excess of anything we had anticipated, and that’s what created shortages. The good news, at least for consumers in the Americas, is we’re going to continue to make the NES Classic available. With the ongoing level of supply, the ongoing demand is going to be met. We know the concern."
The Nintendo Switch launches worldwide on March 3.
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