GameStop: New Switch Stock Sells Out Within Hours, Expects Supply Issues for Rest of 2017 - NewsWilliam D'Angelo , posted on 28 March 2017 / 11,417 Views
GameStop has told VentureBeat the excitement around the Nintendo Switch is really high and any new stock sells out within hours. The retailer expects there to be supply issues for the rest of 2017.
"There’s a lot of excitement about the Switch, but there’s also a lot of caution," said GameStop chief executive Paul Raines. "We’re very cautious simply because of limited allocation. We don’t really have an aggressive forecast built-in for the Switch. We’ve learned with Nintendo not to do that."
GameStop chief operating officer Tony Bartel added, "The demand is incredible strong. As soon as we get it into stores, it’s out within hours. We anticipate that we’ll be chasing supply this entire year. The other thing is that to have an over five-and-a-half attach rate [for games and accessories] for the Switch. This signifies that a lot of people are finding this a great platform, and they’re picking up almost any game they can."
"The data says it’s selling," Raines said. "There’s tremendous demand. Every unit we get sells out quickly. But if you’ve played it, that’s the best way to know it has tremendous broadening potential."
The retailer added that the releases Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Splatoon 2 and Super Mario Odyssey should keep the demand high through the rest of the year.
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