The Nintendo Switch Has Become an Unexpected Casualty of COVID-19

Most retail stock is gone, and there’s no specific date for replenishment

Some people ran out and bought up enough toilet paper to last for years, other people bought up as much food as they could get their hands on. As it turns out, a lot of people decided they needed a Nintendo Switch during this time of isolation and quarantine. So much so, in fact, that the Nintendo Switch is pretty much sold out everywhere. The Nintendo Switch light can still be found in some place, but even it is sold out on Amazon. The worst part is that Nintendo doesn’t know when more will make it into stores.

In a statement to Gamespot, Nintendo gave a very brief statement:

“Nintendo Switch hardware is selling out at various retail locations in the U.S., but more systems are on the way. We apologize for any inconvenience.”

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So, given the nature of what’s going on in the world today, there’s probably a good chance that we won’t see the Nintendo Switch arrive in retail outlets for some time. You can find the occasional unit on Amazon, but you’ll have to pay $439 or $230 for a Nintendo Switch Lite, and both of those are estimated to ship weeks after the order is placed. If you want one that will ship right now, you’ll have to pony up $480 or $299.

If you’re thinking about jumping on Ebay, you’ll find some pre-owned models for normal retail price or new models for more than $400. The Switch Lite can be found for around $250. Either way, it looks like the Nintendo Switch just became a better investment than any of us once expected.


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Jerry Martin
Jerry Martin is an avid gamer and prefers to spend his time playing first-person shooters like Call of Duty and Halo. His all-time favorite game is Modern Warfare 2, but Assassin’s creed 3 comes in a close second, and he’s a huge fan of the Legend of Zelda series. He is a co-founder of and spends as much time coding as he does shooting people online. Jerry prefers playing on his PC, but also owns an Xbox One and PlayStation 4 as he takes pride in being a non-discriminate gamer.

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