Months Later, Long Nintendo Switch Lines In Japan

Over the weekend, a shipment of Nintendo Switch consoles hit Japanese retail. That mean some stores saw long lines months after it originally launched.

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For many folks in Japan, it's still hard to walk into a store and purchase a Switch. It's certainly not impossible.

Sometimes, people wander into a shop with stock, but those are the lucky ones!

The little green tags say that the hardware is currently sold out.

The word "kanbai" (完売) means "sold out".


This weekend a fresh shipment of Switch hardware hit. Since the console launched in Japan, sales have been strong each week, with stores seeming to sell out all the units they have.

So when new units arrive, people line up. However, they are lining up for raffle numbers for the chance to purchase a Switch.

The winning numbers were posted, and only the winning few were able to buy a Switch.


    I bought mine on a trip to Tokyo at the end of April. I had no hassles. Walked into Labi went to the chemist and asked for one over the counter.

      You went to the chemist? Are we still talking about the Nintendo Switch here?

        Yeah, bought a Switch tax free from the Chemist section of Labi just off Tokyo station. Handed my passport to the pharmacist to process the tax free.

          Ah, constantly surprise me with your charming idiosyncrasies :-)

    Meanwhile it is a walk in and grab off the shelf situation in Australia. Anecdotally hearing similar reports in Europe but US apparently still has supply issues. Welp, good to be in Aus for easy access to hardware and accessories :)

      Was the case for amiibo as well.

      Nintendo occasionally oversupplies us, or doesn't care to maintain product scarcity in unimportant regions.

    Wow, that's insane. Good for Nintendo though, hopefully it will continue flying off the shelves and attract more games.

    It is just according to keikaku.

    keikaku = plan

    Nintendo's keikaku is to maintain supply scarcity (or at least, appearances of same) as a way of proving 'value' of product.

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