Trying To Buy A Nintendo Switch In Japan: A Story In Four Photos

Platinum Games developer Hideki Kamiya recently tried to get a Nintendo Switch. He documented the experience in four photos.

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As Kotaku previously reported, it isn't easy getting a Switch in Japan! Things have been so difficult that Nintendo apologised.

We have no idea if Kamiya has another Switch (or if there's one at Platinum's office), but earlier this week he posted this photo to Instagram.


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The image shows the rules for buying a Switch at the Bic Camera in Kawasaki. This is actually for a raffle for the chance to buy a Switch, which is typical for popular items that are in short supply. People have to line up for this opportunity, and it isn't certain they will win the chance to purchase.

"To tell the truth," Kamiya wrote, "I went to this sort of place today..."


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"And I got this sort of thing put on..."

The pink wrist band reads "Today only" and has the number 646. This is his raffle number. If he wins, he can buy a Switch.


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"And I passed the time at a place like this..."


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The results of the raffle, with the winning numbers announced.

"Because of this sort of thing..."


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"This happened..."

Better luck next time, Kamiya!


    what... I was in japan last week and bic camera had plenty of units on the glass shelf. That was in Shinjuku and again in tokyo so dont know why theres a shortage 20mins train ride away.

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