LIFE & CUL­TURE

The Denver Post - - LIFE & CULTURE - By Hay­ley Tsukayama

Since the Nin­tendo Switch has hit shelves, it’s been hard to get a hold of it across the coun­try. The con­sole has been ei­ther out of stock or egre­giously marked up at most ma­jor re­tail­ers — with ask­ing prices on eBay go­ing for more than $4,000.

But if you’ve been dy­ing for a Nin­tendo Switch to call your own, there’s some re­lief in store. GameS­top on Fri­day an­nounced it will be get­ting new ship­ments of Nin­tendo’s new $300 con­sole and ex­pects a fresh sup­ply to hit shelves around March 22.

GameS­top, the coun­try’s largest video game re­tailer, has had trou­ble keep­ing up with de­mand, said Eric Bright, the com­pany’s se­nior di­rec­tor of mer­chan­dis­ing, in a state­ment. Nin­tendo hasn’t re­leased ac­tual sales num­bers, but said that the Switch had the fastest­selling de­but of any of its con­soles in the U.S. The de­mand has been so great that the com­pany plans to dou­ble the pro­duc­tion of the con­sole, ac­cord­ing to the Wall Street Jour­nal.

Sure, we haven’t seen wide­spread Black Fri­daystyle fist fights over these con­soles. But the fact that GameS­top is­sued a press re­lease about a re­stock — nor­mally a mun­dane event — cer­tainly says some­thing.

While GameS­top ex­pects con­soles in stock by March 22, things may vary at your lo­cal store. It’s best to call ahead to ask GameS­top em­ploy­ees when your lo­cal store’s units are com­ing in be­fore you get your hopes up. And be nice when you do. Yours may be the 10 ba­jil­lionth re­quest they’ve heard in the past few weeks.

If you don’t want to leave your house, you’ll have to set aside more cash if you want the con­sole. On­line auc­tion sites reg­u­larly show the Switch go­ing for more than its markup price, with a me­dian sell­ing price of $440, or about 47 per­cent, ac­cord­ing to an anal­y­sis from Ars Tech­nica. With ex­tras, such as the lat­est ti­tle from the Zelda series, prices have gone much higher — to a me­dian of $525, Ars said.

The Nin­tendo Switch is a good con­sole and go­ing fast, but it’s not worth all that. At that point, you’d be bet­ter off in­vest­ing in a tent to pick up one in your lo­cal store.

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