GameStop Thrilled With Switch Launch
Yesterday, the long awaited Nintendo Switch, along with the much hyped The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, arrived. If you didn’t have a pre-order you likely didn’t get a console which leads many to believe it is one of the most highly sought-after game consoles in recent memory. According to GameStop, the Nintendo Switch is one of the most successful gaming console launches the company has experienced in years.
GameStop Senior Director of Merchandising, Eric Bright, shared his thoughts on the Nintendo Switch launch and said:
“Stores across the country last night were packed with customers who couldn’t wait to get their hands on the brand new Nintendo Switch. We even had customers lining up as early as yesterday morning so that they could be one of the lucky ones to score one of the additional units for our walk-in customers. This is one of the strongest and most successful gaming console launches for GameStop in the last several years. For those fans who are still looking for the Nintendo Switch, don’t worry–we’re getting more. And, we’re pretty sure that there are a lot of gaming fans who pulled all-nighters last night playing their new Switch, and who also called in sick to work today with ‘game-fluenza’ just to stay home and play even more.”
Those who haven’t been able to find a Nintendo Switch in their area, or who were unable to pre-order one, have had to resort to eBay, Craigslist and other online resale sites. As expected, the price is considerably higher. Fortunately, Eric Bright confirmed the retailer should have more Switch consoles in stock soon.
A few days ago we published our Nintendo Switch review where our man Rory said: “It’s the beginning of a hopefully long and healthy life-cycle for the Nintendo Switch. The hardware is undoubtedly very appealing, constantly impressing myself and those I show it to. The short comings in regards to features and apps out of the box as well as the current Joy-Con disconnection issue keeps me from unanimously praising it. All that said, I haven’t been this excited for Nintendo hardware since the release of the Nintendo 64. I’ve never been big into hand-held gaming but the Nintendo Switch actually convinced me to take transit to work the other day instead of driving, simply so I could keep playing Zelda. There’s something special here, I can feel it and I think Nintendo knows it too. Lets all just hope they can iron out the initial kinks and keep software support stronger than what it had with Wii U.”
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