One of the biggest concerns with the Nintendo Switch following its presentation was that of supply. After all, with how hotly in demand the NES Classic was, would Nintendo be able to meet demand for its newest platform?
Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime addressed these concerns in an interview with Wired. “What we’ve said publicly is that there will be 2 million units that will be shipped worldwide for the launch, essentially through month one.
“I know, because I read the boards and I read the comments, that there is concern about supply. From what I’ve read, the concern seems to stem from the lack of ability to buy NES Classic. So what I would say is this: Two million for essentially the first month is a huge number, especially when you look and see that this is not peak seasonality.
“This is essentially the first three weeks of March. Our focus is making sure that the consumer who wants to buy a Nintendo Switch can buy a Nintendo Switch. That’s how we build our supply chain, that’s how we think through the amount of product that’s available.”
Fils-Aime also stated that the problem with the NES Classic was that it “was a situation where the global demand was well in excess of anything we had anticipated, and that’s what created shortages. The good news, at least for consumers in the Americas, is we’re going to continue to make the NES Classic available. With the ongoing level of supply, the ongoing demand is going to be met. We know the concern.”
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