Many people are turning to gaming during the coronavirus outbreak, but the bad news is that the Nintendo Switch is almost sold out, prompting a spike in prices.
Being stuck at home for weeks because of COVID-19 can make people stir-crazy looking for something to do. Many sites are publishing lists of movies and series to watch, and video games are proving to be a major hit for those with lots of time on their hands.
One very popular gaming console is the Nintendo Switch, which was originally released three years ago. Among its best attributes is its roster of games the whole family can enjoy. However, it is getting nearly impossible to find one at retail outlets.
Dwindling supply of the Nintendo Switch
It seems that not only toilet paper and Clorox wipes are being scooped up by panicking shoppers, as the Switch has practically disappeared from retailers.
Nintendo is aware of this shortage, telling Gamespot:
“Nintendo Switch hardware is selling out at various retail locations in the U.S., but more systems are on the way. We apologize for any inconvenience.”
Of course, the gaming platform is manufactured in China, which is still feeling the effects of the coronavirus outbreak. Chances are that new stock will be slow in coming due to the ongoing disruption impacting global manufacturing and shipping.
This is a shame, as the Switch features a bevy of fun games, including the newly released Animal Crossing: New Horizons and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. A great choice to turn family and friends into bitter enemies is Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.
Where to buy Nintendo Switch at retail price
If you’re looking to buy the Nintendo Switch at its proper $299.99 retail price, you’re pretty much out of luck at the current time.
Outlets like GameStop, Walmart, Best Buy, and Target do not have the gaming platform in stock at its normal retail price. You can go to the official Nintendo site to check for local shops that are carrying the Nintendo Switch Lite, the handheld version of the platform that retails for $199.99.
If you’re willing to pay a premium price, you can find the Switch platform on eBay and Amazon. The price ranges from US$420 to an eye-watering $599.99 on eBay. However, shipping is free! There are several listings at a lower price, but such listings are for ongoing auctions, so you can expect the price to go much higher before the bidding is over.
As for Amazon, it appears the going rate for the platform is about $425 for a new system. This is for the standard system, not one with a bigger memory card as those are unavailable.
The Switch Lite is far more reasonable on eBay, going for $205 and up, and Amazon, going for roughly $230. However, this price is for the standard system as well. The Lite console with expanded memory is unavailable on Amazon. At the time of writing, some versions of the Lite platform are available on the Best Buy, Walmart, and Target websites.
Good luck and may the odds be ever in your favor.
Featured image courtesy of Nintendo