GameStop Adds A Ton Of Nintendo Switch Placeholders To Their Database

21 new unknown titles, to be precise.
21 new placeholder SKUs for Nintendo Switch titles were found in GameStop's database.
21 new placeholder SKUs for Nintendo Switch titles were found in GameStop's database. GameStop

One of the best places to look for E3-related rumors, leaks and other juicy details is also one of the most overlooked. To the untrained eye, GameStop Stock Keep Units (SKU) may be mundane, run-of-the-mill things that can be ignored. For some, however, they’re one of the best sources for information relating to the upcoming biggest gaming event of the year.

This line of thinking was used extremely well, and very recently, by a Nintendo journalist named Sabi. Sabi noted that the retailer has added 21 Nintendo Switch SKUs, which may shine some light on upcoming tiles for the platform. Check out the original tweet from Sabi below, as well as a report on the findings.

As noted by Sabi, it seems that all of the listings are for unknown game titles and don’t include bundles for consoles. Pouring through the list of priced titles yields mostly $60 games, but there’s also a $90 one, plus one that costs a whopping $200. Now that we have ideas of what the prices for these games are, it’s time to check out which titles could these allude to, and to figure it out, let’s take a closer look at Nintendo’s slate for E3 2019.

  • Astral Chain – the upcoming action game from PlatinumGames is set for release exclusively on the Nintendo Switch. It’s not a stretch to say that the title might finally get an official announcement on E3, given that the other Platinum title, Bayonetta 3, is still very much in development.
  • Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order – this title is pretty close to release, with a launch date of July 19, 2019. Team Ninja is developing the title exclusively for the Nintendo Switch, which could very well mean a place on Nintendo’s E3 stage.
  • Poké​mon Sword and Shield – there are big things coming for this title, as Nintendo recently announced that a Direct is coming for it on June 5, which is two days from now. Given the large appeal of Pokémon, it’s not that much of a stretch to speculate that the $200 SKU may refer to one of its bundles, possibly containing exclusive items.

As for other possible titles for the SKUs, check out my report on Nintendo’s E3 stage here. Stay tuned with us as well as this news develops.

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