Nintendo Switch Sales Did Great At GameStop; Did 'Breath Of The Wild' Sell The System?

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The Nintendo Switch had a massive launch at GameStop according to the retailer. Some might even say the Nintendo Switch sold... bigly. According to senior director of merchandising Eric Bright, they wouldn’t be far off.

“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,” said Bright in an interview with Game Rant.

“This is one of the strongest and most successful gaming console launches for GameStop in the last several years,” Bright continued. “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.”

GameStop was among the retailers who had Nintendo Switch stock on-hand for walk-in customers on Friday. Reports of delayed pre-order Switches have plagued Target, Walmart, Amazon and other customers. Those who couldn’t even place a pre-order have resorted to eBay and other resale sites for their portable console fix, at a hefty mark-up.

Bright confirmed that GameStop should be in stock of the Switch soon, though other retailers may take two or three weeks to replenish their stock. Nintendo has not yet announced any sales figures for the Nintendo Switch.

Is the Nintendo Switch worth it just for Breath of the Wild, which may sit alongside Ocarina of Time as one of the most iconic Zelda titles of all time? Are the console’s growing pains, like scratched screens, damage from adhesives and limited native storage going to become more of a problem to consumers once the Nintendo Switch’s launch scarcity goes down? Will the $300 sticker price be just right? Will the expanded library of indie games help the Nintendo Switch make it as a home console? Or will its internet connectivity be subpar compared to Xbox Live or PlayStation Plus? Only time can tell.

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