People are panic-buying Nintendo Switch consoles
Nintendo is having trouble getting its Switch console to self-isolated gamers.
Many people across the United States are being met with ‘out of stock’ messages, from retailers like Amazon, Target, GameStop and BestBuy.
Nintendo apologized for the shortage but promised that “more systems are on the way”.
The Japanese console-maker did not say if the lack of supply was due to the coronavirus pandemic, or whether it was because of a rush on Switch consoles.
In the US, many retailers – including those that sell video games – have closed physical stores, but many are still offering online and drop-off services.
The video games industry has been one of the few to see a huge boost over the coronavirus outbreak.
Last week it was reported that video game usage had gone up 75 per cent since the beginning of the year. Even now defunct or old games – such as Club Penguin – have seen a marked increase in players over the past week.
Nintendo recently released Animal Crossing: New Horizons, a family-friendly game which has more than tripled sales across Europe and the US since self-isolation / quarantine went into effect.
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