The company claims that there will be no supply issues at launch as there will be 2 million Nintendo Switch shipping out on March 3rd, the launch day. But is that not what every company says about their product? AMD said that about Zen and what we got was a year long delay. Even though shortage in demand might not be the major reason behind this and AMD did put it on the decreasing PC demands but still.
We know that the Nintendo Switch is powered by Nvidia Tegra, why not take Nvidia products into consideration the. Talking about the latest Pascal GPUs, the Nvidia 10 series GPUs. When they came out they were so high in demand and so low in supply that people were selling overpriced GPUs on amazon and eBay.
I would like to add that this is the same processor that is featured in the Nvidia Sheild, so Nvidia will not only be using this chip for the Nintendo Switch but also for the companies own product as well. Take that into consideration and tell me that there will be no supply issues at launch.
Now that we have put that aside let’s see what the official statement from Nintendo is regarding the matter. Here is what Nintendo of America boss Reggie Fils-Aime had to say:
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.
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.
2 million units may seem like a huge number but take into consideration that this is going to be a worldwide release and that changes a person perspective. When the PS4 was first released it sold 1.2 million unit and talking about the Xbox One, it sold a little less than a million units as well. These weren’t even worldwide releases. Since release, almost 50 million PS4 units and 26 million Xbox One units have been sold.
Even though Nintendo America claims there will be no supply issues, I think otherwise. What do you think about the Nintendo Switch launch?