The excitement among fans for Nintendo Switch is increasing with every passing day as the launch of the console is just a couple of weeks away. While Wii U was somewhat of a disappointment, it seems that the upcoming hybrid console will change a lot of things and now Eric Bright GameStop’s senior director of merchandising has shared his thoughts about the console and its demand.
Speaking with Alistdaily, Bright said that the response for Nintendo Switch has been amazing and there is a tremendous demand for the console.
We’ve seen tremendous demand for Switch and of the initial allocation of pre-orders we took, the majority of them were done by PowerUp Reward customers. They’re definitely looking for this device. We have a ways to go before we satisfy all the demand that’s out there. The response has been amazing.
He also added that releasing Nintendo Switch in the first quarter of the year is a good decision from Nintendo as this will allow them to build a player base.
The Q1 launch is one of the smartest moves Nintendo could have done. Instead of pushing units out during the heaviest time of the year (in Q4), this allows them to build a base. So by holiday, we can focus on games. There will be millions of people who will be hungry for content, creating a richer development cycle for game publishers who will have an install base to support titles. This also will take some of the brunt off of Christmas and enable Switch to be better stocked at stores.
Nintendo has promised that it will support indie and 3rd party developers with its upcoming console and it seems that the company is finally making good on its promise as Nintendo has revealed that the dev kit for the console will be around $440 which is a good step as the dev kit for Wii U was around $2,500 which same as the PS4’s dev kit.
Nintendo Switch will launch on Match 3, 2017, and will be priced at $299.99 in the US.