When the COVID-19 pandemic despatched the world financial system right into a tailspin, forcing numerous tens of millions to stay residence and social distance to assist “flatten the curve”* two gadgets have been in excessive demand: Toilet paper and the Nintendo Switch online game console.

Toilet paper is now as soon as once more on retailer cabinets (in the interim) however the Nintendo Switch stays elusive. You can nonetheless purchase one on-line, however the markup is extreme: This Animal Crossing bundle will set you again $649, and a standard Nintendo Switch on Amazon prices wherever from excessive $400’s to excessive $500’s. MSRP for a Switch is simply $299.99.

The Nintendo Switch Lite has been a bit simpler to trace down at MSRP ($199.99) however most of the time it’s promoting for $300 or extra, and it doesn’t have the power to dock or detach the Joy-Con controllers.

On high of the elevated demand for the Switch, Nintendo has been met with one other problem. Manufacturing in China floor to a halt earlier this 12 months, and world distribution networks have additionally taken successful. Fortunately, in keeping with Nintendo that has slowly begun to alter.

“We could not manufacture [Switch] as planned until May but production has been largely recovering from June,” Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa stated throughout a shareholder assembly in keeping with Kyodo News. “We expect it to normalize around summer.”

Shareholders pushed again on Furukawa, stating that Nintendo has missed a chance throughout this disaster to drastically enhance gross sales, and urging the corporate to take steps in opposition to reselling (which, let’s be sincere, we must always simply name price-gouging at this level).

“I am sorry for causing trouble to the consumers,” Furukawa stated. “We want to deliver (the console) to as many people as possible. We will improve the situation as soon as possible.”

In phrases of the video games themselves, Nintendo is optimistic. “Currently, we do not see any impact on software set to go on sale this year,” one Nintendo official stated throughout the assembly, “however there’s a chance that we can not promote it as scheduled within the occasion of a second or third wave (of coronavirus infections.)”

That second or third wave might affect {hardware} manufacturing as effectively, so take the excellent news with some cheap skepticism. It’s nice to listen to that manufacturing is again on monitor and that we are going to doubtless see Nintendo Switch again in inventory someday this summer time, however the world is outlined by uncertainty greater than ever today.

Add to this the ridiculous stage of reselling occurring—usually folks make the most of bots to seize up any inventory that does pop up at MSRP—and even a brand new batch of Nintendo Switch consoles might go extremely quick.

All I can say is, good luck younger padawans. May the Force be with you. In the meantime, the PS4 and Xbox One are nice consoles in their very own proper, and even the Wii U has so much going for it. I guess you can discover a used Wii U and a few nice video games (like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Donkey Kong Tropical Freeze and Mario Kart 8) and use it so much like a Switch if you’re at residence. Just a thought.