The Nintendo Switch was already experiencing some stock problems at the beginning of the year, but things have only worsened since the coronavirus outbreak forced millions to stay at home – and now it’s practically impossible to find the console online. Well, without paying nearly double the original price.
A quick browse of the official Nintendo UK store, GAME, Currys PC World and Argos shows nearly every version of the console is out of stock – aside from one grey version on Argos and limited stock of the Nintendo Switch Lite. The situation appears to be similar on eBay, too, where most official retailers are out of stock, and the only remaining listings are second-hand.
According to a retailer speaking to Gamesindustry.biz, the reason the Lite has not yet sold out is because customers are “after something to play on the TV with their kids”. Instead, many are apparently opting for the PS4 or Xbox One, although stock is also in short supply for these consoles.