Nintendo swears it’s ramping up production of its Nintendo Switch video game console for the busy holiday season.
“We will ramp up production for the holiday period, which has been factored into our forecast,” the Japanese video game company told The Wall Street Journal.
Notoriously — months after the launch of its latest home game console — Nintendo’s Switch is still nearly impossible to buy.
And things are about to get worse for your chances: Nintendo’s next huge Super Mario game, “Super Mario Odyssey,” is one of this holiday’s biggest games.
In “Super Mario Odyssey,” you’ll once again control the adorably small and nimble Super Mario as he explores a smattering of new worlds. One of the first world’s shown, New Donk City, is a bizarro take on New York City. The humans are dressed like it’s 1915, the cabs are on a loop, and posters of Bowser loom imposingly overhead.
Here’s everything you need to know about “Super Mario Odyssey” in one incredibly strange image:
The game is scheduled to launch on October 27, just ahead of the big holiday shopping season. And the only place you can play “Super Mario Odyssey” is on the Nintendo Switch. As such, expect an especially high demand for the Switch this holiday. Nintendo says it’s preparing for as much.
“We’re doing everything we can to make sure everyone who wants to buy a Nintendo Switch system can do so,” Nintendo told the WSJ.
Of course, Nintendo has made similar promises in the past — fans are right to doubt the company’s sincerity when it comes to keeping products in stock.
Most recently, Nintendo assured fans that both the NES Classic Edition and Super NES Classic Edition wouldn’t be impossible to find. Those assurances turned out to be false; Nintendo’s “Classic Edition” line of consoles has become the latest symbol of Nintendo’s inability to satisfy customer demand.
Nintendo’s financial plans provide a clearer look into how many Switch consoles the company intends to produce. By March 2018, Nintendo projects sales of 10 million Switch consoles — it’s nearly halfway there, having sold 4.7 million as of June 30, 2017. But will another 5 million Switch consoles be enough to satisfy consumer demand this holiday season? That remains to be seen.