After receiving reports full of uncertainty from retailers in Europe, Nintendo finally confirmed that there will be a restock of the dock for their recently launched console.
A report from Express said that the tech and gaming giant had restocked the replacement parts section of the Nintendo Switch, particularly the replacement dock, which was sold out last week. The replenishment, however, does not include the full consoles, which had made some retailers overseas anxious.
Last week, a manager for a retailer in the U.K., who opted to keep his anonymity, shared with MCV that he is unsure as to when their stocks will be replenished. "We are in communications with Nintendo, but there is not a confirmed date as of yet," said the manager. "With Mario Kart coming in April, I would hope there would be more [Switch console] stock before then but that's not been confirmed," he added.
Moreover, another U.K retailer GameSeek echoed the manager's sentiments, saying that their stocks have hit "zero," as they were unable to accommodate online purchases.
Earlier this month, marketing and research firm SuperData Research predicted the Switch to sell five million units by the end of 2017, though it noted that the console's release will be "slow and steady." "Launching much earlier in the year than its predecessors, we expect the Switch to initially appeal mostly to the loyal fanbase, before a broader, more mainstream audience adopts it," said SuperData, as reported by Dual Shockers.
The firm also forecasted that 45 percent of the console's global distribution will come from North America, while 35 percent and 12 percent were pegged for Europe and Japan, respectively. They also noted that the marketing challenge for Nintendo is convincing the public who already own other gaming consoles like the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One to invest in a Switch as an additional unit.
Meanwhile, Gamespot reported last week that the Nintendo Switch Pro Controllers are sold out in some of the most popular retailers in the U.S. like Walmart, Amazon, and Target. The controllers, which are priced at $70, were released to give an old school gaming experience for gamers who prefer playing with a more traditionally-shaped controller.